Sometimes I think I’ve wandered through a wormhole into a strange parallel universe. Once again I find myself skating on the underside of the ice.
Here’s the backstory. For months, ever since the election, the left-wing fascists of Antifa and others have been rioting in the streets, beating people up, breaking windows, setting fire to cars, denying people their right to free speech, and smashing people’s faces with motorcycle locks … and THE LEADERS AND COMMENTERS OF THE LEFT SAID NOTHING.
How did this happen? How did the Democratic Party that I had supported all my life morph into the fascists beating people up to prevent them from speaking? Along with my fellow Democrats I sat-in and non-violently protested FOR freedom of speech in Berkeley in 1964/65 … it breaks my heart that modern Democrats are now rioting AGAINST freedom of speech. How can they be against freedom of speech, no matter how challenging, insulting, or unpleasant? It is our Constitutional right!
And why have the party leadership said nothing? Riot after riot, beating after beating, another poor guy gets his car burnt up, someone else has their face beaten in, and not one word of condemnation from Clinton, or Schumer, or Warren, or Sanders. Nothing.
Look, my Democratic friends … Democrats have been beating people up to stop them from speaking! And calling themselves Anti-fascist? That is a LIE. Fascists are those who beat people to stop them from speaking. Do the math!
How did the Democratic Party become the party of street violence? How can that be?
With that as background, I fear that it is the left that brought about Charlottesville. Here’s what people forget.
The fascists of the right had a legal permit to legally parade. It is their constitutional right, after all, to assemble freely.
Now, stop and consider that for a moment. It is the key fact that people want you to forget. They were legally exercising their Constitutional right to assemble and march. It is a CRIME to try to stop them by violence.
However, the fascists of the left decided once again to try to stop people from exercising their right to assemble and march. Hey, it worked a dozen times before, so why not?
So the Antifa turned up in force, to try to stop the march by force.
Here’s the deal. Far too many of the fascists of the Right are certainly loathsome people whose views disgust and repulse most of us.
But America is a place where all of us, I say again, all of us have a Constitutional right to assemble and lawfully parade … particularly loathsome people whose views disgust and repulse us. If America is not free for them, then it is not free for you and me. Period.
That’s the American deal! Free speech is for EVERYONE, not just those whose views you favor. Free assembly is for EVERYONE, including all variety of unpleasant folks. If slugs and rattlesnakes get a permit to march, then it’s a crime to stop them by violence.
How did the Democrats and the Antifa and the left in general forget these things, when they are so fundamental to what makes America work, not to mention being first in the Bill of Rights?
So please … spare me the nonsense that the hands of the left are clean in Charlottesville. Stripped of the emotion, here’s what happened:
The Antifa tried the same violent tactics that they’ve been succeeding at for months—at the inauguration, in Portland, at Berkeley, at Wellesley, and on and on. And in Charlottesville, once again they wanted to use force to deny people their Constitutional rights. But this time it wasn’t college professors and students that they were beating up. This time, they got their asses handed to them. As my mother used to warn me, “Scorch around, and you’ll get burned.
Do not think I am without compassion. I have great compassion for the suffering of the misguided human beings on both sides of that fight, because both sides think that violence is the solution. And all those who follow that path of violence, left and right alike, miss out on much that makes us human. Would you swap your life for theirs?
But regarding left-wing fascists who were once again trying to DISRUPT A LEGAL MARCH AND DENY THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO FREELY ASSEMBLE. Gotta say, I’m happy to see them lose for a change … I don’t understand how the left got it so wrong. People have a RIGHT to free speech. Even the people you hate with a fervor have a RIGHT to freely assemble. STOP TRYING TO DENY US OUR RIGHTS!
Sorry for the shouting, but this attempt to silence people by violence is ugly, despicable, and an anathema to democracy. It does not justify the responding violence of the right But if the left-wing fascists had just stayed home and let them march, we could have avoided all of this.
Finally, the media in the wormhole I wandered through seem obsessed with their Fearless Leader. After months of the Democratic leaders saying nothing about violence from the fascists of the left, oh, no, not a word, lips zipped, schtumm … now they want to parse every word the Fearless Leader is saying, as though he were some kind of oracle.
WHO CARES? Trump doesn’t control the fascists of the right, any more than Elizabeth Warren controls the fascists of the left. It just stuns me that we are have been having months and months of political riots in the streets, culminating in this recent escalation to a fatality, and the talking heads natter on endlessly about did Trump pick the right words, and did he say it strong enough, or was it soon enough … WHO CARES? We are having political violence in the streets, courtesy of left-wing fascists. Trump is not the issue here. Left-wing fascists are the issue.
Here’s the short version.
The right-wing fascists showed up to exercise their right to assemble and march. That is their CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT.
The left-wing fascists showed up to stop their legal gathering, by force if necessary. That is a CRIME.
There is no equivalence between a Constitutional Right on the one hand and a crime on the other …
The left seems to want to forget the American deal. Free speech is for EVERYONE, particularly hateful fascist scumbags on both sides. Freedom of speech is not just for the people who the Left approves of. Similarly, freedom of assembly is for EVERYONE, even skinheads and white power folks, not just the people that Antifa thinks are wonderful.
And trying to stop ANYONE from exercising that right goes against everything America stands for.
So rather than either raging about or defending the President who had nothing to do with the riot, how about instead we have an adult conversation about de-escalating this lethal stupidity. For a while, we’ve had the alt-right.
Now we have the ctrl-left.
How about we get together and start working on some kind of a ctrl-alt-delete?