I’ve waited to comment on the Charlottesville riot and death. There is a lot of unpacking to do here. Yesterday, some mob ripped down a statute in Durham NC as a “response to the death” of the woman in Va.
The truth is they don’t know why they are angry, but they know they love the thrill of being angry in a crowd. Whether that crowd be a mob on the street or Twitter or FaceBook. It is human nature and explained fairly well in an article by Hans Fiene at the Federalist.
This mob mentality- the same that gripped the French during their Revolution (and led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands), the same that gripped the Russians during their Revolution (which eventually left them with tens of millions dead) and the same that gripped the hippie ant-war protestors during the sixties. We got lucky and quelled that. So those protestors implanted themselves into academia and the media and the government and now their protege’s are running today’s climate of anti everything.
However, as I have pointed out so many times before, today’s world is different than the sixties. I don’t think even the people behind today’s chaos actually grasp the level of danger we are facing largely due to the phenomenon of social media. (Robespierre didn’t grasp the danger when he fomented the French Revolution, until it was too late and the mob turned on him. )
From the article;
Internet Outrage Is an Addiction
Just like gambling or sex, outrage can become a process addiction—a form of behavior that our bodies come to rely on to feel good. The mechanics of anger addiction are simple. When we erupt in anger, our brains get a hit of dopamine, which yields a sense of euphoria. Just as drug users will quickly become dependent on their substance of choice to get that euphoria, those who overindulge in outrage will often end up relying on that behavior to release the desired dopamine.
It’s easy to see how this addiction plays out online, Twitter perhaps being the best example. Man A wakes up in the morning, immediately reaches for his smartphone and finds, via those he follows for this sort of stuff, an article about Today’s Sinner, the one who must be shamed and ridiculed for being a woman hater or minority hater or cop hater or animal hater. Man A then begins spewing insults and vitriol at this person, then repeats the cycle the next day.
In other words, Man A wakes up in the morning, feeling miserable and wanting a dopamine release. So he goes to his dealer, who offers him something to be angry about—the newer and better fix-du-jour. Man A then explodes in anger at someone he very well may never have heard of before and will likely forget all about in a few days. He enjoys the dopamine hit for a moment, then finds a new target and repeats the cycle as soon as the high wears off.Furthermore, like those who are hooked on other substances or processes, outrage addicts often serve their addiction above all else. In their sober moments, they may pursue knowledge and truth. But amidst the throes of addiction, the only thing they seek is anger. They don’t want to be informed. They want to be mad.
This is why, probably more often than not, those vomiting venom at someone on social media haven’t even read the article they’re sharing. Why risk discovering some detail in the source material that might change your mind or take your “I Can’t Even” meter from an eleven to a three? To extract as much outrage from the hide of Today’s Sinner, the outrage addict embraces brain rot and remains in deliberate ignorance.
How many times have we witnessed an interview of a person in the mob where they are asked WHY they are there and that person cannot answer the question? I’ve seen dozens and dozens. They don’t know why, they just get a thrill because they are a part of a larger something, heading somewhere and being validated by the people around them. Think mob fights at a soccer match in Europe. Except in that case, they know why they are rioting- they hated the other team for years.
The Left has been creating identity politics and then identity anger for years. Obama allowed the human urge to be violent in the face of “offenses” to grow to a point where those angered think they have a right to violently act out.
In Charlottesville, one group of identity politics ran willingly headlong into another group of violent thugs, who identify themselves as anarchists, willing to burn the nation down for reasons they cannot explain. The violence beyond the car ramming attack was brutal. And it was allowed by the local authorities to happen as another political calculation like Baltimore and Ferguson.
Of course, the Left immediately blamed Trump for the attack. Why? Because that is what the Left does. It foments a crisis, then blames the other guy for that crisis and slides away, hands in their pockets, whistling to themselves and trying to look innocent. They trip the angry bully, point to the nearest Republican and make the “he did it” head nod, so all the willing media can attack the Right.
