The Left is either there or going INSANE!
I knew some anti-Trumpsters in the G.O.P., members of the Democrat Party and Socialists further left than Dems, have turned into mind-bots bent on the destruction of President Trump and all he stands for. But what is playing out almost daily was unimaginable a couple of years ago. We are actually seeing violence — severe violence (if there is such a thing as “non-severe” violence!) — playing out on a national stage from Leftists not directly at Mr. Trump, but at those who work with and for him, visibly support his agenda, or are simply NOT Democrats. Sure, he won the election and many don’t like that. But is that a sufficient reason for people to morph into Apocalyptic zombies who attack anyone who supports this President?
Want a few examples?
Las Vegas, Nevada
A longtime College of Southern Nevada sociology professor is facing felony gun charges in connection with an on-campus shooting on the second day of classes. Mark J. Bird, 69, was charged last month with discharging a gun within a prohibited structure, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and possessing a dangerous weapon on school property, court records show. He was found bleeding from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his arm about 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 28 outside a bathroom in the Charleston campus K building. Inside the bathroom, campus police found a $100 bill taped to a mirror along with a note that said, “For the janitor,” according to Bird’s arrest report. On the floor of the restroom were a black-and-white, .22-caliber pistol and one spent shell casing. The sociology professor was hired Aug. 26, 1993, and was an emeritus faculty member at the time of the shooting, college spokesman Richard Lake said. Bird was not scheduled to teach any courses during the fall 2018 semester.
A Castro Valley, California man shouting profanities about President Trump attacked a Republican congressional candidate who was working an election booth at a town festival, threatening him and trying to stab him with a switchblade, authorities and the candidate said Tuesday.
Farzad Vincent Fazeli, 35, was jailed after the alleged Sunday attack on Rudy Peters at the Castro Valley Fall Festival. Alameda County prosecutors charged Fazeli on Tuesday with a felony count of making criminal threats and misdemeanor counts of exhibiting a deadly weapon and possessing a switchblade.
(Los Angeles TIMES) There can be no justification for the violence perpetrated by a group of leftist protesters who attacked supporters of President Trump and others during an otherwise peaceful “rally against hate” in Berkeley.
Whether they are described as “black bloc” or anarchists — the nomenclature isn’t important — the masked, black-clad protesters are criminals, not the vanguard of a righteous resistance to fascism. They also are traitors to the thousands of peaceful demonstrators who gathered in Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Park to counter a “No to Marxism in America” rally — a non-event that drew a relatively small contingent of right-wingers after its organizer, fearing violence, had urged supporters to stay home.
This is thuggery, not activism. And it has become too familiar a phenomenon in Berkeley, belying its reputation as a citadel of free speech. In February, for example, 150 black-clad agitators caused $100,000 worth of damage when they smashed through the city protesting a planned UC Berkeley speech by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. The speech was canceled.
All Across America
Every day brings new examples of the supposedly open-minded, inclusive, tolerant, peace-loving Left threatening or attacking Trump administration officials or Trump supporters. Hatred and intolerance have been the standard operating procedure on the extreme Left. But thanks to enablers among Democrats and the press, it’s quickly becoming dangerously “mainstream.”
Here are some of the ways in just the past few days that the left has expressed its tolerance for those it disagrees with:
- Martin Astrof went to the campaign headquarters of Rep. Lee Zeldin and then threatened to kill Zeldin and Trump supporters generally, according to news accounts of the incident. As he left, he nearly ran over a campaign staffer with his car.
- An angry Trump critic allegedly punched a homeowner in Boynton Beach, Fla., for having a Trump flag in his front yard, and then dragged the homeowner 30 feet while driving away.
- A bookstore owner in Richmond, Va., called the cops after a woman started harassing former Trump advisor Steven Bannon, who was browsing in the store. Former Clinton aide Philippe Reines later tweeted out the bookstore owner’s contact information, in a thinly veiled attempt to encourage attacks on the store. Reines defended the tweet, saying, “I’m providing a service.”
