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CNN is busy rewriting history to blame Trump for the riots

The polls show that the public hates the “mostly peaceful” riots, so CNN published a deeply dishonest “article” blaming Trump for the riots.

On May 25, George Floyd, an overweight, violent ex-felon with serious heart disease, who took over three times the lethal dose of fentanyl, along with some other drugs, managed to die on camera while under police control. Floyd was turned into a saint, complete with halo. The Black Lives Matter had found its next martyr and, despite the lockdown, leftists took to the street.

Some of the protests were indeed marches, with only a few peculiarities:

First, the same Democrat media members and politicians who had insisted (and, indeed, continue to insist) that Americans had to remain under house arrest because of a virus, said that mass protests were perfectly okay.

Second, very few of the protesters were actually black. The majority were extremely woke whites, especially angry, neurotic white women.

Third, although the protesters had as one of their core tenets a demand that police should be defunded across America, whenever something went wrong, they wanted the police.

Fourth, all the protests happened in Democrat-run cities that were almost (although not quite) always located in Democrat-run states.

Fifth, when the protests turned violent, the Democrat politicians in charge refused to criticize the protests, saying instead that they were peaceful, and also refused to imprison the protesters, churning them through the system and spitting them out within 24 hours of any arrests.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, all over America, the protests quickly turned violent. Minneapolis lost more than 1,500 buildings, with most of the damage being done to black-owned businesses. Those stores that stood were looted of everything, including the stuff that was nailed down. From there, the mobs spread. From Chicago to Los Angeles to Charleston and everywhere in between, mobs took to the streets, tearing down statues, defacing buildings with ugly graffiti, burning buildings, and looting stores.

In Washington, D.C., the mob tried to break into the White House and also set a historic church on fire. In Seattle, the mob took over six square blogs and created a deadly and destructive autonomous zone. And in Portland, the mob spent weeks attacking a federal courthouse. They tried repeatedly to set it on fire, tried to blind the federal agents who protected the courthouse and attacked the courthouse and the agents with firecrackers, rockets, rocks, bottles filled with ice, and whatever else would cause maximum damage. When federal agents clearly identified as such arrested people, the mob, the media, and the local government screamed that these were Stasi tactics.

Portland’s Mayor Wheeler and Oregon’s Governor Brown, both Democrats, insisted that, if that the problem wasn’t the protesters, who often self-identified as Antifa or BLM, but the presence of federal agents. Merely by being, apparently, the agents sent Portland’s leftist protesters into an uncontrollable rage that could only be slaked through violence. After sixty days, the feds withdrew.

Had Wheeler and Brown been correct, with the federal withdrawal, peace should have returned. It didn’t. Instead, the mob became only more violent, only now it turned its nihilistic wrath on the Portland police, going so far as trying to burn the police alive in a building.

Despite the bloodshed, the death, and the destruction, right up until last week, Democrats and other leftists insisted that what conservatives call “riots” were, in fact, “peaceful protests.” Here are a handful of videos making that point.

Here’s what Biden said in July:

And here’s the clever campaign video showing the lie:

Tennessee Democrat, John DeBerry Jr. castigated his own party for the pretense that the protests are peaceful:

During their convention, the Democrats did not once mention the violence on the streets, nor did the words BLM or Antifa pass anyone’s lips

What changed all this was the polling after the leftists tried to burn little Kenosha, WI, to the ground. They did this because police were called to arrest wanted rapist who fought with them, had a knife, didn’t respond to tasering, and then tried to reach into his car for a weapon. Now, BLM and leftist all over America (especially basketball player) are celebrating a violent man who repeatedly raped a woman. That’s the heart of the left. In 2017, it’s #MeToo and Believe All Women. In 2020, it’s “hey, this rapist is a martyr. Let’s burn up a city in his honor.”

Here’s how Kenosha people really feel about Trump:

We don’t have to guess about the post-Kenosha polling. Don Lemon stated the truth in a rare moment of unfiltered honesty:

With lock-stepped, statist precision, the Democrats in the media and in political positions turned on a dime. Suddenly, Biden was no longer talking about peaceful protest. Instead, in one of the most dishonest speeches in American political history, he accused Trump and an imaginary horde of right-wing militias of causing the violence in America. As was the case at the convention, the words Antifa and BLM never passed his lips.

CNN, which was at the forefront of the “peaceful protest” meme, has now published a hysterical screed that is, if possible, even more dishonest than Biden’s speech. Let’s start with the title: “Trump’s depraved plan to try to win reelection.”

Over the years of blogging, I have read many media articles that played with the truth or presented an alternative view of facts. In my entire life, though, I have never seen anything like this. The author, Frida Ghitis, a former producer and correspondent for CNN who also writes for the Washington Post, is delusional. Or if she’s not delusional, she’s evil, for only an evil person could lie with such fervor and aplomb.

The remainder of this post fisks her article. There’s a lot of dishonest filler, which I’ll ignore. I’m just going to go for her purported “facts,” each and every one of which is a lie or something that mutilates a small core of truth:

That Trump wants chaos and mayhem is not a secret. It has been confirmed repeatedly by his team. In one of her last Fox News appearances, his now-former strategist Kellyanne Conway confirmed what we all knew: “The more chaos, anarchy and vandalism reigns, the better it is for the very clear choice on who’s best on public safety and law and order,” she said. Lara Trump, daughter-in-law and campaign adviser, later told Fox that the violence is bringing voters to Trump.

Breitbart debunked this. I’ll just summarize. Pete Buttigieg was one of the first to blame Trump for the violence. When Conway appeared on Fox and Friends, someone asked her about this claim. Conway referred to this video, where the speaker is obviously a Democrat furious that the mob’s violence will undoubtedly push people into Trump’s camp:

When Conway spoke the quoted words, she was echoing what that business owner said, which is that sane people understand that the Democrats are in the grip of a violent impulse and that they will pull back in revulsion and vote for Trump. That’s what the polls showed and that’s why Lemon told people to chill. Lara Trump made exactly the same point.

In other words, Ghitis withheld information from her readers in order to tell a bald-faced lie.

His Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, pushed back on Monday, calling Trump a “toxic presence.”

“You know me,” Biden said, “Do I look like a radical socialist with a soft spot for rioters?” vowing he will work for “safe America, safe from Covid, safe from crime and looting, safe from racially motivated violence.”

It’s Biden’s opinion that Trump is toxic. An equally valid — hey, way more valid — view is that the left is making the narcissist’s argument: I can instigate anything I want, whether it’s violence, censorship, tribalism, etc. If you take it, all is good; if you push back against my illegal or immoral efforts, you are the violent, toxic person.

As for Biden, he’s a moron, an opportunist, and a corrupt politician. He’s also senile and desperate to win, making him a sock puppet for the radical leftists who now control the Democrat party.

The response was needed because Trump is trying to blame the Democrats as he stokes chaos.

That is why he is insisting on going to Kenosha where an apparent supporter faces homicide charges for the killing of anti-racism protesters. Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is pleading with the President to stay away because he knows Trump’s presence there can be explosive.

The chaos is already here. What is Trump supposed to be stoking? It was the Democrats who encouraged their shock troops for three solid months.

Ghitis lacks even the minimal honesty necessary to acknowledge that Kyle Rittenhouse has a superb self-defense claim. Even the New York Times was honest enough to put together a timeline based on videos that showed that Rittenhouse was attacked when he tried to put out a dumpster fire, that he fired his first shots only in self-defense, that he was then again attacked with an intention to kill, and again shot only in self-defense. Rittenhouse’s weapon control was superb because he hit only those who were trying to kill him

As for Governor Evers who let this madness happen, he is pleading with Trump to stay away because (a) he’s afraid people will be happy to see Trump and (b) it looks awful for Trump to be shown against the backdrop of an essentially war-ravaged American city, while Biden cowers in his basement.

