Skip to comments.“Let the Rioters do their Worst; I won’t Stand in Their way!”
Posted on 06/25/2020 6:00:27 PM PDT by robowombat
Let the Rioters do their Worst; I wont Stand in Their way!
By Boyd Cathey on Jun 25, 2020
Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina comes across as a nice man, well-mannered, calm, the kind of man you would want as a neighbor and, yes, as a friend. He seems unthreatening in how he speaks, always with a very slight but perceptible eastern North Carolina accent. In short, he radiates a down home you can trust me charm.
Except for one thing: its all a façade, false, a mask hiding a far darker side of his character. His likable demeanor disguises an individualNorth Carolinas chief executive officerwho has been largely responsible for giving the green light to looting, mob violence, and the blatant destruction of symbols and artifacts of our history.
His praxis is not one of openly or vocally inciting the riots and violence; no, that would be too obvious and likely to produce a backlash. Rather, through his actionsand failure to acthe has purposefully enabled those riots and that violence. He has used the initially ostensibly peaceful demonstrations as means to achieve his purposes, purposes which he has had all along.
Whether he acts (or fails to act) out of conviction, or through the advice of his small extremist woke social justice warrior constituency, the result is the same. North Carolinas elected chief defender and protector of our laws and Constitution has become its chief violator, if only in a remote sense and without his guilty fingerprints.
Over the past week or so a mob of rioters and looters rampaged through Raleigh, North Carolinas capital city. Stores were looted, graffiti were sprayed on monuments, and lawlessness reigned. But you see Raleigh has a woke leftist mayor Mary Ann Baldwin, and like so many other mayors in leftist-controlled cities across the nation, her response was to let the mob do its business under the theory: let them destroy property, thats acceptable, but we dont want to hurt the rioters physically. In other words, the capital police stood down as the rioters rampaged through the city and millions of dollars of private property were destroyed, an outrage against the very raison detre of our law enforcement, the reason they exist, which is not only to protect individuals but also private and public property. And is it not legitimate to say, like other leftist mayors, that Baldwin has a certain real sympathy for the goals and objectives of the rioters?
But even worse came over the long weekend from Friday, June 19 to Sunday, June 21, 2020. The mob had taken aim at the historical monuments on Capitol Square. They had already defaced them, but now their objectclearly stated on Twitter and Instagram for anyone to read, including our elected leaders and law enforcement, both state and municipalwas to topple them and to begin with the three iconic Confederate monuments on the Capitol grounds: the statue of Pvt. Henry Wyattthe first Confederate soldier killed in the War Between the States, the monument honoring the women and children of the Confederacy, and lastly, the giant and artistically distinctive Confederate obelisk facing Hillsborough Street.
At first on Friday night they managed to bring down two lesser statues perched aside the tall Confederate monument. The police did nothing, in fact, stood down with the complicity of Mayor Baldwin and the governor. Then came the Wyatt and Women of the Confederacy monuments. At first state capital police resisted but then, they too were told to stand down.
And at that point Governor Cooper, in one of those moments that assuredly required some pre-planning on his part, intervened and issued an order: all Confederate monuments, he decreed, would be taken down because they were dangers to public safety. It was a logical succession, something that could be presented to the public as the culmination of a rational process, to protect the raging rioters who might somehow hurt themselves if they continued to attempt to destroy state property! (After all when the mob felled a monument recently in Portsmouth, Virginia, it actually landed on one of the rioters. We cant have that happening!)
But in so doing, in enabling the rioters to ultimately succeed in their rampaging fury, Cooper flagrantly violated the laws of the state of North Carolina. He invited the mob to destroy public property without the slightest hindrance, he encouraged them. And thus he fulfilled their deepest desires.
And he did so in spite ofin open violation ofthe Heritage Protection Act [Monuments Protection Act] of 2015 [G.S. § 100-2.1] which specifically enjoined and forbade the removal of North Carolinas historic monuments by any level of government authority. Indeed, Cooper through his Department of Administration had attempted previously, in the summer of 2018, to have those three Confederate monuments at the State Capitol removed, under the very narrow exceptions allowed by the Monuments Law. As required by that statute, he had gone before the North Carolina Historical Commission (empowered in law to rule on such cases) using the very same reasoning that he was to use about public safety on June 19-21, 2020.
But back on August 22, 2018, the Historical Commission, composed of noted attorneys and historians, several named by Cooper himself, had denied his appeal by a vote of 9 to 2, in effect declaring that the laws use of the term public safety as an exception had nothing to do at all with supposed danger to demonstrators (as Cooper claimed), but meant internal and structural weaknesses or decay within the monuments themselves. External threats to the monuments and whatever harm that might come from those threats were not included as a reason or exception for removing a monument. Those threats to public safety must be dealt with by law enforcementby the required protection of public property by our constituted constabulary.
