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Portland’s dress rehearsal for revolution now featuring a guillotine



Portland’s dress rehearsal

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Portland’s dress rehearsal for revolution now featuring a guillotine

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By The Great, Thomas Lifson

Yes, they want a bloody revolution, and in Portland, the dress rehearsal is underway.  Downtown has been sacked, and the revolutionaries have taken to the streets of residential neighborhoods, terrifying residents.  The message is clear: police cannot protect you, so shut up and let the new powers-that-be run things.

Yesterday, the Portland Police Bureau seemed to confirm that message, that they are powerless to stop the revolution.  At RedState, Shipwreckedcrew wrote about the absence of police in a violent clash between Antifa/BLM forces and “Back the Blue” forces, said to include The Proud Boys:

[T]here was a noticeable lack of Portland Police in any of the videos of the two groups clashing.

Late today came an explanation for their absence — there were insufficient police resources available to the shift commanders to do anything to intervene in the incident that involved well over 100 protesters from both sides. (snip)

That, my friends, is the declaration by Portland PD that they are unwilling to intervene in a conflagration they do not believe they can stop.  The events of the past two months have slowly drained Portland PD’s resources through attrition of manpower. (snip)

[There] was an ominous development with the clash between the two groups — the presence of numerous firearms — both handguns and long guns. (snip)

Portland PD has confessed that it is running out of the capacity to deal with violence in the city on a 24-hour basis.  There are going to be some hours during the day when insufficient police resources will be unavailable [sic] to separate the two sides.  Episodes like today are likely to repeat, maybe grow in size, and involve more weapons and greater violence employed by each against the other.

The District Attorney announced two weeks ago his office was not going to prosecute “riot” related crimes.  That caused the State Police to pull their personnel out of Portland.

It sure does not appear that the local and state authorities have a plan to turn the tide here.  This may eventually come down to a steel-cage death match that each side seems to want to have.

After today’s escalation, it might come faster than expected.

Over the weekend, another group of revolutionaries symbolically spoke of their bloody intentions in unmistakable imagery: a guillotine.

Twitter video screen grab.

The victim of the guillotine here is a teddy bear, standing in for Portland mayor Ted Wheeler, whose overall capitulation to the rioters has earned him no gratitude or charity.  This is not playful symbolism; it is bloodlust, finding preliminary expression.  One of the great lessons of the Holocaust is “When someone tells you he wants to kill you — take him seriously.

One seasoned observer who takes it seriously is Abe Greenwald, who has written a paywalled article in Commentary titled, “Yes, this is a Revolution”:

The battle for the survival of the United States of America is upon us. It has not come in the form of traditional civil war. There are no uniformed armies, competing flags, or alternate constitutions. (snip)

If it wasn’t clear in late May and early June, it should be well understood by now that we are in the throes of a genuine revolution of the most extravagant sort. Like messianic revolutionaries of the past, the revolutionary mob of the 21st century is out to “remake the world.” Their compass is “no longer pointed at one thing.” It’s aimed in all directions at once. As Thomas Paine said approvingly of France in 1791, “it is the age of revolutions, in which everything may be looked for.” A mission so grandiose demands the most radical assault on the current order, and changing the world begins with changing one’s country. So it was in France in 1789, Russia in 1917, and China in 1949. And this is especially so if one’s country is seen as the seat of the present evil and is also the most powerful nation on the planet. This is, then, most fundamentally a revolution against the United States of America and all it stands for.

In revolutions… the purpose of confession is not to elicit forgiveness but to further the purge.

To date, not a single national Democrat has spoken out against the revolutionaries.  They think they will run things when the dust settles, apparently.  They are as foolish as Maximilien Robespierre, the French Revolutionary leader who ended up in a guillotine when the radicals outpaced him in their demands.

The upside of the inability of mobs to self-censor is that President Trump has the opportunity and guts to lay out exactly who the forces are that want to run America, and the inability of the Democrats to stand up to them.  Should Joe Biden win the election, he and the handlers who pull his strings would fare no better than the Portland teddy bear standing in for Mayor Wheeler.  Bloodlust is never sated by confession and concession, as Greenwald’s final comment quoted above instructs us.



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BLM/Antifa Violence Is Prelude for November

Article, by William R. Gensert, appeared first in AmericanThinker.Com


MARIANNE - Beloved Symbol Of The French Revolution
MARIANNE – Beloved Icon Of The French Revolution




…The movement to make people apologize to black people for their privilege and for the slavery and bigotry—for which, no country has done more to address and eliminate—is a means to create an acceptance culture, among people who otherwise might object to the coming revolution….



