Imagine New York, and you might put the Statue of Liberty in that image. Think of San Francisco, and most of us still picture the Golden Gate. St. Louis? The Arch! Los Angeles? The Hollywood sign.
Picture Portland, and nearly everyone thinks of roving gangs of black-clad thugs, smashing, punching, and kicking in a Kristallnacht frenzy. While the mayor of Portland is probably proud of the city, the reality is that the entire city is an un-American disgrace, its reputation as trashed as its downtown, and its police department is a laughingstock of law enforcement. It not only joins the ranks of West Coast cities ruined by progressive politics, but surpasses it as a city currently undergoing a hot cultural war. Watch the videos of the now-weekly protests, and it’s difficult to resist the notion that it’s headed toward lethal violence.
Long-time readers know the Czar observes urban violence very closely: when anarchist riots unexpectedly occur in a city, the Czar is there to remind you that they are (a) not anarchist, but carefully organized, (b) not riots but orchestrated violence targeting specific goals, and (c) not unexpected, but planned out months in advance. In nearly every case, local law enforcement knows the names and faces of the people triggering the violence well before they arrive at the airport or bus station. This information is shared between departments, and the suspects observed. How? Because it’s almost always the same folks.
Why not lock them up for good? Because, incredibly, these folks don’t participate in the actual events. Instead, they organize the suckers who do. They don’t throw the milkshakes. They don’t even make them. They find people who do and put them in contact with each other. They’re quite good at it, and ensure that someone wearing black will throw a punch of kick at a bystander. It’s been going on for over a century.
The Czar has about a dozen posts on our site here that lists all the cities this has been happening at, all fitting this same template. What’s new about Portland is that the mayor is ordering law enforcement to stand down. That’s right! Don’t get in the way. Let them have their fun.
It’s utterly naive, and if 51% of Portland’s voting population still had triple-digit IQs, that mayor would already be an assistant manager at a Denny’s. Other mayors of other cities around the world get control of these situations as quickly as possible, before innocent people get hurt, or before controversial journalists are targeted and beaten by people.
Portland is a garbage city. You can blame the erroneously-named anti-fascists, and you should. And you should also remember to blame the people organizing these events. But it’s essential to blame the leadership of the city as incompetent and absolutely part of this terrifyingly ongoing problem.