The visit and idea that Trump is better for public safety is all a sham, of course, for many reasons. First, Trump is not better on law and order. Consider how many of his associates have been indicted and convicted. When it comes to street violence, this is occurring on his watch. The President who vowed “American carnage” was stopping with his inauguration, has ushered in and stoked violence and divisions.

This is Trump’s America. He owns the violence.

The first sentences make up a nonsensical non sequitur. Even assuming solely for the sake of argument that the Democrats’ unrelenting attacks against Trump, in the leftist New York court system, in the leftist federal court system, or in the House, had any validity, that is a different animal from whether a president is pushing for law and order on American streets. Unlike Obama who ignored whatever federal laws he didn’t like, one of the things Americans value in Trump is that he believes in the law as written and believes in applying it equally to all citizens. The left cannot point to a single law that Trump, in his role as America’s chief executive, has violated.

As for that “American carnage,” what Trump promised in his inauguration speech was that he would stop the disastrous policies of the Obama administration:

But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.

This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

We are one nation – and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.

The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.

Again, Ghitis lied spectacularly by writing statements that lacked the proper context. Here’s Ghitis again:

Still, he wants Americans to blame Democratic governors and mayors — and fear that Biden will make it worse. But it is Trump and his supporters who bear much of the responsibility for turning mostly peaceful anti-racism protests into battlegrounds. And the strife is not just continuing, it is intensifying; becoming bloodier, deadlier and riskier for the nation.

Democrat protesters in Democrat-run cities, with Democrat mayors and prosecutors who refuse to arrest or even stop them, in Democrat states, with Democrat governors who have refused to augment their resources with federal help. But it’s all Trump’s fault. Only a madwoman or an evil one could write this and believe it.

Desperate to win reelection amid the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression and the worst public health catastrophe in a hundred years, Trump is playing with fire. How far he will go is anyone’s guess. Some fear America could unravel into civil war. But that’s something no one — save the most extreme of the extremists — wants to see.

The leftists cannot point to a single time in the first five months of the COVID craziness that Trump did not follow Fauci’s advice, no matter how awful that advice was. The Democrats pushed the lockdown as hard as they could. One has to believe that they were motivated by more than blind fear. At a certain point, they must have realized that the lockdown would trash the economy, which was Trump’s strongest card going into the election. Having trashed the economy, they then blamed Trump for its collapse.

As for the “public health catastrophe,” we know a few things: Lockdown or not, most states and nations have exactly the same virus curve. Like an earthquake, it hits hard, and then has aftershocks, going up and down until the disease is integrated into a society like all other coronaviruses.

The real carnage was from those states that forced sick people into nursing homes, turning them into abbatoirs. The elderly are less than 4% of the population, but the Democrat governors turned them into around 40% of the deaths. (I’m not looking at statistics now. I’m going by memory for these numbers, but I think I’m close.)

Whether or not they support Biden, it’s hard to believe many Americans disagree with Biden’s plea, “We must not become a country at war with ourselves; a country that accepts the killing of fellow Americans who do not agree with you.”

Biden’s words are too little too late. They come, not from a commitment to America’s well-being, but because of poll testing. They’re good words but from an unreliable source.

Most Americans are horrified by the violence. I have no polls to prove that. But I know most, including most Trump supporters, don’t want deadly clashes between Americans who have different political opinions. Most Americans, Democrats or Republicans, don’t want to see looting, arson or vandalism, and certainly not killings.

Really? Most Americans? Not Chris Cuomo:

Leftists reveled in the violence when they thought it would hurt Trump. They backed off from that reveling only when polls showed otherwise.

Remember the arson and destruction in Minneapolis after police killed George Floyd? A video went viral showing a black-clad man with an umbrella in one hand and a hammer in another, smashing windows.

Minneapolis police said he was suspected of white supremacist ties and was trying to incite rioting. He succeeded. “Until the actions of…’Umbrella Man,'” police said, “the protests had been relatively peaceful.”

Did you know that no one has ever found “umbrella man”? The above is all speculation. But even assuming, once again solely for the sake of argument, that umbrella man started it, all over America, Antifa and BLM have been finishing it.

In the chaos, Trump found a possible path to reelection. He sent federal forces to Portland, where their presence inflamed the protests. The mayor implored Trump to remove them. When he finally did, Portland turned much quieter until this past weekend.

No, it didn’t turn much quieter. Three weeks ago, long after the federal agents left, rioters set a police station on fire. Last week (that is, before this past weekend), they used rebar and quick-dry cement to try to burn police alive in a station. Those are just two examples of dozens or even hundreds. If Ghitis had access to actual news, rather than CNN, she would have known that the mob accelerated their activities.

But by then, Trump’s game plan was already underway. The White House wanted to amplify and publicize the strife as much as possible, according to officials. “It was about getting viral online content,” an administration official admitted to the Washington Post.

Yeah, Trump was no fool. He couldn’t go into states with the governors’ say-so, so he sat back and watched, and America watched with him, as leftist cities self-immolated.

Trump’s most radical supporters seemed to also understand the strategy and were on the case. The ultra-extremist Boogaloo members, with their trademark Hawaiian shirts and assault rifles, popped up across the country. Violence was all too predictable.

Interestingly, unlike the Antifa and BLM rioters, while these “ultra-extremist” Boogaloo members may have shown up, they didn’t attack anyone, burn anything, loot any place, or kill anybody. Go figure….

Most anti-racism protests and protesters are peaceful. Not all are. Trump backers, with fervid encouragement from the White House, from Fox News and from prominent voices in the far right, are doing everything in their power to paint protesters as the enemy. Even the Republican convention gave a prominent spot to armed civilians made famous by waving their weapons at protesters.

Those armed civilians were the McCloskeys who used their legal weapons (one of which couldn’t even fire) to warn off hundreds of people who broke down a fence to get to the McCloskeys’ property and, as they walked by, threatened the McCloskeys with rape and murder. Thankfully, we have a Second Amendment, because the “defund police” mentality and the sheer volume of violent protests, meant the McCloskeys were on their own.

Last week, when a 17-year-old allegedly killed two protesters in Kenosha, the far-right propaganda machine rushed to support the accused. Tucker Carlson seemed to justify him on his show saying, “How shocked are we that 17-year-olds with rifles decided they had to maintain order when no one else would?”

See my Rittenhouse discussion, above.

Ann Coulter, in a deleted tweet, said she’d back the teen for president. On Monday, Trump refused to condemn the killings, instead seeming to try to defend the 17-year-old, saying he was being “very violently attacked.”

Trump was wise. He learned what happens when presidents give their opinions about cases. When Charles Manson was being tried for the Helter Skelter murders, Nixon opined that he was guilty. Manson’s defense lawyer promptly moved for a mistrial on the ground that it was now impossible to find an impartial jury. Trump knows better than to be accused of tainting a case.

On CNN, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) also refused to outright condemn the killing. “It’s a tragedy,” he told Dana Bash. She insisted, “It is a tragedy, but do you condemn it?” A morally bereft Johnson squirmed, repeating that the situation was a “tragedy” before saying that he “condemn[s] it all.” Maybe he was scared of being insulted by Trump.

Ron Johnson learned the same message. Both Trump and Johnson also know that the mainstream media always gets the story wrong in the first instance. It’s better to keep quiet while facts develop than to say something that has to be or, worse, can’t be walked back.

When a caravan of armed Trump supporters headed to Portland this weekend, undoubtedly emboldened by praise for the Kenosha murder suspect, more death was in the cards.

Videos showed the extremists driving their trucks into pedestrian protesters, spraying mace into their faces. Trump encouraged them on Twitter, “Great Patriots!”

Here’s that narcissism again. We can do it and it’s not violent, no matter the death or destruction in our wake. But if you stand up to us, you have magically created violence and it’s all your fault.

In the clashes, one apparent member of the pro-Trump group was killed. Police and witnesses haven’t said what exactly happened.

