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Ten Reasons, Other Than George Floyd And Racism, America Is Facing A National Resistance Movement DMT.NEWS

Article by WN.Com Correspondent Dallas Darling

As President Donald Trump tries to pin the blame of America’s nationwide resistance movement on Antifa, an anti-fascist organization, he cannot seem to wrap his mind around the fact that millions of people despise his presidency. From the young and old to those with differing political beliefs, many hold him and the Republicans in Congress responsible for the rise in racism and the death of George Floyd, and so much more. But then the killing of George Floyd and the national resistance movement which followed has always been much more than just an isolated incident where an African American was killed (some called it tortured) while in police custody.

Ruling Class Fascism and “The Art of Looting”

Beneath the façade of American democracy and the subordination of people to its own unelected dictatorship of the corporate, financial, and military elite; the Ruling Class has worked effectively at draining and disabling democracy’s radical and progressive potential. Under this fascist rule, there are millions like George Floyd who “can’t breathe.” They would rather die standing instead of live kneeling-slowly suffocating to death by this Ruling Class. Some critics warn that without this nationwide resistance movement that occurs every few years, America would have become the third great totalitarian formation, succeeding that of Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Russia.

Trump may want Americans to believe that Antifa anarchists are responsible for the country’s unrest, but most agree with Helaine Olen who wrote: “His policies and actions resemble an anarchist just as much as anyone. What has happened to our nation over both the past 3 years and the past week is exactly what we should expect to happen when the person in charge has no stated beliefs other than his self-interest.” She adds,

“He looted the government and the U.S. Constitution of the ability to perform their functions, destroying agencies and firing and forcing out humiliated government officials who have attempted to hold him accountable.”

Trump, COVID-19, and Whose History?

One protester at the White House told me that he holds the president criminally liable for the death of his wife, age 28. “It didn’t have to be,” he said. Over the course of several days, he drove her to a hospital three times with worsening symptoms. The first two times she was turned away due to limited testing resources. The last time he took her it was too late. She died after a week on life support. He also discovered that too often hospitals refuse women and people of color. Thousands just like him blame the president for his delayed response, numerous mistakes, and for dismantling a national pandemic infrastructure that had been in place.

Something else the national resistance movement is protesting is a past that glorifies American imperialism and White Supremacy.

For this very reason, demonstrators damaged Confederate monuments in multiple cities, defaced Border Patrol museums, and targeted popular landmarks in Washington, DC. “Yall not tired yet?”, a reference to full equality, was sprayed-painted at the Lincoln Memorial. “Do black Vets count?” was sprayed across parts of the National Mall’s World War II Memorial. In the south, Confederate statues were destroyed with these phrases left: “No more spiritual” and “black genocide,” and “No more colonization of the mind.”

Without Truth-No Justice, and White Sadism

Protesters defaced the monuments believing that without truth, you do not have justice. The truth protesters want is the history of disparities in America, namely the racial, economic, political, and social ones. Their focus is to expose how the Ruling Class accumulated its wealth and power by enslaving and terrorizing African Americans for hundreds of years, and by committing genocide against the American Indian. They believe the past still holds secrets and ideological pipelines extending from the KKK and mass lynching of blacks, and from the massacres at Sand Creek and Wounded Knee, to the domestic terrorists today: The Ruling Class.

White Supremacy is not the only cancer in police forces. Fueled by the president’s rhetoric, there is sadism which derives pleasure through others undergoing pain or discomfort. In Brooklyn, police cars mowed down black protesters. A Pennsylvania officer was filmed beating a black teenager to the ground and kicking her. And while an officer in Utah knocked over a black elderly man walking with a cane, another in Michigan pulled down the masks of two black girls and maced them.

This occurred after the president incited the police with: “When the looting starts, the shooting starts!”, a White Supremacist phrase dating back to the Civil Rights.

Sacrificial “Essentials” and “Eat the Rich”

Another way COVID-19 is fueling the nationwide resistance movement is it is tearing into many young “essential workers.” Although young adults are less likely to suffer serious complications from infection, they can still suffer lifelong health problems after getting sick. Many resent that as states reopen and find out how many people need to lose their lives to shore up the Ruling Class, they are making only $7.55 an hour. States are moreover dismantling safety nets. Subsidies for childcare, nutrition programs, utilities, and healthcare will be ending. Evictions and debt collections have already pushed many into the streets.