The left is going to riot in November no matter who wins the presidency.  Leftists have established by precedent the premise that “mostly peaceful” rioting, arson, assault, and rampant property destruction are not only acceptable, but necessary in order to purge our nation of imagined original sin.

George Floyd was merely a stroke of luck for the left; if it were not for his murder, they would have needed to conjure up another excuse for the studied and deliberate anarchy we are experiencing today.

Having failed at winning the election and then again with their efforts to depose President Trump through investigation and impeachment, Democrats have concluded that revolution is necessary, and one cannot prosecute a revolution without practice.

What we are seeing today is Antifa, the paramilitary arm of the Democratic Party, and BLM, the propaganda arm (in conjunction with mainstream media) of the party, practicing for the “big show.”  They understand that their coup failed because their nefarious plot against President Trump was strangled in its crib by a constitution that works when followed.  And they cannot allow that again.

Revolution is the way…

This has been coming for some time, certainly before Trump ever descended that escalator to announce his candidacy.  It is what “cancel culture” is about: stealing agency from anyone who does not toe the line.

The movement to make people apologize to black people for their privilege and for the slavery and bigotry that no country has done more to address and eliminate is a means to create an acceptance culture among people who otherwise might object to the coming revolution.

Forbidding particular statues, wrong words, cultural appropriation, and borrowed slang, are all about establishing boundaries that shall not be crossed to create limits to potential dissent from their incipient rebellion.

People think that the Obama administration’s debasing of the constitutional protections afforded to the accused with respect to sexual assault accusations in the nation’s colleges was about pursuing justice for the women who should “always be believed.”

It was not.  It was a means of getting people to understand that going forward, the left will not allow the presumption of innocence.  And if they can cancel that, they can cancel anything.

It was also a starting point.

It was initially Confederate statues that were overturned, but now it is any statue, because they want us to know that they are in control and we should, as we are doing now, stand down when they try to overthrow the government in November.

It is all a test to see if America will accept the negation of the values inherent in our constitution.  With the slogan “black lives matter,” they mean to force us to accept that the aphorism “all men are created equal” is outdated, because black lives are more equal and matter more than any others.

Yet it is not that they care one whit for black lives who perish in unimaginable numbers at the hands of other black lives; what they want is to establish a regime where the people of the United States accept that what they say matters.

Having established the policy, it is a small step to abrogating all of anyone’s rights at any time.  All that will be needed to destroy one’s constitutional protections is for the left’s allies in media to sell it to an uninformed populace as righteous and justified.

After all, who is not anti-rape, anti-racism, and pro-fairness?

The canceling, forced apologies, the looting, and the arson are all part of getting America ready to accept the rebellion the Democrats are planning for post-election.

And the destruction will not be “rebellion” or “revolution”; it will be peaceful protest.

The left acts under the premise that only leftists are right and just.  This false assumption gives them both license and good reason to commit whatever despicable deed they must to eradicate opposing ideas.  And if we have seen anything these last weeks, it is that Democrats have no aversion to using violence to get what they want, because when you believe that you are riding “the arc of history,” breaking a few bones and burning down a city bend toward justice — as Barry would say.

The riots, the arson, the defund police movement, assaults of public figures, the canceling of people who drift astray of the left’s orthodoxy — all are designed to inure people to the violence that will befall the nation immediately before and after 11/03/20.

We can expect the left to show little mercy, for cancel-culture leftists lack grace when the smell of blood inflames their nostrils.  After all, they are mere victims striking out against oppressors, which we have allowed ourselves to be categorized as by our silence.

Knocked off their feet with the destruction of Chairman Hillary Mao in 2016, they reached into the mire within which they were ensconced to grab whatever excrement they could to throw at the president, and it did not work.

Their “Plan B” is to overthrow the system, and the widespread anarchy and destruction we have seen in recent days is merely prologue as preview.

Should Trump win, there will be widespread calls for negating the election because…this, that, or the other thing was used by the president to steal the election.  That will be the justification for them to unleash the Kraken.

If Biden wins, they will riot to consolidate their gains and push their agenda.  This will include gun confiscation and destruction of the 1st Amendment — just to start.

Yes, we all know what will happen in November.  We have been witness to the arrogant display of slow-motion revolution for weeks now.

The more frightening question is, how can it be prevented?

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