Witnesses are talking. As of now, the available evidence shows that BLM hunted Danielson down and that one of their members, with a BLM tattoo on his neck who’d already been arrested and released for having an illegal weapon, shot him in cold blood. Afterward, they partied.

Unethical campaign strategies are nothing new. But this is certainly one of the most depraved, most dangerous electoral strategies in memory. This is not what most Americans want. It’s not what most Republicans or Democrats want. It’s what Trump, running out of arguments for reelection, has deliberately created.

CNN is trying to start a civil war. This article is grounds for charges of sedition. Ghitis is lucky that there’s a Constitution that protects her right to be stupid, evil, hate-filled, and anti-American.

The Wuhan virus has accelerated existing trends

The Wuhan virus has sped up existing processes, such as hastening inevitable deaths, changing the business world, and exposing the left.

You’ve probably read that 94% of Wuhan virus deaths happened to people who already had compromised health, whether from extreme age or diseases that were already putting stress on their bodies. Statistically, the members of that 94% cohort were more likely to precede the rest of us in death, even without the virus. What the virus did was to grossly, and tragically accelerate the process.

Learning the above data made me realize that the Wuhan virus has been an accelerant in many areas of American life. That is, it’s presence in America resulted in existing trends suddenly exploding into warp speed. Or for those of us who still remember long-playing records, the Wuhan virus took trends that were proceeding at 33 1/3 RPMs and ramped them up to 78 RPMs.

First, as noted above, the virus struck people who were fragile because of advanced age or ongoing health conditions, but weren’t facing imminent death, and killed them.

Second, the virus speeded up the move to telecommuting. I’ve been telecommuting since the early 1990s. The technology then was already good enough for me to do my legal research online and email my word product to my clients (all of which were law firms).

Over the years, it’s gotten even better. Back then, I had to get my court filings to the clients at least 24 hours in advance so that my clients could create the multiple hard copies needed for filing with the court and sending to opposing counsel. Now, the briefs never even become hard copies, while all the evidentiary documents are instantly scanned. Many courts don’t want paper filings. The valiant bike messengers who used to keep San Francisco legal practices afloat by whizzing through traffic to get last-minute filings to the courthouses became unnecessary.

I’ve just given you one anecdote about one field. However, the Wuhan virus suddenly turned the white-collar world into a telecommuting world. Take this story about Pinterest, one of the many entirely online businesses that realized that office space is an unnecessary expense:

Pinterest, a social-sharing site popular for pinning recipes, home inspiration and more, has canceled its large San Francisco office lease.

The lease was for 88 Bluxome, a high-rise complex to-be-constructed near Pinterest’s existing San Francisco headquarters. The company cited a shift to work-from-home due to the coronavirus pandemic in its decision. Pinterest will keep its current city offices, however.

“As we analyze how our workplace will change in a post-COVID world, we are specifically rethinking where future employees could be based,” Pinterest  Chief Financial Officer Todd Morgenfeld said in a statement Friday. “A more distributed workforce will give us the opportunity to hire people from a wider range of backgrounds and experiences.”

The termination fee for the 490,000-square-foot office space is $89.5 million, Bloomberg reports

In New York, it’s currently a big question whether the highrises that have stood vacant for months will ever fill again. This article notes that New York office towers emptied before — after the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic and after 9/11 — only to fill up again. Back then, though, telecommuting was not an option. (Even in 9/11, the technology wasn’t the same as it is today.) Also, back then, big-city mayors (at least, Democrat big-city mayors) hadn’t welcomed crime and intentionally driven out the middle and the monied classes.

Third, the virus speeded up the left’s antics. Antifa is nothing new. When Trump was elected, Antifa mobs started flexing their muscles in Berkeley and Oakland. Those were warm-ups. The dislocations of the Wuhan virus was like the starting gun for the Antifa mob. They were warmed up and waiting on the starting blocks for the signal. I’m willing to bet that what’s helped their virulence is the fact that a lot of people who previously had jobs are now getting money for free. This is especially true for teachers and criminals, both of whom have seen a diminution in their work thanks to the Wuhan virus:

Fourth, alternatives to disastrous public schooling have gotten a giant kickstart. Parents have been unhappy with public schooling for a long time, but it was always easier to keep the kids in the schools while hoping for the best. With schools refusing to teach, parents are opting for pods, tutors, and homeschooling. Many are discovering that their students are doing very well when they’re removed from the pathologies of public school. The ones who were beginning to run with a bad crowd aren’t, because there are no more crowds, let alone bad ones. Parents who were dismayed by leftist indoctrination are enjoying its absence.

Fifth, Americans got a really swift look at the Democrats’ dark heart thanks to its Zoom convention. If it hadn’t been for the virus, the convention as televised would have looked like an energetic, ebullient affair. We would have had endless crowd shots of visually diverse people happily screaming their support for Kamala and Biden. There would have been speeches complete with applause and balloons and all sorts of happy stuff.

For their convention, though, the Democrats opted for grim settings, dark colors, and small spaces. Not only was the convention visually terribly depressing, but the depressing speeches without applause lines became even grimmer. And then there was the fact that, without a visually diverse audience that the TV cameras could pan (Look at all the black people! Look at all the Hispanic people! Look at all the people with rainbow flags!), it became very obvious that the people leading the Democrat party are mostly old and white.

As the Republican convention showed, it didn’t have to be that way. Republicans opted for visuals that were expansive, bright, and uplifting. In addition, they chose diverse speakers, rather than the Democrats’ tried-and-true reliance on diverse spectators. Americans were treated to people white people, black people, Native American people, Hispanic people, handicapped people, and more, no longer on the floor cheering, but on stage speaking. And they didn’t speak about misery and hate. They spoke about an American unity premised on values and hard work.

I don’t think those fundamental differences in vision would have been so obvious with traditional conventions. That was something else useful that the Wuhan virus accelerant exposed.

Sixth, the Wuhan virus is speeding up the inevitable, and much to be desired, demise of American colleges and universities. These institutions have been ground zero of the leftist takeover of America. If you’re wondering why corporations not only paid obeisance to Black Lives Matter, but also paid millions in hard cash, it’s because their managerial ranks are filled with graduates of those colleges. All of the worst ideas in society today were incubated in American colleges. Readers know that I’ve been complaining for years about how much they cost, how little they teach, and how completely they indoctrinate.

Thanks to the virus, though, the colleges are afraid to re-open. They’re holding online classes, but refusing to give tuition refunds for all the social, hands-on, in-person experiences the kids aren’t getting. The refunds should also cover all the infrastructure costs the colleges and universities aren’t incurring.

Parents who see what their kids are learning are going to realize that they’re paying for nothing or for worse than nothing. Instead of encouraging kids to go to college, parents will start urging kids to get a job or learn a trade. They’ll realize that the knowledge colleges once had something of a monopoly on is freely available online.

The parents of boys will be grateful that their sons are no longer constantly at risk of being accused without due process of sexual assault. And all those parents who mindlessly believed that fake statistic that 1 out of every 4 college women will be sexually assaulted will no doubt be happy to have their daughters safely at home.

That’s six things that got sped up thanks to the Wuhan virus, and they’re all fundamentally important. Do you have more ideas?

Image: Speed (cropped), by Ton Boelaars. CC-BY-2.0.

The Republican campaign video everyone needs to see

I had the germ of an idea and a very smart person turned it into the perfect campaign video, one that should be widely shared.

On Monday, I boasted that I had come up with a great idea for a pro-Trump and Pence political advertisement. I based it on the anti-drug television commercials from the 1980s. If you’re over 40, you may remember them. They identified an egg as “your brain”; a frying pan as “drugs”; and a sizzling egg as “your brain on drugs.” The group that created these ads was the Partnership for a Drug-Free America.

The ad played in my head whenever I read anything about how Antifa and BLM — both of which are the paramilitary arms of the Democrat party — were engaged in destructive violence in Democrat-run cities. I’ve been to a lot of those cities — e.g., St. Paul, Minneapolis, Seattle, and Portland — and remember them as very beautiful places. Seeing them torn apart, burned down, and bloodied is terribly disturbing.

