Dangers of American Mobocracy – Santa Barbara News-Press

ALEXANDER GARDNER
Abraham Lincoln warned against mob rule in an 1838 speech in Springfield, Illinois. This photo of the President was taken in 1863 by Alexander Gardner.

In his 1838 speech at the Lyceum in Springfield, Illinois, 28-year-old Abraham Lincoln spoke of “the perpetuation of our political institutions.”

The speech was eerily prescient, coming 23 years as before then-President Lincoln presided over a nation tragically embroiled in a gruesome civil war – the ultimate test of this “perpetuation” – by the assault on Fort Sumter.

But Lincoln’s Lyceum address wasn’t just prescient about Fort Sumter. Indeed, much of the speech, which emphasizes the perils of the populace, reads as if it could have been delivered yesterday. As Democratic activists today, much like their 19th century predecessors, once again resort to rogue pleas for mob strength, it behooves the GOP – the “Lincoln Party” – to heed and to utilize the enduring wisdom of its spiritual founder.

In Springfield, Lincoln warned that “the innocent, those who have ever turned their face against violations of the law in all their forms, just like the guilty, are victims of the ravages of mob law.”

Then, carefully making the connection between mob rule and the decline of civic efficiency and democracy itself, Lincoln added: constituted like ours, can indeed be broken down and destroyed – I mean the attachment people.”

Finally, near the end of his speech, having established the dangers of the mob, Lincoln made his appeal: “There is no grievance which can be redressed by the law of the mob. In all cases that arise, such as the enactment of abolitionism, one of the two positions is necessarily true; that is to say, the thing is right in itself, and therefore deserves the protection of all law and of all good citizens; or, it is wrong, and therefore appropriate to be prohibited by legal acts; and in neither case is the interposition of mob law necessary, justifiable, or excusable.

The overarching backdrop to Lincoln’s Lyceum speech was, of course, the most difficult issue that so dominated prewar American politics: slavery. But his counsel, and his call, are timeless. In fact, these tips have never been more relevant than they are today. For now, just as then, the threat of mob rule hangs over the republic like a sword of Damocles.

And now, just as then, that threat emanates from a similar partisan tribe: the Democratic Party. True to the Alinskyite form and consistent with their militant 1960s-era campus ancestors, today’s Democrats routinely threaten the republic with mob rule if they don’t get what they want. .

Ahead of Inauguration Day 2017 and Inauguration Day itself, left-wing activists across the country blocked traffic, smashed windows, looted stores and set cars on fire. In Washington, DC alone, 217 people were arrested and six police officers were injured.

On October 6, 2018, the day Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as Supreme Court Justice, left-wing activists, intoxicated by a smear campaign of fabricated sexual assault charges against the esteemed jurist, physically beat at the gates of the court in a fist bump. attempt to disrupt the process.

In the post-George Floyd ‘Summer of Love’ of 2020, Black Lives Matter and Antifa hooligans ravaged America’s urban hallways with a zealous ‘mobocratic spirit’, racking up a combined fire bill criminal, vandalism and looting of over $1 billion in paid insurance claims.

On April 20, 2021, the nation waited anxiously to see if Derek Chauvin, the disgraced Minneapolis cop, would be convicted of the murder of George Floyd. He was, and rightly so, but one still wonders how tainted the verdict was, given not only President Joe Biden’s wildly inappropriate comment before the verdict on Mr Chauvin’s guilt, but also the predictable gathering of left-wing crowds in Minnesota, ready to riot once again. and set the cities ablaze at any moment if the verdict did not please them. M. Chauvin deserved his verdict; the “ravages of popular law” still reigned.

More recently, left-wing “protesters” have taken to picketing, demonstrating and shouting crude obscenities outside the Supreme Court and the personal homes of conservative justices – a blatant example of the most sordid form of power politics. imaginable brute, intended to intimidate a justice swing lacking the majority opinion disclosed by Judge Samuel Alito in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the flagship abortion case this term.

So far, Attorney General Merrick Garland has called these prototypical Mobocratic demonstrations “unacceptable” and “dangerous,” but he has so far avoided filing charges under U.S. Code 18 Section 1507, a federal law that clearly outlaws this farcical conduct.

Conservative churches across the country have seen pro-abortion Marxist protesters suspend services, all in a bizarre attempt to better save the left’s most important pagan sacrament: abortion. And in what looks an awful lot like arson, an abortion center in Madison, Wisc., mysteriously burned down shortly after Dobbs fled, around the same time vile graffiti was found on the premises saying “If abortions aren’t safe, then neither are you.

The US Capitol Riot of January 6, 2021 – and specifically those who violated the Capitol itself – has been universally condemned by all Republican elected officials. But not so much the Black Lives Matter/antifa/neo-Marxist shock troops, who riot, burn and rage with nods and nods of approval from their ruling Democratic Party elders. And even when these elders claim to condemn anarchy, they do so because there is in fact more than they could To do. See, for example, Attorney General Garland.

Fortunately for Republicans, President Joe Biden now has among the lowest approval ratings in modern American political history. It is catastrophically unpopular, and Republicans are poised to win the most congressional seats any party has won in midterm elections in decades.

If they wish to lock in those gains and best appeal to moderates, independents and swing voters, Republicans could do far worse than return to their Lincolnian roots and run a sustained summer/fall campaign devoted to the very simple and intuitive that “there is no grievance that can be redressed by mob law.”

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