Of course it doesn’t help that the Republicans, like Rubio et al, start apologizing instead of pointing back and saying, “ask those dumb-fucks what happened, they did it!”
I’m going to defend Trump here. His first statement was good enough and accurate, which is why the Left lost their minds, and the weak-kneed Republicans ran away from him. He said violence on all sides is wrong. It really is that simple. And if I would have the President’s ear I would have him make the following statement;
“Peaceful protest is always welcome and encouraged. This is America after all.
However, violent protest is not allowed. Nobody on any side should fear for their safety when they assemble, or fear their property will be destroyed by groups intent on creating mayhem for political purposes.
It is obvious to all who has been observing these past years that certain groups encourage and participate in violent and destructive behavior. It is also apparent that these groups are being organized, funded, transported across the nation to commit acts of violence and intimidation. This cannot happen- regardless of race, agenda, cause, or political backing.
Violence only begets violence, so it must end and end now. Nothing being protested in this nation is worth a single innocent life.
So I have instructed my DOJ to open investigations into any past, or future, demonstrations that resulted in harm and property damage in order to discover if any of these are in violation of federal RICO acts or any other federal statutes.
All investigations will be transparent and without any political bias. Any person or persons or organizations linked to violence and harm will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Violence must stop, and violence will stop.
We all have to remember those protesting against your cause are also your fellow citizens, exercising their peaceful right to assemble, as you are.
Respect them and their safety. “
Then he should turn and walk away.
Let the Left try to defend their position that black people or Antifa or whatever Leftist group as a right to be violent, but everyone else has to take the abuse without reacting. it would not be long before they would be mumbling under their breath and then switching to another “Trump failure” to beat him with.
But the DOJ should investigate all parties that commit violence in protests to look for organization and funding. Then prosecute not only the bomb throwers but the people who funded their movements and their resources. Lock up some Soros type under RICO and see how quickly the money dries up.
The Progressive Left wants to be the ones operating without any regard to the laws and the security of our nation. That cannot stand, or the nation will fall. As pointed out by Ben Shapiro over at National Review.
…Then a Nazi-sympathizing alt-right 20-year-old Ohioan plowed his car into a crowd of protesters, killing one and injuring 19. The president of the United States promptly failed egregiously to condemn alt-right racism; instead, he opted for a milquetoast statement condemning “hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides.”
The Left leapt into action, declaring Trump’s statement utterly insufficient — which, of course, it was. But they then went further, declaring that Antifa was entirely innocent, despite Antifa’s launching into violence against pro-Trump marchers in Seattle over the weekend, as they have in Sacramento and Berkeley; berating New York Times journalist Sheryl Gay Stolberg for having the temerity to report that “the hard left seemed as hate-filled as the alt-right”; and suggesting that all conservatives were, at root, sympathizers with the Nazi-friendly alt-right.
And so here we stand: On the one side, a racist, identity-politics Left dedicated to the proposition that white people are innate beneficiaries of privilege and therefore must be excised from political power; on the other side, a reactionary, racist, identity-politics alt-right dedicated to the proposition that white people are innate victims of the social-justice class and therefore must regain political power through race-group solidarity.
None of this is new, of course. The Left has engaged in identity politics since the 1960s and engaged in heavy violence in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The white-supremacist movement has been with us since the founding of the republic. But both movements had been steadily shrinking until the last few years.
Now they’re growing. And they’re largely growing in opposition to one another. In fact, the growth of each side reinforces the growth of the other: The mainstream Left, convinced that the enemies of social-justice warriors are all alt-right Nazis, winks and nods at left-wing violence; the right, convinced that its SJW enemies are focused on racial polarization, embraces the alt-right as a form of resistance. Antifa becomes merely a radical adjunct to traditional Democratic-party politics; the alt-right becomes merely a useful tool for scurrilous Republican politicians and media figures.
Three factors led to this self-reinforcing growth loop.
First, increasing political polarization.
