My thoughts are with Baltimore tonight. The last time the governor called the National Guard out to respond to riots my dad was able to get out to his grandfather's farm in Baltimore County. Not everyone has that option, then or now. That governor was Spiro Agnew, fwiw. Soon afterward he got a VP slot on Nixon's ticket for his tough law and order stance. My great grandfather's constitutional convention vote failed shortly after too in part because it was perceived as too liberal and reapportioned too much power to Baltimore city and the DC suburbs. I've come across mixed reactions but some delegates think racial tensions and the riot killed it.
Will Hogan be a VP? Probably not. And
chances are that this will accelerate some reforms. But the riots sure
didn't put Baltimore on a strong trajectory in 1968 and they're nothing
but bad news now. I wish both the cops and the rioters well. I've already
seen some celebration of harsh crackdowns, though. Hopefully this
settles down quickly because escalation of any sort will not be for the
better. Citizens' responsibility is to fight for justice and speak truth
to power. Police and National Guard responsibility is to protect and
serve. We need a great deal of both, I think.