THIS HAS BEEN a terrible week for our country.
Anyone who loves America has to be heartsick at the violence, mayhem, and pillaging that ignited in scores of cities nationwide. I'm not talking about the peaceful protests in which myriads of citizens voiced their outrage at the killing of George Floyd by a depraved Minneapolis cop while three other cops blithely watched. Those were laudable — the latest in a long chain of public demonstrations, marches, and sit-ins explicitly endorsed by the Bill of Rights, which shields "the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
But there was nothing admirable about the riots and the looting and the arson. What the criminals who wreaked so much havoc across America this past week did is abhorrent. Because of them, people are dead, businesses are destroyed, and neighborhoods — especially minority neighborhoods — are in ruins. Like all rioters, they were motivated by greed and a lust to ravage, not by any worthy purpose. It only compounds the obscenity of Floyd's death that it was used by many as an excuse to justify the carnage.
This has been a frightening week for America.
It has been a frightening week for my family.
One of my children, only a few years out of high school, is the manager of a pharmacy on the West Coast, responsible for 50 employees and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise, drugs, and equipment. My heart was in my throat last weekend as I read about the riots, looting, and arson in his city. I texted him, anxious to know if he was all right. . . .