As night after night, monuments across the nation are hauled down by the ropes of triumphant and lawless mobs, the question we hear from both sides is some version of ‘who cares’?
That’s the debate we’re hearing.
Are they just hurrying the process of removing some monuments that no longer have a place in modern civil society?
Or is there something else going on that should be treated as a legitimate threat to the American way of life?
This is really all you need to watch today. It can happen here too. pic.twitter.com/aRTijiBTRX
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) June 25, 2020
Nothing quite puts questions like this one in perspective quite like the voice of experience, especially when that experience was acquired by enduring some soul-crushing suffering.
This young woman has seen this story play out once before when she was too young and naive to worry about any possible ramifications.
She grew up in Venezuela. There’s a reason she doesn’t live there anymore. She can’t. The folks who tore down THOSE statues and renamed THOSE streets didn’t stop there. They went after the school curriculum. And then another thing, and another, and another.
Did you notice what she said about when her friends and neighbors were warned by those who had suffered under similar tactics by Marxist revolutionaries in Cuba? Marxist revolutionaries that our own hard-left politicians actually admire.
The warnings fell on deaf ears, and Venezuela became the nation that Bernie Sanders praised on his official Senate website in 2011:
These days, the American dream is more apt to be realized in South America, in places such as Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina, where incomes are actually more equal today than they are in the land of Horatio Alger. Who’s the banana republic now?
He somehow ignored the fact that ‘man of the people’ Chavez somehow managed to have a multi-billionaire daughter while Venezuela’s economy circled the toilet. So far as we are aware, Democrats have STIL not found the political will to oppose Venezuela’s current despot, Maduro, who has killed his own citizens rather than relinquish his ill-gotten power.
Will America pay more attention to this young woman’s warning than her nation did to Cubas?
We all see how well the revolution worked out for the people of Venezuela. Their ‘man of the people’ revolutionary leader ground one of the Western Hemisphere’s most successful economies into a smoking crater where citizens were eating the animals out of the zoo, and cities had no running water. Paper currency was worth more woven into fabric than it was in a store… if anything could be found in that store to buy.
It was just a couple of nights ago that we heard the mob speaking plainly about their intent:
Crowd is standing off with police now, chanting, “This is not a riot, this is a revolution.” pic.twitter.com/PIsEMHdTma
— Emily Hamer (@ehamer7) June 24, 2020
We have it in their own words. This is not a riot. It’s a revolution.
Will we put it down the way every sovereign nation puts down revolutions, or will we let it ignite into a genuine shooting war over the future of the nation?