As violent riots damage Portland for the 100th day, the Multnomah County Republican Party (MCRP) reminds Portlanders of the words of Republican President Ronald Reagan: ” All of [this] began the first time some of you who know better, and are old enough to know better, let young people think they have the right to choose the laws they would obey as long as they were doing it in the name of social protest.” Just like the 1960s Berkeley professors chided by President Reagan, the Portland Public Schools have raised up a generation of ignorant, arrogant and entitled young activists who want to act out on the streets rather than do the hard work of making legislative change using reason and compromise.
With two rioters apparently setting themselves on fire Saturday night by throwing Molotov cocktails at the police, and state police required to resort to tear gas for crowd control in residential neighborhoods, it is now clear that the de-escalation strategies of Governor Brown, Mayor Wheeler and other prominent Democrats are an utter failure. President Reagan had it right back in 1968:
“I am sick and tired of the argument about whether some effort to enforce law and order is going to escalate anything at all. The plain truth of the matter is this has to stop and it has to stop like the day before yesterday. And it’s going to be stopped whatever it takes.”
While the large numbers of arrests Saturday night show at least some willingness on the part of the State Police to step up and restore order, so long as District Attorney Michael Schmidt is permitted to unilaterally and unconstitutionally repeal the most useful laws for restoring law and order, no progress will be made. The MCRP again calls upon Governor Brown and Attorney General Rosenblum to use their statutory authority to remove Portland’s riot-supporting District Attorney from all riot-related prosecutions, and prosecute the violators directly, focusing on prosecuting the organizers to the fullest extent of the law.