America’s “Nights of Rage”

The November elections are not a referendum about Trump. They are a referendum about America. Opinion.

Rafael Castro ,

U.S. riots
U.S. riots

The rampage of recent nights in American cities is reminiscent of the anti-Jewish pogroms that rocked Germany in 1938. Admittedly, in each case the violence had different triggers: In Germany, it was a Nazi vendetta for the murder of a German diplomat by a Jewish teenager whose parents had been deported to a refugee camp on the Polish border. In America, it followed the brutal murder of George Floyd by a police officer.

Like during the November pogroms in Nazi Germany, tens of thousands of people whose lives had been devoted to earning an honest livelihood have seen their dreams turn into ashes. We should not be distracted by the fact the Nazi violence was orchestrated by the authorities, whereas the looting in America may or may not be spontaneous. In both cases, the groundwork for the violence was laid with meticulous care years in advance.

Nazi plans to discredit and demonize Jews are sufficiently well-known to need no further documentation. What deserves mention is the way the current US administration was systematically demonized by an establishment that could not brook a candidate it hadn’t bought. Ever since Donald Trump became a serious contender for the Republican Party nomination to the 2016 elections, the media and Deep State advanced a false narrative according to which the President of the United States is a neo-Nazi, a white supremacist and a vicious racist.

These accusations never subsided. The more President Trump delivered for the black and Hispanic community in terms of wages, job market participation, inner-city revitalization and prison reform, the louder and more obsessive the media's mantra became that Trump was an enemy of people of color.

When a police officer unjustly murdered George Floyd, the reasonable target of blame would have been a local Democratic administration presiding over a Minneapolis police force which recently also murdered a white woman seeking protection from a rapist. However, such a reaction would have demanded integrity.

Large swathes of the American establishment are as devoid of integrity as the German elites of the 1930s. Instead of unanimously denouncing the violence in America’s streets from day 1, many jumped on the bandwagon of violence. Politicians, academics and Hollywood stars greeted the “rage” in America’s streets as cathartic. It was only once the violence started to make their cause look bad that “progressives” began to argue ridiculously on social media that the violence was actually orchestrated by white supremacists trying to stoke a civil war.

A Congressional investigation after the embers have cooled will ascertain the exact responsibilities for these American-style pogroms. That is why we should be thankful the United States is a democracy. Nevertheless, just like the November pogroms signaled the moral bankruptcy of the German aristocracy, the German churches and the German army, so do these nights bear witness to the moral bankruptcy of American political and cultural liberalism.

A once honorable tradition which appealed to patriotism has become a parody of its past greatness.

Instead of calling citizens of all races to serve the common good, it has turned identity politics into a banner of grievances and hatred against the foundational ideas of America.

Instead of trying to provide people with a chance to work their way out of poverty, it fans resentment against a top 1% whose supposedly fabulous wealth will give everyone a carefree life.

Instead of defending the best of the American way of life, it promises a future where taxpayers will cover everything from abortions to baby-diapers, graduate degrees in gender studies to sex-change operations.

American liberalism is no longer what your grandparents knew and admired. It has been hijacked by advocates of intersectionalism and postmodernists who mock values America traditionally held dear.
American liberalism is no longer what your grandparents knew and admired. It has been hijacked by advocates of intersectionalism and postmodernists who mock values America traditionally held dear: fairness, hard work, responsibility, religion and truth. In the cultural world where the Democratic elites feel at home, content of character matters evermore less and less. What truly matters is how many grievances one can bring to the table.

In the pages of the New York Times or the Washington Post, reason is increasingly subordinate to identity. In an argument advanced by a Christian heterosexual male against a Muslim disabled woman of color, it is a foregone conclusion which side will be presented as deserving more sympathy.

It is especially painful to see Jewish involvement in this charade. A people who flourished in America precisely because America believes that productive citizens are an asset regardless of their race or religion, nowadays supports in droves the canard that America is “structurally” and “systemically” racist. This position is defended by Jewish liberals even though the success of their parents and grandparents belies the libel they promote.

The reality that in America one is free to fall very low is the counterpoint to the fact America allows one to fly as high as one deserves. The fact in America that everything has to be paid for protects citizens from being deprived of what they have earned. These are the foundations upon which Americans greatness was built.

Those who think America’s model can be bettered by copying Sweden or Germany should take a careful look at cities like Malmö and Duisburg. Then they should ask themselves why Northern Europe’s best brains have always moved to America.

The November elections are not a referendum about Trump. They are a referendum about America. America’s future will be determined by voters whose cities are being ravaged by mobs or by God-fearing citizens whose restful sleep proves the virtues of the American heartland. Will the time-tested wisdom of “hicks” and “deplorables” prevail over the sophistication of socialites? This is the question Americans will need to answer wisely.

In the meantime, Churchill’s words that the “mills of justice grind slowly, yet steadily,” are vindicated. The violence of recent days has largely spared towns and cities whose residents have little sympathy for radical rhetoric.