- A group of “protesters” following Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell out of a restaurant in Kentucky shouted “vote you out” and “we know where you live, bitch.”
- Brandon Straka — a gay former liberal who posted a video complaining that “the Left devolved into intolerant, inflexible, illogical, hateful, misguided, ill-informed, un-American, hypocritical, menacing, callous, ignorant, narrow-minded, and at times blatantly fascistic behavior and rhetoric” and sparked the #walkaway Twitter trend — says a local camera store refused to serve him. Thereby proving his point. “I’m shaking right now,” Straka tweeted Thursday. “I just went into a camera store to buy a camera and a light and mic, etc., and they recognized me from TV. I was refused service because they said it was for ‘alt-right’ purposes.”
- Alan Dershowitz, once the darling of the liberal left until he started to question the merits of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, says that a woman at a party on Martha’s Vineyard was heard saying, “if Dershowitz were here tonight, I’d stab him through the heart.”
- Horror novelist and reliable Trump-hater Steven King sent a tweet over July 4 encouraging progressives to “go find a Trump-supporting friend — the one you haven’t spoken to since November of 2016 — and give him or her a hug. Trumpies, find a ‘liberal snowflake’ friend and do the same. Just for today, let’s all be Americans.” The response was an outpouring of outrage at King, with one woman tweeting that it was “The scariest thing you’ve ever written.”
A Fast-Growing List
Breitbart News recently started compiling what it characterizes as “acts of media-approved violence and harassment against Trump supporters.” The list is now up to 258 — and climbing fast. So far this month, Breitbart counts more than two dozen incidents of threats, intimidation, and violence against Trump officials and supporters, or mainstream journalists excusing such actions. That’s likely just scratching the surface since no doubt many cases of abuse go unreported.
Not Just Physical Violence
Is Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins being bribed to vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh? That’s what she and others are saying.
A Crowdpac crowdfunding campaign to encourage Collins to vote against Kavanaugh has the senator and others sounding the alarm. The conservative-leaning news site Newsmax reported on Monday that a prominent Republican elections lawyer is calling for an investigation into what it described as a more than $1 million “threat” hanging over Collins’s head, depending on her vote on Kavanaugh. In a statement to Newsmax, Collins said she believed there was an attempt to “bribe” her vote and said she wouldn’t be the target of “quid pro quo fundraising.”
Where did this all begin? When did it all begin?
Beginning with the Obama campaign ahead of the 2008 election, the division between conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats, began to ramp up. Obama represented drastic and dramatic changes for American voters to contemplate: and not just racially. He brought to the campaign radical new ideas that heretofore had never been a big part of any presidential campaign. There were socialist candidates and even Communist candidates on past ballots. But all past non-traditional political representatives drew sparse support among voters.
Obama represented something new and different for a new and different generation. For generations, Americans had experienced the same structured, starchy, tired political process in which pretty much old, pontificating politicians campaigned every two years with promises of the moon. When elected, all voters received were moonbeams and a bigger tax bill: Oh, and a smaller paycheck.
Obama was different. He had a fresh new way to package some historically old political principles that had been summarily rejected in the past. But he didn’t call his ideas Socialism or Communism. And his young, refreshing, and vibrant way of delivery made him an instant rockstar. He was amazingly effective selling a bottle of your grandmother’s rose water that had been repackaged and labeled “Excellante Parfume.”
The packaging was good enough to draw enough from the “past” generation to join those politically disenfranchised from the “new” generation to elect and then re-elect him.
After the 2012 election, Obama realized something: “You can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig.” He re-packaged his politics, but he didn’t quite get the results he thought he should. But he was successful at turning the heads of a young generation of Americans who knew very little else politically other than his politics. He had sowed the seed of breaking away, of demanding change and going after it. He was the first president since Reagan to give Americans a new direction and then leading the country in that direction.
