While the debate rages over whether President Trump is “a threat to the Constitution” or just trying to protect the very businesses in the U.S. that have been decimated by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is at this point a matter of perspective. 

Those on the far-left believe that he’s trying to install a dictatorial police state while those on the far-right believe that he’s acting within the framework of the Constitution and isn’t doing anything that a dozen other Presidents had not done. The Insurrection Act of 1807, which President Trump mentioned invoking, has been invoked 20 times by 11 different presidents. Among them President George H.W. Bush after Hurricane Hugo and the L.A. Riots of 1992, and John F. Kennedy (three times) for enforcing desegregation in the early ‘60s.

Regarding the differing opinions on the situation, neither side will budge an inch and any hope of a discussion will disappear like flatulence in the wind. The rest of the Americans who are in the middle, are left trying to figure out what exactly is going on and how they should proceed. 

While a lot of the protests surrounding the death of George Floyd have been peaceful, trying to write off the widespread looting going on in the country as just perpetrated by a small segment of the population is misguided at best.

Former general and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis statement regarding the president was plastered all over the news. But while his statement was extraordinary in itself, one part of it stands out, “We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers.” Yet, the numbers as will be shown below, do not support Mattis’s claim of a small number of lawbreakers.

I spoke with a couple of Marines regarding Mattis’s comments. Most felt that his comments were more personal than professional in light of their scathing nature towards Trump. One Marine had this to say: 

“Then LTC Mattis wasn’t on the ground in LA [in 1992], but he was part of the 1st Marine Division as CO of 1st Bn 7th Marines in Twentynine Palms at the time. Point being that as a field grade officer his own division participated in the same type of thing he is now condemning, but he has never condemned sending in federal troops during 1992 or in the ~30 years since it took place.”

The rioting and looting are spread across the country as some people are taking advantage of the protests to either line their own pockets or create an agenda. Many believe that those people are outsiders.