By Robert A. Vella
227 years ago, King Louis XVI and Marie “let them eat cake” Antoinette were beheaded after the French people violently revolted against the monarchy. France had bankrupted itself in a worldwide war against Great Britain which included the American Revolution. The populace was poor and starving, and it was apparent that the king and queen didn’t care about their misery. When Louis and Marie realized that their reign was in big trouble, they tried to flee… until they were caught.
102 years ago, another out-of-touch aristocrat – along with his family and royal lineage – were brutally slaughtered in Russia when its long-suffering people finally rose-up in revolution. Tsar Nicholas II had callously sacrificed millions of soldiers in useless frontal attacks against the German Army in World War I. Ordinary Russians had tolerated the economic hardship and political oppression which occurred under his regime, but they did not tolerate that senseless waste of human lives. Efforts were made to rescue the House of Romanov, but all proved futile as Britain and France were desperately preoccupied with the war on the western front.
75 years ago, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler holed-up in his bunker as the Russian “hordes” stormed the gates of Berlin. He, like all megalomaniacs, was a pathetic coward. Rather than facing the consequences of his horrendous crimes, Hitler committed suicide by taking poison and shooting himself in the head.
50 years ago, President Richard Nixon went unannounced to the Lincoln Memorial to speak with Vietnam War protesters. The impromptu meeting caught everyone by surprise and revealed an American leader who was genuinely concerned about the violent protests which were tearing the nation apart. Nixon was no coward nor was he megalomaniacal; but, he was Machiavellian as hell and his innate corruption led to his resignation from office four years later. Albeit reluctantly, he did what was right for the country.
Over the weekend, President Trump retreated to his White House bunker after angry protesters assaulted its perimeter. It was yet another instance of oppressive rulers reacting fearfully rather than accepting responsibility for their harmful behavior. Donald Trump is a coward and a megalomaniac. He intends to destroy the United States as a civilized society, but only if he can get away with it. If the people stand up to him, he will surely try to save himself. In comparison, Nixon must now look like a saint. At least, he had a modicum of honor.
Here’s today’s news. Note that the brother of police murder victim George Floyd is urging protesters to channel their anger peacefully, to educate themselves about political candidates and to vote Trump and his bastard Republican henchmen out of office. I say: Bravo, Terrence!
WASHINGTON — Inside the White House, the mood was bristling with tension. Hundreds of protesters were gathering outside the gates, shouting curses at President Trump and in some cases throwing bricks and bottles. Nervous for his safety, Secret Service agents abruptly rushed the president to the underground bunker used in the past during terrorist attacks.
The scene on Friday night, described by a person with firsthand knowledge, kicked off an uneasy weekend at the White House as demonstrations spread after the brutal death of a black man in police custody under a white officer’s knee. While in the end officials said they were never really in danger, Mr. Trump and his family have been rattled by protests near the Executive Mansion that turned violent for a third night on Sunday.
After days in which the empathy he expressed for George Floyd, the man killed, was overshadowed by his combative threats to ramp up violence against looters and rioters, Mr. Trump spent Sunday out of sight, even as some of his campaign advisers were recommending that he deliver a nationally televised address before another night of violence. The building was even emptier than usual as some White House officials planning to work were told not to come in case of renewed unrest.
“He would motivate you to channel — if you’re angry it’s okay to be angry — but channel your anger to do something positive or make a change another way,” Terrence said. “We’ve been down this road already. He would want to seek justice the way we are, the way we’re trying to do. But channel it another way. The anger, damaging your hometown, it’s not the way he’d want.”
Here’s a similar urging from one of the protesters in Washington, D.C.:
“I understand the need, the urge, the feeling to be violent and to just act, but we cannot progress if we do not sit down, come to the table, and get organized. That’s all we can do at this point is organize, but if we keep just doing all of this, it’s not gonna do anything but give them an excuse to keep shooting us in the street. All we’re asking for is to be able to do the same thing that you get to do every day and walk outside of your house and know that maybe without any other extenuating circumstances. Someday, I’ll have a black son, and maybe one day a white cop will see him, and be scared out in front of a store, and shoot him. This is a problem that we need to fix right now, because if we do not, we’re never going to get anywhere as a country.” – protester Arianna Evans, a student from Washington D.C. who spoke to ABC News outside the wrought iron fence of the White House on Saturday night (see: ‘We’re sick of it’: Protesters explain why violence has erupted across the US).