In June, Minneapolis, MN mayor Jacob Frey tried to appease the mob that was protesting, rioting, and looting in his city. They shouted him down. Last week, the mob came to him, staging a protest outside his own home. Other Minneapolis officials have also been targeted, and their homes have been harassed and vandalized.
The violence that mayor Frey and city council member Linea Palmisano faced against their property is unacceptable. So is the vandalism and arson that devastated countless other homes and businesses in their city. Unfortunately, the government of Minneapolis wasn’t there for its citizens when it mattered most: while business owners picked up the pieces of their destroyed livelihoods, the city council committed to defunding and dismantling the police department. Now, as crime soars, those same city council members are starting to backtrack on their decision.
Maybe the progressive politicians in charge of Minneapolis and other cities devastated by riots don’t understand what they’re really up against. They might think that if they say the right things, the radicals will back down. They won’t. The movement behind the civil unrest isn’t interested in reform or dialogue. As AmericaIsGood.us founder Tom Klingenstein puts it, the “rioting radicals” who “own the Democratic Party” are part of a “project to overthrow the American way of life.” If you oppose them, they’ll come after you. If you support them but start getting cold feet, they’ll push you out of the way. If you, your business, or your home just happens to be in their way, they’ll run you over on their path to revolution. When your goal is to cancel America, everyone and everything is fair game.
It’s not likely that cooler heads will prevail among the mob. After all, mob violence starts when the reasonable voices have already been silenced. But leaders on the left who still believe that America is good should remember that the mob won’t help keep them in power – it’ll target them, too. They should join the conversation about what will save this country, not give in to those who want to destroy it.