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Attacks On RNC Attendees Could Reflect A Far Worse Situation During 50,000 Plus March On D.C. Today

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I was stunned to see how dangerous the situation became shortly after President Donald Trump delivered his speech, the fireworks went off and the last night at the Republican National Convention (RNC) came to an end.

It could have been far worse if not for the Washington D.C. Metro Police Officer and other federal law enforcement officials keeping watch over the growing crowds of unstable protestors and rioters outside the White House.

Sen. Rand Paul was targeted walking back to his hotel, while being escorted by Washington D.C. police. In fact, an officer who was escorting Sen. Paul and using his bicycle as a barrier was assaulted by one of the rioters and it was caught on camera.

“Just got attacked by an angry mob of over 100, one block away from the White House,” said Paul. “Thank you to @DCPoliceDept for literally saving our lives from a crazed mob.”

I, like many others, stayed up late last night to watch President Trump speak. I heard some of the analysts pontificating “was it effective, was it too long, was it this, was it that.”

The Republican Convention by far was hailed an extraordinary success. The only thing, some analysts suggested, was the President’s speech could’ve been a litter shorter. I disagree.

First, if anyone can pull off a speech for more than an hour and half it’s President Trump but more importantly the later the RNC event went on the safer it was for everyone.

The crowds appeared to be smaller than earlier in the night. I believe the situation could’ve been far worse had the event ended hours earlier, so I for one am grateful for Trump’s long and inspiring speech.

As crowds begin to line up early this Friday morning in Washington D.C. protesting what they say is criminal justice reform and racial equality, we must remain vigilant. Innocent protestors, police officers, businesses and citizens going about their own business will get swept up in those that are sure to attempt to riot and destroy the city.

Worse, the fear that the situation could escalate to the point that someone could lose their life is very real. Don’t expect Washington D.C. leadership to do anything. The march in honor of George Floyd, who was killed during an altercation with a Minneapolis police officer is called the “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” March on Washington.

Interestingly, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the National Park Service didn’t seem to have a problem with 50,000 plus people marching in close proximity and the the NPS isn’t mandating mask wearing or social distancing during the COVID-19 epidemic.

It makes you wonder when the same Democrats who support this march, were the same ones who railed on Trump for having an outdoor event on July 4th at Mount Rushmore. It feels like COVID-19 doesn’t exist in the Democrat, anti-Trump, reality when it’s something the leftest liberals are planning.

Rev. Al Sharpton will be one of many civil right’s leaders to march on Friday. He says the march is also in remembrance of the 57th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” address from the same spot.

If this is true then all those who are attending should abide by Rev. King’s non-violent protests. It’s the only way to honor one of America’s greatest historical icons.

According to reports the organizers of the march began planning the event in June after the funeral of George Floyd. But the situation could escalate, as police officers who are rightly concerned about the situation have to walk a fine line with those they know are going to attempt to unleash a riot in the city.

We’re lucky to have such an amazing Washington D.C. Metro Police force. The men and women in blue put themselves on the line everyday and the March expected today on Washington is going to be a nerve wracking experience for everyone.

All we can hope for is that it will be peaceful and won’t get out of control. Too many lives have already been lost and there is too much to lose in the future if this doesn’t stop.

We need Democratic lawmakers to get out there and make bold statements asking for peace and speaking out against groups like BLM and Antifa who are behind much of the rioting and destruction in our cities.

If Democratic leaders, like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden don’t do this they are part of the problem and as responsible for the destruction of our city.

Those that don’t speak out. Those that instigate calls for violence should be held accountable for whatever destruction is headed our way.

I certainly hope for peaceful protests and a shift in what we’ve been witnessing throughout our nation over the past three months.

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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village

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Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.

But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.

Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19

The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.

Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China

The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”

Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World

The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”

In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.

While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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