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Todd Blodgett of Clear Lake Iowa is an accomplished writer and political strategist. He has been the most-popular writer in the history of the Globe Gazette, been published in numerous news publications, and has written a book, “Republican Crackhead.”

“Run up in here and see what happens”, a legally armed black man warned some would-be looters, as he and other African-Americans protected black-owned, Minneapolis businesses from violence-prone thieves.  They guarded property and prevented looting because, as The Wall Street Journal reported: ‘Twin Cities Cops stand and watch as Buildings burn’.  When protesters destroy property, and burn down police stations – as was done, in Minnesota – and commit assault and theft, then law enforcement must protect them and their property.  But for awhile in Minneapolis, that didn’t happen.  Why?  Democrats.

As Minnesota protesters boogied to Beyonce’ and quaffed MD-20/20 they shouted, “No justice, no peace; prosecute the PO-leece.”  But if such violence, theft and mindless destruction continues, innocent victims may respond with: You Loot, we Shoot.  And who’d blame them?  Any entrepreneurs charged with killing destructive thugs who steal TVs, IPods, etc., would be fearless defendants being harassed by justifiably fearful prosecutors.

Minneapolis firefighter Korboi Balla invested his life’s savings into his dream: Score’s Sports Bar.  Mr. Balla, who is black, was to have opened his bar in mid-March.  But the Covid-19 crisis delayed it until June 1.  Then, on May 27, his dream was destroyed, by violent looters protesting the unjust death of George Floyd.  Mr. Floyd, a black man, was killed by Minneapolis police officers; after allegedly trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill, he tried to leave the store.  When police confronted him, he resisted arrest.  Video evidence indisputably shows excessive force: a cop placed a knee on his head, which violates Minnesota law.  As ex-GOP Congressman Trey Gowdy said, Mr. Floyd was murdered.  Though unarmed when arrested, Floyd was a convicted felon who’d served prison time for armed robbery.  The inhumane officer Derek Chauvin, now charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, is,  rightfully, locked up.  He can’t be executed, as Minnesota lacks capital punishment.  But why burn and destroy their cities, and loot from businesses which employ taxpayers, and leave even LESS money for services?  Creating even more victims is stupid, and undermines their legitimate cause.

As Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms admonished, “This is chaos.  You’re not protesting anything, running out with brown liquor, breaking windows… burning down our community.  You’re disgracing our city.”  Democrats castigated President Trump for tweeting, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts”, but he’s correct.  Should law-abiding citizens be prohibited from arming themselves and shooting hoodlums who destroy and steal property?  Shamelessly, many Democrats say yes.  But what better way exists, to deter violence-prone troublemakers from committing such crimes?  Law-abiding Americans will benefit from the eradication of perps who burn and wreck structures, steal, and threaten innocent lives.  Racist cops who murder people should also be executed.   Where’s the downside?  After Calvin Horton broke into the Cadillac Pawn shop in East Lake, Minnesota, he tried to steal jewelry.  After ignoring warnings from the store’s black owner, the jeweler shot him, dead.  Police arrested him on murder charges; his store suffered massive damage and was looted.  But that’s what happens to decent, productive taxpayers when Leftists hold power.

Inevitably, innocent victims of such unwarranted, violent destruction and theft will retaliate, and won’t be arrested, unless they’re in states governed by Democrats.  Cruel cops who murder anyone must be punished to the fullest extent of the law – as should those who, irrespective of race, unjustly destroy and steal private property.  But until such losers are eradicated, this mayhem will continue.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who preached nonviolence, would be aghast at what’s transpiring.  That’s why law-abiding Americans, in order to avoid becoming victims, must be allowed to take out the trash.

Todd Blodgett with President Ronald W. Reagan, 1981. Official WHITE HOUSE Photo.

