By Joe Ragonese
“There’s a white man,” shouted the African-American woman, “kill him.” “Kill him, let’s get him, kill the white piece of sh–,” the black mob replied. They chased him down like a pack of wild dogs, in this case the man was a reporter for a local newspaper. When he was surrounded, the mob began to punch the luckless man until he fell to the ground. Once on the ground, the crowd proceeded to kick at the prostrate figure. “There’s another whitey,” screeched a second black woman, while pointing at a white woman, she was a reporter for a local news channel; “kill the white bit–, kill her, kill her.” The crowd stopped pummeling the hapless man and ran toward the white woman. She ran away. A white photographer became the mob’s next target. Throughout the night shots rang out and businesses burned, as the black citizens from throughout the community looted every business in sight. As the thugs rampaged through the streets the mob chanted, “What do we want, dead cops; when do we want it, now.” Their motives for the firestorm were crystal clear, they wanted to hurt police officers.
This may sound like the opening paragraph of a fiction novel; however, it happened on the evening of August 13, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The next day, spurred on by members of Black Lives Matter (BLM) and the Revolutionary Communist Party, a second day of protest were planned and held. The mostly black protesters marched to a district police station and stood, their hands held above their heads, trying to reinforce the BLM lie, hands up-don’t shoot.
As the afternoon turned into evening, the riots resumed. Gunshots again rang out, wounding one man in the crowd. Police were forced to use an armored car (one of those militarized vehicles that President Obama wants local police to return to the federal government) to go into the riotous mob to recover the injured man. He was a member of the protesting mob, shouting at the police because he bought into the BLM lie that the police are hunting and killing black men at will. The bullet that nicked his neck was shot by a fellow BLM protester. No one in the crowd tried to help him. As usual, it fell to the police to risk life and limb going into the angry and unruly mob to remove the wounded man, then return through the rioters to bring him to medical assistance. Throughout the evening police were forced to dodge rocks and bottles; as well as bullets, hurled at them by the thugs who badly outnumbered them.
That evening also saw the sister of Sylville Smith urge the rioters to leave their neighborhood and go to the white suburbs to rape, loot, burn and kill there. This was not widely reported in the main stream media. Who is Sylville Smith, and what does his sister, Sherelle Smith, have to do with this, you may be asking? Sylville Smith is the 23 year old black man who pointed a stolen, loaded pistol at Milwaukee Police Officer Dominiue Heaggan-Brown. Officer Heaggan-Brown is also African-American. In order to save his own life, officer Heaggan-Brown shot and killed Smith. Heaggan-Brown was wearing a body camera throughout the chase with Smith, and caught on camera the man turning and pointing the pistol at the police officer. Smith would have not hesitated killing Heaggan-Brown. An autopsy showed that Smith was killed with one bullet to the chest and one in the arm, which is consistent with the police version of the killing of the black criminal.
The truth was irrelevant to BLM, who immediately organized a social media campaign urging their members to meet at Sherman and Auer Streets, where the black crowd set fire to a BP Gas Station they didn’t like because non-blacks owned it. Of course, the rioters turned into looters, taking everything off of the shelves before setting the gas station on fire. As Milwaukee Fire Department trucks responded, shots rang out, preventing fire fighters from extinguishing the flames. Police and firefighters bore the brunt of rocks, bottles and gunshots directed at them. The riots ended the third night, after a curfew was placed in effect; but the template for BLM had been fully cemented. More incidents like this will follow. It is how radical, totalitarian movements are born.
Make no mistake, BLM is at the forefront of a radical leftist takeover of America, in concert with the Democratic Party, who want to turn America into a Marxist nation, run by a political class of tyrants. You don’t believe it, just try to refuse making a cake for a gay wedding and see what happens. In Washington State, one business owner was fined out of business, by the state, for doing just that. Eight years ago something like that happening was unthinkable. Eight years ago Christians had rights, too. Now they do not. Just eight years ago – hard to believe; right. In a short eight years, under the control of Barack Obama, with a press who is in lockstep with him, everything that America stood for has disappeared.
Retrace the past eight years, gays and women in the military, gay marriage, removing by executive fiat the Defense of Marriage Act, signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996, and its removal from law canonized by an Obama-inspired Supreme Court in 2013. (I know there were more justices appointed by conservatives on the court then, but Head Justice John Roberts doesn’t seem to be able to stand up to Obama and Anthony Kennedy has just as weak a spine in important matters of the constitution.) The Defense of Marriage ruling is just one of the failures of this court. God help us if Hillary appoints the next three or four justices.
Ten years ago, 2006, a politician couldn’t be elected to office if he said he favored gay marriage, today, he can’t get elected to office if he says he is against it. But gay marriage isn’t the only social upheaval that has changed the character of America. Women’s rights and black lives trump men’s and white lives. If you are a white male, in the majority of America, you are a second class citizen. Eight years ago that wasn’t the case. Eight years ago you could speak truthfully about reverse discrimination. You know when a white person is denied entry into a college because he or she is white (this also applies to Asians). Affirmative action is the rule of the land now, just when it was fading away where it belonged, it has risen from the grave under the guidance of Barack Obama. Christianity is under attack, we are not allowed to believe in the Bible, and if we do we are racist, homophobic, sexist and any other expletive the left wishes to throw at us. The list goes on and on, this writer is sure that you can think of hundreds of examples of extreme social change over the past eight years.
