The Merriam-Webster online dictionary states the meaning of the word extort as,
To obtain from a person by force, intimidation, or undue, or illegal power
An interesting and relevant comment concerning the history of the use of the word ‘extortion’ follows.
Extortion is a mainstay of organized crime. Just as the school bully extorts lunch money from the smaller kids in exchange for not beating them up, thugs extort “protection” money from business owners with threats of violence.
During the last two months in America, what has been aptly called the ‘paramilitary arm of the Democratic Party,’ the thugs of Black Lives Matter and Antifa are engaging in blatant extortion to attempt to influence both American culture and the 2020 election.
BLM and Antifa Use Extortion
What should be obvious is that the riots around the nation are by themselves a form of extortion. BLM and Antifa are saying, through the violence, ‘Do what we say or we will destroy your cities, businesses, and homes.’
However, other recent activities by both these Socialist organizations closely resemble the more classic definition of extortion as commonly associated with the mafia and drug cartels. Witness, for example, the recent harassment of homeowners in Seattle by the domestic terrorists demanding that they give their homes to the BLM/Antifa mob because of so-called ‘gentrification’ in the past.
Moreover, the rioting and the Leftist ‘cancel culture’ have proved so effective that many businesses on the Fortune 500 list didn’t need to be asked to become ‘woke’ and open up their bankbooks to the BLM/Antifa crowd. These organizations moved so quickly to outdo each other in generosity and support for the ‘anti-racists’ that it resembled an old Jerry Lewis Telethon raising money for Muscular Dystrophy.
There are examples of BLM representatives threatening businesses if they do not give money and comply with a list of ridiculous demands for those local businesses. Here is a notable one from late July in Louisville, Kentucky.
BLM activists in Louisville have come up with a new tactic. They sent around contracts with a list of demands in them for local NuLu area businesses to sign and comply with. …Some of those demands?
“Businesses must hire 23% black employees (including in management) by August 17 and agree to increase it by 5% every month. Businesses must agree to buy 23% of their inventory from black businesses or give up 1.5% of their net sales to black organizations.”
If the businesses refuse to sign a “contract” agreeing to this, then certain “repercussions” are promised by BLM to the business. They will go after you on social media, boycott your business, ‘protest’ in front of your business and home, and more.
This is an old-fashioned mafia extortion technique demanding money and service from the business in exchange for ‘protecting’ them from violence against the business and the owner’s family.
The Democratic Party Uses Extortion
Democratic authorities at the local, state, and national levels are using extortion to influence voting in the 2020 election, as well as extend their own power in society at all levels. They are desperately striving to exploit the people’s fear of COVID-19 and the violent rioting to hand the reins of power to them.
The unspoken threat could be phrased thusly, ‘If you really want the societal psychosis to stop, if you want some peace and security, let us have all the power over you. Otherwise, the lockdowns will continue, the mayors and governors will force businesses to close again and keep the schools closed, and the violent riots will rage on.’
In other words, ‘Nice country you have here. Be a real shame if something terrible happened to it. Put us, Democrats, in charge and we will make sure this doesn’t happen .’
There is no confirmation of this promise from the rioters or the Democratic overlords all over the nation. Moreover, there is no criticism of the rioters from officials except in the rare cases when the violence comes to their own front doors.
In fact, prominent local officials have all but endorsed the rioting of the BLM/Antifa crowd. For example, the Multnomah County District Attorney, Mike Schmidt, came out with a recent announcement that he would not pursue rioting charges against the mob.
Schmidt said he would not prosecute the crime of riot unless it is accompanied by another felony charge such as assault, arson, or the intentional destruction of property. He announced he would “presumptively” drop charges if a crime did not involve deliberate property damage, theft, or threat of use of force against another person. Yet he will permit violence against a police officer in cases where officers use force themselves.
Perhaps the most egregious example of Leftist hypocrisy was given at the funeral of national politician John Lewis earlier this month. The COVID-19 travel restrictions placed on everyone else were waved by the Mayor of Washington D.C. for those celebrities and political types who chose to attend the services.
The clear message communicated with this action, as well as with the George Floyd funeral[s], is that the rest of we peasants are on notice. If we ever want to have a proper funeral or memorial for a family member again, we have to bow to them, while their standard for themselves is the freedom to assemble as they please, peaceable or otherwise.
The Leftmedia Uses Extortion
The mainstream Leftmedia has dutifully played its part in the Leftist extortion racket in 2020. Their part has been twofold.
First, they have been very consistent in emphasizing and attempting to exacerbate the fears of the COVID-19 virus. All the Leftmedia outlets, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, The NY Times, The Washington Post, etc. have eagerly encouraged the most radical responses to the virus threat, including pushing the lockdowns and mask mandate mania.
