The Baltimore riots have given liberals plenty of opportunities to put their best foot forward. One would think that even those imbeciles on the most extreme end of the spectrum would find it in themselves to condemn wanton violence and destruction, but one would be wrong. Not only do so few of them have the moral fiber to criticize the rioters, many of them actively encourage the chaos – apparently unaware of or indifferent to the fact that black neighborhoods will suffer due to the damage. Black lives matter, but apparently the quality of those lives are of little concern.
Now this collection of crackpots is outraged at Whole Foods because one of their Baltimore stores had the indecency to offer free food to the National Guard. When the Guard troops were in the city Tuesday, trying to prevent hooligans from turning Baltimore into a fiery wasteland, the Harbor East market posted a picture on Facebook showing the troops holding food from their store. “We are so thankful to have them here,” the posting said, “and they’re pumped for Turkey & Cheese.”
What could possibly be wrong with that? Well, to the indignant masses that lurk Twitter and other online forums, this was Whole Foods betraying the Black Lives Matter movement. Apparently, this is supposed to be a war between the people and the state, and Whole Foods made the mistake of giving comfort to the enemy. Some have even called for boycotts of the supermarket, because it is just that unthinkable to give food to the evil National Guard troops.
Whole Foods wound up removing the picture from Facebook, claiming that it was giving people the wrong impression. Too bad. They should have kept it up. In fact, they should blow it up to banner size and hang it outside every one of their outlets. When the world is so twisted that a company faces boycotts (!) for a magnanimous, civic-minded gesture like this, then it’s really no wonder people are rioting. Hell, maybe it is time to burn the whole thing down and start again.
This is just one example of the sickness plaguing our society. A society so idiotic that liberals have even turned against their great savior, calling him a half-white racist. When President Obama called the rioters “thugs,” he made more sense than he has in the last six years put together. So, it’s only to be expected that this is the thing that turns the left against him. We have turned villains into heroes and heroes into monsters. Moral relativism is the new religion.
Given our history, it’s not hard to understand why many Americans have a soft spot for social unrest. We were born out of revolution and revolution has never been drained from our spirit. But just because people are taking to the streets, it doesn’t mean their cause is just. And even if their cause is just, it doesn’t mean their tactics are commendable. The National Guard is not the Gestapo and the police are not the SS. There are issues here to be talked about, but we’re going to need to put things in perspective before we can have a conversation.
But the longer this goes on, the less it seems like anyone really wants to have a conversation at all.