I have a hypothetical for you. Suppose you were walking down the street, minding your own business. Someone comes up to you and attacks you. They punch you, knock you to the ground, and hit you with a bat or some other object.
You’d consider their actions wrong, right? But why? What if this person claimed they had a good reason to attack you? What if they claimed you were a bad person?
You never hurt anyone. You never advocated the harm of anyone. You don’t even know the person attacking you. Yet they claim their actions were just—violence against a stranger—because there’s something about you they don’t like.
Few people in their right minds would agree with your attacker. They’d say that violence against a stranger is never justified. Despite your disagreements or differences, violence is stupid, ugly, disgusting, and ultimately un-American.
Yet in our day and age there is a rising sentiment among many that violence is justified—if their target holds views they disagree with. That if you are convinced that a person is vile and terrible, you have the right to deny them their basic rights, attack them, and beat them within an inch of their lives.
Sounds unconscionable, right? Who cares if someone disagrees with you? Freedom of speech and freedom of expression means that people can have different opinions and still get along.
But thanks to a shockingly irresponsible media, dead set on undermining the President of the United States, there is a cadre of Americans who believe anyone not liberal is a Nazi. And it’s okay to punch a Nazi.
The outbreak of violence in Charlottesville, VA this weekend was shocking and disgusting. I’d say it was one of the worst things I’d ever seen in my life, but I lived through 9-11. To see violence erupt over political differences is stupid, self-defeating, and patently un-American.
I largely wanted to avoid writing about it. To me, it was a situation where one radical group fought another radical group. Two sides that represent ugly, divisive, disgusting ideas that do not represent Americans—or even most of the people on the political spectrum.
Yet the irresponsible coverage of this event by the fake news industrial complex highlights an ongoing problem in our society. It exposes the real cause of such outbreaks of violence. Should more instances like Charlottesville occur, it will be entirely the media’s fault.
A New Age of Violence
It’s really telling that all the large scale acts of crime in 2017 in America were not perpetrated by radical, Islamic terrorists, but by leftists. I’ll refrain from saying “liberals” because I believe most liberals with a conscious wouldn’t take up arms against fellow Americans (though some of them might approve of it). From the disruptions at the Inauguration that led to 200 arrests, to the Berkeley riots (both times), to violence against peaceful Trump-supporting marches, to this weekend’s violence, left-wing extremists have made it their goal to attack anyone that refuses to agree with their narrow politics.
And that extends to any American that supports Trump or simply does not consider themselves liberal.
These left-wing extremists are by and large young Americans. Many of them are well-meaning people (though plenty are clearly deranged). Yet they have been whipped up into a frenzy because they believe our President—and his supporters—are racist “Nazis.” Based on what? All the efforts by Trump to kill Jews or minorities? No, that hasn’t happened. All the attempts by conservatives to outlaw free speech and other basic rights? That hasn’t happened either.
The narrative that Trump and his supporters are Nazi’s and racists has been propagated by liberal outlets, including online sites like Buzzfeed, Salon, and HuffPo. These Commie rags posing as news sites are simply the PR arm of the radical left. They don’t deal in facts or evidence, but rumor, hysteria, and opinion. Because they are linked up with larger, established media enterprises, their toxic rhetoric is spread to a wide audience (case in point: when Buzzfeed published the de-bunked dossier about Trump, which was then broadcast by CNN).
These irresponsible media outlets—be they online or TV—have spread rumors, lies, and conspiracy—all to push a false narrative about people they don’t like. Namely political rivals like Trump and his supporters (i.e.: millions of Americans).
This has led to a boiling over effect, where many well-meaning, albeit naïve and dangerous people, believe the idea that Trump is going to march gays, minorities, and Muslims into death camps. Or similar, idiotic notions.
Now radical activists groups like Antifa, BAMN, and Black Lives Matter, organizations built around political violence, have the justification to violently confront anyone they don’t like. With the excuse that their enemies are bad people, it’s justifiable to attack them.
But even if the person you don’t like is a bona fide racist, violence is not justifiable.
I have nothing in common with the creators of “Unite the Right.” The fact that they even claim to be associated with conservatives and the right is laughable. People of all races, creeds, and backgrounds are conservatives, including black Americans and Hindus. The idea that this small group of Neo-Nazi filth thinks they can co-opt a movement that started with the emancipation of black slaves is ludicrous.
But despite my despising of these white supremacists, they have the right—under the First Amendment—to gather and demonstrate. They have the right to publish articles and websites defending their toxic views. Do you have to like it? Of course not. But the best way to confront such toxic ideas is to use the same freedoms to refute them.
