Food Riots In Sri Lanka Turn Deadly As Protesters Beat Up Police, Burn Down Politicians’ Houses

ZeroHedge | by Tyler DurdenSaturday, May 14, 2022 – 06:40 AM

Two months ago, we noted the first Arab Spring 2.0 incident when, as a result of soaring food, energy (and everything else) prices, thousands of angry Iraqis took to the street to protest. Needless to say, their complaints did not get much traction, and in the meantime food prices have only exploded to fresh record highs, far surpassing the levels hit in 2011 when riots against, you guessed it, food prices toppled most MENA political regimes (not without some CIA backing).

And as food prices keep rising, the protests across poor nations keep escalating, and on Thursday protests broke out in Iran leading to at least 22 arrests, after the government cut subsidies for food, sending prices through the roof as authorities braced for more unrest in the following weeks, Fox News reports.

In videos shared on social media, protesters can be seen marching through Dezful and Mahshahr in the southwestern province of Khezestan, chanting “Death to Khamenei! Death to Raisi!” referring to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has promised to create jobs, lift sanctions, and rescue the economy.

Iranian state media has not publicly addressed the protests, but they have been covered by the National Council of Resistance of Iran, an opposition group. Footage shared by the NCRI shows protesters setting fire to a Basij military base in Jooneghan, a city in the Central District of Jooneghan county.

“Every so often we see these types of protests in Iran. Each time it is under a different premise – the price of eggs, the price of gas, the price of bread, but the underlining message which is supported by the slogans heard throughout the demonstrations is the same; they are protesting the entirety of a brutal regime,” Lisa Daftari, Iran expert and editor-in-chief of the Foreign Desk, said in a statement.

“It is also evident in the fact that these protests are no longer just contained to Tehran, the capital city, and other urban areas. We are seeing protests throughout the country in urban and rural areas and throughout the very vast and diverse Iranian population.”

Daftari is right, and not just about Iran (and Iraq), but also Sri Lanka, where protesters angry at the soaring prices of everyday commodities including food, have burned down homes belonging to 38 politicians as the crisis-hit country plunged further into chaos, with the government ordering troops to “shoot on sight.”

Police in the island nation said Tuesday that in addition to the destroyed homes, 75 others have been damaged as angry Sri Lankans continue to defy a nationwide curfew to protest against what they say is the government’s mishandling of the country’s worst economic crisis since 1948.

The Ministry of Defense on Tuesday ordered troops to shoot anyone found damaging state property or assaulting officials, after violence left at least nine people dead since Monday, according to CNN; it is unclear if all of the deaths were directly related to the protests. More than 200 people have been injured.

The nation of 22 million is grappling with a devastating economic crisis, with prices of everyday goods soaring, and there have been widespread electricity shortages for weeks. Since March, thousands of anti-government protesters have taken to the streets, demanding that the government resign.

The military had to rescue the country’s outgoing Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in a pre-dawn operation on Tuesday, hours after he resigned following clashes between pro- and anti-government protesters. The military were called after protesters twice tried to breach the Prime Minister’s Temple Trees private residence compound overnight, a senior security source told CNN.

Rajapaksa’s resignation came after live television footage on Monday showed government supporters, armed with sticks, beating protesters at several locations across the capital, and tearing down and burning their tents. Dozens of homes were torched across the country amid the violence, according to witnesses CNN spoke to.

Armed troops were deployed to disperse the protesters, according to CNN’s team on the ground, while video footage showed police firing tear gas and water cannons.

It remains unclear if the curfew and the Prime Minister’s resignation will be enough to keep a lid on the increasingly volatile situation in the country.

Many protesters say their ultimate aim is to force President Gotabaya Rajapaksa — the Prime Minister’s brother — to step down, something he has so far shown no sign of doing.

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Going back to the same soaring food prices which tend to have quite a deadly and destabilizing impact on the world’s mostly poor nations, the ones who have no social safety net, Goldman recently published a Q&A on global food inflation (available to Professional Subscribers in the usual place), in which the bank look at the consequences of the global food crisis which is only getting worse by the day. Below we excerpt several sections from the Q&A:

Q. How large is the shock to global food prices?

A. Quite large but not unprecedented, and less large than the shock to energy prices.

Our GSCI Agriculture and Livestock index has increased by 17% over the past year and by 75% since the start of the pandemic (Exhibit 1, LHS). These moves are similar to those in 2008 and 2012 but less large than the current rise in energy prices. Our GSCI Energy index has increased by 70% over the past year and by 110% since the start of the pandemic. Agriculture commodities have seen sharper price gains than livestock commodities with increases in the GSCI Agriculture Index of 21% over the last year and 90% since early 2020 (Exhibit 1, RHS). Wheat prices have risen particularly sharply since 2020H2 due to unfavorable weather conditions and higher input costs.