President Obama allowed the politics of racial fragmentation to fester on his watch; he repeatedly trafficked in broad generalities about American racism. Obama focused incessantly on the specter of white bigotry: “the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination in almost every institution of our lives,” embedded in our collective DNA. In response, an identity politics began creepily infusing the Right, with some white people embracing the mold cast upon them by the Left, creating a soft racial solidarity in backlash. This, of course, only strengthened the Left’s views of white privilege, which in turn strengthened the Right’s views of white victimhood.
The second factor was media malfeasance.
Erick Erickson thinks things will get far worse, and he’s right- again for many reasons.
Ben Domenech, no fan of the alt-right, got labeled as a member of the alt-right for pointing out the following:
Oakland 2009, Akron 2009, Pittsburgh 2009, Santa Cruz 2010, Oakland 2010, Los Angeles 2010, Oakland 2011, Chicago 2012, Anaheim 2012, Brooklyn 2013, Ferguson 2014, New York City 2014, Baltimore 2015, Anaheim 2016, Chicago 2016, St Paul 2016, Milwaukee 2016, Charlotte 2016, Standing Rock 2016, Oakland 2016, Portland 2016, Washington DC 2017, Berkeley 2017, Anaheim 2017, Berkeley (again) 2017, Berkeley (again again) 2017, Olympia 2017, and Portland 2017. This is a list of overwhelmingly leftist protests [that turned violent].
There is no comparable list of “alt-right” protests. Though there have been some, there have not been as many. The violence at these events has included molotov cocktails, shattered windows, punches thrown, and public property destroyed. Last night, a group of leftwing activists tore down a confederate statue without permission.
But in pointing all of this out, prominent voices on the left will angrily reply that Black Lives Matter, Antifa, union goons, etc. are all working for equality, justice, or some other noble end. They will wave away legitimate comparisons between the alt-left and alt-right providing moral justification for the left.
There have been far more conservatives willing to call out the alt right than there have been progressives calling out the alt-left.
Which is happening as we speak. The people who reported the honest story about both sides being violent are getting hammered for telling the truth.
Remember, Obama started this by allowing for the BLM to act out in a manner not seen since the sixties. Once they got away with it, the Antifa and the rest saw the opening and jumped in. That’s how mobs works. You slam one, the rest keep their heads down. Let them up and they will swarm you. It’s their nature and their desire as pointed out by Daily Caller.
Far-left agitators are calling for an escalation in tactics following this weekend’s violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.
Many of the same groups that have organized violent demonstrations in Berkeley, California and elsewhere are now calling for an aggressive response to the violence in Charlottesville. Far-left “anti-fascist” (or antifa) figures are advising agitators to do the job that police won’t: shutting down “fascists” and preventing them from organizing.
Radical left-wingers have for months justified violence as a way to fight back against “fascism” and “racism” — terms that they have applied not just to white nationalist fringe groups but to prominent figures on the right as well. (RELATED: Shooting At GOP Baseball Practice Latest In Pattern Of Violence Against Republicans)
“Charlottesville is just the beginning. If the alt-right can get away with murder there, none of us will be safe. We have to stand up to white supremacists, we have to shut down and chase out these bigots every time they try to organize, or else they will kill more people,” reads one poster created by anarchist group CrimethInc, a self-described “international network of aspiring revolutionaries.”
“The police will not protect us. They murder over a thousand people every year in this country, and infiltrate and attack our demonstrations when we stand up against alt-right terror. We have to organize to defend ourselves.”
(Hey DOJ, if you are looking for a place to start for RICO and terrorism cases there’s a few right here!)
Of course they don’t talk about the violence, injury and mayhem they dispense because their “cause is right!” Which is always the excuse. It was that way in France, Russia, China and other nations that fell from within.
The biggest contributor to this is the Democrat Party which has just simply lost its mind. There are reports the governor and the mayor of Charlottesville told the police to stand down. It is not surprising because they don’t want the police to play “whack a mole” with an arm of their own political party.