Todd Blodgett, the author of ‘REPUBLICAN CRACKHEAD’, served on the White House staff of President Ronald Reagan, and as a campaign aide to President George H.W. Bush.  He also worked for the Republican National Committee and the FBI, and the Joint Terrorism Task Force.  Mr. Blodgett lives in Tyler, Texas and in Clear Lake, Iowa, and can be reached via his website:

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56 Responses to Todd Blodgett opinion: SHOOTERS WILL STOP LOOTERS

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    A nonny moose Reply Report comment

    June 23, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    Thank you Todd, this is a really refreshing read compared to one-note coverage of the mass media. I wonder if those who are pushing to defund the police and criticizing the phrase “looting leads to shooting” would change their tune if a bunch of thugs decided to violently loot and destroy their property/homes.

    It is frankly a stretch to claim that the phrase is a call to violence/racism. This is only if it is viewed with a biased lens in the first place. Snowflakes will probably want to ban the phrase “What goes around, comes around” too then, as they will claim that it incites a cycle of violence and hatred.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 3, 2020 at 10:58 am

    What happened to all of the comments calling out Blodgett for all of his bullshit?
    Can’t handle the truth,eh.

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      What? Reply Report comment

      June 9, 2020 at 11:58 am

      Todd Blodgett is no BSer. He speaks and writes straight-up, and never leaves any doubt about where he stands, or how he thinks.

      What are you talking about.

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      Steve Reply Report comment

      June 18, 2020 at 11:58 pm

      Looks like he triggered you and now you’re ranting like a child to try to deflect from the fact that you have no actual argument against anything he said. Deflection failed.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 2, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    Just keep drinking your Kool Aid Grandpa!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 2, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    It is the Racist far right Republicans that are destroying our country.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 2, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    President Trump is one of the worst leaders our great country have ever had. I am not saying this because he is a Republican, if he was a Democrat I would say the same.
    In my opinion, anyone that cannot see his faults as a leader is just too partisan.
    Also not saying Biden is the answer, not sure, just think Trump has had his chance and has failed miserably.
    I voted for Trump in the last election but will not vote for him again.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      June 2, 2020 at 6:50 pm

      I said Trump was one of the worst Leaders ever.
      Not a Obama fan either but Trump is worst in my opinion.

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      Steve Reply Report comment

      June 18, 2020 at 11:56 pm

      Then you’ll get authoritarian quid pro Joe the biggest political moocher to run in any presidential race in recent history. He and his family have made slurping from the public trough their livlihood for the last 4 decades.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 1, 2020 at 11:19 am

    It is time, long overdue, for actual consequences for bad behaviors to start being instituted! No more blue ribbons for showing up, no more not getting your ass slapped for not following directions, no more warm fuzzy because someone said something that upset or scared you! There is a real world out there and bad things happen! If you cause the bad thing you will be held accountable! If you experienced a bad thing you need to learn how to buck up, straighten up and keep moving forward! We need to have Law and Order by everyone and for everyone! What the hell happened to us?!

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      June 1, 2020 at 12:07 pm

      The snowflakes are trying hard to control this country.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        June 1, 2020 at 12:37 pm

        At least the so called “snowflakes” don’t drink the orange Kool-Aid by the gallon & can think for themselves.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          June 1, 2020 at 7:45 pm

          Really…can Joe think for himself?

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          June 2, 2020 at 7:40 am

          so basically you agree with what’s going on in this country? just incase you miss understand, i’m talking about the violence, looting, burning, disrespect etc. spin that out now!

