Contrary to Jonah Goldberg in his August 16 Ferguson Agonistes in National Review (which seems to be having a particularly bad time with its peasants on this issue), I don’t think “rioting is almost never justified” (my emphasis).Now, the best President America never had, Pat Buchanan, says the following.
I think it’s never justified.
In other words, what Governor Nixon and Captain Johnson are doing, to the usual MSM applause, is the exact opposite of what they should be doing. They should meet any sign of rioting with ruthless coercion:
The time to halt a riot is right at the start, by pinching off the criminal spearhead with precise and overwhelming force. The cops will usually be caught flat-footed (no pun intended) by the initial outbreak. But they need to spring into a pre-arranged mobilization that should always be as ready in every major city as the fire-department or hospital disaster-response program.
Personally, my sympathies, like those of most fair-minded Americans, are entirely with Police Officer Wilson (who is clearly going to be legally lynched like the Rodney King cops and who should probably flee the country).
But his guilt or innocence is completely irrelevant here. There is no right to riot—period.
“The arson, looting, vandalism and violence that have ravaged Baltimore should have been met days ago with superior and decisive force. There is no justification, no rationale, no excuse for what has been going on in the streets of Baltimore. None."In contrast, President Obama seems to be doing his best to keep this going.
“The root cause of riots is rioters, and the answer is ever the same if we are to remain a free society – the swift and unapologetic restoration of law and order.
“What is needed today is not solicitude or empathy for the lawbreakers and rioters, but unequivocal condemnation of them, by the president and those in both parties who aspire to succeed him.”
[Pat Buchanan: Baltimore Needs "Decisive Force," WorldNetDaily, April 28, 2015]