With those images and the old ad campaign playing in my mind, I used my minimal visual, creative, and computer design skills to rough out a poster about the Antifa scourge in America’s cities. Here’s that poster:

Imagine my delight when one of my readers put together a clean, simple, and very powerful campaign video to bring my flat idea to life:

I think my idea’s decent and I think the video is incredible. I urge you to share the video far and wide.

The WaPo romanticizes violent Antifa anarchists

Looking at the WaPo’s gauzy view of Portland’s Antifa anarchists helps clarify that the American media are truly America’s enemies.

Andy Ngo posted this tweet:

I thought to myself, “No, that’s not possible. The Washington Post can’t be romanticizing the people who have been engaged in all out warfare against police for the last 70 nights. The people who throw concrete, explosives, and bottles of frozen water at police. The people who try to blind police with lasers. The people who have been trying to set fire to federal buildings and local police stations. The people who attack little old ladies who, although they support black lives matter, don’t support burning buildings. The WaPo can’t be romanticizing those people. It just can’t.”

How wrong I was. That’s precisely what the WaPo is doing.

The WaPo article is entitled “Trump sent agents to quell unrest. But protest is what Portland does best.” Yes, it does rhyme. Somewhere, a second grader is thinking, “I could have done that too.”

Before getting to the article, let’s talk about the author, a young woman (and yes, I’m assuming her gender) named Marissa J. Lang. One of the things you need to know about her is that her journalism career started in San Francisco, where she worked for the San Francisco Chronicle (or, as I call it, the Comical). On her webpage, her resume says she began working at the Chron in 2015, before which she worked at the Sacramento Bee, the Salt Lake Tribune, and the Tampa Bay Times. I bet some of those were internships. I suspect she’s a pretty recent graduate (after 2010) of the University of Maryland, where she got a B.A. in Journalism.

Based on these assumptions, I’m willing to bet that I can assume a few other things about Lang. She’s never held a real job. That is, she may have worked in high school and college, but she doesn’t understand how a real business works. She’s always been a paycheck collector in a business that produces nothing but words. Also, if she’s a recent college grad — and one, moreover, in the journalism department — she’s been steeped in leftism since the day she entered college.

Lang’s affiliation with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists tells me that she probably embraces intersectionality. She’s not Marissa J. Lang, journalist. She’s Marissa J. Lang, female Hispanic journalist. She views the world through those identities.

Okay, having aired all my assumptions about Lang, let’s get to her article, which is as awful as Ngo said it was. What Lang does is profile Antifa protesters. The article is a series of romanticized looks at a Portland person or family steeped in Democrat / leftist protest. Each little vignette is accompanied by two photos: The first shows the people profiled in their daily clothes. They’re not criminals. They’re people! The second shows them all dressed up to go fight “the man.”

Here are some examples of Lang’s passionate prose about these hip Antifa types:

Kia Rae’s first memories are strung-together scenes from a Jesse Jackson rally in 1988. The 34-year-old lifelong Oregonian remembers the smell of the fairgrounds, the current of waving signs, the colorful pins stuck to the chests of strangers.

Some parents take their children to sit in the stands of football games or baseball diamonds. The children of Portland come of age clapping to protest songs and stomping their feet to chants for justice and peace.

[snip]

Toren, 65: “You know, Portlanders are very peaceful people. It’s not like we’re just misguided youth, which is what I think people are labeling the protesters. I’m a retired nurse with a really long career who just sees what’s happening is wrong.”

[snip]

Mischa, 31: “I am protesting because it is unacceptable and wrong on so many levels to have a police force that the majority of citizens are afraid of. I am opposed to the existence of the police in their current form of a culturally corrupt, armed, cruel and tyrannical force that patrols the streets and instills fear into the people.”

[snip]

But after the police killing of George Floyd in May, something shifted in this city where less than 3 percent of the population identifies as Black. [If only 3% of the population is black, Mischa (above) is exaggerating just a bit when he says “the majority of citizens” are afraid of the police.] While White residents largely tout liberal ideals of civil rights and equality, Oregon’s racist history looms large here, said Shirley Jackson, a sociology professor in the Black studies department at Portland State University.

[snip]

In Portland, it’s not just the usual suspects who take to the streets. Moms in yellow shirts and bike helmets folded sunflowers into the iron fence around the federal courthouse. Teachers made signs likening Trump to tyrants and dictators of the past. Military veterans waved flags hung upside down to signal distress and strapped on gas masks and respirators to stare down the front line of federal troops.

And blah blah blah. The article goes on forever with these gauzy, saccharine looks at these sweet freedom fighters.

But let’s pull back from this close-up view. Let’s look at what these people do when they’re not gazing with doe eyes, or fierce eyes, at a journalist’s admiring camera lens:

I feel like sitting all these people down and forcing them to ask themselves, “Are the baddies?” If you’re living in the least racist and one of the most free cities, not just in the world, but in history, it’s really evil for you to create strawmen enemies and then attack real people with staggering brutality. And for a paper like the Washington Post to buy into that evil delusion is worse. I mean, let Portland destroy itself, but the WaPo, because of its reach, has the potential to destroy America.

I am grateful that, outside of Democrat enclaves, most Americans, no matter their race, sex, sexual orientation, etc., seem to have a clearer view of what America is and who America’s police are. Our police are not the men who go into Hong Kong newspapers and arrest people for daring to criticize the government. Trump’s “war on the media” consists of calling them out on their lies. And except for the minute number of bad cops, our police forces’ “brutality” lies in arresting people for violating laws that exist in all civilized societies: Don’t assault people, don’t kill people, don’t rape people, don’t rob people, don’t break into people’s homes, don’t steal, and don’t destroy public property.

One of the great things about the Wuhan virus (yes, there are silver linings) is that it’s undermining two of America’s most pernicious institutions: Public schools under the guidance of teachers’ unions and the mainstream media which is hemorrhaging readers and viewers. Lang contributes nothing good to society. Instead, she takes local toxicity and smears it across America. It will be a good day when she no longer has a forum from which to spread her poison.

America is engaged in a religious war

Although it’s presented as a political battle, what we see in America has all the earmarks of a doctrinal struggle between God and His opposite.

We should have realized a long time ago that the battle raging across America, in its streets and its cultural institutions, is a Holy War. In some ways, the first shot fired was the universal ridicule from the left when Tim Tebow kneeled before God at football games. Just a short time later, that same leftist establishment was exultant when Colin Kaepernick “took a knee” during the “Star-Spangled Banner,” not as a sign of respect but as a form of insult.

Marxism, after all, is a doctrine of faith just as surely as the traditional Judeo-Christian religion is. What Kaepernick did was the American equivalent of tearing the crucifixes off the walls in Catholic Churches during the 17th-Century wars of Reformation in Europe.

While Marxism is deeply hostile to traditional religion, it has all the hallmarks of a religious belief system, even though it lacks a divinity at its center. Writing at American Thinker a couple of years ago, Bruce Walker developed the theme:

What is the religious dogma of leftism?  There are several sacraments, each made utterly resistant to treason, experience, or logic by the druid clergy of leftism.  (1) There are immutable classes of victims and victimizers beyond remediation except through a constant procession of human sacrifices.  (2) There are institutions that demand more and more resources and that can never been considered failures.  (3) Nations are to be compressed into provinces of a world government and peoples into a single undifferentiated humanity.

As with all faiths, Marxism’s belief systems are irrefutable. Global warming, when it fails to materialize, morphs into climate change. Unseen magic transforms humans, with their binary male/female DNA, into an endless mélange of changing sexual identities. Marxism’s unbroken string of failures, when put into effect, are explained away with the irrefutable (to Marxists) line that those past efforts “just didn’t do it right.”

