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HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 2

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PENSACOLA’S FIVE-FLAGS DISPLAYS

THIS TIME THEY GOT IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME

“Scott Mayo, who walked into the council chambers with a large (First) Confederate flag, told members of the council he attended a protest in Lee Square in August, and the media were the ones who made it a racial issue.

“‘This is something the press keeps lying about, generally speaking,’ Mayo said. ‘It keeps trying to make this a racial issue.  This isn’t a racial issue about the Confederate memorials in this country.  If anything, it’s literally a generational issue.'”

Pensacola News Journal, Saturday, September 16, 2017

https://www.pnj.com/story/news/politics/2017/09/14/confederate-monument-debate-draws-public-pensacola-city-council-meeting/666640001

ONE EXTREME CAN BE WORSE THAN ANOTHER

Our liberty and civility are at risk

“Charlottesville, Virginia, was the scene of a bloody riot Aug. 12.  The fray resulted in the death of one woman, who was mowed down by a car; plus there were many other people injured.  Have politicians and the news media told the complete story about what happened, or have Americans been misled?  Let’s look at it.

“One does not have to accept the racist and nationalistic vision of the Unite the Right organization to recognize its First Amendment rights. Moreover, the group obtained a city permit to hold a peaceful rally to protest the lawful removal of the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park.  It was the leftist protesters who did not have a city permit for a rally.  Virginia Gov. Terry McAullife said:  ‘There has got to be a movement in this country to bring people together.  The hatred and rhetoric that has gone on and has intensified over the last couple months is dividing this great nation.’  He denounced the ‘white supremacists and the Nazis.’  However, when asked a question about whether he would include the left-wing, pro-violence antifa in his condemnation, he ignored the question and walked out of the room.

“Here’s a question for you:  Did the authorities of the city of Charlottesville have a duty to protect Unite the Right rally attendees? Both the Unite the Right organizers and the leftist counter-protesters charged that the Charlottesville police did not do their job.  They just stood back and watched.

“The Daily Caller article titled, ‘Why Were The Police Held Back In Charlottesville?’ reports:  ‘Law enforcement was on hand at the dueling demonstrations on Saturday, decked out in riot gear and looking prepared for the worst.  Except they weren’t allowed to do their job.’ Instead of owning up to his dereliction of duty—by not having ordered his police force to protect life and limb—Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer chose to demagogue the situation by blaming the rise of white nationalists on President Donald Trump.

“Many politicians, racists, hustlers and tyrants have an agenda that consists mostly of making the U.S. Constitution meaningless and giving government greater control over our lives.  The alt-right and white supremacists seek to achieve their goals through racist propaganda.  The leftists seek to achieve their goals by tricking Americans into believing that all they want are brotherhood and multiculturalism.  If either group achieves its goals, we Americans will lose not only our liberty but also our civility.  Few Americans recognize and respect the fact that multiracial societies are inherently unstable.  What we’ve been doing for decades, through various government policies, is stacking up combustible racial kindling awaiting a racial arsonist to set it ablaze.  There are too many historical examples of what happens to a nation when race hustlers are allowed to take over.”

Walter Williams

Syndicated Columnist

No excuse for antifa thuggery

“One of the least safe places to be in Berkeley, California, is in the vicinity of someone holding a ‘No Hate’ sign.

“So-called anti-fascist, or antifa, activists bearing shields emblazoned with those words assaulted any of the handful of beleaguered Trump supporters they could get their hands on at a small political rally over the weekend.  All in the cause, mind you, of demonstrating their supposed opposition to hatefulness.

“Too many people were willing to perfume antifa in the wake of Charlottesville, where it clashed with Nazi thugs who caused, and deserved, a wave of national revulsion.  But Berkeley demonstrates once again the true nature of this left-wing movement, which is thuggish in its tactics and totalitarian in its sensibility.  Anyone who at this point makes excuses for antifa—or worse, justifies it—is participating in its moral rot. 

“The antifa goons showed up in force at Berkeley at what had been a small ‘anti-Marxist’ rally of Trump supporters at a public park.  Antifa wore its usual fascistic garb of black masks and body armor.  They overwhelmed the police trying to maintain order.

“They then treated suspected Trump supporters with all the decorousness of torch-wielding medieval villagers who believed they had stumbled upon a witch.  A leader of a pro-Trump group had to run from a mob that pepper-sprayed and beat him, until he was taken into police custody for his own protection.  The targets weren’t Nazis bearing Nazi regalia, but supporters of the duly-elected president of the United States. Or people who were guilty of the offense of committing journalism—a reporter was beaten by the antifa cadres.

“Antifa benefited enormously from the horrific events in Charlottesville. It became Nazis versus the people standing up to the Nazis, and in that formulation the people standing up to the Nazis always win.  There can be no moral equivalence, we were told, between Nazis and their opponents.  But that depends on who the opponents are—there is a vast difference between peaceful counterprotesters and violent thugs, even if they are marching on the same side.

“All this was lost in the reaction to Charlottesville.  Liberal commentators spread memes comparing antifa to American GIs who stormed the beaches of Normandy.  The comparison would be apt if the 1st Infantry Division got together to spend an afternoon beating up fellow Americans rather than giving its last measure of devotion to breaching Hitler’s Atlantic Wall.

“There will always be goons who enjoy breaking things and hurting people.  The real scandal is that otherwise respectable people are willing to look the other way or explain away the violence, so long as its perpetrators are on their side.  They are just as cowardly as the mask-wearing antifa thugs who are brave enough to punch and kick people, but not to show their faces.”

Rich Lowry

National Review 


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