Unfortunately for Hillary Clinton, she could not maintain the cloud of optimism he created above Millennials — the sun burnt it away to reveal the truth. There were no jobs, no big salaries. College was expensive, and so was living on your own. Employers expected employees to work before “earning” paid vacations. Cell phones and cars and house rent or house payments cost a lot. The “Obama-phone” and “Cash for Clunkers” and Billion Dollar government handouts to Solyndra and those shovel-ready jobs were never really there or never worked. People became angry because the gravy-train was either gone or it never existed.
Enter Donald Trump.
There were enough of those who remembered the old “reap and sow” principle upon which America was founded: “You get out of life equal to what you put in,” there are NO free rides, everyone has to work to eat, to not just listen to his campaign speeches, but to believe he could and would do what he promised if elected.
Many didn’t like that: after all, it was an unpopular truth he talked about. And when they went to get answers, those Mainstream news outlets that they had turned to gave them reinforcement for their anger at things not being what was promised. Things like this:
President Donald Trump’s relentless attacks on the media as the “enemy of the people” are close to sparking violence that could lead to journalists being attacked around the world, the outgoing United Nations human rights commissioner said, according to a report Monday.
“We began to see a campaign against the media … that could have potentially, and still can, set in motion a chain of events which could quite easily lead to harm being inflicted on journalists just going about their work and potentially some self-censorship,” Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said, the Guardian reported.
“And in that context, it’s getting very close to incitement to violence,” he said.
Three people who were pushed and shoved while protesting at a 2016 Donald Trump campaign rally cannot sue the President for inciting the crowd, a federal appeals court has ruled. The three-judge panel ruled unanimously Tuesday in favor of the President, saying that Trump saying “Get ’em out of here” during the rally in Louisville, Kentucky, was not a valid claim of “incitement to riot,” which is a misdemeanor under Kentucky law.
Kashiya Nwanguma, Molly Shah and Henry Brousseau attended a rally for Trump on March 1, 2016, to “peacefully protest” the then-candidate. Nwanguma was carrying a sign with Trump’s head on a pig’s body, according to multiple news reports.
After Trump said “Get ’em out of here,” several members of the audience — including Matthew Heimbach, a representative of the white nationalist Traditionalist Workers Party, and Alvin Bamberger — began to attack the protesters, according to a judge’s ruling last year.
The three protesters accused Heimbach and Bamberger of assault and battery and pressed charges of incitement to riot, negligence, gross negligence and recklessness against the Trump campaign. The negligence claims arising from the plaintiffs’ allegations that Trump knew his supporters would attack protesters. In particular, the complaint says that Trump’s directive to eject Nwanguma, a black woman, was reckless, given the presence of a white nationalist group in the audience.
Where are We?
The Left defends such actions as justified because of Trump’s policies or his actions. The truth is, this is how extremists on the left always respond to politicians and policies they disagree with. They threaten, intimidate and try to shut them down. If you don’t think so, try attending a speech by a conservative speaker at any liberal college in the U.S. Yes, we know, there are haters on the Right. And Trump can be crude and abusive. But that’s the point. Even a whiff of hatred or intolerance on the Right always — and correctly — receives widespread condemnation, including by Republicans. The same is not true on the Left — not even close.
Instead, Democrats and their handmaidens in the press are busy normalizing violent, abusive, intolerant behavior … when not encouraging more of it. They seem to have forgotten that we live in a representative democracy, where we settle debates over public policies — peacefully — at the voting booth.
We have a chance to settle that dispute again in November. The Media will not accept anything else but a bloodbath at the expense of Republicans. But it seems that even that will not stop the anger and violence. That doesn’t all come from angry young Americans. Sure, much of it does come from those youngsters. But they’re joined by many 1960’s radicals that bear the mark of the last move of Anarchy in the U.S.: marches, bombings, riots, campus shootings, increases in violent crime.
There are only two ways to change the tide: vote and pray.
The prayer needs to start now — WAY before election day.
In fact, I surely hope it has already started.