God bless Tucker Carlson. He's one of the few voices of sanity remaining in the mainstream media. Last night he played a tape of a 911 call in Fredericksburg, Virginia, in which the dispatcher openly said to the caller that the cops couldn't help her. She was on her own, because the city had given permission for the rioters to do their thing. Hear it for yourself, and please take time to listen to the entire four-minute-or-so segment that I've chosen to include. (If you want to listen to the entire 15-minute report, so much the better, IMHO.)
(EDITED TO ADD: If there are playback problems, watch the video on YouTube, from 6m. 48sec. to 10m. 29sec.)
So what would you do, dear reader, if you found yourself in that woman's position? What would you do if rioters were running rampant through your neighborhood, with police simply driving past and doing nothing about it?
I know what I'd do. I know what I will do, if it comes to that. I have to accept that defending myself and my neighborhood will carry consequences with it, because the authorities in places like that are likely to paint me as the criminal for defending myself, rather than the rioters, looters and thugs who are attacking me and mine. That sort of discrimination goes with the territory, I'm sorry to say. When you take a stand, you make yourself a target for those who are spineless cowards seeking only to ingratiate themselves with the enemy and appease their hunger for violent retribution. However, that does not mean you should not take a stand.
I don't believe in appeasement. I'll let Rudyard Kipling explain why.
IT IS always a temptation to an armed and agile nation
To call upon a neighbour and to say: –
"We invaded you last night – we are quite prepared to fight,
Unless you pay us cash to go away."
And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
And the people who ask it explain
That you've only to pay 'em the Dane-geld
And then you'll get rid of the Dane!
It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation,
To puff and look important and to say: –
"Though we know we should defeat you,
we have not the time to meet you.
We will therefore pay you cash to go away."
And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
But we've proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane.
It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
For fear they should succumb and go astray;
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
You will find it better policy to say: --
"We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
And the nation that plays it is lost!"
That's what far too many liberal, progressive, left-wing local and state governments are doing right now. They're "paying the Dane-geld" by pandering to the mob, rather than cracking down on its criminal conduct. That can have only one future, as the mob grows more and more emboldened.
Frankly, I don't know how police in those areas can stand to look at themselves in the mirror every morning. They're abandoning the people they've sworn to protect and serve. By consenting to officially imposed inaction, they're making themselves part of the problem, not of the solution. If, in future, they come to be regarded as part of the oppressive system that needs to be resisted, they will have no-one but themselves to blame. My law enforcement friends and contacts are uniformly disgusted by what they're seeing and hearing. Many of them are discreetly passing information to those who can do something more active about defending their families, homes and neighborhoods, ensuring that they're not caught unawares. I'd say that's the least all cops should be doing right now - at least, all cops who take their oath of office seriously.
I told readers some weeks ago what was needed. I can only repeat that advice, even more strongly. You, and you alone, are your own and your family's and your neighborhood's first line of defense. Accept that responsibility, equip and train yourself to fulfil it, and stand ready to do so - because you can't rely on anyone else, even the police, to do it for you. It's that, or be a victim. The choice is yours.