Unfortunately it happened near the home of Thomas Jefferson, the apostle of American liberty, founder of the University of Virginia, and author of the Declaration of Independence, a document that has been used around the world to confront tyranny and advocate freedom for oppressed peoples. And what we saw on Saturday in downtown Charlottesville upheld none of those things and would have horrified the Sage of Monticello, as it did most Americans.
Even though some have contended that this whole affair was staged, we have no way of knowing any of that, so let us deal with what we know, the story on its face, rather than speculate.
In the true spirit of fairness and a balanced analysis, there are five things from Saturday’s tragic events that we must reflect upon:
- All decent Americans should condemn white supremacy, Nazis, and all such groups for the hateful rhetoric and violent tactics they espouse.
There is absolutely no place in American society for hate and violence. There’s no patriotism in it and it is certainly not reflective of any true conservative values or the principles of the American Revolution. Those ideals are the antithesis of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the cornerstone of conservative thought.
And Nazis are, without question, the worst of the bunch. Adolf Hitler’s ideology was the vilest of the vile and those who advance such views are no less despicable and no less dangerous. It was truly shocking to see Americans carrying Nazi swastika flags, wearing t-shirts with Nazi symbols and quotes by Hitler, and displaying the Nazi salute.
But under the First Amendment, anyone can hold whatever political views they so choose, even those most would consider “hate speech.” In our great country, you have an absolute right to advocate what you want, so long as you don’t hurt anyone else. But that doesn’t mean we all have to accept it. The same rights that preachers of hate have to advocate their beliefs are the same rights others have to condemn them. And we should in the strongest terms possible.
America was founded on Judeo-Christian values and the morals within the Holy Scriptures. I find it revolting when members of hate groups, like the Ku Klux Klan, use the Bible to advance their toxic views. How can someone hate Jews yet profess to love Christ? Our Lord did not spew hate and violence. He told His followers to “love one another” and “to pray for your enemies,” not assault and murder them. Anyone advocating anything other than what Jesus taught is not of Him and is not with us.
- Hate groups, such as the Ku Klux Klan and Neo-Nazis, should immediately stop using the Confederate battle flag.
It is a dreadful sight for true sons of the South to see the battle flag of our Southern forefathers used by advocates of hate. Members of the Ku Klux Klan and Neo-Nazis have no business using any Confederate symbols that honor the hundreds of thousands of men who died fighting for a cause they believed in – Southern independence.
Many Southerners are deeply, and rightfully, offended with the current campaign that is erasing Confederate history by pulling down statues and memorials honoring the South’s heroes during the War Between the States. To appease certain political constituencies, Democratic leaders in cities across the South are busy whitewashing history, which is only further dividing the country. The rally in Charlottesville on Saturday was in protest of the planned removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee.
But those vile groups need to keep their hands off Southern history and that includes the Mississippi state flag. They are doing nothing but perverting and trashing the true story of the South. The Confederate battle flag is not a symbol of slavery, white supremacy, or racism, but the emblem for Southern soldiers.
That has not stopping leftists on the Internet from circulating a piece of false history, however. A far-reaching meme quotes William T. Thompson, a newspaper editor from Savannah, Georgia, as being the flag’s creator and the reasons behind it – white supremacy. But that is simply not true. The flag was not created by Thompson, nor was it a racist symbol for a racist cause.
Southern men of valor created the flag, after some confusion on the battlefield, by using the Cross of St. Andrew, who, as a disciple of Jesus, was crucified on a cross that resembled an “X” rather than the more traditional Latin cross of Christ. To denigrate that flag is to degrade a symbol of Christianity as well as the steadfast devotion Confederate soldiers had to their cause.
But why is it that every time someone misuses a Confederate symbol, especially those who commit an abhorrent act of violence, the South must suffer more historical purges; yet no one ever suggests the same actions when a Muslim commits an act of terror on American soil, or any other group for that matter. Now we see other cities removing monuments, all while Leftists continue to vandalize memorials and statues with hardly a word of condemnation.
To advocate erasing Southern history is straight out of the totalitarian playbook: it is hypocritical, anti-American, and just plain wrong. As Karl Marx once said, “Take away a nation’s heritage and they are more easily persuaded.” Perhaps that has been the Left’s real goal all along.
- Leftwing hate groups should be equally condemned – by name.
To hear the American media tell it, only “rightwing” groups can advocate hate and violence. And anytime a so-called “rightwing” organization does anything remotely hateful or violent, it’s blasted across news airwaves for weeks on end in very one-sided coverage, including Fox News. But the left is more hateful and violent than any group on the American political spectrum, and many of them had weapons in the crowd in Charlottesville. Hopefully most of America is beginning to figure out this undeniable fact.
Today’s current crop of leftwing hoodlums include the groups “Black Lives Matter,” which, by its very name, is a racist organization, and “Antifa,” which stands for “anti-fascist,” an interesting name for a group that is anything but anti-fascist, making it as oxymoronic as the phrase “liberal logic.”
These two groups, often working together, have perpetrated violence against Republicans and conservatives since Trump’s election last year, and in the case of BLM, since 2013.
