April 20, 1914: Ludlow Massacre. An American tradition.

Why does the spectre of Insurrection haunt America?

Sez Donald Trump:  “Our nation has been gripped by professional anarchists, violent mobs, or, arsonists, looters, criminals, rider rioters, Antifa and others … acts of domestic terror … If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem.”  He would invoke an 1807 law called the Insurrection Act.

Indeed, people have marched in more than 70 cities, with the National Guard called into action in 30.  Impressive, but far from an insurrection, which would entail an organized and violent attempt to seize power in a sudden uprising.

Still, the pundits, the old generation of community leaders, the liberal punditry, police chiefs, mayors, governors and ministers are raising a chorus an unholy chorus:  “The issue is George Floyd.  We can’t dishonor his memory by raising any other issues.”  This is a blatant move to divide this Black-led movement, which will settle its own affairs on its own terms.

As one protestor put it — when asked if she would declare victory over the arrest of the four George Floyd murderers:  “It’s not enough, it’s not enough, it’s not enough.  Until everything changes.

The Green Party sez we must support this entire Black-led movement for justice, from those who pray to those who would break the rules.  At this historic moment, the Green Party must follow the lead of this entire movement.

— Jeff Roby
June 4, 2020

One thought on “Insurrection.”

  1. … With regard to George Floyd, Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly 9 minutes – about a third of which was _after_ Floyd became unresponsive. Chauvin and his accessories knew their murder was being recorded. Did they think this murder would simply be swept under the rug like so many others? Or did they intend to spark a race war? They should be charged not only with Floyd’s murder but also with every act of violence which resulted – looting or violence by protestors, violence by agents provocateurs and violence by police.

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