Milwaukee – More Riots in Our Cities
That’s right – more riots. It’s happened once again. This time in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A 23 year old African American was shot by a 24 year old African American police officer. The police officer’s body camera apparently shows the person shot was armed. It was reported that crowds fired shots at officers. They reportedly threw rocks and bottles as well. Governor Scott Walker declared a state of emergency and called in the National Guard to quell the rioting.
Of course, this isn’t the first recent incident of racial violence and rioting in American cities. Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore, Maryland, and Dallas come to mind quickly.
Plus, it’s not simply a case of protesters upset that an African American was shot by a white police officer. Now, it’s rioters using violence over the the death of an African American shot by an African American police officer. Clearly, it’s not simply racial discrimination. It’s more complex than that. It’s violence against police.
With all the progress made in racial relations in recent years, why is America experiencing riots in our cities?
Why is America Experiencing Riots in Our Cities?
I believe that there are a number reasons that potentially help to explain the current riots taking place in American cities and/or why they receive so much media attention. Here’s a quick summary:
The Presidential Election – Big Distraction. This reason might surprise some. But, I believe that riots serve to distract Americans from focusing on the important issues America faces during this presidential election. I’m not suggesting that any campaign is purposely starting riots to help a particular campaign. However, some people might try to use the riots to distract from major threats of global terrorism or the anemic economy, for example.
The Presidential Election – Trying to Stop the Inevitable Political Party Realignments. As I explain in my new book on the 2016 presidential election, Great News for America, there are major political party realignments taking place during this election. Support groups that were once thought to be impervious to change are in the early process of fragmenting. Some people might try to use rioting as an attempt to hold old coalitions together for a little longer.
The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Report. This 2015 report by President Obama’s task force seemed to be pushing for State and local police forces to follow national guidelines. Some think it’s a progressive attempt to nationalize police. Some might even call it ObamaCare for the police. Some people might try to use rioting as a reason to justify nationalizing (or socializing) the police function.
Riots in Our Cities Can Impact the Presidential Election in Three Ways – What Can We Reasonably Expect?
True, riots in our cities might be a big distraction during the presidential election. But, probably, it will be a short-lived distraction.
Will it prevent the inevitable political realignment of both major parties? No, not likely at all. The forces pushing the political realignments of both major parties are so great, I don’t think they can be stopped.
What Will Be the Real Impact of Riots in Our Cities on the Presidential Election?
The third and most important impact of riots in our cities this year will be to solidify the Dominant Issue of this presidential campaign. The Dominant Issue is Peace. In this election, it takes the form of global terrorism and illegal immigration, keeping us safe from ISIS, as well as law and order, keeping citizens and police safe in our cities.
This issue plays to Trump’s core strengths and is largely the reason he was nominated in a field of 17 candidates. It’s also the reason he will likely become our next president.
For More Information on This Year’s Presidential Election plus All of My Ten Surprising Predictions
Please read my new book Great News for America. In it, I make ten surprising predictions that will probably come true before, during, and after the 2016 presidential election. I also discuss in Chapters 5 and 6 the political party realignments of the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. It’s available in a print edition from Amazon and other book sellers. It’s also available on Kindle and other e-book devices.