In one of the harshest condemnations of the havoc that’s been wrought in American cities from coast to coast that you’ll read outside of expressly-conservative publications, the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board wrote Monday that far-left agitators and activists were staring down an immense backlash if their chaos doesn’t come to an end.
“They won’t stop by themselves because their campaign is essentially about power and control, and they need new villains,” the board surmised. “But as they march through liberal institutions, they are also laying waste to liberal values of free speech, democratic debate and cultural tolerance.
“Someone has to stop this, and first and foremost that means the liberal establishment,” they continued. “The leaders of universities, foundations, museums, the media and corporations need to draw on their remaining moral authority to make the case for a liberal society. There is a risk that anyone who speaks up, however reasonably, will become a mob target. But if one or two lead, perhaps others will follow.”
The board said that the division being caused by these hooligans could send the country spiraling into collapse.
“Social comity in a polarized society will not be achieved through coercion and struggle sessions,” they wrote. “If liberals won’t stop the Jacobin left, expect a political backlash and social fracture that will make Donald Trump’s Presidency look like a tea party.”
Speaking of Trump and his administration, they signaled Tuesday that they’ve seen just about enough of this slow-motion destruction of American heritage.
“Numerous people arrested in D.C. for the disgraceful vandalism, in Lafayette Park, of the magnificent Statue of Andrew Jackson, in addition to the exterior defacing of St. John’s Church across the street. 10 years in prison under the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act. Beware!” Trump tweeted.
He was echoed by Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, who tweeted: “I just left Lafayette Square where another so called ‘peaceful protest’ led to destruction tonight. Let me be clear: we will not bow to anarchists. Law and order will prevail, and justice will be served.
“The scope of the violence and destruction since the protests started weeks ago have been significant,” he continued. “Criminals have vandalized national memorials and monuments, ignited sacred sites, attacked law enforcement officers, and destroyed countless businesses.”
We firmly believe that, despite what they’ll show on NBC and CNN, the vast majority of Americans are watching this chaos unfold with a mixture of exasperation, confusion, and anger. And rest assured, if those Americans can’t express that sentiment on television (or even at their places of employment), they will damn sure do so at the ballot box.