“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”
Isaac Asimov, American science fiction and popular science writer
This quote comes from a character, Salvor Hardin, in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation saga. Hardin uses this saying to mean that violence is such a useless option that only the incompetent would use it, and even they would only use it as their last resort. He feels that the incompetent are eventually forced to resort to violence because a better solution remains outside of their grasp.
Donald Trump’s Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, in reference to the protests in cities across the country after the brutal murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, called America’s streets the “battle space” and called upon governors to “dominate the battle space.”
Donald Trump and his Attorney General, Bill Barr, ordered police to use tear gas and flash bang grenades on peaceful demonstrators in order to clear the streets of Washington, DC (aka the battle space) near the White House so that Trump could walk across those streets for a brief photo op of him standing in front of a church awkwardly holding up a Bible.
Trump has deployed members of the active-duty military to “quell the protests” and threatened to attack the demonstrators with “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons.” He tweeted “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
Issac Asimov died in 1992, but he was uncannily prescient with that quote about violence and incompetence, given what has been happening in America’s “battle spaces” over the past few weeks under the “leadership” of America’s most incompetent president.
Written for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G.Hill.