Editor’s note: This commentary is by Shannara Johnson, of Morrisville. She is running for state representative for the Lamoille-Washington district.
The protests and riots in the streets of American cities have been raging on for months now, and it seems there is no end in sight. But fact is, there exists a very easy fix — if our leadership were only willing to implement it.
Far-left governors and mayors have decided to stand by and let the riots play out, even going so far as to condone and encourage the perpetrators as they tear down statues, loot stores, vandalize inner cities, and burn down public buildings and churches.
Meanwhile, law-abiding Americans look on in helpless disgust as the revolts keep moving through every state in the country… even tiny, underpopulated ones like Vermont.
Is there nothing we can do? Oh yes, there is.
First, reopen all the schools and colleges right on schedule in the entire United States and force teachers to go back to work or lose their jobs. And force students to go back to school and study extra-hard to make up for lost time. Just by doing that, I bet by the end of August, two-thirds of the protesters would be off the streets. There is a reason teachers unions fight so hard to keep the schools closed, and it’s not just about the “dangers of COVID-19.” In fact, I would contend that the virus is the least of their concerns.
Second, we should reverse the lockdowns nationwide and reopen the U.S. economy completely, without restrictions.
Third, take the Democrat-decreed extra $600 unemployment pay away from everyone who received it. People won’t readily go back to their jobs if they make more money staying home. We must ensure Americans have a strong incentive to go back to work and earn money for a living.
Fourth, offer people who can’t return to their jobs temporary substitutes that will benefit their communities. That could be jobs like pickup and disposal of to-be-composted food scraps, roadside cleanup, driving for Meals on Wheels, grocery shopping for the elderly and infirm, and assistance with light construction work like the filling of potholes. Others could be trained as behavioral interventionists to replace all the laid-off police officers in our cities. Service in the military or National Guard is another option.
Fifth, make sure everybody who is able-bodied has a job. According to the “three strikes you’re out” principle, people who consistently refuse to work will see their benefits being cut off. Put everyone to work who wants to work and provide disincentives for those who don’t.
You see, hard-working people don’t have time to organize riots and plan out complex strategies to turn our inner cities into heaps of rubble and our society into an anarchist hellhole. Hard-working people don’t have the energy to mill around in the middle of night wreaking havoc and causing chaos in the streets.
It’s very simple: Give people something to do and make sure they have a reason to do it.
Unfortunately, our extreme-left U.S. Congress and our ultra-progressive state leadership have their own agenda. They know that for the senseless devastation to continue, they need to do their darndest to keep the economy locked down. Because make no mistake: this “revolution” has nothing to do with black lives and everything to do with the elections. As so many times before, black Americans are being used as pawns in an elaborate game of 3D chess.
If it’s up to the New Radical Left, the riots and severe lockdowns won’t stop until Nov. 4. And that’s only if Biden wins; otherwise, look forward to four more years of chaos.
And that’s the final straw the DNC is counting on: that mortified middle-class America will do anything to make the pain stop. But you better think twice before deciding that these are the people you want running the country.