Charlottesville

So we had ourselves a riot in Charlottesville last weekend. I wasn’t too surprised, I’ve been expecting it, frankly. Daniel Greenfield in Frontpage Magazine tells you why.

A functioning society requires a middle ground. There has to be someplace where different sides can meet and negotiate their differences. Extremism happens when one or both sides eliminate that middle ground. And then all that’s left is a brutal fight for power.

The left is up on its high horse after the latest violence. But it’s the Democrats who allowed themselves to be taken over by the left. The extremism boosted Black Nationalist racist groups which were quickly mainstreamed.

Democrats demand that Republicans condemn Neo-Nazis. And certainly everyone should make their disgust clear. But Democrats have publicly endorsed Black Lives Matter. And Black Nationalists are just another racist hate group. Who operate with the support of the Democrats.

The Confederate memorial crisis was an utterly unnecessary confrontation pushed by Black Nationalists and exploited by Neo-Nazis.

After the Civil War, Americans achieved a modus vivendi. The Union was preserved, but the South was allowed to honor its dead and its leaders. The campaign against Confederate memorials was the best possible present that the Neo-Nazis of the Alt-Right could have received. And so both sets of extremists fed on each other. That’s how it works. And the blame goes to the left which lit the spark.

He’s right and that modus vivendi he speaks of is the last and likely best legacy of Abraham Lincoln, aided by Generals Grant, Sherman, and Lee. It was a wonder of the ages, a hard fought civil war ending without hangings, proscription lists, and a partisan campaign. Only happened in America. And here are extremists, from both sides, throwing it away around 150 years later.

And you know, in life as in physics, an action is always operated on by an equal and opposite reaction. We just saw the opening salvo of that reaction. If the BLM and the others continue, it will get worse, and it will spread. And given the left’s opposition to free people, and democratic government, as we’ve seen in the last six months, it will get worse, perhaps much worse, because it will spread from the fringes to the mainstream who want nothing to do with these hate groups but like that perhaps apocryphal Polish colonel, who when asked what he would do if he marched his regiment between the Soviet and Nazi German forces, replied, “Attack in both directions and die gloriously”.

Never think it can’t happen here. We don’t do ‘blood and soil’ patriotism here in America like they do in Europe, but we have something much more powerful. We have an almost religious belief in the ideals of America, and unravelling them has never been, and I doubt it will be now, permitted. Not by any of our overdone government bodies, but by the average person, who has been watching aghast the last few years, and no longer recognizes the America we once knew and loved.

Well, in 1781 the wheel came full circle, as the Revolution completed. Will it again? No one knows but I would never bet against the American people, especially on a bunch of rag tag extremists from either (or both) sides.

The president is taking a lot of criticism for his statements on the matter. John Hinderaker of PowerLine says this:

Today the White House released an additional statement that specifically addressed white supremacist groups:

The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred and of course that includes white Supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups. He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together.

Trump’s various statements have failed to satisfy just about everybody, including many Republicans–Scott, for one. Trump’s position may or may not be politically wise, but I am sympathetic to it. What his critics want him to do is denounce white supremacist groups to the exclusion of anyone else. The problem with his statements, in the eyes of critics, is they are too even-handed. Trump’s denunciation includes both the white supremacists in Charlottesville and the fascist “antifas” who counter-protested, as well as other hate groups.

This seems entirely appropriate to me, as the Charlottesville violence resulted in large part from the fact that the “antifas” showed up, spoiling for a fight. The videos I have seen suggest that the “antifas” were at least as responsible for the violent clashes as the white supremacists. Both deserve to be repudiated, and fascists who riot and try to shut down other people’s speech are just as reprehensible as racists.

Yup, and as far as I’m concerned anything else is partisan political spin. Especially most of what the formerly main stream (and now mostly fake) media are putting out. As were the riots themselves.

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14 Responses to Charlottesville

  1. Reblogged this on Boudica2015.

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  2. the unit says:

    Ah yeah, the media is putting out. Reminds me of high school days and what we said about the main stream sluts of the times. 🙂
    No middle ground for either.

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    • NEO says:

      Indeed so. And yet the middle is where we must meet, or it will all go down in flames.

      And if we look back, those girls weren’t as bad as we imagined (or was it hoped?). 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        You’re right. A couple have always been right there in the planning for our reunions and luncheons which we’ve kept going through the years. Gathered for the fiftieth in 2010. Yikes!
        And after all, we were her/their clowns. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Yepper, we surely were! 🙂

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  3. the unit says:

    I read that many cultures rely on the ground, middle and otherwise like i.e. under rocks, for surival often. Seems the Swiss are joining in. I’ll stick with pork, thank you. 🙂
    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/lifestyle/bugs-on-the-menu-at-swiss-supermarket-9123094

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    • NEO says:

      Me too, I once had a chocolate covered grasshopper, it wasn’t the worst thing I’ve eaten, maybe, but I had no inclination for seconds. 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        Just one? 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          One was plenty! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Well, the article about the Swiss was beginning to interest me in maybe trying them. Until I got to the part where they’ll be eating “insect balls!” 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Quite! 🙂

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  4. Vanessence says:

    Reblogged this on Political Ness.

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