As occasionally mentioned, I am a fan of Canadian blogger Ian welsh. Though I do not always agree with his positions. The man is a thinker however and his thoughts interesting to read.
I happen to agree with a blog he published yesterday: Armed Right Wingers Able To Shut Down Michigan Legislature. I paraphrase his blog for your reading.
My thought concisely expressed first. I consider what happened thursday when the Michigan Legislature failed to convene a disgrace. A stepping stone to worse events to occur. We are gradually moving to rebellion/a showdown.
Welsh believes the Michigan Legislature canceled its thursday session rather than face the possibility of another armed protest and death threats against Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Recall that on 4/30, right wingers playing soldiers and dressed in military fatigues walked the balcony above the legislative chambers armed with weapons.
Intimidation at its worst.
Through the 1970’s, the Democrats were the party of violence. Unions, black disturbances, bombings, etc. Things changed in the 1980’s and have remained changed since then. The Republicans are the party of violence.
Reagan destroyed the Comptroller’s Union and at the same time placed the fear of god in the Democrats. Subtly the violence perspective moved to the Republican side.
Today, Republicans will fight. Democrats will not. They “cry.”
Normal people in normal times would think the police and national guard would be called in to quell these Republican motivated disturbances. Such not easy. The police and guard are loyal to and generally part and parcel of the right.
The authorities would arrest left leaning demonstrators while not bothering those of the right.
An observation. Martin Luther King’s non violence approach fails today. Things change with time. Aggression must be met with aggression.
The left is intimidated. Intimidated by an armed minority. Such is the case with Michigan.
Violence a definite possibility. It may erupt. That’s the way it is.
Trump is a bully. The Republican right are bullies. The only way to bring down bullies is to confront them. Sort of a don’t tread on me situation requiring a don’t tread on me approach.
Welsh suggests 2 reasons why the Michigan legislature gave into violence. First, they think that violence is legitimate. Second, as indicated earlier, they do not trust the police or national guard to stop right wingers who sympathize and support them.
Welsh believes it is time for Antifa and the Black Panthers to become involved. The Black Panthers already have begun escorting certain Democratic legislators.
He also suggests that those who believe fanatically in non-violence exist at the whim of those who believe in violence and are good at it.
Such is the position the left has placed itself in. The left has come to believe violence is wrong and ineffective.
Welsh believes Michigan represents the fruit of those beliefs.
Violence works. History proves it. Effective violence, if perceived as legitimate, is a winning strategy.
Robert, my Robert. Love him.
Sixteen years old. Yesterday his birthday. Happy birthday Grandson!
A sophomore at Key West High School. A tennis player of merit. He has been designated informally All County. Informally because only half a season played.
A good kid, also. His coach Paul Findly said, “We don’t have the typical award this year, but I give him our coaches award for being that team leader. Robert is just a great kid and a good influence on the other kids. He’s the first to practice and the last to leave.”
Mar-a-Lago is partially reopening this weekend. One problem. Members must bring their own towels.
A $200,000 initiation fee and annual dues $14,000. Bring your own towels!!!
Reason given is that Trump’s home/playground laid off 153 employees due to coronavirus.
My immediate thought is Donald is a cheap bastard. However, he is President. He is not a bastard. He is cheap, however!
Wuhan fears a second wave of coronavirus. It went 1 month without any new cases. Then 6 in one day.
Wuhan is a city of 11 million people. Wuhan has issued an order. Referred to as the “Ten Day Battle.” All 11 million people must be tested in 10 days. The program already initiated.
A Herculean task. The best Wuhan did previously was 100,000 tests per day. Never the less, Wuhan is determined to stop a coronavirus “Round 2” and is going all out with the testing.
Arthur trying to get in the hurricane books second week in a row. Last week a low pressure area east of the Bahamas threatened to become the first hurricane of the year. Failed, however. Turned north and back out to sea.
This week another low pressure area in the same place. Could be Arthur if it becomes a tropical storm or stronger. We’ll know later today or tomorrow.
Its final direction not yet determined. Could hit southeast U.S. or turn north and then back out to sea.
The hurricane season does not begin till June 1. Two early threats concern me. The prognosticators tell us this hurricane season could be a bad one.
Jean Thornton, ready your Birmingham home!
The Girl Scouts were feted at the Whit House yesterday. The Girl Scouts wore face masks. Melania did not. Nor did Donald.
The Keys continue to block the entrance to the Keys from non residents. Properly so. Residents have come through the virus so far in relatively good shape.
Regardless of what the President and Governor say, our local political leaders remain firm in continuing to keep the entrance blocked.
This morning’s Key West Citizen reports a lawsuit has been commenced to reopen U.S. 1. By a couple who have a Duval Street business and live somewhere in the Keys.
Crying boo-hoo! Loss of business, no right to close U.S. 1, etc.
I assume they are part of the protesters who appeared on North Roosevelt Boulevard this past week expressing their desire the check point be removed.
When lawsuits of this nature are brought, generally a third person(s) is the party in interest. Who is or are those persons? Follow the money. The question to be answered is who is paying the legal bills. That’s the person.
May Johnson wrote in her diary this day in 1896: “Received a letter from my dearest.” Who is her “dearest?” I missed it somewhere along the way.
Enjoy your day!