It was a leftwing terrorist who shot Republican Congressman Steve Scalise, the ultra-liberal Kathy Griffin who displayed a severed head of President Trump, an anti-Trump play that depicted the President’s assassination, and high-ranking Democrats who have called for physical violence against conservatives – Senator Tim Kaine and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch have both called for fighting in the streets, and Kaine’s son was arrested in Minnesota earlier this year for doing just that.
The left should also be equally condemned for using the Communist flag, for it was that hate-filled ideology that led to the murder of more than 100 million people in the 20th century, all while the few remaining Communist regimes continue to kill those in their own country with whom they disagree. The death marches on in North Korea, Cuba, and other God-forsaken tyrannical leftwing nations around the globe and their ideology should never been celebrated by anyone.
But groups like Antifa won’t stop using it. And why not? Because they are Communists. A flyer for the “National Antifa Front” (Sound familiar? Think Viet Cong) is cloaked in communistic language. They call on their supporters to “do what must be done” – by which they mean a purge of “evil” whites, including children, and their “Heeb masters” (Heeb stands for “Hebrew” and is a slur against Jews thus proving their connection to Nazis), and it is their twisted belief that such a bloody purge will create a “worker’s paradise free from racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and oppression.” It is a shockingly sick spectacle.
Yet, unsurprisingly, we do not see the same level of outrage in the media, or among Democrats, as we do when a “rightwing” hate group perpetrates acts of disrepute. Those far more numerous acts by leftists are ignored, glossed over, or excused. That includes a new “anti-racist” group that is likening the current situation to combat: “This is a war and we intend to win” is their slogan.
This selective condemnation must stop. Public officials should condemn all groups – by name – when they perpetrate acts of violence. And they will have plenty of opportunities, as these leftist groups are planning further actions in the coming months.
No one in America has a right to advance their political ideas with violence and intimidation tactics. No one.
- We should seriously consider some of the hard facts of the incident.
Let’s be clear here: As vile as the white nationalist groups are, they were the only group that had a legal permit to march in Charlottesville. And under the First Amendment, they had every right to do so peacefully and without any outside interference. In fact, the city at first refused to approve the permit, prompting legal action by none other than the ACLU.
But the leftwing thugs from BLM and Antifa (probably bussed in with funding from George Soros, which has happened before, since most were from out of town), did NOT have a permit, and, unsurprising to no one, violence soon broke out. And it seems increasingly clear that the leftists started the altercation. That was their ultimate objective, to break up the rally, foment violence, and then blame it on “white supremacy” and “rightwing hate groups,” a narrative they knew the media would carry. We now have video evidence of these thugs threatening whites who were trying to leave the rally.
The city also bears some blame. There are reports that the police allowed the counter-protesting leftists into the space reserved for the rally, declared an “unlawful assembly,” then stood down when the two groups clashed. Police officers were heard saying that the situation was “too dangerous” before pulling back when they could have prevented the violence before it was allowed to get out of hand. This is a phenomenon we have seen many times over the past year, most particularly in cities run by Democrats. It’s as if they want to see the cities burn and people to get hurt. Even the ultra-liberal rag Mother Jones pointed this out.
- The Left is exploiting a tragic situation for political gain, just like they always do.
And why would they want mayhem on the streets of America? Because liberals never fail to exploit tragedies for their own political benefit. Just hours after the streets were cleared in Charlottesville, Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Clinton crony, took to the microphone and gave a shameful speech that was as politically one-sided as it could be. He focused his ire directly on white supremacists (read: conservatives), telling them to “go home and don’t come back.” But did he ever tell Antifa or BLM to go home with equal harshness? No. And he never will.
Conservatives, however, have always been very quick to condemn hate and violence. Furthermore, Republicans don’t blame every Democrat for the actions of a radical few. Did Republicans blame every Bernie Sanders supporter for the actions of James Hodgkinson? No.
Not so with Democrats. They will bash conservatives and Republicans and lump every white person in with vile racists. But they won’t condemn anyone from their side. McAuliffe, the Clintons, Pelosi, Obama have never condemned leftist groups the way they did the “rightwing” on Saturday.
After five police officers were shot in Dallas last year, Obama did not condemn Black Lives Matter; instead he met with them and the White House’s official position was that more BLM protests were a “good thing.” Yet Trump is chastised for not singling out white supremacists!
Other Democrats focused on gun control (even though no guns were used in the tragedy) and restricting free speech. Bill Clinton also chimed in to chide the protesters (although not the protesters of the protesters), which is quite interesting since Clinton’s political mentor was Arkansas Senator J. William Fulbright, a notorious segregationist. And, what’s more, both Clintons have presided over events honoring Senator Robert K. Byrd, a former Klansman. The shameless hypocrisy of the Left never ceases to amaze.
What we saw on the television screen in downtown Charlottesville on Saturday should have appalled every decent citizen, for those despicable acts do not reflect true American values. Our patriotic forefathers did not bleed and die for independence so their future progeny could tear the country apart in street brawls reminiscent of a banana republic.
We must all come together in a spirit of fairness, truthfulness, and Christian charity for the prolongation of the American Ideal. And that includes the equal condemnation of those who seek its destruction –on the right and the left. As Jesus warned, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” We rise together or fall together. There is no other option. May we choose wisely.