Marxism also has its saints and martyrs. In classic Marxism, they would have been poor people exploited by evil capitalists. In America, however, with its extraordinary economic and social mobility, that’s not going to fly. Instead, the saints and martyrs are racial figures.

Trayvon Martin is transformed from a violent, drugged-out, small-time thug into a childish, smiling figure who could have been the son of America’s black president. Michael Brown is not a hulking figure who engaged in strong-arm robbery and tried to steal a police officer’s weapon. He’s a “gentle giant.”

And lastly, George Floyd is not a violent felon and petty criminal who held a gun against a pregnant woman’s stomach, and who was so hopped up on fentanyl and a variety of other intoxicants that it’s unlikely he would have survived the night (and his inability to breath probably arose from acute fentanyl intoxication). Instead, he’s a beloved family man whose image blooms on urban walls across America.

When it comes to traditional saints, Marxists have a different take. Father Damien of  Molokai was a Belgian Catholic priest and canonized saint who went to Hawaii in the 19th century and was so moved by the plight of the lepers there that he gave the rest of his life to be of service to them. Working alongside the people, he made the wilderness to which they confined a habitable place, cared for the sickest residents, and buried them when they died.

His sacrifice was genuine, for he eventually sickened with leprosy that killed him. Hawaiians revere him, but to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, he’s just a remnant of “white supremacist culture.”

The religious war aspect of what’s happening in America came into tighter focus on Friday with two almost perfectly parallel events, each representing the two faiths at war here. In Portland, Oregon, at a Black Lives Matter protest, a crowd of people stood around to watch an American flag and a Bible burn. That is what religious conquerors do.

There are warriors on the other side, though. Most of them appear in secular circumstances. They’re John Kass, who won’t back down when he’s falsely accused of anti-Semitism. They’re Trader Joe’s, which refuses to repackage all its food to appease the woke mobsters. They’re the Wall Street Journal, which won’t conform its editorial page to its own woke mobsters’ demands.

And on Friday, it was also 22-year-old Jonathan Isaac, a forward for Orlando Magic, an NBA team. At the first game of the season, while every other player on his team wore a black Black Lives Matter t-shirt and took a knee (and many held up “black power” fists), refusing to respect the American flag, Isaac stood tall in his white jersey.

Afterward, when a hostile and perplexed press tried to attack a black man for being insufficiently respectful of the Black Lives Matter movement, Isaac said what needs to be said, which is that the Movement doesn’t actually support black lives:


This is some very powerful imagery:

At the end of the day, Americans are going to have to make a decision: Are we all individuals made in God’s image, but nevertheless reflecting the infinity of the divine, each with our unique exteriors? Or are we biological organisms that mutate constantly according to the demands of an external power structure and that have lives defined by the needs of the state?

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Barbarians At The Gate?

You know, I think it is long past time that we dust off another good word that has been little used for too long: barbarians. [ bahr-bair-ee-uhn ]

noun

a person in a savage, primitive state; uncivilized person.

a person without culture, refinement, or education; philistine.

(loosely) a foreigner.

(in ancient and medieval periods)

a non-Greek.

a person living outside, especially north of, the Roman Empire.

a person not living in a Christian country or within a Christian civilization.

adjective

uncivilized; crude; savage.

foreign; alien.

ORIGIN OF BARBARIAN

1540–50; < Latin barbari(a) barbarous country (see barbarous, -ia) + -an

The idea of the barbarian is essentially that which is foreign, that which is strange. Barbarism is often posited as that which is foreign to, different from civilization. We who are civilized see that which is foreign and strange to us, that which is outside our experience of treating other people civilly and respecting their property rights. What we are seeing in our Democrat controlled big cities and states is barbarism, in that those who are rioting, committing arsons and assaults are strangers to the founding principles of this nation: individual freedom, individual responsibility and the ownership of private property.

I am not a big fan of public art. Some committee commissions an artist to create something to enhance our lives somehow. Yeah. Right. Have you noticed most of the “art”, publicly funded these days, is somewhat hideous? Some of it looks like random piles of rusted junk, salvaged from the nearest scrap yard. I’m reminded of at least one museum exhibit where the “artist” conceptualized a wastebasket, overturned with trash spilling out of it, which when seen, after hours, by the museum’s janitorial staff, much like the boy in The Emperor’s New Clothes, recognized it for what it truly was and proceeded to clean up the mess!

Art, like beauty, may be in the eye of the beholder, but that doesn’t give me the right to hitch a rope or a chain to any public art I might not like or agree with, and tear it down. But we have seen statues of saints and abolitionists, ripped from their pedestals and/or defaced, because they somehow offended the new barbarians. Our Founding Fathers may be next. Some barbarians are threatening to “blow up” Mount Rushmore. If the barbarians have their way, they will eradicate as much US history as possible, tear down our society as it exists and substitute anarchy in its place.

But, anarchy is not the ultimate goal. It is means to an end. We’ve seen the like before, in 1920s Germany, where the populace became so sick and tired of crime in the streets, and the debauchery of society, that they welcomed a government that promised law and order, if they would only commit to the government the power to make things better.

Coincidentally (?) this was also brought about by defunding the police, so that there would be no domestic force to stop them. The Nazis then substituted community enforcers. From their “community”. Beware, lest we fall into the same trap.

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Barbarians At The Gate? No. They are inside the walls. Inside the city. Where they will be infinitely harder to root out.

Mike blogs at Proof Positive

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The 1619 Project: Reframing History & Redefining Racism

“White Supremacy” is a progressive canard to keep the race card viable in the absence of actual racism. It paints all whites as inherently racist and promotes the worst of tribalism as a progressive political tool.

The New York Times’ 1619 Project seeks to “reframe” American history to mark the year 1619 as the “true founding.”  The first purpose of the 1619 Project is to cement slavery as America’s original sin.  The “reframing” comes about, first, in the telling of a narrative so distorted as to be false, then, second, in redefining “racism” to attach the slander to a whole host of things that either are not caused by racism or are not racist by definition.  Mirable dictu, America is suddenly a nation full of virulent racists / white supremacists.

It is helpful before continuing deeper into this morass to take a balanced look at the actual history of slavery in this country, not as an original sin that still stains us today and that can only be explicated by destroying the country, but rather as an extremely difficult issue that was set on the road to being righted by our Founders and their progeny. In a recent AEI article, author Mark Perry quotes extensively from black economist (and one-time card carrying communist) Thomas Sowell:

Of all the tragic facts about the history of slavery, the most astonishing to an American today is that, although slavery was a worldwide institution for thousands of years, nowhere in the world was slavery a controversial issue prior to the 18th century. People of every race and color were enslaved – and enslaved others. White people were still being bought and sold as slaves in the Ottoman Empire, decades after American blacks were freed.

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Everyone hated the idea of being a slave but few had any qualms about enslaving others. Slavery was just not an issue, not even among intellectuals, much less among political leaders, until the 18th century – and then it was an issue only in Western civilization. Among those who turned against slavery in the 18th century were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and other American leaders. You could research all of the 18th century Africa or Asia or the Middle East without finding any comparable rejection of slavery there. But who is singled out for scathing criticism today? American leaders of the 18th century.

Deciding that slavery was wrong was much easier than deciding what to do with millions of people from another continent, of another race, and without any historical preparation for living as free citizens in a society like that of the United States, where they were 20 percent of the population.

It is clear from the private correspondence of Washington, Jefferson, and many others that their moral rejection of slavery was unambiguous, but the practical question of what to do now had them baffled. That would remain so for more than half a century.

In 1862, a ship carrying slaves from Africa to Cuba, in violation of a ban on the international slave trade, was captured on the high seas by the U.S. Navy. The crew was imprisoned and the captain was hanged in the United States – despite the fact that slavery itself was still legal at the time in Africa, Cuba, and in the United States. What does this tell us? That enslaving people was considered an abomination. But what to do with millions of people who were already enslaved was not equally clear.