Q. How is the war in Ukraine affecting global food prices and what is the outlook?

A. War-related supply disruptions have contributed to the rise in wheat and oilseed prices. Our commodity strategists expect wheat prices to rise up to 15% over the next few months, with upside risk for the next year.

The war in Ukraine has severely disrupted shipments of grains and oilseeds from the region. Combined dry bulk shipping activity in Russia and Ukraine ports has dropped by 50% compared to the 2021 average (Exhibit 2, LHS). The war is also likely to depress future production by disrupting Ukrainian spring planting of corn and sunseed and tillering of wheat. Russia and Ukraine together account for 13% and 8% of global wheat and oilseeds production, respectively (Exhibit 2, RHS), with CEEMEA countries especially relying on food imports from the region. As a result, wheat and oilseed futures have increased by 30% and 25% since the invasion, respectively, from already high levels.

Although the region plays an important role in global food production, Russia’s share in global energy production is even higher. This helps to explain why energy prices have generally risen more since the invasion than food prices.

Q. How does the hit from higher food prices to consumer purchasing power compare across economies?

A. The contribution from food and beverages to year-over-year headline CPI inflation is the largest in CEEMEA (7.1pp, PPP-weighted average), followed by Latin America (2.8pp). The contributions are less large in EM Asia excluding China (2.3pp), in DMs (0.8pp), and China (-0.5pp).

The food contribution to inflation is larger in EMs than DMs, although it is not unprecedented for Latin America and EM Asia (excluding China). While less elevated than in comparison to EMs, the current DM food contribution of 0.8pp is the highest on record, going back to 1996 (Exhibit 3, LHS).

By country, the food contribution is the largest in Turkey (23pp) and Russia (4pp), but negative in China at -0.5pp (Exhibit 3, RHS). The very large contribution in Turkey reflects sharp currency depreciation, reliance on imports of cereal, oilseeds, and oils from Russia and Ukraine, and droughts. The large food contribution in Russia partly reflects recent war-triggered demand from hoarding of non-perishable food. Finally, food deflation in China reflects oversupply of hogs.

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Q. What are the key implications of elevated food inflation for financial markets?

A. Upward pressure on EM policy rates and negative effects on credit and FX markets in frontier economies facing sharp “food-only” terms of trade deteriorations.

Further food price increases would likely put upward pressure on global and especially EM policy rates given the already very elevated inflation levels, and often less well anchored inflation expectations. The impact on DM policy rates should be more limited smaller, although food prices also influence DM short-term inflation expectations.

High food inflation can also have negative effects on credit and FX markets in frontier economies facing sharp terms of trade deteriorations. “Food-only” terms of trade have worsened in about 80% of the EMs this year. Using data on these terms of trade moves, food CPI weights, and fiscal balances, our EM strategists conclude that frontier sovereign credit markets in Egypt, Ghana, Tunisia, and Morocco are particularly vulnerable to food inflation shocks. Rising food inflation may also contribute to sociopolitical unrest in lower-income countries, as is currently the case in Sri Lanka.

More in the full report available to professional subs.

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Left-Wing Group Bribes Abortion Radicals With Stipends For Participating In Intimidation Protests At Justices’ Homes

Left-Wing Group Bribes Abortion Radicals With Stipends For Participating In Intimidation Protests At Justices’ Homes

A left-wing group is gathering abortion activists to march at Supreme Court justices’ homes next week, with stipends available for some protesters who participate in the Roe v. Wade crusade.

Beginning on Sunday, the group organized under the moniker “Ruth Sent Us” will embark on a week-long demonstration, with plans to protest outside the homes of the six conservative Supreme Court justices, whose alleged addresses have been published on the group’s website.

“Our 6-3 extremist Supreme Court routinely issues rulings that hurt women, racial minorities, LGBTQ+ and immigrant rights. We must rise up to force accountability using a diversity of tactics,” reads the group’s website, advertising monetary compensation for recruits. “Are you a muralist or chalk artist? Are you a graphic designer who would like to contribute remotely? Large-scale art will be included in the protests against the Supreme Court. Stipends available.”

The protests come on the heels of a leaked February draft ruling in which five out of six conservative judges concurred, with the majority draft opinion authored by Justice Samuel Alito to overturn Roe v. Wade. Justices Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas, and Neil Gorsuch each reportedly joined the opinion, with Chief Justice John Roberts remaining undecided.

The leaked opinion only offers a snapshot in time of the justices’ thinking, however, with members of the bench still able to change their minds before the final ruling is published this summer. Roberts’ home remains a target for protesters who aim to intimidate justices into safeguarding the nearly 50-year-old precedent ensuring abortion access.

The leaked opinion, apparently intended to foment public unrest in support of the 1973 landmark case, has already successfully galvanized abortion advocates who staged protests at the Supreme Court this week and in New York City. In Los Angeles, demonstrations quickly turned into violence reminiscent of 2020 when protesters clashed with police. Law enforcement erected non-scalable fencing around the Supreme Court building ahead of more protests.

Demonstrators with “Ruth Sent Us” appear to be coordinating with several allied activist groups including Code Pink, Kavanaugh Off Our Court, and Black Lives Matter. While the website advertises “peaceful protests,” the recent memories of Black Lives Matter riots terrorizing the country remain fresh in the minds of the public as communities are still rebuilding. This week’s violence in Los Angeles offers little comfort.

Harassment of conservative policymakers at their private homes has become an increasingly popular tactic among left-wing activists, who demonstrated at Kavanaugh’s home in September over anxieties related to Roe v. Wade. Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley and Fox News prime-time anchor Tucker Carlson have each also suffered from protesters staking out their D.C.-area residences.


Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.

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Riot in Los Angeles as Pro-Abortion Activists Confront Police

Riot in Los Angeles as Pro-Abortion Activists Confront Police

Violent demonstrators attacked police, vandalized a sidewalk, and smashed a local business on Tuesday evening during a protest against the Supreme Court’s impending decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 abortion decision.

The gathering was initially peaceful, as several hundred people gathered in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles to share their outrage at a leaked majority decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case.

Abortion protest Los Angeles (Frederic J. Brown / AFP / Getty)

Pro-choice activists march in protest after gathering outside the US Courthouse to defend abortion rights in downtown Los Angeles on May 3, 2022. – The Supreme Court is poised to strike down the right to abortion in the US, according to a leaked draft of a majority opinion that would shred nearly 50 years of constitutional protections. The draft, obtained by Politico, was written by Justice Samuel Alito, and has been circulated inside the conservative-dominated court, the news outlet reported. Politico stressed that the document it obtained is a draft and opinions could change. The court is expected to issue a decision by June. The draft opinion calls the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade decision “egregiously wrong from the start.” (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

The decision, written by Justice Samuel Alito and joined by four other conservative justices, restricted the holding in the case to abortion, though Democrats tried to inflame outrage by claiming all other privacy rights and social issues were affected.

Later, however, the event turned violent, as demonstrators tried to take over an intersection, and some threw rocks and bottles at police.

As the Los Angeles Times reported, some also sprayed graffiti in front of City Hall, and attacked police vehicles:

Around 7:30 p.m., officers escorted a group of about 250 demonstrators marching from the courthouse at Broadway and 1st Street to Pershing Square, said Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore. At some point, a group started to take over an intersection.

Police slowly drove a pair of vehicles into the intersection, moving about 40 protesters out of the way. Some were seen pounding on the hoods of the vehicles; most left the intersection.

One person smashed the window of a law enforcement vehicle near Grand Park, and others tagged a bus stop with the words “Google LASD gangs.”

[“LASD gangs” is a reference to reports of gangs within the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, an ongoing local scandal.]

The Times also noted that a glass door of a local Planet Fitness location was smashed during the clashes with police.

Video of the confrontations circulated online:

Some law enforcement officials were from the Department of Homeland Security, who arrived to assist local police forces.

This was the same law enforcement agency that then-Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) referred to as a “paramilitary” force when officers tried to protect a federal courthouse from Black Lives Matter rioters in Portland in 2020.

On Tuesday, Harris issued a statement declaring it was “time to fight for women and our country with everything we have.”

There were other demonstrations across California, with several hundred protesters gathering in front of federal buildings in San Francisco and Oakland, as well as outside a federal courthouse in Sacramento, the state capital.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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MACRON’S FRANCE [POST (S)ELECTION] UNREST as DAVOS / ROTHSCHILD YGL PUPPET (RE)CONFIRMED

MACRON’S FRANCE [POST (S)ELECTION] UNREST as DAVOS / ROTHSCHILD YGL PUPPET (RE)CONFIRMED

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MACRON’S FRANCE [POST (S)ELECTION] UNREST as DAVOS / ROTHSCHILD YGL PUPPET (RE)CONFIRMED

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3. Riots in France – Place de la République, Paris, right now. 4_24_2022 [tPeW241HUBVb]
4. FRANCE – TIRS DE FEUX D’ARTIFICE CONTRE LA MAIRIE DU 4ème A LYON [mdebvumhDyvR]
5. Several ‘hot’ spots and fires lit in Toulouse France [kPeY01uzAeuc]
6. The Demonstration continues towards the prefecture #Nantes #NiLePenNiMacron [BbwDgshqAmBf]
7. Toulouse, France – People are now on the streets angry at Macron’s re-election [NgBLwFojb5Sx]
8. #StolenElection Montpellier France protesters out in force #NoMacron #NoGreenPass [6bruvpfEAqij]
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JAQUES ATTALI; GLOBALIST BANKERS; THE FUTURE
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(Jacques Attali) A BRIEF HISTORY of THE FUTURE
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Report: Capitol Police Were Severely Unprepared To Handle Events Of Jan. 6, 2021

Report: Capitol Police Were Severely Unprepared To Handle Events Of Jan. 6, 2021

U.S. Capitol Police lacked guidance and training to handle the rioters at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, a new report says.

The report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that most of the 315 officers interviewed felt severely unprepared to handle any unauthorized breach of Capitol property. The report reaffirms what multiple other watchdog organizations labeled as a massive security failure by the Capitol Police and House of Representatives leaders, who failed to give the officers clear direction and autonomy to make security decisions.

At least 211 of the officers testified to GAO that they had little to no guidance from leaders in the force before the events despite intelligence indicating there would be a major demonstration and possibly rowdy crowd. Even during the height of the Capitol riot, at least 209 officers admitted that instructions were “slightly clear, not at all clear, or not provided.”

At least 80 respondents also claimed they were hesitant to use force against violators due to “fear of disciplinary actions” from the department and a lack of understanding about what kind of force would be appropriate to use against rioters. As a result, more than half of the officers questioned by the GAO, 180, said they desired more training that is “realistic” and gives practical steps to control a crowd.

After the 2020 summer of destructive riots, when polls showed a lack of confidence in law enforcement, it’s no surprise that understaffed police departments would urge their officers to cut back on potentially controversial actions to avoid becoming a target for racial justice rioters. At the time of the Capitol riot, the department’s force policy stated that “officers are only authorized to use the level of force that appears reasonably necessary to bring a subject under control while protecting the lives of officers and others.”

One officer even testified in the GAO report that the Capitol Police department “is always worried about optics and never really want[s] us to go hands on with the public.”

“Several respondents stated that the concern with optics was related to leadership’s perception of the desires of Members of Congress,” the report clarified.

The last time we heard about bad “optics” related to Capitol law enforcement was when former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, who resigned from his leadership post shortly after Jan. 6, told The Washington Post that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who is ultimately responsible for the security of the Capitol, denied his request for the National Guard to assist his officers. Sund specifically noted that Pelosi’s House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving claimed that deploying the Guard would be bad “optics,” especially for House leaders who previously shunned using the military against civilian rioters.

As a result, at least 151 respondents claimed there was a “lack of leadership and communication” surrounding the events on Jan. 6. Approximately 55 officers agreed that the leadership in the Capitol Police department needs to be “changed or improved.”

Capitol Police officials and even D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser have admitted that Jan. 6 exposed key failures of the law enforcement department, but so far, the department has largely failed to implement the recommendations made by the Capitol Police Inspector General and others.


Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. Her work has also been featured in The Daily Wire and Fox News. Jordan graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @jordangdavidson.

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Catering To The Left’s Delusions Greenlights Sex Crimes, Looting, And Torturing Children

Catering To The Left’s Delusions Greenlights Sex Crimes, Looting, And Torturing Children

Two news stories stood out to me over the past few days, and though they went largely unnoticed by the corporate press, I can’t stop thinking about them and what they signify.

The first is about Lia Thomas, a man who has been shattering records as a member of the University of Pennsylvania women’s swim team. He has reportedly been making his female teammates very uncomfortable when he fails to cover up his penis in the women’s locker room.

“It’s definitely awkward because Lia still has male body parts and is still attracted to women,” one of his teammates told The Daily Mail.

The second story is about a 26-year-old man in California who recently pleaded guilty to molesting a 10-year-old girl in a women’s bathroom eight years ago. This man, whose name was James Tubbs at the time of the crime but who now goes by “Hannah,” has been sentenced to just two years in the female section of a juvenile facility — because he was two weeks shy of his 18th birthday at the time of the crime and because he now claims to be a woman.

In one case, we have a heterosexual man flashing his genitals to his female teammates in the locker room before smoking other women in the pool. In the other, we have an adult male who, instead of being registered as a sex offender, will be shipped off to a children’s facility where he’ll be housed with girls like the one he molested.

These stories have some things in common. They’re obviously both shocking to rational listeners because they both defy logic and decency. Additionally, in both cases, men are actively harming young women.

Furthermore, both accounts are swept under the rug by the corrupt press, which doesn’t want to give them airtime not because they don’t have news value — they absolutely do — but because they don’t support the proper narrative.

Embedded within that last commonality, however, the one about the leftist-dominated media not caring, is a rampant problem within our ruling institutions that extends far wider than cable television and deeper than the gender war. It’s the simple fact that our basic institutions — from the halls of government and our entertainment industry to our newsrooms and classrooms and laboratories — have adopted, as one of their core functions, catering to delusion.

This is evident in the stories above. In them, universities, legal experts, parents, and the press — all of whom intuitively know that men and women are different — have opted for catering to the delusions of a couple of sick men over protecting vulnerable females and children.

It happens all the time in the sex realm. Medical “experts” cater to delusion when they refer healthy men for castration and women for mastectomies. School administrators do the same when they insist that teachers call little boys “she/her” if they so desire.

But transgender politics is not an outlier regarding the left’s delusions. It’s crucial to recognize that such celebrated irrationality throughout our culture is a cause of our institutional decline, not merely its effect.

Consider how catering to delusion is contributing to the breakdown of law and order in this country. In 2020, Americans experienced the “summer of rage,” when Black Lives Matter rioters killed civilians and police officers and caused billions of dollars in damage to small businesses and government buildings.

They were given a free pass by so many in the media and halls of power, who justified the violence by citing rampant shootings of unarmed black Americans by police. In fact, these talking points led to soft-on-crime policies that caused violence and murder in our nation’s cities to skyrocket.

But it’s a delusion. The data just don’t support the narrative that police officers are indiscriminately killing unarmed black men. It’s a lie, and it’s one catered to by corporate media, college admissions officers and “diversity” chiefs, corporate America, Hollywood, and even the president of the United States.

It’s the same story with Covid-19. All available evidence has shown for two years that the virus negatively affects almost exclusively the elderly and those with a handful of comorbidities (including obesity). Yet rather than encourage exercise and target mitigation strategies at the old and infirm, our institutions have hustled to keep up the delusion that the Wuhan virus is our worst affliction, ramping up talk of case numbers when the variants’ lethality began waning.

Thus while the media plasters morbidly obese models on the covers of our magazines and blames the disease on the unvaccinated, our teachers unions and school districts are keeping healthy children at home, endlessly muzzled, or banished out in the winter air to eat.

It doesn’t stop there. Everywhere you look is another left-wing delusion. Behind the cries from climate alarmists and their ruling-class enablers that you must stop eating meat and having children is the delusion that the world is less than a decade from apocalyptic doom. Behind the policymakers’ push for socialized health care and “human infrastructure” is the delusion that the state can care for you better than you can care for you. Behind calls for equity or a pledge to appoint a black woman to the U.S. Supreme Court is the delusion that skin color is more important than character and ability (a delusion better known as racism).

It isn’t too hard to expose these absurdities. As in the cases of Lia Thomas and Hannah Tubbs, however, the problem isn’t so much that there are delusional people in this world. It’s that key players in our most basic institutions are intent on catering to these delusions, often at the expense of the vulnerable. Worse, they’ll do everything in their power to ensure you cater to the delusions too.

For the sake of young women, schoolchildren, police officers, freedom, family, and faith: don’t.


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Why All the Incivility Towards Biden?

Why All the Incivility Towards Biden?

Those who decry the derision towards Biden are just a tad hypocritical. Let us examine his track record so far as President of the United States.

A spectre stalks the land — rampant incivility toward the President of the United States. People are using colourful language to express their disgust with Joe Biden’s efforts to destroy America as we know it.

Oh, the horror of it all.

A story in the Washington Post warns that “Biden’s critics hurl increasingly vulgar taunts.” This includes handmade signs displayed on parade routes with F**K Joe Biden” and chants of “Let’s Go Brandon” — a euphemism for … you know.

Unprecedented?

While admitting that US politics has rarely resembled a garden party, the Post assures us, “The current eruption of anti-Biden signs and chants, however, is on another level, far more vulgar and widespread” than anything seen in the past.

The authors claim to be mystified that a gentle soul could provoke such vitriol.

“During the 2020 presidential campaign, one of Biden’s political superpowers was his sheer inoffensiveness, the way he managed to embody — even to those who didn’t like him — the innocuous grandfather, the bumbling uncle, the leader who could make America calm, steady, even boring again after four years of Donald Trump” — truly cringeworthy prose.

I must admit, this is a side of Mr C’mon Man that I somehow managed to miss.

Rude Candidate

Campaigning in Michigan in March of last year, the innocuous grandfatherly type was challenged by a construction worker, who asked if he was “actively trying to end our Second Amendment right and take away our guns.” (The answer to that rhetorical question is a resounding yes.)

The man with the ability to bring us all together shot back “You’re full of sh*t” and “don’t be such a horse’s ass.” (I believe this is called punching down.) He then asked, “Do you want to step outside” — presumably so Biden’s Secret Service agents could hold him while he was pummeled by the feisty senior.

Acceptable for Trump

For four years, it was F-Trump this and F-Trump that. Trump was a white supremacist. Trump was Hitler. Trump was worse than Hitler. At the 2018 Tony Awards, Robert De Niro (who confuses playing tough guys with being a tough guy) strode on stage and growled to thunderous applause, “I’m gonna say one thing, F*** Trump!”

Madonna said she thought about blowing up the White House. (She later claimed her comment was taken out of context.) Comedian Kathy Griffin posted what appeared to be her holding up a bloody, severed head of Donald Trump.

Mad Maxine Waters took civility to new heights when she urged the mob to get in the faces of members of the Trump administration, harass them mercilessly, and drive them from restaurants and other public places.

Mob Madness

Recently, on more than one occasion, Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D. AZ) was followed into the ladies’ room by protestors who bullied and filmed her.

The Left rarely stops at verbal violence.

An Antifa mob descended on Tucker Carlson’s D.C. home, while his wife was alone, tried to smash in the front door, spray-painted anarchist slogans in the driveway and left signs warning the FOX News host, “Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!” The police treated it as a hate crime.

Senator Rand Paul and his wife were surrounded by a mob shouting threats as they left the 2020 Republican Convention. Without a police escort, there would have been blood in the streets. (These are just a few examples of the way the Post’s favourite activists conduct a civilised debate.)

Blood there was aplenty in the George Floyd riots which rocked over 100 cities, left dozens of business districts in cinders, resulted in $1-billion in property damage, as well as scores of dead and injured. During the campaign, it took the innocuous grandfather months to condemn this anarchist orgy, and then only in the most general terms, after polls showed him losing on the issue.

Falling to Pieces

Following the Post’s alleged news story, Jeff Jacoby (the Boston Globe’s pseudo-conservative columnist), while admitting the Left had been naughty, sniffed: “Yes, it is appalling that so many Americans can’t seem to express their opposition to the president without resorting to the filthiest, most uncivil words they know.” Tsk, tsk.

The rude response to Biden should be weighed against what he’s done to the republic in his short time in office.

In less than nine months, he has opened our southern border to an alien invasion (almost two million to date), made us energy-dependent once again, orchestrated a withdrawal from Afghanistan that made The Little Big Horn seem a successful deployment, pushed unconstitutional mandates, set the dogs of Department of Justice on concerned parents, appointed officials who resemble members of the old Soviet Politburo, and saddled us with trillions in new debt.

How should Americans respond to this unprecedented attack on republican government, like the fraternity pledge in Animal House who, while he’s on his hands and knees being paddled, exclaims, “Thank you, sir, may I have another?”

The Left’s civility for-thee-but-not-for-me ploy is intended to indict conservatives as savages and somehow intimidate us into pulling our punches.

Ain’t gonna happen.

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