Voting against self-interest is a rara avis, so why should we be surprised when people don’t act against self-interest? The lovely and romantic and unfortunately naive supposition that the majority of the rank-and-file cops is secretly on our side is just that…a pipe dream. They are on the side of their paychecks, and that means they will do what their government masters tell them to do.
And if those orders include allowing rioters to loot your business…so be it! And if those orders include allowing Antifa to beat your head to a pulp, but arrest you if you draw your weapon?
Police unions may occasionally make pleasing noises, but their income is derived 100% from municipal coffers, and pleasing the mayors and city councils who control them is more important than those pesky laws and rights that we hold so dear. Add in the insanity of charging cops for perfectly acceptable behavior because of woke politics, and it is perfectly understandable that most cops will do what they are told and not a single thing more. Do the job as defined by the politicians, get the pension, and get the hell out.
No, there is no, “on the other hand…” Law enforcement in the United States is, at best, neutral toward law abiding citizens, and they are absolutely on the side of the rioters. There have been too many examples of this to assume otherwise. Do the cops actually approve of the riots? No, I doubt it, but they certainly approve of a regular paycheck and job security, so why rock the boat?
And this is why I believe that any response from the Right will not be focused on leftist demonstrations and rioting, where there are two independent adversaries (the cops and the rioters) but rather afterward when they go home to mom’s basement…
That is not advocacy; that is an obvious analysis of the possibilities. Who in their right minds would go toe-to-toe with both the cops and Antifa in a running street battle? It makes no sense. But lone-wolf attacks on individuals who are identified as participants or supporters of this civil unrest? That’s a page out of many revolutions, and it works.