This was not the first time white supremacists gathered to demonstrate. The KKK holds rallies and marches throughout the country, every year. Why did this particular event erupt into violence? Because the radical left was empowered by their delusional ideas—propagated by the media—to confront these Neo-Nazis.
The results were obvious.
While people will dissect the actions made by police and law enforcement, we have to stop and consider the idiotic reactions from the left. Even when reasonable statements are made by liberal news people, the left lash out irrationally.
New York Times White House Correspondent Sheryl Gay Stolberg has been denounced by several liberals online for daring to report on the violence being committed by Antifa members at the chaotic ‘Unite The Right’ rally on Saturday.
“A few wrap-it-up thoughts from Charlottesville,” she wrote in an initial tweet. “1. Striking how many of the white nationalists were young people, almost entirely men.”
So far so good, presumably.
Stolberg’s second tweet, however, rattled quite a few libturds.
“2. The hard left seemed as hate-filled as alt-right. I saw a club-wielding ‘antifa’ beating white nationalists being led out of the park,” she wrote. (Milo)
Those leftists that call for violence against conservatives or condone the actions of Antifa and BLM attacked Stolberg for even questioning the violence. They seem to think that all the blame is to be put on the Neo-Nazi’s, not the left-wing activists who were filled with just as much hatred.
People tweeted things like “It’s good to beat up a Nazi” and “A leftist woman is dead because she protested nazis. How dare you think you can compare them.” And “You are fucking kidding me right??? Victim blaming much? Statements like this are dangerous and clueless.”
This is proof of how deranged and one-sided the left has become when confronting real problems. They are so blinded by their campaign to vilify the right, that they can’t even see real evil what it rears its face.
You’ll find few conservatives condoning the actions of “Unite the Right.” They abhor the bizarre and evil ideas of Neo-Nazis and white supremacists. Yet Democrats seem to applaud the actions of their own violent agitators. As the above comments prove.
The governor of Virginia even refused to condemn the actions of left-wing attackers.
After Saturday’s “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Governor Terry McAuliffe condemned the Alt-Right attendees for their violence, but didn’t condemn the violence of Antifa. (Milo)
When asked several times by a reporter if he would condemn the violence from left-wing activists, McAuliffe refused to respond. Proving that he will gladly condemn people the media associates with the President, but is reluctant to treat leftists with the same standard.
Why? For McAuliffe, it’s political. Those on the left causing trouble do so because of rhetoric he and other liberals have spread. They have been working for months to discredit the president and conservatives; groups like Antifa and BLM are merely carrying out his orders in the most extreme.
To condemn the leftists for their violence would expose McAuliffe and others as hypocrites to their own party. It would also undermine their plans to hinder Trump’s work.
The Appropriate Response
Few people in the media are treating this event the way it deserves: as an episode by two extreme groups who want to divide us.
As bad as white supremacists are, they are a marginal group that few people in the U.S. respect. Antifa, Black Lives Matter and other left-wing groups have the same agenda though, to turn good Americans against their neighbors.
Both sides want you to identify according to your skin color. Both sides want you to mistrust and hate your fellow Americans because they look different than you. Both sides want a war to destroy their assumed enemies. Both should be condemned for their hatred.
The president of an organization that reaches across racial and cultural lines to bring Americans together around the nation’s foundational principles says he condemns both the “white right group” and the “counter-protesters” who participated in the events in Charlottesville Saturday.
Bishop E.W. Jackson, the president of S.T.A.N.D., said in a Facebook video Saturday during the events in Charlottesville, “Both sides of this want us divided racially.”
“They want to turn everything into a racial issue. They believe that somehow … our country really is black against white – we’re not that at all. We are a nation founded on principle – not race.”
“Both [sides] are more interested in racial division than they are in us becoming one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.” (Breitbart)
Derrick Blackman, popular YouTuber “SomeBlackGuy,” put his thoughts about the issue in a wise and intelligent way:
The thoughts of these two individuals, I believe, reflect what most Americans believe. We stand up for virtues, personal responsibility, and our core beliefs. We do our best to respect one another, not because of our race or skin color, but because of who we are as people. The choices we make as individuals matter more than our ethnic background.
But if most of us agree with this, more or less, why the violence? Why the division? Why the hate?
A better question is: why does the media refuse to promote the thoughts of Bishop Jackson and others? Why do they push the rhetoric that divides us?
Because their agenda is to destroy our way of life. Since the beginning, the media has been about shaping what you believe, not reporting on the facts. And today’s mainstream media wants you divided, wants you angry, wants you fighting.
It makes it easier for them to conquer you.
But it’s up to you. Regardless of what I say, there will be people who will try to divide us. Who will call me, Trump, and anyone else that doesn’t march along racists? Who will continue to exacerbate a problem that leads to riots and violence?
You need to make the decision: either listen to them, or reject them.