We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Rut" claims the privileged white gas hag. I'll bet she is utterly dependent on modern technology to get through her day and has no idea that we all stand on the shoulders of many giants. Certainly for the last 300-400 years the inventors, innovators and the entrepreneurs have been dominated by mostly men of European extraction. I'm going with them if the SHTF.
As far as I know, we are still under a National State of Emergency, with the Stafford Act invoked, giving Trump a list of extraordinary powers. His LE people can pretty much go where they want to, I think.
So far, we have witnessed state and local officials taking the microphone to announce they will not act to interfere with the mostly-peaceful protest (looting, arson, head-thumping, property destruction, citizen hassling, and confiscation of public real estate). They won't interfere - that is, until the protest shows up at their actual doorstep, in which case action is swift and effective (this has happened at least 3 times that I count).
Then we have the local Law Enforcement Officials whose new task (at the direction of the Mayors and Governors) seems to be holding press conferences to catalog the destruction in their precincts. Since they are not actually doing anything about the havoc, describing the mayhem leading to the smoking rubble is their new role.
Then we have the Feds under Trump, who seem to have been quietly building criminal cases and infiltrating the mobs to collect evidence. And now they are starting to grab people, which tells us they have cases nearly ready.
Where are the citizens? That's the part that interests me. I don't expect direct media coverage, but I'm surprised something hasn't broken through. They'll be paying to correct the damage after all - well, those who haven't been looted and torched out of home and business, anyway.
The rioters are denying and trampling on the civil rights of American citizens. The politicians are aiding and abetting the rioters in this coordinated effort. There is a precedent for the federal government to send in federal officers to restore the citizens rights and law and order.
It is past time to declare Antifa to be an international terrorist organization. It is now time to do the same for BLM.
The answer to that is so simple. Self defense. A gun, a baseball bat, knife, icepick, whatever works. THEN the police would step in. They don't care how much the left attack and assault but they will step in to prevent the attacked from defending themselves.