Thus, what Cooper did was not only a violation of the Monuments Protection Law, but also a violation of the specific and exact legal ruling of his own North Carolina Historical Commission. Denied his request in August 2018, he manipulated and used the current riots on the State Capitol Squaretelling the police to stand down so that violence could occurto achieve his ultimate goal: removal of the monuments in the most underhanded manner, while indicating to everyone (in particular, to his most fanatical and woke followers) that he was taking this action for the sake of public safety and against racism that those monuments to once-living and breathing men, women and childrencitizens of North Carolinasupposedly represent.
Confirmation of this underhanded praxis comes from various high-placed sources, both in law enforcement and in government. And not only that, for Cooper has essentially informed smaller municipalities around the state that should riots occur in their communities, should the mob visit them, he will not allow the North Carolina National Guard to assist them to protect their communities or their history if a noisy bunch of Antifa/Black Lives Matter thugs try to take down YOUR monuments, basically the governor is telling the citizens of the Tar Heel State: You are on your own. My tiny radical extremist constituency rules, and I will allowpermiteven encouragethem to destroy artifacts of our history and culture. Public opinion, which in every poll is two-thirds against removing those monuments, be damned.
Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest, who will oppose Cooper is this falls election, has spoken out in condemnation of what is happening and what Cooper is enabling (June 20, 2020):
North Carolinians should be shocked by the utter lawlessness that occurred in downtown Raleigh once again last night, this time on the State Capitol grounds. While Gov. Cooper shifted blame when our cities were looted and buildings were damaged, he has no excuses this time. Last nights destruction occurred on state property, right next to his office. It is clear that Gov. Cooper is either incapable of upholding law and order, or worse, encouraging this behavior. The essence of a free society is the rule of law. When our elected leaders turn a blind eye to chaos, destruction, and disorder, society begins to unravel.
It is important that Forest get this message out, via his campaign appearances and via media (TV ads). It is a winning message if he will use it, and he must be strongly encouraged to do so.
All the while the revolution advancesin Oregon and California it is George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Francis Scott Key, their monuments toppled. Columbus is now down in various cities. Even the slightest verbal demurrer online is banned as racist. You cannot dissent from the new narrative and agenda. And too many of those on our side run for the tall grass, fearful of being called racist.
When the mob comes for the statues of George Washington on North Carolinas State Capitol groundswhen the effort is to topple monuments to Charles B. Aycock and Zebulon Vance, or to displace North Carolinas monument to its three presidents (Jackson, Polk, and Johnson), what will Cooper do? By his own irrepressible logic he must give in; there is no other course now that he has implicitly (if not explicitly) thrown his lot in with the new Taliban fanatical destroyers. They desire the total and complete erasing of our heritage and culture. Cooper has invited them in, encouraged them, and thinks he used them. But in fact they have used him, and they will bring him down into the very feculent sewer of anarchic devastation that they create and zealously push.
He deserves nothing better.
S.I. Hayakawa jumped on a car and pulled the plug on speakers. Would any REPUBLICAN do that?
In the substance abuse arena these people are called “enablers” and that is an accurate reference to these situations as well.
Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina comes across as a nice man, well-mannered, calm, the kind of man you would want as a neighbor and, yes, as a friend.
Governor Roy Cooper makes Richard Simmoms seem severely alpha-male in comparison.
There are 19 abortion clinics in North Carolina....Will Cooper and the leftists mayors feel the same way of the pissed off blacks burn and destroy EVERY ABORTION CLINIC in the state????Cooper wouldn’t stop them would he???? That would be racist....
After all,since the abortion clinics have murdered 20 million black babies in this country,aren’t blacks allowed to vent “their anger” about this?????
In other words a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
More like a hyena.
It is essential that the American people come to understand that the rioting, looting, social disintegration, lawlessness and the decline in property values and jobs was worse wherever Democrats had been elected and were in charge. California, Washington, Illinois, Minnesota, New York and North Carolina are prime examples
Real racists would want to see abort o mats and sterilization clinics lining every street named for Dr. MLK, Malcolm X, Harriet Tubman, Caesar Chavez, etc. They would also call on Pres Trump to abandon the wall and put such clinics along the Mexican border.
Maybe so, but RAY Cooper is the greatest percussionist alive.
The President knows the Democrats want total destruction because they cant help their communities. Democrats never have helpful solutions.
Maybe so, but RAY Cooper is the greatest percussionist alive.
After input from Obama.
” Governor Roy Cooper makes Richard Simmoms seem severely alpha-male in comparison. “
If once a riot were to be responded to by a hundred citizens with rifles the destruction would stop, at least in the part of the country that got that response and if there were to be a dozen dead rioters, arrests and trials would be problematic and probably lead to not much. It took four dead in O Hi O and that series of riots and occupations and the violence that accompanied, to be suddenly over and it all got quiet.
Why should people have to pay taxes?
Hayakawa had no trouble rejecting the cant and cowardice all around him. Asked whether, being of Japanese extraction, he didnt side with minorities, he said he certainly did, but the radical activists did not speak for the majority of blacks or anyone else. They were media creations, he said, adding that TV news suffers from an excess of show-business values.
I feel pretty certain that Cooper (and other Dem Govs) would order the police to shoot at the citizens if that were to happen.