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          Steve Reply Report comment

          June 18, 2020 at 11:54 pm

          LOL The snowflakes are completely brainwashed and cannot even begin to think for themselves. They are the ones screaming about defunding the police, unable to understand if it actually happened they would be the first to get OWNED in every since of the word by a criminal element taking full advantage of no law enforcement presence. The average snowflake would last about 5 minutes without police around to protect them.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 1, 2020 at 11:19 am

    The RIOTERS and LOOTERS are just that. No sensitivity earned or deserved. To call these thugs anything less dishonors the innocent VICTIMS. NOT GONNA HAPPEN USE OUR JAILS FOR THESE CRIMINALS. NOW! Another media lie. God bless the innocent victims.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 1, 2020 at 7:05 am

    “But what better way exists, to deter violence-prone troublemakers from committing such crimes?” How about stop killing people of color indiscriminately? That would be a much better way. How about the fact that it is being reported that white supremacist groups are behind much of the destruction?
    “Though unarmed when arrested, Floyd was a convicted felon who’d served prison time for armed robbery” Why did you include this little bit of information Todd? Does it have anything to do with his murder? Or is it a justification so that the racists can say he was a bad actor? Why not include he moved to Minneapolis to get his life together?
    I think the violence is wrong but indiscriminate shooting will kill innocent people. Most of the protesters are not looting and rioting.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      June 1, 2020 at 8:33 am

      The white supremacist claim has been completely discredited. The governor has already said he was wrong. It was local terrorist and ANTIFA. Get you facts straight. All you liberals do is lie.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        June 1, 2020 at 2:15 pm

        The claim has not been discredited. Maybe in your mind but the Governor said the claim that ALL those arrested were out of state was wrong, but he also said the vast majority were out of state. Google white supremacists/Minneapolis. You will find many news outlets verifying the white supremacist claim.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      June 1, 2020 at 10:10 am

      “But what better way exists, to deter violence-prone troublemakers from committing such crimes?”

      Make it so that there are consequences, not a slap of the hands. You get the violence-prone troublemakers because, some one is standing up to them, before everybody has just given in. They didn’t want to deal with the idiot having a “meltdown”. They( the violence-prone troublemakers) learn that by acting out and being destructive, they get their way.

      They need to be taught that it is not okay, and they will be punished, harshly.

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      Steve Reply Report comment

      June 18, 2020 at 11:49 pm

      Floyd was a violent career criminal and he died like violent career criminals usually do: Violently. He spent his life victimizing other people and it caught up to him, like it always does. Just another worthless criminal who’s demise is, on net, a positive for civilization. Why are people like you so desperate to cover up the fact he was a multiple felon with a penchant for armed robbery and home invasion? Sorry to break it to you, but the jury will find out about it just like they will find out he was wasted out of his mind on fentanyl, morphine and meth when he died, and you best believe it will matter.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 1, 2020 at 5:27 am

    100% correct, Todd.

    First-time looters who get shot in the act rarely ever do it again.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 1, 2020 at 12:06 am

    I agree with Mr. Blodgett, it is time for the police to move to live ammo. It is time for the people that suffer from these jackwads to load live rounds. It is time for those who are the victims of these riots(thefts, beatings, and arson) to protect their livelihoods and property.

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    retired MC Fire Dept Reply Report comment

    May 31, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    One of the best columns I have seen in a long time. Very glad NIT runs Mr Blodgett’s Op-Eds, he offers good solutions to our problems.

    Not all violence is bad, it can be good, like the kind called for here.

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    ex patient Reply Report comment

    May 31, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    Todd, your dad was my orthodontist 50+ years ago. Unless I am mistaken, the sport coat you have on, in the picture here, belonged to Doc Blodgett.

    Am I right?

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      Todd A Blodgett Reply Report comment

      June 1, 2020 at 10:16 am

      Yes, you are! Amazing how you were able to recall a jacket from 50 years ago! My Dad bought in Des Moines at a store called Reichardt’s, and stopped wearing it probably about 40 years ago.

      After he went to go live in Good Shepherd (he has Alzheimers) in 2017, my mother found it in one of his closets at their home in Clear Lake, and offered it to me.

      Thanks for the nice message, ‘ex patient’! Nice to hear from you.

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    Lives at the Manor Reply Report comment

    May 31, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    Wonderful, wonderful article Mr. Blodgett sir, we always love what your thoughts.

    You write like we talk and you think like we do.

    We just have to get rid of these devils, this is what the good lord wants us to do.