Is the Seattle protest becoming the modern-day equivalent of the Paris Commune? President Trump seems to think so. While the protests there are turning peaceful after the police decided to tone down their aggressive tactics against protestors, Trump appears to be threatening a military invasion to stem the “anarchists” who dare to declare their Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, a two city-block area in Seattle a “No Cop Co-op.”
Oh, anarchy !! However, according to an Associated Press news release, the most dangerous activity these anarchistic terrorists are engaged in presently is a “…street fair with political discussions and a drum circle.” Oh, yes, and a few vendors. What is a street fair without a few vendors supplying the utter essentials, eh?
They are, however, setting up street barricades, à la manière de Les Miserables, the Victor Hugo classic novel that finds its climax in the revolutionary Paris Commune that ruled large portions of the city of Paris for a few months in the spring of 1871. Alarmez!
Although I am reasonably certain Donald Trump is not aware of historical references, he is, apparently, alarmed that the sane, though to him seemingly cavalier response by local leadership is not “dominating the battlespace” of those two city blocks. He is distressed to the point that he issued a Tweet, threatening… or so it sounds to me… to send troops, saying, “Take back your city NOW. If you don’t do it, I will.”
He said that, really. Here is his full Tweet… verbatim:
“Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
Radical Left Governor @JayInslee and the Mayor of Seattle are being taunted and played at a level that our great Country has never seen before. Take back your city NOW. If you don’t do it, I will. This is not a game. These ugly Anarchists must be stopped IMMEDIATELY. MOVE FAST! 2:08 PM · Jun 11, 2020”
Is that even a thing?
Read the full story here at the Associated Press
Donald Trump’s dangerous stance on the use of the military for the enforcement of “law and order” within our boundaries is a clear indication of more than misunderstanding their role in line with the Constitutional provisions for the nation’s defense. It’s not a matter of ignorance. Simply put, and like all tyrants, he simply does not care.
So… given the President’s predilection for pomp, hyperbole and theater, is it real? Should we be alarmed or merely shake-of-the-head and cluck-of-the-tongue bemused, saying, “Christ on a cupcake, Donald, go play with your toys and leave us alone.”
That tendency on our part has given him infinite license over the past three and a half years and he has taken use of our bemusement and distraction in the interim to dismantle our government and even to deconstruct the norms under which our government has operated forever. Maybe it’s time to take this man at his word. Maybe it’s time to start worrying. Better yet, maybe it’s time to get serious enough to impeach him and…. No, wait…!!
Marjorie Cohn has written an excellent analysis of the current situation.
Read it here in Truthout