This is serious stuff folks. Our political leadership is amping up violent people, who are anarchists and communists, in order to destabilize YOUR country. Nobody really cares about statutes or names on buildings or even the BLM movement’s core complaint (which has been proven to be false repeatedly). They want the chaos, because as George Soros says “out of chaos comes opportunity.”
So, obviously, this was a fraught moment. But what would have been the outcome had the police and the Virginia National Guard—both on hand in strong numbers—done their duty, enforced properly obtained demonstration permits, and preserved the right of the warring parties to make their respective points without being physically attacked, one by the other and vice versa? It’s worth remembering that Charlottesville did everything it could to prevent the demonstrations, issuing permits only after being sued by the ACLU. And when push came to shove—literally—on Saturday, police and National Guardsmen were to be found only on the periphery of the brawling. Indeed, the Virginia ACLU reported that police were refusing to intervene unless specifically ordered to do so.
“There was no police presence,” Brittany Caine-Conley, a minister-in-training at Charlottesville’s Sojourners United Church of Christ, told the New York Times. “We were watching people punch each other; people were bleeding all the while police were inside of barricades at the park, watching. It was essentially just brawling on the street and community members trying to protect each other.”
Almost at first contact, Charlottesville mayor Michael Signer and Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and cancelled the demonstrators’ permits, whereupon police began funneling the alt-right protestors away from the designated demonstration site—and, some reports have it, toward the counter-protestors. The carnage followed in short order. Whether the breakdown in police protection was purposeful—that is, intended to quash a constitutionally protected demonstration and provoke a violent confrontation—is a question unlikely to be pursued in Virginia’s present political environment. As partisan eye-gougers go, Governor McAuliffe, a Democrat, is near the top of the list; Mayor Signer, also a Democrat, seems to be cut from the same cloth.
I watched part of the press conference the police put on. One of my friends pointed out much like Trump and his press statement about the fascist, the police were in a lose- lose situation. No matter how hard they tried, they would not be given credit for anything they did. If they went in and hammered the Antifa, which consisted of liberals, communists and blacks, the police would be seen as pro fascist and anti black. If they went after the Fascists, who were not the first to throw punches, they would be seen as attacking an ugly but so far peaceful group. So they waited until the whole thing blew up and then moved in because at that point everybody was a legitimate target.
I disagree. I think the leadership ordered them to stand down because they wanted the Antifa to hurt the protestors. Remember, the Antifa is an arm of the Leftists inside the Democrat party. They are the SA of the 1930’s Nazi party or the Communist “Red Guard” of Mao’s China. People will be afraid of them and will fall in line with the far Left democrats out of fear in the future.
(You can also bet if there are emails between the leadership inside the party and in the government talking about telling the police to stand down they are being deleted as we speak! If I were the police commanders, I’d be saving them for the future civil cases that will be coming. Remember, this was going just as the democrats wanted until that scumbag ran a car into the crowd and changed the whole dynamic.)
Shapiro points out Obama’s use of the anarchists.
Finally, there’s political convenience. Obama’s repeated references to American racism weren’t his only sin. He repeatedly shunned opportunities to tamp down leftist racial radicalism. He made excuses for riots in Ferguson and Baltimore. He used the shooting of Dallas police officers by a radical black activist as an opportunity to lecture Americans about the evils of racist policing. He knew that his political support came in large measure from SJWs, and he cultivated them.
Now Shapiro, who does not like Trump at all, thinks Trump took advantage of the disgruntled Right by amping them up. There’s some truth in that, but it is more Trump allowing a beaten down silent majority a voice and an opportunity to stand up and say enough.
Inside that majority of people is even the far more strident- like the Nazis, but they are not PART of the Right as much as simply agreeing with some ideas- like America should come first. The conservative movement says America comes first- meaning EVERY American whether white, black, Asian, gay, young or old- should be given more attention than others throughout the world, it is America after all. The KKK/white supremacy crew thinks only WHITE America should come first. That is a huge difference, but the Left and the media love to conflate the two.
