As I See It: It takes two to tango
And it also takes two to tangle. That should be obvious to even the most casual observer of events in our culture, society and government.
Sadly, however, that seems to be lost on everyone when it comes to analyzing the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, that happened earlier in August.
The facts as I understand them are that a group of about fewer than 50 Ku Klux Klan members or sympathizers planned to hold a rally protesting the city of Charlottesville's plans to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee - a move that is on hold pending a November court hearing. In spite of the mayor's plea to the city, about 1,000 or more people gathered to counter-protest the KKK rally. Around 100 police officers were on duty to keep the peace.
Reportedly, the Klan protesters were on scene for about 30 minutes, but when they tried to leave, the crowd of counter-protesters moved to prevent their departure and the violence began. The police declared an "unlawful assembly," set off tear gas and formed a line to clear the streets.
In the ensuing violence, 22 people were arrested, two people suffered heat-related injuries and pepper spray was used on some protesters.
A short time later a man apparently deliberately drove his car into a group of counter-protesters in the commercial district of downtown, killing a woman and injuring others. And then the overblown reporting and rhetoric began and shows no sign of abating.
First off, the president's remarks in reaction to these events were vociferously criticized by nearly everyone for his failure to condemn the white supremacists strongly enough and implying (correctly, in my estimation) that both sides shared the blame for this violence. And then his attempts at clarification were even more strongly criticized. His presidency has even been blamed as the catalyst for a purported resurgence in white supremacist activity.
In the past several weeks, Democrat leaders like Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and so many other left wing folks have all come out in a chorus of agreement that all vestiges of the Civil War must be erased from every corner of our country and culture. It has been successfully pointed out that none of this surfaced during the Obama administration. I have also seen a quip that our society must be really dumb to start a second civil war over the last civil war.
The politically correct crowd has been very busy using misleading statements, hyperbole and misinformation to equate Republicans and conservatives with hate and hate groups. They have gone overboard applying verbal stickers and labels that read "racist," "fascist," "hate," "hater" and "Nazi" on nearly everything and everyone who tries to stand in opposition to their attempts to rewrite or purge our history for the sake of their own narrow personal sensibilities and psycho-social needs.
Anyone who champions free speech is now in danger of having one or all of those labels applied to him or her.
Back in the 1930s, the antifa (for anti-fascist) movement began in Germany and it obviously wasn't very successful, but now it has found root again in some countries, including the United States. According to a Wikipedia article, "Antifa is a left to far-left political movement of autonomous, self-styled anti-fascist groups. ... The distinctive feature of self-described antifa groups is to oppose Fascism in direct action, including the willingness to use violence. Activists in Antifa groups tend to be anti-government and anti-capitalist, and often anarchist."
I wonder how much money George Soros, Hillary Clinton or other prominent leftists have funneled into antifa groups and activities?
I have no use whatsoever for supremacists of any type - racial, economic, intellectual, religious, social, tribal, scientific, theoretical, political or any other distinction you wish to use.
Violence begets violence. Love conquers hate, and non-violence conquers violence. M. Ghandi and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. showed us that. We just keep ignoring this because it doesn't fit our own selfish purposes and interests.
Ask yourself - to whose advantage is it to keep this next civil war going and why? In case you're wondering, it's certainly not libertarians and conservatives.
That's how I see it.