BLM: Another nuclear freeze movement?
As I recall, they wanted to freeze U.S. nuclear weapons numbers and then hope that the USSR would do the same.
It was really an attack on President Reagan’s decision to rebuild U.S. defenses and place missiles in Europe.
Similat to today, President Reagan faced domestic and international protests, as we see in this article from 1983:
More recently Mr. Reagan and his aides became concerned with the movement’s increased force in Congress, and among Americans and Western Europeans. Today, for example, Mr. Reagan said the United States had ”not been the best in years past at matching our adverseries’ propoganda” on the freeze and other issues. Protests in Europe
He referred at one point to the demonstrations expected in Europe this weekend against the planned deployment of the first of 572 American medium-range missiles in Europe in December.
President Reagan survived the movement, was reelected in 1984 and no one remembers a soul who marched back then.
“Black lives matter” preaches concern for over black shootings by police It does not march or say anything about the “black on black” crime devastating U.S. cities or the numbers of black infants aborted every year. It’s pretty silent on the black police officers killed or injured last week. I have not heard anything about the damage done to black-owned businesses.
Like the nuclear freeze movement, BLM relies three critical elements:
1) Well-meaning, idealistic young people who want to stop police brutality;
2) Well-financed instigators who want to destroy the U.S.; and,
3) Useful idiots across the globe who can’t get wait for a shot to criticize the U.S. The same people stand silent when China cracks down in Hong Kong or Cuba constantly violates human rights.
In the end, BLM will fizzle but will do a lot lots of harm. It will fizzle because it is based on a lie, the idea that police officers are hunting black men every day. They are not, as all of the evidence proves.
President Trump needs to hang tough and call on Democrats to choose between painting the streets with “black lives matter” or “defund the police” as we just saw in Washington D.C.