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Sorry, Don. We Need More Than a Biden Speech to Stop the Violence.

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A rioting revival is occurring in the wake of Jacob Blake’s shooting in Kenosha. Despite Blake’s mother offering a very calm, reasoned plea to stop the riots – those in her son’s name and any others – violence increases against both people and property.

After weeks of promoting “peaceful protests,” it seems like major media outlets are finally waking up to the problem of these riots. In a recent clip from CNN, Don Lemon expounds on the riots, noting how troublesome they’ve become and observing that Joe Biden may be afraid to address them.  

Either way, Lemon declares, Joe Biden must take a stand and say that the rioting must end.

I would agree. Yet while all political candidates should speak out against such riots and violence, this problem is not something that can be simply fixed by a speech from Joe Biden, nor by one from Donald Trump.

No, the roots of this chaos and despair run far deeper, a fact referenced in a recent Chronicles article by Taki Theodoracopulos. The article takes a look at the recent spate of violence and statue desecrations in America from the perspective of a resident of Greece, a land filled with statues of people, many of whom – ironically – were ancient slaveholders.

Theodoracopulos wonders what it would be like if American protesters came and tried to demolish these statues:

Walking around the Acropolis’ ancient ruins makes the mind reel at the disposability of American culture. Nothing is sacred and everything is replaceable. The consensus among my Greek companions is that America is sick, its leaders groveling to the lowest dregs and denominator, its future a nonstarter.

Those of Greek heritage, Theodoracopulos asserts, would never interact with their ancient statues in the way that Americans behave towards theirs, for one very good reason:

I was among good men, successful and civilized, and until now very pro-American. They are all Greeks, with Greek values and beliefs based on a shared ethnicity and religion—unlike in America, where values are supposed to be based on a shared story. Because we are Greek, it would be unthinkable for us to turn against our heroes to burn down our neighbors’ homes and businesses, as Americans are now doing.

And there, perhaps, is one of the biggest clues about where America has gone wrong.

America, as we all know, has long been a melting pot of cultures. We have prided ourselves on being the land that welcomes the “poor… huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” As such, individuals from all lands and backgrounds have come here, ready to shed their pasts and embrace a shared American culture. In a sense, they shed their former ethnicities and became “American.”

Yet in recent years, the quest to become “American” is no longer embraced proudly, if at all. Multiculturalism is the name of the game, Western civilization and the Judeo-Christian values upon which America was founded are condemned, and hence we live in a melting pot that will no longer mix, pitting neighbors and races and religions against each other instead of all of us coming together as Americans.

This path of multiculturalism is one which our schools, businesses, and politicians have promoted in recent years. Ironically, it’s also the one which comes directly from an old communist playbook.

The 1958 edition of The Naked Communist lays out a number of communist goals from that time. Among them are several points which aim at undermining the American bond of culture, including, “Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression,” “Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity,” and perhaps most importantly, “Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of ‘the big picture.’”

Sounds like what we see happening today and have been seeing for some time, doesn’t it?

So yes, Don Lemon is right. Joe Biden does need to speak out against the riots and violence. Donald Trump needs to do the same. But speaking out isn’t going to solve our problem of rioting and violence. That problem must be solved by revisiting our nation’s history, embracing the values and culture that made Americans one united people, and rejecting anything that tries to sell us on an opposite game plan.

And that, my friends, is something we each need to follow in order to overcome the violence overtaking our country.

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Annie Holmquist

Annie Holmquist

Annie Holmquist is the editor of Intellectual Takeout. When not writing or editing, she enjoys reading, gardening, and time with family and friends.

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dragonfly2wing
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It's "too late" for Joe Biden and the Democrats. Due to the clueless democrat agendas that have allowed the ruination and destruction of cities across our great Nation, Americans and the Silent Majority have seen what happens to areas that are led by democrat officials...and they are taking note of the destruction that was allowed to reign! It is something that will push President Trump to be re-elected for another four years! Whether democrats realize it or not, by allowing their leadership to ignore rioters that destroyed properties both business and private and did nothing to stop that chaos and destruction, they have changed the picture of Democrat leadership from destructive to disastrous! NO INTELLIGENT AMERICAN WANTS ANY KIND OF DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP BECAUSE WE ALL NOW KNOW HOW DEMOCRATS RULE THEIR CITIES WHEN BEING DESTROYED BY RIOTERS!. That's just "cities" that are being destroyed. If Biden is elected, it won't be just cities being destroyed. It will be our entire Country, our citizenry, our children's futures, and our loved one's lives that will be destroyed and changed for the worst! Is that what we want for America? And our children's futures? NO...NEVER...NADA! AMERICA/AMERICANS DESERVE BETTER! AND THE ONLY MAN FOR THE JOB IS PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP! VOTE WISELY IN NOVEMBER! IT COULD CHANGE OUR LIVES FOREVER IF WE DON'T! TRUMP.🌟2020.🌟PENCE
 
 

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DeanZarras
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Great article, and I'm of Greek descent myself. All of the events of 2020 are heartbreaking in every respect. Here's what I think the right question is to center a national conversation around: If we're the United States of America, what exactly are we "united" by? I'd propose it's what's espoused in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution -- including the parts of the Constitution that prescribe a process for changing it. But multiculturalism is almost by definition not a uniting philosophy, worldview, principle or approach (or whatever one wants to call it). It emphasizes our differences rather than our commonalities. What emerges from the "melting pot" of America is in many ways more important than exactly what goes into it, along with the importance of participating voluntarily in the melting. Yes, we bring our best, individual cultural qualities into the pot, but to use the analogy, we want to focus on the steel that gets created, not the iron or the carbon and or the other components. Obviously the components are important, but it's the steel we're really after.
 
 

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