I have written before about what is currently going on in the US. But I turn to the issue again here, more broadly, because of my alarm about what I am seeing, and my deep concern that many Americans fail to grasp how serious the situation is.
It is perhaps easier or more comfortable to attribute the enormous unrest in the country to an ingrained racism that must be eradicated, and to believe that with a proper show of penitence all can be made well. But, my friends, that is not where it is.
Racism – while it exists in America, certainly – is not ingrained in the society and is not at the heart of what is transpiring. Don Feder, cited below, reports that the US spends $8 billion a year in programs to promote equity, inclusion and diversity. This is not exactly the mark of a racist society.
Racism is the hook being utilized by radical elements to undo America by fomenting violent dissension, shutting down opposition and challenging American values.
You perhaps find it difficult to believe that America is genuinely at risk? Believe it. And understand that the situation must be confronted with utmost seriousness.
Already we see a crumbling at the edge of American institutions. A no-go zone. Demands for defunding of police. Public violence, both physical and verbal, that is often shocking. Deliberate fomenting of racial hatred. Inhibiting of free speech and a total rejection of differing opinions. Taking down of memorials and statues that represent American heritage.
Those promoting these actions are not people who wish to improve upon American society, but rather people who would break it down. The tenor is nihilist. A positive tone – a spirit of building and conciliation – is absent. I find it scary as hell.
This crisis is not something that has fallen upon the nation suddenly: It has been coming for years, and there has been reason to be deeply concerned for some time. The beginning, I believe, was with colleges and universities, heavily influenced (in some cases controlled) by progressives, radicals, who pushed their agenda and worked to block students’ exposure to views that opposed theirs, views they deemed not politically correct. What is more, they were not above utilizing threats and violence.
In 2017, a talk at UC Berkley by right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos had to be cancelled because of violent protests that caused $100,000 worth of damage. Yiannopoulos actually had to be removed from the campus “amid the violence and destruction of property and out of concern for public safety.” Ben Shapiro (pictured), Charles Murray and other popular right-wing commentators have had similar experiences.
Following these incidents, Brookings Institute did a poll of college students across 49 states. It revealed that one in five college students thought it acceptable for a student group opposed to a speaker to use violence to prevent that speaker from speaking.
Within this deeply distressing attitude lurked the seeds of what is going on today. University and college campuses, of all places, were meant to foster free exchange of ideas, with a courteous respect accorded to those with differing ideas. Violent mobs intent on imposing their perspective – which is what we are seeing today! – represent a real and present danger to all that America stands for.
I have made the point previously, and make it here again: The riots that ensued after the murder of George Floyd were not spontaneous, not “just” an expression of outrage at what had happened. There was that, but it was used to foment a larger civil unrest that moved beyond anything that had to do with George Floyd.
Those who have been orchestrating this are radicals intent on destroying America.
While some point a finger at far right white supremacists (KKK, etc) as key to what is happening, this is not my impression.
Says, Daniel Byman, a senior fellow at Brookings, “It is unclear how much organized white supremacist groups are involved in the violence…For now, any white supremacist involvement appears to be more individual than collective…” (Emphasis added)
ADL reports: “Despite a persistent ability to attract media attention, organized Ku Klux Klan groups are actually continuing a long-term trend of decline. They remain a collection of mostly small, disjointed groups that continually change in name and leadership…” (Emphasis added)
What I have seen is evidence of major involvement by far left groups such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa.
Perhaps you have an impression of Black Lives Matter as a constructive group that speaks, and demonstrates peacefully, for the rights of blacks in America. Allow me, then, to share an interview of Greater New York Black Lives Matter president Hawk Newsome on Fox News just yesterday.
Asked by interviewer Martha MacCallum what he hoped to achieve by violence, he first ranted that whites are violent so it’s hypocritical to criticize BLM in this regard. But then he got to the bottom line:
“…if this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it. All right?”
He concluded with this:
“I just want black liberation and black sovereignty, by any means necessary.”
Black sovereignty? We can assume he is referring to the “autonomous” zone in Seattle taken over by BLM, originally called CHAZ and then CHOP (Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone). And perhaps other similar zones he envisions in the future.
You might want to see the first 7.5 minutes (all I can recommend!) of this video by Paul Watson providing an inside look at this zone. Watson pulls no punches and edits no language.
The radicals who set up this zone posted a whole set of demands. There is concern now that in order to placate them, a progressive Seattle administration is making concessions rather than enforcing law — exactly what should not be done.
As to “black liberation,” Don Feder addressed this in FrontPage Mag just a week ago:
“BLM doesn’t just want to get rid of the police, but prisons too. The group is anti-capitalist (‘black people will never achieve liberation under the current global racialized capitalist system’) and anti-family (‘We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure.’) BLM is part black nationalism, part cultural Marxism and part Five-Year plans.”