That question was finally answered by a war in which one life was lost [620,000 Civil War casualties] for every six people freed [3.9 million]. Maybe that was the only answer. But don’t pretend today that it was an easy answer – or that those who grappled with the dilemma in the 18th century were some special villains when most leaders and most people around the world saw nothing wrong with slavery.

While Sowell notes the reality, the NYT actually does posit an “easy answer” to the slavery issue. The Times “reframes history” in the 1619 Project to tell it in Howard Zinn fashion, erasing or minimizing the First Great Awakening and the abolition movement, the Civil War, and the Civil Rights movement.  And with that, the Times then claims that America is still a country full of virulent racism — at least if you support Trump or are not a progressive.  Of course, the lack of racism in mainstream America is a problem, so progressives have redefined “racism” into “white supremacy,” something that implies virulent, evil racism but means, in actuality, nothing.

To put it another way, a strict, classic definition of “racism” means “a belief that race is the primary detriment of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.” The decline of actual racist acts in America’s mainstream, though, has become a real problem for progressives who have bet their entire political future on keeping minorities believing that they are under siege and that their only protection is to voting proggie.  There is a reason, not that many years ago, that then Vice President Biden told an audience of black Americans at an NAACP meeting that Republicans want to “put y’all back in chains.”  And there is a reason President Obama, author of all that racial healing in his administration, told Latinos that Republicans were their “enemies.”

So what is “white supremacy?”  Well, at least when the Left talks about it, it’s not the old KKK crap anymore. Instead, we can use the “Pyramid of White Supremacy” (pictured at the top of this post) as our guide to see just how outrageous it is and just how disconnected it is from people actually engaging in racist acts predicated on the belief in the inferiority of minorities — i.e., actual racism.

A college professor put together and uses the “Pyramid of White Supremacy” for a mandatory course she teaches for elementary education majors at Salisbury University in Maryland.  I was reminded of it the other day when I saw it at the Ace of Spades blog. The pyramid names nothing as “racist” that has not already made it into the mainstream media over the past several years.  The list goes from ludicrous, to insane, to evil, literally making of everyone not a proggie a white supremacist.


Racism Pyramid of White Supremacy

Tier One — Genocide 

At the top of the “white supremacy” pyramid are those who call for genocide of blacks or other minorities. No one in the mainstream for the entire history of this nation has ever called for that — but one would not know that today.  According to the NYT, the President is a “white supremacist” who, according to MSNBC, wants to exterminate Latinos. Moreover, according to CNN, Trump is already responsible for more deaths than Mao (40,000,000-75,000,000), Stalin (20,000,000) and Hitler (11,000,000) put together.  And by extension, if you are a Trump supporter. . . .

Tier II –  Violence

a)  Unjust Police Shootings & Police Brutality — This is the BLM obscenity that blacks have more to worry about in the inner cities from police than they do from black on black violence.  Until, of course, one actually looks at the numbers, then at the facts of just about every case — yet you still have virtually all progressives, including Kamala Harris and Fauxcohauntus, pushing this canard, at whatever expense to police such race hustling might bring.

b)  Lynching — The extra-judicial killing of a person as an act of mob justice and with any substantial basis in racism declined precipitously as the Civil Rights movement took hold in the 1950’s.  The last — but perhaps most horrendous — race-based lynching was that of fourteen year old Emmett Till in 1955 Mississippi.  So here we are almost seventy years removed from that event.  The vile racism that gave rise to that event is dead in this country.  But proggies are still trying to paint a link between the racists who murdered Till and all not-progressives today.

For instance, two years ago, Vann Newkirk, writing in The Atlantic in an article entitled How the Blood of Emmett Till Still Stains America Today, proclaimed the lynching of Till an act of “white supremacy.”  So, while the racism that motivated Till’s lynching may be, in all relevant respects, banished from the mainstream of society, it still lives on under the newly minted charge of “white supremacy.”  Non-progressive whites, virtually all of whom are neither committing or tolerating racism, still not only own all the guilt for slavery, but for the lynching of Emmett Till as well.

[Bookworm here: I’d like to suggest that race-based lynching still has a bit of a hold in America, at least as recently as the early 1990s. In 1992, for example, was beaten almost to death because he was a white man in the wrong place. And a year before that, Al Sharpton instigated the Crown Heights riots that saw black men kill random Jewish men after a Jewish motorcade accidentally killed one black child and injured another.]

c)  Hate Crimes — The whole concept of “hate crimes” is one that needs to be banished from American jurisprudence.  That said, it is the perfect metaphor for what is happening in this nation today.  The majority of “hate crimes” — i.e., crimes with a racial component — occurring in this country are progressive hoaxes to drive a racial narrative, with Jussie Smollett being simply the most notable and recent.

Tier III — Calls For Violence:

a)  Neo-Nazi’s, KKK, Burning Crosses — These are the people in this nation who in fact can be called racist and are associated with movements having a history of violence.  These groups are not conservative groups nor are they tolerated in mainstream society.  Today, the total number of people in these organizations nationwide, in a nation of over three hundred million people, is probably at or under 100,000.  I would not be surprised to find about the same number or higher if you add up ANTIFA, anarchists, and black nationalist groups.

b)  The N-Word — The professor lists using the “N” word as a call to violence.  I agree.  I only point out that I look forward to the day when the right understands that being falsely labeled racist is also a call to violence.

c)  Confederate Flag — I am not going to argue this one.  I think Bookworm’s take on the flag and Confederate statutes (see item 11 in the linked post) is the right one, and this is one case where the subjective feelings the flag and paeans to Confederate generals might engender is sufficient justification to move them into museums.

Tier IV — Actual Discrimination

 a)  [Systemic] Mass Incarceration — This has long been a stalking horse for progressives.  For progressives, enforcing the law against blacks is ipso facto proof of racism. The statistics do not show disparate treatment against blacks for sentencing, only that blacks’ rate of criminal conduct is out of proportion to their numbers in society.  Regardless, Trump has in fact been the only President to push through prison reform with an eye towards giving blacks caught up in the prison system a second chance.  That must be “sneaky” white supremacy.

b)  [Systemic] School to Prison Pipeline — Again, another stalking horse, calling this discrimination.  The fact that there might be fundamental problems in the dysfunctional culture of lower socio-economic blacks is never the cause — and by calling the pipeline discrimination, that makes it racist to even discuss and solve the problem of young black men leaving school and heading straight into the prison system.

c)  [Systemic] Racial Profiling and Stop and Frisk — Stopping a person to question or search simply because of that person’s race is a 4th Amendment violation and would be racist.  No one argues that.  But stopping and searching someone is neither a 4th Amendment violent nor racist if, because of surrounding circumstances, the police have a reasonable suspicion that the person might be involved in a crime.  This goes back to NYC’s policy of “stop and frisk” that the NYPD used successfully to bring down crime by and against minorities circa 2000.

d)  [Systemic] Redlining —  Redlining has been illegal since the 1970’s.  It was a practice by financial institutions to refuse loans to people regardless of qualification if they lived in particular areas, most often in inner city areas.  Congress passed the Community Reinvestment Act to end it, but then Bill Clinton, Barney Frank, and Chris Dodd used the CRA to destroy all color-blind lending standards as racist.  This social engineering under the guise of correcting for racism led to the Sub-Prime Crisis and the Great Recession of 2008.

e)  Housing Discrimination and Employment Discrimination — These have been unlawful since the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  Rare cases of actual racism still occur on the fringes of society and are dealt with through the courts.  That said, the majority of Housing and Employment discrimination cases of today rely on the “disparate impact” theory, which holds that one does not even need to show an intent to discriminate if a policy is shown to affect minorities disproportionately for whatever reason, including, as mentioned above, colorblind reasons.  As Thomas Sowell has opined, much of what the left falsely claims today is racism in society is based on their manipulations using the “disparate impact racket.”

f)  Anti-Immigration Policies — This is pure post-modernism, where the subjective feelings of the progressive author are embraced as objective fact.  There are countless reasons to enforce the border and require that our federal government control immigration.  Indeed, that is an express right and duty of the federal government in Article I Sec. 8 of the Constitution.  And yet, for the progressive left, any attempt to stop illegal immigration, and any attempt to deport illegal immigrants is deemed “racist” and is part and parcel of “white supremacy.”

g)  Funding Schools Locally — We’ve been funding schools locally in this country for as long as there have been schools.  It is a state and local function.  It is not an Art. 1, Sec. 8 enumerated power of the federal government, the Department of Education notwithstanding.  As Thomas Sowell points out, the problem with minority educational achievement or lack thereof is not school funding.  But apparently, you are a white supremacist if you do not support a federal takeover of funding for schools.

