I doubt that many of you remember the Watts Riots in 1965. To refresh your memory Watts was a neighborhood in Los Angeles, Ca and in 1965 in mid-August a six-day riot kicked off after a white police officer attempting to arrest a black man just moments from his home for drinking and driving. During those six days supposedly resulted in 34 deaths, 1,032 injuries, 3,438 arrests, and over $40 million in property damage, supposedly. This was one neighborhood in Los Angeles and yet the National Guard was called in to quell the rioting among the residents. What the official reports won’t tell you is some of the things that actually occurred. You need an impartial eyewitness account.
My father was attending Northrop Aeronautical University in 1965 and living in an apartment building in Watts because it was a low rent area. He was sharing an apartment with classmates and when the rioting started they blocked the entrance to their building and holed up for the duration. He recalled watching a National Guard Jeep with mounted M-60 machine gun destroy the front of a building across from them. He watched troops shoot people in the street. Basically, he watched a localized uprising get put down like it was a full on insurrection. And now we’re planning to do it on a nationwide scale if you read some papers written by high-ranking officers.
A retired colonel teaching at the Army’s University Foreign Military and Cultural Studies at Fort Leavenworth, and a Civil War expert from the University of Kansas have written and published a paper entitled “Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland: A ‘Vision’ of the Future.” They postulate an extremist group based on the goals of the tea party, sounds like liberal rhetoric and vitriol to me considering that not one member of the tea party has even been fined for littering much less arrested for disturbance of the peace at any tea party function or gathering, taking over a small town and “occupying” the town’s city hall, taking over government, searching for illegals, and setting curfews.
Honestly, this kind of behavior seems more normal coming out of the occupy crowd rather than the ranks of the tea party, but the occupy movement cannot be vilified by the liberal bastions of academia since they are wholly in agreement with their goals. However, these same academics have not problem making the tea party out to be extremists of the worst sort. They go on to make a legal case for taking action against the seditious actions of the tea party and apply military force using the Army’s Operating Concept for 2016-2028 and writing that, “Americans will expect the military to execute without pause and as professionally as if it were acting overseas. The Army cannot disappoint the American people, especially in such a moment.”
What they fail to mention or bring up at all is any possible blow back from the American people when the military starts to kill civilians, even armed civilians. Deadly force will not only bring political backlash against whatever party is holding the political reins, it will also erode confidence and legitimacy in a government that is already stretched thin by the actions of current and previous administrations.
What we have to remember, is that we are all Americans. We should not consider, unless there is no course of action left, military action against our own friends, brothers, and neighbors. Once you start a civil war of that nature, America ends, plain and simple. We would cease to exist as a country. Let us hope it never comes to that.