Now to the victim of the car attack. What was a 32year old white woman doing neck deep in a riot surrounded by Antifa. If you look at the crowd the bad guy plowed into, you can see armed Antifa with bats and sticks run up onto the car. The crowd was a violent group. Yet she was in the middle of that crowd, armed to do violence against other American citizens in order to shut down their right to speak- because that’s what Antifa does.
NOE-PAYNE: Commander says, while Heyer had never protested before, she always spoke up.
COMMANDER: Heather denounced any type of discrimination, not just racism. She stood up for gay rights and – just anything that she felt like was wrong, she stood for.
From the Guardian:
The woman who died when a car rammed into a group of people protesting against a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville was named on Sunday as Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old legal assistant with a law firm in Virginia, who repeatedly championed civil rights issues on social media.
Heyer, whose Facebook cover photo read: “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention”, worked for the Virginia law firm Miller Law and regularly drew attention to cases of police malpractice and racism, as well as posting her support for Bernie Sanders in his presidential campaign.
A friend from childhood, Felicia Correa, who launched a crowdfunding page and said she was speaking for Heyer’s mother, who was not ready to speak in public, said: “She died doing what was right. My heart is broken, but I am forever proud of her.”
Her boss at the law firm said she had attended Saturday’s counter-demonstration to send a clear message to neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan sympathizers that people in her hometown abhor their views. She was “a very strong, very opinionated young woman” who “made known that she was all about equality”, Alfred Wilson told Reuters.
So here was a “equality” lover neck deep in a crowd armed and intending to do harm to people who had an equal- if icky- right to speak out and march. What was going through her mind as she looked around at the bats, shields, sticks, helmets and tear gas canisters her fellow travelers had brought? Was she excited? Was she frightened? Did she ever wonder maybe, just maybe, there was another way to voice your dissent, without injuring another American?
If my daughter told me she was going to that protest, I would have locked her up in her room with a firm “NO!” regardless of her age. Violence begets violence. There was going to be a violent confrontation, no way around it. And it has always been my experience the least deserving for getting hurt, always end up being the first to get hurt.
This woman had a right to protest the other side, but not with violence. That bad guy had a right to protest, but no right to drive his car into the crowd she was standing in. He goes to jail forever, or if South Carolina as a death penalty, until they stick a needle in him.
(On a side note, it appears the ACLU made the city give the white supremacists a permit to march. They will also be against any death penalty the driver gets. At this moment the ACLU must realize how bad reality tastes. They are not blameless here.)
Sadly, nobody seems to care about having a peaceful protest anymore. Violence is way too much fun and the high they are getting by fighting it out in the streets is too addictive.
You can thank your national political leaders- including Obama- for letting this get out of hand. I fear many more good people will get hurt before we manage to right this ship and realize we are all Americans and all deserve the right to live in peace regardless if we agree or disagree.
Update: I watched part of the painful press conference Trump just held. He tried to explain that there were bad guys on both sides, as well as good people. To allow one side to commit violence (the antifa) while condemning the other side- who was in this case actually legally there- was wrong. The media, lemming-like, simply lost their minds. They have gotten so used to a President tut tutting and apologizing and giving in that they have no idea what to do with this President.
His statement that going after historical figures was wrong, I paraphrase- “This week Lee, then Stonewall Jackson, what is next week Jefferson then Washington?” That is a legitimate point. History is history. There is a focused and aggressive attempt to rewrite it to suit a new PC version of our nation. That is wrong. We need to accept our failing, rejoice in our ability to overcome them so we can find ways to overcome more in the future.
I might point out Obama spent a good deal of his time either supporting, excusing or encouraging the BLM movement as it burnt cities. Not all BLM are bad, some of their worries are legitimate. But nowhere is it an excuse to kill, maim, injury and burn. So again, good for the goose, but not the gander?