Tier V — Veiled Racism

a)  Victim Blaming — If you believe that people should address the problems of their community and that they are responsible for their own actions, you are a white supremacist.

b)  Paternalism — If you offer suggestions for minorities to solve the problems of their community, you are a white supremacist.

c)  English Only Initiatives — The ability of a nation’s people to communicate using a common language is near a foundational element of societal success and a keystone for individuals to succeed in society.  That seems like a valid, non-racist basis to require that everyone learn the English language in this country.

d)  Euro-centric Curriculum —  This is nothing more than reverse racism.  Unless one can articulate how substituting X for Y acts as an improvement to our society, then this is nothing more than intentionally destroying the common culture of a nation founded in Western civilization because of identity politics.

e)  Claiming reverse racism — To point out that the progressives are attacking whites on the basis of their skin color alone — which is all the white supremacy movement is — is itself an act of white supremacy.  Apparently, though, while the professor does not make this point, it appears that the progressive left defends itself against charges of racism by claiming minority status.  Somehow, being a minority in proggie land means that obscene racism is not truly racist.  This is all part of the redefinition of “racism” into a purely white, original sin.

f)  Tone Policing —  So telling a minority to tone down if that person is emoting so that you can have an exchange of ideas is racist because . . . minorities can’t control their emotions?

g)  Cultural Appropriation — To borrow from another culture because one appreciates something is about as far from racism as one could act.  How that becomes an act of “white supremacy” is beyond my ken.

h)  Tokenism — So having minority friends is now “white supremacy?”

Tier VI — Minimization

a)  Denying you are a white supremacist — This may seem completely insane, but to be white and deny your white supremacy is proof that you are a white supremacist.  No less than the NYT has proclaimed that in “The Heartbeat of Racism Is Denial.”

b)  Colorblindness — Treating a minority the same as everyone else — the very antithesis of racism — is proof that you are a white supremacist.

c)  Not believing the experiences of people of color —  If you question a person’s narrative or point out that the person’s subjective feelings are not the same as objective facts . . . you are a white supremacist.

d)  Post-Racial Society — I’m not quite sure what the professor means by that, but I am assuming that she means that to posit a post-racial society as the goal for America, as Martin Luther King did, is “white supremacy.”  The goal of progressives is an identity centric society where a critical mass of the identities vote proggie.

Tier VII — Indifference

a)  Remaining Apolitical — This is binary.  You either join the progressives and buy into their obscene canards or you are a white supremacist, even if you could care less about race.


“White Supremacy” is an obscene dark fantasy.  But Project 1619 and the MSM at large are all engaged in pushing this canard.  There is not a single major outlet outside of Fox not running with it.  It is an effort to balkanize and turn our nation from a melting pot into a state based on tribalism permanantly ruled by progressives.  With this latest foray into “white supremacy,” progressives will either keep this obscene dark fantasy of racism in America alive, or progressives will lose any hope of regaining political power.  It will be the ruin of our nation if they succeed.

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Scott Adams errs badly about Antifa

Scott Adams errs badly in excusing Antifa on the grounds that it’s just risk-craving young men having fun committing non-lethal violence against bad guys.

When Scott Adams first heard about the way Antifa brutally attacked gay Vietnamese-American journalist Andy Ngo, he was as outraged as any decent person would be. (Leftists, by celebrating the attack or, in Jim Acosta’s case, ignoring it despite an entire book about journalists — i.e., Jim Acosta — being under siege, have shown themselves to be indecent people.) A problem arose, though, when Adams, who rightly prides himself on being logical and thinking out of the box, watched a video that made him do a 180: suddenly, he has no problem with Antifa. All I can say is that this bright man had a short in his logic circuit.

Adams watched a video in which an Antifa member claimed that it wasn’t really a political group at all. It was just young men finding an outlet for their natural craving for risk and a way to prove their manhood. Pounding on neo-Nazis in non-fatal ways, he explained, is a fun proving ground.

Adams found that argument so compelling that he says we should ignore Antifa and just let its members and the neo-Nazi groups pound away at each other. He didn’t say so, but I think his theory is a combination of “boys will be boys” and “it would be great if both sides lost this war.” If we view Antifa this way, says Adams, its political powers goes away and it just becomes a gangster group. (I think he’s envisioning a kind of Wanderers versus Ducky Boys fight scene.)

By taking this position, Adams proves that, while he isn’t often wrong (indeed, I think he’s mostly right about things or at least thinking about them creatively), when he does go wrong, he’s really wrong.

First, regarding a young man’s urge to engage in risky activity, I agree that both Adams and the Antifa guy he listened to have a point. Many young men do feel the need to prove themselves through dangerous displays. As a mother, I worry every time my son goes off skiing or doing some other activity in which, through showing off, he can really hurt himself. I never have that worry with my daughter. However, the biological push to prove oneself through dangerous activity is not a justification for crime.

If young men want to prove themselves let them walk down to a military recruiting station and enlist. They’ll find more than enough in the military to challenge themselves. Or they could do extreme sports. Or they could travel to dangerous parts of the world to help poor people or face down dictators. What a civilized society forbids them to do is commit violent assault against those they perceive as their enemies or against anyone unlucky enough to be caught in the cross fire. If young men are allowed to run in packs violently assaulting citizens, you have turned your back on thousands of years of Western civilization

At the bottom of this linked article, you’ll see graphic photos of a man caught in the crossfire while attempting to help a gay man in a dress who also found himself in Antifa’s way. What happened to him wasn’t young men sowing their risk-taking wild oats; it was thuggery, pure and simple.

If these young men were really sowing their wild oats, they’d be doing it Fight Club style. Or maybe they’d be having high risk car races a la Grease. But that’s not what they’re doing. Instead, they’re taking over public streets, intimidating ordinary people (e.g., redirecting traffic), and moving as a single masked pack. Remember that it wasn’t some strutting mano a mano fight that took Ngo out. Instead, it was a pack of armed, masked predators who violently, and with intent to do serious harm, attacked a single, small, unarmed man:

What you’re seeing there isn’t cute male proving. It is, instead, a violent, politically motivated mob deliberately targeting a person who threatened because he exposed their activities to a wider audience. How could Adams miss that fact?

Second, it’s no defense to say that the activity isn’t political; it’s just fun. If the fact that the attackers are having fun makes the violence socially acceptable, we need to go back in time and reverse Damian Williams’ conviction.

If the name doesn’t sound familiar to you, you’re probably too young to remember the Los Angeles riots. Those took place after a jury acquitted the cops accused of beating Rodney King. Reginald Denny was an ordinary man — a construction worker — delivering a truck load of sand to a plant in L.A. What he didn’t realize was that his route would take him through a brewing riot in L.A. When his truck was at the Florence and Normandie intersection in L.A., rioters surrounded him, pulled him from the truck’s cab, and beat the living daylights out of him — which was all caught on camera. Denny sustained serious, permanent brain damage and required years of rehabilitation.

The police captured the men responsible for the Denny beating, which was accomplished by feet, fists, and hitting him with hard and heavy objections. No guns or knives were involved (which is a point I’ll get to in a minute).