Secondly, the Leftmedia has repeatedly supported the aims and criminal actions of the BLM/Antifa radicals during this modern madness. They have alternately praised the rioters while exempting them from criticism for violating lockdowns, not ‘social distancing,’ and not wearing masks.
A model example of this phenomenon comes via the Washington Post. As reported in the “powerline” news blog,
As I discussed here, the Washington Post wanted its readers to believe that President Trump was responsible for the rioting in Portland, and that things were fine once he removed troops guarding the federal courthouse. However, the Post could not sustain this absurd line once, after a couple of days, rioting resumed in a Portland devoid of federal troops. …
Although it abandoned the “blame Trump for riots” narrative, the Post continued to show solidarity with the rioters. Reporter Katie Shepherd leads her August 9 story by turning the floor over to Robert Dorris, a random witness to the riots who is identified only as a 63-year-old Black man. Here’s the quote from Dorris:
You can’t control people’s anger. Black voices have been silenced. We’ve been screaming for years and years about police violence. Every other week it seems like they’re here. I love it. Our voices were ignored. They’re being heard.
The Post cites no evidence that Black voices have been “silenced” in Portland or that there is any recent pattern of unjustified “police violence” in the city. It relies on the say-so of Dorris, whoever he may be.
The Post could have led off its story simply by presenting the facts — people in a mostly White crowd set fire to police union headquarters. …By choosing instead to quote a random guy spouting a pro-violence line (“I love it”) with no evidence, the Post made clear where its sympathies lie. They lie with the rioters whose “voices” are being heard.
This generation and glorification of fears both of COVID and violent rioters serve the Leftmedia’s aim to make the nation as miserable as possible. Moreover, that also serves their most urgent and immediate purpose, to defeat President Trump in November.
The Immediate Aim Is to Defeat President Trump
There is a method to the madness of the Left in these circumstances. They believe that now is their moment to grasp the American nation by the throat and force a Socialist transformation upon her.
Thus their most overwhelming goal, indeed the most visceral need of every radical Democrat Leftist in America is to defeat President Trump in the November election.
One of the most interesting recent incidents happened in Portland, Oregon last week when the mayor was pleading with BLM/Antifa terrorists not to burn down a police station that had people trapped inside! The mayor rightly told the mob that this is not protesting but attempted murder.
However, it was what he said next that, intentionally or not, uncovered the key motivations of these authoritarian Democrats.
Don’t think for a moment that you are, if you are participating in this activity, you are not being a prop for the reelection campaign of Donald Trump—because you absolutely are. You are creating the B-roll film that will be used in ads nationally to help Donald Trump during this campaign. If you don’t want to be part of that, then don’t show up.
Either Mayor Wheeler believed that the prospect of burning people alive was horrific and completely immoral but thought that this was not enough to move the sympathies of the Leftist mob, or he himself believes that re-electing President Trump is more horrible than incinerating the police.
I would submit that the latter is the case and that this is the prevailing attitude on the radical Left. They truly believe that another four years of President Trump is so repulsive that literally, anything goes as long as he goes down!
The Leftist horde in politics, media, and culture has actually created the new miserable conditions in America and are now blaming the President for what they have wrought. It is the ultimate in gaslighting and psychological projection which will be digitally heralded from every rooftop and into every device possible until the election and beyond.
The most unfortunate fact that has come from all the COVID-19 pandemic panic and the BLM/Antifa rioting over the last few months is that the Left has had a taste of how easy it is to exercise power over everyone else through a hefty injection of fear. Fear of the virus and the violence was sufficient cause, in their minds, for their attempt to grasp control of much of the nation, and they will not relinquish their hold on such control voluntarily.
Liberty will only return when fear is overcome and control is wrested from the Leftists, whether mobs or mayors, by Americans united together to fight for freedom. The most important step toward this is to put the LORD at the forefront of the battle through prayer and steadfast faith in Him.
There might be a question from some about why I mention faith and prayer as the most important steps toward preserving freedom. Why would I place more importance upon these than on self-defense, or peaceably assembling or even voting to protect our liberty?
I would not claim that efforts to uphold our freedoms are useless without faith and prayer. I do claim that with faith and prayer as the foundation for any of our actions those actions will be significantly more successful.
Faith in the LORD and prayers for His guidance, wisdom, strength, and love will help direct and empower our actions for His righteousness to prevail in America and around the world.
Do not fear, for I am with you; do not look anxiously about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 [NASB]
Sources: The New American Standard Bible, The Lockman Foundation, 1977
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