Amid the burning and looting as Ferguson, Mo. descended into chaos Monday night, an elderly man with an oxygen tank was carjacked and run over.
74-year-old Donald Hoech was run over on Nov. 24th in Ferguson, after two black males carjacked him: he still believes the "Rule of Law" will save America...
The man was in the parking lot at Faraci Pizza’s on South Florissant Rd. with another man watching rioters just before 11 p.m.
“Only in America do you see stuff like this,” the man reportedly told Jaye Perry, 52, who was also surveying the scene from the parking lot, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
He hadn’t seen anything yet. Then the man, hooked up to a portable oxygen tank, headed to his car for a fresh tank.
That’s when two men approached the elderly onlooker and took his car, but the senior tried to hold on to the steering wheel and was run over as the crooks sped away, the Post-Dispatch reported.
He reportedly continued to yell for his oxygen tank after the carjackers were gone.Who was this man who "continued to yell for his oxygen tank" after the two black carjackers had driven off in his own car?
Oh, he has a name: David Hoech.
And he believes the "Rule of Law" will save us all (never mind the Department of Justice, which has declared war on white police officers nationwide, judging black criminals by the color of their skin and disregarding their criminal actions as the oppressive remnants of white supremacy forcing its standard of civilization on an eternally discriminated against people).
It's this St. Louis Post-Dispatch article that should permanently put to rest any belief in the greatness of the "Greatest Generation." [Ferguson carjacking victim preaches that the rule of law will save us, 12-6-14]:
A spotlight lit up the sedan as it turned around on West Florissant Avenue and stopped in front of the burned out QuikTrip. The driver’s side door flung open. Out clanked an oxygen tank and an old cuss named David Hoech, who was mad as hell about all the “race bait” on the news.
Hoech, 74, a retired international business consultant, wanted to defuse the situation in Ferguson. Ignoring demands to stop from the brute line of armored police vehicles, the Vietnam veteran headed straight toward the gun barrels like he was going to scold a spoiled child.
“I’ll go where I want, when I want, and do what I want within the rule of law!” Hoech recalled telling police. “I live my life free. I work at it, and I ain’t going to start giving any of it up tonight. That’s for damn sure!”
Hoech (pronounced Hake) was one of the few people allowed through the roadblock that night. As soon as he passed, he turned around and drove an hour west on Interstate 70, back to his home in rural Warren County.
The effort landed him on Glenn Beck’s conservative radio talk show, where Hoech accused CNN of making events in Ferguson appear worse than they were.
“The more it gets fanned — there’s going to be fires in every city because people are upset about a lot of other things,” Hoech said on air. “And they use crap like this as an excuse to go out and vent anger. And anger is the wind that blows out the candle of the mind. While everybody is angry, we accomplish nothing.”
On Nov. 24, Hoech was back on scene. By the end of the night, he lay in a tangle of oxygen lines a few blocks from the Ferguson Police Department as attackers sped off in his 2015 Subaru Outback.
‘AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL’
On the night of the grand jury announcement that police Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for shooting Michael Brown, Hoech, who suffers from a terminal lung illness, turned up in Ferguson with a cart loaded with three oxygen tanks.
Hoech toted a white flag in a plea for everyone to surrender to the rule of law.
Over an electronic bullhorn, he played a Ray Charles rendition of “America the Beautiful.”
“Nobody does it better than Ray,” Hoech says now.
Matt McGrail, 19, a business student at Mizzou, who had also come to experience the news firsthand, saw Hoech adding music to the din of chants for justice that have become synonymous with the Brown shooting.
“I just looked at him and smiled because I knew he was there to bring peace,” McGrail said.
Hoech said he embraced one protester who asked about his choice of music, given so much conflict in the streets.
“I said America is beautiful,” Hoech recalled. “We have this much freedom to be this messed up, but we can still express ourselves and the rule of law. Do we have the willpower and the obedience to the law to straighten it out and make it beautiful the way it was?”
Not immediately for Hoech.
Tired and cold, he went back to his car and climbed into the passenger side. Soon, the door flew open and Hoech was thrown to the ground. Witnesses said he was carjacked by two men whom Hoech tried to fight off.
He had grabbed on to the side of the car and even bashed the front windshield with an oxygen tank. Hoech was run over by his own car as it sped off.
Above all else, he preaches about the “rule of law,” a phrase he repeats over and over again as a remedy to corporate malfeasance, government overreaching and arson.
From a young age, the scriptural decree of obedience — found in his favorite book of Leviticus — was instilled in him. His father was a Baptist minister and his mother was of Jewish heritage.
While others preach about race, Hoech says Ferguson will be fixed when all sides honor the law.
“He believes it for people in corporate boardrooms and he believes it for people in distressed neighborhoods,” said Lieber, who along with Whitacre wasn’t surprised to see Hoech taking that message to the streets.
Hoech ended up spending Thanksgiving week in the hospital after being attacked. He has a new ball joint in his left hip and is already up on his feet, demanding to be heard.
He tells people who ask that he’s still disappointed in the “stupidity in this country.”
There are major leadership and economic problems in the U.S., not racial problems, he says.
Speaking from his living room, he described the carjacking as a crime of opportunity.
“I got beat up by a couple black guys,” he said. “That didn’t make me dislike black people ... Racism is in the mouth of a racist!”
As if he was out on the street again, and as if he needed a bullhorn to begin with, he yelled: “There is only one thing that is going to save us all, the rule of law! ... If you don’t stand up for what’s wrong, you are what’s wrong!”
Hoech stood up, tethered by a long hose attached to an oxygen machine. He says he’s recovering from the new hip and is going to be the first person to beat pulmonary fibrosis.
“I am getting in shape,” he said. “I am going dancing Saturday. It might be in my kitchen, with my own music.”Race > Law.
Once, white people used the law (some call it, derisively, the era of Jim Crow) to protect the present and preserve the future for their posterity; now, laws are passed to presently discriminate against whites to ensure they have no future.
Sing 'America the Beautiful' all you want to, Mr. Hoech: it won't be singing back.The "Rule of Law" is dead in America.