Trained by Greta's winds of rage, the young rioters take on the police - Must Read Alaska
Connect with:
Thursday, September 24, 2020
HomeMust Read AmericaTrained by Greta’s winds of rage, the young rioters take on the police

Trained by Greta’s winds of rage, the young rioters take on the police

Last August, teen sensation Greta Thunberg was aboard a sailing vessel heading across the Atlantic for the United States.

Powered by winds of rage, she was the international “it girl,” with her pigtails and scrubbed cheeks and righteous indignation, and would soon be named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year.

We noticed an uptick in the wearing of pigtails last summer amongst young girls. Greta taught them to say, “How dare you!” with conviction. It was a wearisome time for parents of teenage girls.

Climate change was, in the summer of 2019, the most urgent matter facing our planet. We know this because the media told us so. Forest fires fueled the narrative across the West that we were burning down the house. TV footage of burning forests were the proof.

How quickly we forget.

This summer we are living in the world the climate change activists envisioned — commerce is crippled, people live off the government, and no one is allowed to have a good time.

This summer, few recall Greta and her climate strikes. Forest fires burn, as they normally do in the West, and no one cares.

Now, Black Lives Matter is the new “it girl” in school. It’s the police who are the global menace. The young have moved on from wanting a more green and cool planet to wanting a more cans of spray paint and commercial-grade fireworks.

Portland rioters sport Soviet hammer-and-sickle motif on a map of Oregon that is on a homemade shield.

After these many weeks of race riots in Portland, where more than 80 percent of the residents are white and fewer than 3 percent are black, the city is still unsafe and the blocks around government buildings are still war zones. Violent crime is at historic highs, as it is in Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City.

The rioters are mostly white, mostly educated, and as “woke,” as a generation of kids who won participation trophies can be. They’re not part of an underclass by any means, but are the fingerlings of our ailing education system and parents who themselves have been protesting Donald Trump’s presidency since the day he was elected. The homes of these rioters are no-doubt filled with pussy hats left over from the protests against Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.

Portland Antifa is keeping the fires burning under this anti-American movement, as riot organizers hope to warm enough of the embers until the next outrage sparks a new wave of street fighting. After all, school will not be in session and the endorphin rush of being part of an important movement is intoxicating for this generation, which has hormones and boredom to spare. Always a deadly combination.

Mainstream media continues to describe the mayhem as “mainly peaceful,” and consumers of the media are lacking fulsome pictures from these riot scenes.

Over the weekend in Portland, the riots settled to skirmishes, but criminality still ruled the downtown district:

Around 9 p.m. on July 31, Oregon State Police reported a crowd forming at the Multnomah County sheriff’s office building in the Southeast section of the city, a sprawling area of homes and businesses.

By 9:32 pm, 150 protestors were on site, demanding entry into the building and alternately chanting they wanted to burn the building down. The police declared it an unlawful assembly, somewhat of an understatement.

A short while later, the crowd had moved back to the federal Hatfield Courthouse, where for several weeks rioting has been the order of the day in the liberal city along the Willamette River.

Roughly 700 protesters surrounded the courthouse, and spread themselves throughout Lownsdale Square, Chapman Square, Terry Schrunk Plaza, and the Edith Green Federal Building, where someone threw a Molotov cocktail at the building, according to the U.S. Marshal. An Antifa was seen walking through the crowd with what federal officials called an AR-15 rifle.

Sometime during the course of the evening, rioters shot paintballs at courthouse security cameras. Others blocked the vehicle entrance to the Edith Green Federal Building and threw bottles at the windows.

Department of Homeland Security officers, trying to protect federal property in spite of the Portland mayor’s wish to burn it down, conducted no arrests and reported no new injuries during the evening.

Portland saw a record number of murders in July, and August is shaping up to be another violent month in the city.

It’s hard for everyday Americans, who are just trying to survive in these coronavirus times, to keep perspective on the unfurling of the events that cross their news feeds.

But when the Portland School District said it would not dock students for skipping school last September so they could participate in a nationwide climate change strike, the school administrators themselves were setting the stage for this year, when the activists moved on to their new target: Police.

Donations Welcome

Share

Written by

Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

Latest comments

  • it is to easy to place blame on those nut jobs in Seattle and Portland but we have our own nut jobs in Anchorage leading us down the same path being led by our own mis-guided Mayor and backed up by our own out of control assembly….In a few days we Vote and lets hope a much larger percentage of us make it to the poles this time and effect some much needed change….

    • Unfortunately nobody is running against Edgmon.

      • After stabbing Carl Moses in the back, he won on a coin flip. Hope somebody flips him out of office.

      • No point in running against Edgmon; nobody with even a trace of conservatism would ever win against him in that district. The only way we will be done with our worst Speaker of the House ever is to flip the House Republican. Genuinely Republican, this time. That is on us, that are in other districts.

  • I found and am reading the old longshoreman, Eric Hoffer’s “The True Believer.” I’d say he described the origin and psychology/sociology of the BLM, ANTIFA, plus associated movements quite well. The characteristics of many of the dummies inhabiting those movements and to some extent the dummies who hate Trump. Their supporters, primarily Democrats, are just not bright enough to pick up that book and perhaps there are others. I’ll have to look through my junk for Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book. I might still have one from my old days at and around Berkeley.

  • They want War then let’s give it to them. I have been in harm’s way across the pond many of times. These little wanabee punks would soil themselves if confronted with an enemy that is neither afraid and heavily armed.

    • These leftist BM’ers and ‘mostly peaceful’ rioters only want war when they outnumber Americans 50 to 1 or more. Straight up, they certainly talk the talk, but they can’t and won’t walk the walk from mama and daddy’s basement. Besides, they are only fodder for the real instigators’ cannons. The ‘string pullers’ don’t care about the mentally challenged youths they have created. They want power, first and foremost, wealth beyond imagination next. At us commoners’ expense. The ‘mostly peaceful’ idiots matter not in the least to them. Nothing does except domination. Even Napoleon and Hitler, who each almost conquered the civilized world, held nothing beyond the current leftists, or so they think. Most who want war have no idea what real war is.

  • He is beatable. He didn’t get 40 percent of the vote. Him and his wife sit on many boards and he claims to be native although he is whiter than I am and his son has red hair like the Viking he is. Edgmon is a Norwegian name. He takes native pfd money from the needy. He takes credit for budget stuff that the Governor did. Worthless as tits on a boar hog in my opinion. He hates it when anyone talks down to him. Voicing my opinion got both my wife and myself phone calls from his friend and our boss cautioning us that she could get into trouble. His words not mine. Apparently he is against the 1st amendment as well if it goes against him. He marched into a room full of teachers and said he was going to fire the Governor if he didn’t do what Bruce wanted. That pissed off a bunch of voters.

  • Winds of rage, fulminations of flatulence
    More the latter we think
    What greater offense to our delicate sense
    than to know not who hath the more stink.

  • Edgmon and the mayor are both full of flatulence.

  • Great job, once again Suzanne.
    I saw a picture of an antifa punk with a caption saying ” my generation is going to start a revolution ” below the picture was a photo of an older veteran. His comment was, “your generation couldn’t start a lawnmower!”
    All true, what obviously is happening is that the confused antifa punks are just tools for a larger organized soft tyranny. That is why they only operate in “safe” zones like Portland OR. Their handlers know that using these tactics at large would be severely confronted by the majority. Doubtless a risk they are not willing to yet take. The outcome depends upon you. My country is worth fighting for . I take comfort in knowing that I am not alone . We must however put aside our petty disputes and face these Bolscheviks with a united front.

%d bloggers like this: