The grand jury for the Michael Brown shooting will announce its decision within weeks, perhaps even days- and among those in the Ferguson area, there seems to be little doubt about what is coming if no indictment is handed down. Businesses and residents are boarding up windows, hoarding vital supplies, and those with firearms are keeping them close at hand. Law enforcement agencies are stocking up on teargas and rubber bullets, while the National Guard is pre-positioning armored vehicles for rapid deployment.
Ferguson, Missouri, is preparing for riots- and they are expected to be much more destructive and dangerous than those harrowing nights of near-anarchy this past August.
Despite weeks of preparation, the local authorities aren't exactly instilling confidence in law-abiding citizens. Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III recently warned a group of local business owners "When the Gremlins come out, you're just going to get caught in the crossfire." The Ferguson fire department is telling residents to keep trash cans free of garbage whenever possible, so that there is less for the rampagers to light on fire.
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 10: Mayor James Knowles packs up following a city council meeting on November 10, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. The St. Louis suburb is hoping to avoid a repeat of rioting which broke out after teenager Michael Brown was killed by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer, if the grand jury investigating the shooting does not find justification to prosecute Wilson. The grand jury's decision is expected sometime in November.
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This unnerving situation is reported on by a media that still insists on using terms like "unrest," "protest" and "civil disobedience" when describing the last round of marauding and destruction through the Ferguson streets. Don't expect them to show any more journalistic integrity this time around, no matter how widespread the damage or nasty the street battles become.
While Ferguson prepares for its very own manmade disaster, it's worth revisiting the fundamental falsehood that this is all about racial or economic inequity. Breaking things, hurting innocent people, and assaulting police are defensible, they say, so long as those heinous acts are part of some grand, inchoate scheme to address racial or economic inequality in America.
Nonsense. Not only is their position morally indefensible- it's not even their true position.
The Leftists, agitators, and assorted malcontents who stand ready to throw rocks and spit on the police at the first provocation aren't fighting for social justice, racial justice, or any justice for that matter. The real hardliners in Ferguson don't care about the Michael Brown verdict. This is increasingly clear in recent weeks, as wackos run around in Guy Fawkes masks, burning American flags, yelling epithets at police. The flotsam and jetsam of the grievance movements has taken root in Ferguson, and they want to pile on with the racial agitators to find a vent for their self-indulgent rage.
If Officer WIlson is not indicted, the match will be lit.
Everything right now is pointing to imminent tragedy in Ferguson.
But before we must wade through the wreckage and tally the damage, and God forbid, the casualties, it's worth remembering who helped push us into this queazy place. It's not only the professional grievance movement that forced a once peaceful town up to the edge of anarchy. They have had a lot of help from high places.
Media certainly played an odious role. The shrill hysterics of MSNBC- with pundits incessantly pandering not to minorities, but elitist urbanites who make ostentatious show of their concern for minorities- are to be expected. And for the false prophets of social justice, the community organizer street-hustlers and rabble-rousers, perhaps nothing more can be expected.
But in the background of all of this, it is really a whole political party that deserves to be heaped with infamy for its role in igniting this racial flashpoint.
The Democrats, and President Obama himself, have provided political fuel for the arsonists in Ferguson.
This charge may have been more difficult to make, or least was less brazenly obvious, until the last few weeks of the mid-term campaign, when the race-baiting of the Democrats was unleashed without any attempt to conceal it. In the waning days of the 2014 election cycle, the Democratic party exposed its most putrid bile with desperate, defamatory attempts to raise the specters of modern lynchings- rectified, of course, if the black community votes for the nearest, almost always non-minority Democrat for Congress or Senate.
For those Democrats without a speck of honor, favorite subjects of this cycle's election ads included the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the riots of Ferguson, and even the invocation of Jim Crow policies. Subtle stuff, guys.
As you see, these are the sorts of memes that don't go away after an election. And they create the kind of hatred and rage that can quickly spasm into violence. That the democratic party so debased itself, and was still undeniably gutted at the polling place, doesn't in any way reduce the damage done. Psychological wounds were opened by Democrat race baiting in states across the country, and the rage from them will soon be concentrated in Ferguson.
Even for Democrats, what we have witnessed recently is beneath contempt. You can draw a straight line from the demagoguery and race baiting of the DNC to the terrified store clerks and homeowners in Ferguson wondering when the angry mobs will come for them. Justice for Trayvon, Mike Brown, and all the rest.
Of course, it wasn't just the elections that exposed these cynical racial ploys. While President Obama has pretended to be even-handed and above the fray on a surface level, his actions have suggested a clear sympathy with the Ferguson agitators. The President had Attorney General Holder open a federal criminal civil rights probe on absolutely no evidence other than a shooting involving a white police officer.
This not only prejudiced any possible jury pool for Officer Darren Wilson- it gave a very clear signal that the rioters and marauders of Ferguson were right to assume racial animus in the shooting incident.
And it was just another data point proving that Obama's Justice Department has become, on issues involving race, indistinguishable in its positions from some of the more venomous ethnic front groups. The protestors are, in a sense, responding to the signals sent by the highest law enforcement body in this country.
Why should they respect the grand jury verdict, and the judicial process it represents, if the Department of Justice itself wants to skip right over that same process to score political points?
It's all disgraceful, but Democrats won't stop. The Leftists, progressives, and petty statists in this country can't get enough of the rage and despair building up on the streets of Ferguson. It may not have worked this time, but there is always the next election.
Needless to say, there will be no accountability for those who ran political campaigns that amounted to an incitement to violence in Ferguson. The media will inevitably spin whatever happens there as the result of decades of racial disparity in the justice system.
But perhaps the American people will decide it is high time to bury the politics of race baiting and decry the Democrats' opportunistic, cynical manipulations.
Another rout in 2016 would be a good start.