In Beverly Hills, those forced into the street chanted, “Eat the Rich,” as they marched down Rodeo Drive. Many were underpaid theme-park and production crew workers that helped Hollywood and the Celebrity Industry to amass large fortunes. Others worked for little pay in the service industries.

Since COVID-19, U.S. billionaires have increased their wealth by $500 billion while 41 million Americans lost their jobs.

Most of their wealth came from the three stimulus packages and from insider trading. The Ruling Class now controls a bigger share of America’s wealth than at any time since 1929, the year the Great Depression started.

Other Types of Police Brutality and No More Carnage?

The national resistance movement is protesting other types of police brutality than white-on-black police killings. In Louisville, where one protester was shot by police, the community was already angered by a police shooting in a drug raid at the home of an innocent victim of a wrong address.

Most communities are demonstrating against the militarization of police forces, including qualified immunity.

They want an end to the Qualified Immunity Act by allowing civil suits, and to make it easier to investigate the “blue shield,” a phrase that denotes the informal rule among police officers not to report on a colleague’s crimes or police brutality.

In “The Boston Globe,” James Pindell noted how President Trump’s inauguration speech from over three years ago promised to put an end to “American carnage.” Three years later, amid a global pandemic, 100,000 COVID-19 deaths, record unemployment, and a need to sacrifice essential workers, the president, often, has only made things worse, including economic and racial inequality.

He has now threatened dictatorial rule and state-sanctioned killing by sending the U.S. military to hotspots with “vicious dogs,” “ominous weapons,” and “orders to shoot.”

In effect, he has declared war against the American people, another reason to protest.

Unconstitutional and Betrayal at St. John’s

Reports that Trump and Attorney General William Barr-both whom admire President Richard M. Nixon-ordered a police assault to beat back peaceful protesters gathered near the White House Monday evening to clear the path so that he could walk to St. John’s Episcopal Church is almost as disturbing as the murder of George Floyd. It should make all of us support this nationwide resistance movement against fascism, which included National Guard soldiers and police clubbing peaceful protesters with batons and firing tear gas canisters into crowds so that the president could hold a Bible up and deliver his first speech on the death of George Floyd.

“The Attorney General is the top law enforcement officer in the country, the leader of an agency meant to protect Americans’ constitutional rights,” said Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) “Barr betrayed that mission by ordering the violent and systematic violation of peaceful protesters’ rights, He should resign.” Senate Democrats unveiled a resolution condemning the president for

“ordering federal officers to use gas and rubber bullets against the Americans who were peaceably protesting… thereby violating the constitutional rights of those peaceful protesters.”

If the president is not removed from office, the rights of every citizen may someday be violated.

Another Catalyst; But Sustained Movement?

Just like the slaying of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968; the brutal beating of black motorist Rodney King in 1992; the dark side of globalization and Seattle WTO Protests in 1999; the rise of inequality and Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011; and the glaring poverty and systematic racism and Black Lives Matter protests between 2014 and 2016; the murder of George Floyd was another catalyst. In each instance, protesters demanded political, economic, racial, and social equality and were wanting to dismantle the Ruling Class with its deadly tools of brute repression that have remained intact in every age.

Acting on that choice in a serious democratic fashion, however, is not a simple or easy matter. It involves difficult and detailed movement-building work that must happen every day, not just once every decade. Angry about their squandered generational wealth by the older generations, and their political capital stolen by a fascist regime ; “What is looting,” the nationwide resistance movement asks, “when over the past 30 years the Ruling Class has gained $21 trillion while the bottom 50 percent lost $1 trillion in wealth?” And, “What is $50 million in damages compared to the thousands killed and the trillions of dollars spent on bailing out corporations and CEOs?”

Dallas Darling (darling@wn.com)

(Dallas Darling is the author of Politics 501: An A-Z Reading on Conscientious Political Thought and Action, Some Nations Above God: 52 Weekly Reflections On Modern-Day Imperialism, Militarism, And Consumerism in the Context of John’s Apocalyptic Vision, and The Other Side Of Christianity: Reflections on Faith, Politics, Spirituality, History, and Peace. He is a correspondent for www.WN.com. You can read more of Dallas’ writings at www.beverlydarling.com and www.WN.com/dallasdarling.)

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