All in all, a very destructive, very adolescent set of goals totally detached from reality. It’s about breaking down, not building up. About cutting people loose from obligations and not promoting responsibility. About what they can get, and most certainly not about how to make society more equitable and more peaceful.
Then we come to Antifa, which has been broadly identified as a major far left radical instigator of the current unrest and violence:
U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien says that the violence “is being driven by Antifa,” whose constituent groups “are organized and use Molotov cocktails and fireworks and gas to burn down our cities.”
John Miller, the New York Police Department’s Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism, told reporters that anarchists planned to ignite chaos in New York even before any unrest had begun.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr blamed Antifa for the violence that erupted at protests across the US. “The violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups in connection with the rioting is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly.”
Barr said that the federal government has evidence that Antifa “hijacked” legitimate protests around the country to “engage in lawlessness, violent rioting, arson, looting of businesses, and public property assaults on law enforcement officers and innocent people, and even the murder of a federal agent.”
What is Antifa?
Says Soeren Kern (Gatestone link provided above):
“Empirical and anecdotal evidence shows that Antifa is, in fact, highly networked, well-funded and has a global presence. It has a flat organizational structure with dozens and possibly hundreds of local groups…
“Antifa can be described as a transnational insurgency movement that endeavors, often with extreme violence, to subvert liberal democracy, with the aim of replacing global capitalism with communism. Antifa’s stated long-term objective, both in America and abroad, is to establish a communist world order…
“A common tactic used by Antifa in the United States and Europe is to employ extreme violence and destruction of public and private property to goad the police into a reaction, which then ‘proves’ Antifa’s claim that the government is ‘fascist.’”
And Kern says a good deal more that is important (all emphasis added):
“Antifa radicals increasingly are using incendiary events such as the death of George Floyd in Minnesota as springboards to achieve their broader aims, one of which includes removing President Trump from office.
“Veteran national security correspondent Bill Gertz recently reported that the Antifa movement began planning to foment a nationwide anti-government insurgency as early as November 2019, when the U.S. presidential campaign season kicked off in earnest”
He cites former National Security Council staff member Rich Higgins:
“Antifa’s actions represent a hard break with the long tradition of a peaceful political process in the United States. Their Marxist ideology seeks not only to influence elections in the short term but to destroy the use of elections as the determining factor in political legitimacy.
“Antifa’s goal is nothing less than fomenting revolution, civil war and silencing America’s anti-communists. Their labeling of Trump supporters and patriots as Nazis and racists is standard fare for left-wing communist groups…”
Adds Joe Myers, a former Defense Intelligence Agency official and counterinsurgency expert:
“President Trump’s election and revitalization of America are a threat to Antifa’s nihilist goals. They are fomenting this violence to create havoc, despair and to target the Trump campaign for defeat in 2020. It is employing organized violence for political ends: destruction of the constitutional order.“
“In America, national Antifa groups, including ‘Torch Antifa Network,’ ‘Refuse Fascism’ and ‘World Can’t Wait’ are being financed — often generously, as shown below — by individual donors as well as by large philanthropic organizations, including the Open Society Foundations founded by George Soros…
“Bernard B. Kerik, former police commissioner of the New York City Police Department, said that Antifa ‘100 percent exploited’ the George Floyd protests:
“It’s in 40 different states and 60 cities; it would be impossible for somebody outside of Antifa to fund this. It’s a radical, leftist, socialist attempt at revolution.
“They’re coming from other cities. That cost money. They didn’t do this on their own. Somebody’s paying for this.
“What Antifa is doing is they’re basically hijacking the black community as their army. They instigate, they antagonize, they get these young black men and women to go out there and do stupid things, and then they disappear off into the sunset.”
Kern, in his long piece, provides a number of Antifa tweets, quotes from posters, and from pamphlets. I reproduce just a few to give you a sense of the messages:
“This isn’t protest. This is rebellion. When rebellion gets organized we get revolution. We are seeing the beginnings of that and it’s glorious.”
“As the history of this miserable nation repeats itself once again, what has become clearly evident is that black people have been and will continue to be the only revolutionary force that is capable of toppling the oppressive status quo.”
“In order to destroy the current order, there will need to be a revolution, a time of great upheaval.”
My message, then, is to be alert, well informed and aware. Do not be taken in, and do not allow feelings of guilt regarding alleged racism affect your ability to think clearly here.
What is happening is a threat to America, unless people who genuinely love America stand up for her.
Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), who co-sponsored a bill to mark Antifa as terrorist, has said: “Antifa are terrorists, violent masked bullies…protected by Liberal privilege…Bullies get their way until someone says no.”
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