The reason I bring up the attack on Reginald Denny is because I’ve never forgotten the defense Damian Williams’ offered for himself at the time (emphasis mine):

In an interview with the Wave Newspaper Group, a newspaper chain that mainly serves a black readership, Mr. Williams said of the riots, “People were just out of control like a pack of rats running after cheese.” He added, “I was just caught up in the rapture.”

Speaking in 2017, Williams, who was later sentenced to 46 years in prison for a drug-related murder, said that he felt no remorse because, while Denny wasn’t necessarily guilty of doing wrong, he was white and that really, kind of, sort of, pretty much had it coming in a larger race war:

Q: So how do you feel about Reginald Denny. Do you feel remorse about your participation in what happened with him?

A: I wouldn’t believe remorse is the appropriate word. … Do I feel what occurred to Mr. Denny was justified? No.

Q: Can you say more?

A: It’s really not more to say and that’s just my humble opinion on that topic. Because if I was to say more, than we would go into a different part of this conversation — talking about going back into my history. It’s a lot of things that happened to my people by the hands of Mr. Denny’s nationality. But can I blame Mr. Denny for what happened to my people? No. Will I look to them and ask them for remorse, no. How can we heal from this process? How can we heal from that situation?

Q: So he was like a casualty of war?

A: There were many people that were a casualty. Mr. Denny just stands out. It was many people hurt and died in that 1992 situation. But those people are not spoken about. Only things that’s spoken about is Florence and Normandie [the intersection in which Denny was beaten]. But people died, people were killed in the ’92 riots. Why are their names not being mentioned? Why is nobody not speaking about them? Because don’t nobody care about that. Because in the world that we live in, if it bleeds it sells.

If Antifa members are vibrant young men having fun and proving themselves by attacking societal enemies, then Damian Williams shouldn’t have been convicted. But if Damian Williams was a dangerous predator who enjoyed beating up someone merely for existing in a way that offended him, and was properly convicted on those grounds, every Antifa member who committed an act of violence needs to be convicted as well. You can’t have it both ways — and Adams’ argument doesn’t convince me otherwise.

For other examples of young men having fun spontaneously beating up victims they believe have committed societal wrongs, be sure to check out stories and photographs of Hitler Youth and Hitler’s Brownshirts. Those were two groups that fully enjoyed beating up Jews and whomever else they deemed an enemy of their pal Adolf.

Third, my reference to Hitler Youth and Brownshirts takes me to my next point, which is Adams’ contention that there’s nothing political about Antifa.

For starters, why is Adams disbelieving what these people say of themselves? If someone says he’s marching under a political banner, I believe him. I believe him when he’s a Hitler Youth in that natty faux Alpine uniform; I believe him when he’s a Brownshirt in that eponymous brown uniform; I believe him when he’s an Islamist with a kuffiyah and a Koran; and I believe him when he’s Antifa, clad entirely in black, masked, and carrying jury-rigged weapons.

The fact that all these young men in their different times and places choose or once chose to express their ideology through violence that they personally enjoy doesn’t mean the ideology doesn’t exist. Some people, such as Martin Luther King and Gandhi espoused non-violence to expose their enemies; these young men have chosen the opposite.

Moreover, Antifa’s lineage is a politically violent one. True, the original Antifa was arrayed against the Nazis, which makes them sound like the good guys. They were not.

When fascism started rising up, its biggest enemy was communism. This was not because they were antithetical ideologies. It was because they were sister totalitarian ideologies, both arising out of socialism, and both appealing for the same mass market. The Antifa of the 1920s and 1930s in Germany, therefore, wasn’t a peaceful democratic movement seeking to stand against all forms of totalitarian socialism; it was, instead, a violent communist group engaged in bloody internecine warfare with Hitler’s fascists.

Here’s original Antifa logo:

And here’s the American Antifa logo, which claims direct lineage from its violent communist forebearers:

Antifa Logo

You can’t dress up like an early era of violent communist thugs, claim to be attacking the same people (i.e., “fascists”) as the prior communist thugs, and use the logo of the violent communist thugs . . . and then insist you have nothing to do with the ideology of those same thugs. That’s a bird that won’t fly.

Fourth, Adams seems to excuse Antifa because its members are attacking “neo-Nazis,” such as the Proud Boys or Patriot Prayer. There are lots of problems with this assumption.

To begin with, despite the assertions that the Proud Boys are far-right white supremacists, both groups seem to have fallen down badly on the white supremacist part because they have a lot of minority members. There’s also the problem that the group attaching the “far-right white supremacists” label on Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer is . . . the Southern Poverty Law Center. It’s become clear over the years that SPLC will label as “white supremacist” any group that opposes the Progressive’s political agenda. That’s how conservative Jews end up as so-called “white supremacists.”

The other problem is that it’s not just the SPLC that affixes dishonest labels. Antifa does too and for the same reason. If you’re not with them, you’re a fascist.

Using that standard, Antifa has created a broad universe of people it can justify attacking. Remember that it was only in 2017 that Antifa went marauding down the streets of Berkeley because Milo Yiannopoulos, a half Jewish gay man with a black partner, came to speak on the UC Berkeley campus to pro-Trump people. The same thing happened when conservative Jewish Ben Shapiro came to speak.

“They had it coming” is not a justification for mob rule at the best of times. It’s especially not a justification when the group engaged in mob rule labels everyone who’s not exactly like them as a societal danger justifying violence.

Fifth, what Adams is proposing is an extreme version of the heckler’s veto. Thus, now that he’s accepted that they’re just young men having fun while proving their manhood, he says we should ignore them. Except, as I think I’ve demonstrated above, they’re not just young men having fun while proving their manhood. They’re violent political actors.

Instead, there’s something even more sinister going on here. As events in Berkeley show, Antifa’s goal is to silence all political speech with which it disagrees. Its members aren’t just looking for a rumble with the proud boys; they’re using extreme violence to shut down free speech. But here’s the real kicker:

Antifa is careful to operate only in hard Left cities such as Berkeley and Portland. In those cities, the mayors have explicitly told their police forces to stand down. This means that the mayors are treating treat Antifa as a Progressive paramilitary organization that uses violence to suspend citizens’ First Amendment rights to free speech. Is this really what Adams wants?

Sixth, Adams points out that Antifa members avoid using “dangerous weapons,” by which I assume he means knives and guns. Instead, as I noted in connection with Damian Williams, who also eschewed knives or guns during the attack on Denny, they use feet, fists, clubs, bicycle locks in socks, toxic chemicals in milkshakes, etc.

Adams must have led a very sheltered life if he doesn’t realize that all of those things are also dangerous weapons. Ngo is having cognitive problems from the brain bleed he sustained, but he got off lightly. Lots of people die from brain bleeds. My Mom almost did, twice. Both times, she came within thirty minutes of dying but for timely surgical intervention.

According to the FBI, in 2017 alone 2,556 people were murdered with weapons other than knives or guns, including being beaten or kicked to death. We all make jokes about the fact that Navy SEALS can take out an enemy squadron with a Bic pen, but the reality is that large numbers of objects, when wielded with intent, can cause fatal injuries.

As I look around my hotel room, I can count six things in my immediate line of sight that I could conceivably use to murder someone — make that seven if you include strangling them with the power cord to my computer. It’s therefore no defense of Antifa to say that their instincts aren’t murderous because they eschew knives and guns in favor of cruder, blunt force objects.

In summary, Antifa is not just a collection of boys having a little bit of violent fun against deserving objects. It is a violent communist mob that uses dangerous weapons to intimidate and attack anybody who stands in its way.

Moreover, to the extent that Leftist mayors authorize Antifa’s activities by telling police to stand down, it is functioning as a paramilitary wing of Progressive government in America. In other words, Antifa is to today’s Progressives precisely what the KKK was to the Jim Crow South — and I refuse to believe that Scott Adams would ever countenance the KKK, even if he were told that it was just young men having violent fun against those they deem to be bad actors.

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