This is the story of a riot. At one government building, a heavy glass door was broken, and a flag was burned. The rioters shouted, “Rights or war!”

Another government office building got it worse. They couldn’t burn down the building, instead, they used flares to destroy office equipment, including a number of expensive computers. Another rioter said, “This is war!”

Police officers were attacked by the rioters using newspaper racks, metal barricades, and they ripped out large potted plants out of their jars and tossed the massive jars.

The total amount in damages to the building and contents was $250,000, $60,000 just for the doors, which were multi-colored, lead-glass entrance doors. Yet another rioter said, “Let the violence speak!” One of the rioter’s signs said, “Rights Or Riots!”

People who watched what happened on television asked, “How can this be happening? How can it be happening in this day and age? After all this is 1991.”

That’s right, the riot took place on Sept. 30, 1991, in San Francisco when Gov. Pete Wilson (who was no conservative) vetoed a homosexual employment protection bill.

When AB-101 was vetoed, homosexuals decided insurrection was an option. There was no investigation. There was no impeachment.

Instead we were told, “You have to understand their rage.” It’s never an insurrection when committed by the Leftists in America.

When 40,000 Democratic labor union members occupied the Wisconsin state capital for a month in 2011, it was a “First Amendment celebration.”

When they took over the offices of U.S. senators during the Brian Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearings, it was “democracy.”

When immigration offices and federal courthouses are illegally occupied, which included shining lasers in the eyes of police and throwing bricks at them, it’s called a “peaceful protest.”

What was it President Donald Trump said on Jan. 6? I took a look at the transcripts of his speech. The part to notice is from 16:25 to 19:03 of the film footage that was taken that day.

Trump said, “We’re going to walk down there. … We’re going to walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women. We’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them, because you never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong. … I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”

What words are missing? Words like riot, coup, insurrection, mob rule, overthrow the elected government, violent takeover. Those are the words that are missing.

He was asking Americans to take a stand against the Left. Speaking of the Left, here are some of the statements they have made, proving they are not the peace-loving political activists they claim to be, or rather the way the national news media portrays them to be.

• “Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. You push back on them, and you tell them they’re no welcome anymore, anywhere” — U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., 2018.

“We’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business” — Waters, 2021.

• “Please show me where it says protesters are supposed to be polite and peaceful” — CNN host Chris Cuomo, 2020.

• “As public health advocates, we do not condemn these gathering as risky for COVID-19 transmissions” — 1,200 health and medical colleagues in 2020 supporting illegal street protests that don’t follow social-distancing norms.

• “To destroy property is not violence” — Nikole Hannah-Jones. New York Times, 2020.

• “The notion that nonviolence is tactically more effective has not only been proven wrong, it cannot be historical supported” — R.H. Lossin, Ph.D., The Nation magazine, 2020.

• “A siege (of the White House) only work if it is sustained. You dig in, hold your ground and the tension accumulates, amplifies, goes global” — Adbusters, the group that started “Occupy Wall Street,” 2020.

• “I need you to get out and talk to your friends and neighbors. Whether they are Independent or Republican, I want you to argue with them and get in their face” — then-candidate Barack Obama, 2008.

• “When they go low, we kick ’em. That’s what this new Democratic Party is about” — former Attorney General Eric Holder, 2008.

• “People will do what they do” — U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on violent protester, 2020.

• “Please get up in the face of some congresspeople” — U.S. Sen.Cory Booker, D-N.J., 2020.

• “There needs to be unrest in the streets for as long as there is unrest in our lives” — U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, charter member of (long, dramatic pause) The Squad!, 2020.

• “Nonviolence is an important tool for protest, so is violence” — Slate magazine, 2021.

• “Trump and his supporters must be … removed from our society” — Keith 0lbermann, MSNBC, 2021.

• “Even if [Joe] Biden wins, we go for all the Republican voters and Homeland Security will take away their children, and then we’ll put them into re-education camps (later, he referred to them as being “enlightenment camps”) — Michael Beller, attorney for PBS, who earlier said he wanted to firebomb the White House, and celebrated as “great news” that COVID-19 had increased in the Red States, 2020.

In a survey conducted by the University of Virginia, Biden voters were asked how they viewed Trump voters. The Biden voters considered Trump voters to be “close-minded” (89%), both “misguided and misinformed” (89%), “intolerant” (86%), “racist” (83%), “religious hypocrites (80%), “authoritarian” (77%), “dangerous” (77%), “ignorant” (86%), “fascist” (63%), “un-American” (53%), “un-Christian” (59%), “under-educated” (63%), “dishonest” (58%) and, last of all, “evil” (40%). Don’t you just feel the tolerance?

To top it all off, there are the statements from their leaders: Obama still believes, the last I heard, we are still “clinging to our guns and Bibles.” Hillary Clinton still considers us to be “deplorable” and “unredeemable.”

Vice President Kamala Harris doesn’t consider us “good people,” because we don’t support gun control. Last but not least, President Biden considers us to be “chumps,” “neanderthals” and “the dregs of society.” If you’re black and don’t support his ideas,  “you ain’t black enough.”

When did we ever hear comments like that from our nationally elected leaders, the people whom we have entrusted, via our votes on election day, to guide our nation past the man-made storms and to lead us to a brighter future for its people?

The answer is “we haven’t,” not with this kind of venomous and narrow-minded slander.

As a nation, we can do better than that. For our nation, we must do better than that.


MICHAEL SKAGGS lives at 185 McClains Road, Paris. His email address is

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