The span of eight years may seem like a blink of an eye, but Adolf Hitler achieved total control of Germany in that length of time. In 1920’s Germany, the Nazi Party used tactics just like BLM to deal with political opponents. Adolf Hitler was a gifted speaker who convinced many Germans that all of their problems were caused by Jews and communists. He reinforced those beliefs with a goon squad, the S.A. (Sturm Abteilung) known as the ‘brown shirts’ to the world. The brown shirts were the BLM movement of Germany at that time. Like Hitler’s Nazis, the American BLM movement bases its philosophy on race. The name of the cause says it all, Black Lives Matter; implying that no other life, race or people deserve to live. Its core value is the grievance of being targeted by the police; which is as ridiculous as Jews causing the German people all of their problems. Yet both believed that they were victims of some nefarious plot against them.
Both used violence to be heard, bullied people to fall into line, and silenced critics. In November, 1923, Adolf Hitler went to jail for an attempted coup against the German Government, known as the Beer Hall Putsch. He and his brown shirted goons, got into a shootout with the police, while trying to overthrow the German Government, which Hitler told his followers was full of Jews. He was sentenced to five years in prison for high treason, yet only served nine months of that time. After his release, he returned as the head of the National Socialist Party, known as the Nazi Party, and remarkably, only eight years later, through violence inflicted upon the opposition by the brown shirts, he achieved total power. The brown shirts boldly went into meeting halls and broke up any opposition meetings or rallies, kind of like what has happened at Trump events. These violent disruptions of the opposition were not reported or under reported by a press corps that was in lockstep with Hitler, hiding all of his flaws and the folly of his ideas. He was voted into power in 1932. Yes, that is right, just eight years later. Sound familiar? He was named Chancellor. A year later the President, Paul Von Hindenburg, died in office and Hitler was appointed Chancellor and President. As supreme dictator he led his nation into World War II.
In BLM, a charismatic leader, like Hitler, has not emerged. But, it is following the lead of the brown shirts by using intimidation, bullying and capricious violence to get its way. I was in Chicago when they completely shut down a Donald Trump event. I saw the coverage, on Fox News, and only Fox News, because the main stream media is in lockstep with the Democratic Party and refuses to show what is really happening, like women being attacked at a Trump event in California. In Detroit, BLM infiltrated a Trump speech and tried, unsuccessfully because Trump knows how to deal with thugs, to disrupt it.
BLM is the brown shirted thugs of the radical left.
BLM members aren’t very bright. They are being used by the radical left to fulfill their goals of a Marxist America, but don’t have a clue of that. The reason that we cannot mention black on black crime is that it is very good for the left. All of the killing and mayhem in the inner cities plays right into the left’s plans to disarm us by creating an atmosphere of violence that only they can control; if only we are reasonable and give up our guns. Yeah, right. Adolf Hitler said the same thing. Among the first things that he did after gaining total control was to disarm Germans. In fact, although almost unknown, the 1968 Gun Control Act (enacted by a Democratic Congress) was copied, almost word for word, from Hitler’s gun control act. It tells you where the minds of Democrats are and always have been. It reminds this writer of Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote to the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1755, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither.”
As soon as Hitler obtained full power, he decimated the brown shirts, because they were too wild and uncontrollable. Many, who went to battle, killed and bled for him, were imprisoned or executed for false crimes. Once in power, Hitler knew that those thug tactics could be used against him so he alleviated the possibility by ridding himself of the brown shirts. This writer is sure that a similar fate awaits BLM when their thuggery is no longer needed in the interest of the radical left.
On November 8, 2016, we will vote for the next President of the United States. Hillary Clinton fully supports BLM and their thuggery. She embraces their movement and opposes the police every chance she can. On the other hand, Donald Trump fully supports the police and lets the world know that he is the only law and order candidate. Donald Trump has provided us with a list of likely Supreme Court Justices that he will nominate, Hillary has not, but her record has always been to side with the radical left.
There will be three to four Supreme Court Justices nominated over the next four to eight years; which of these two do you want controlling America’s destiny? Voting for anyone other than these two is a vote for Hillary. In this writer’s view, this election is the most important in America’s history. What happens at the voting booth this November will determine if America will continue to exist as a vibrant free democracy or a failed socialist state like France, Greece, Italy, Spain, or any other of the European states that embrace those failed values and controls every aspect of your daily life.
Joe Ragonese served in the U.S. Air Force from 1963 to 1967, working in command & control. For the next 36 years he was a police officer, 35 of those years on the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department (Chicago, Illinois). During that time he went to college on the G.I. Bill. Joe was a freelance writer until retiring in 2005 as a police detective. Since then he has written a novel, “The Sword of Mohammad,” available at Amazon.com, about nuclear terrorism in Chicago, and publishes Generations the Magazine, a senior newspaper,(www.GenerationsTM.