The Gathering Mob

Derek Hunter, August 17, 2017

There is a great line in the movie “Men in Black” that perfectly suits where I fear we’re heading as a country. After Will Smith’s character learns aliens were living on Earth, he asks Tommy Lee Jones’ character, “Why the big secret? People are smart. They can handle it.” Jones responds, “The person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it.”

It’s absolutely true – the mob and its accompanying mentality is one of the most dangerous aspects of human beings. And we’re seeing the rise of the mob as an acceptable political tactic. If it isn’t squashed, and soon, we will be headed toward some dangerous times.

After the mess in Charlottesville, Va., where a woman was killed by an alleged white nationalist, the mob was emboldened and sprung into action.

First off, I have to say I reject the media narrative that the idiots in Charlottesville are anywhere near the political right. Conservatism is the belief in individual liberty and responsibility, not identifying by your melanin level. Dividing people along those lines is the domain of the left.

Also, conservatism is about a small, constitutionally limited federal government. These racist morons seek to use the federal government to carry out their racial jihad. They want an activist government as much as the left does; they just want it to their bidding, which is decidedly un-conservative.

The term “alt-right” is used by those idiots to give themselves something to cling to and to seem larger than they are, and for the media to paint their political opponents as part of these monsters’ circle. It has no basis in logic.

The proper place for these creatures is on the far-left. They, like their kindred spirits who call themselves “Antifa,” seek complete government power to impose their will. Just as with the Bolshevik vs. Menshevik, totalitarians always will break into factions and fight each other for power. That’s what Charlottesville was.

Left-wing “journalists” have been tweeting a meme comparing Allied troops in World War II to the antifa in Charlottesville in an attempt to misdirect the public, to make them think people responsible for violence across the country are somehow heroes. An appropriate comparison would be to compare them to the Soviet troops. Show up to an antifa rally with an Israeli flag and see how that goes over.

Out of it, radical leftists, as always, were emboldened and took to the streets across the country, and violence and anti-police words and actions soon followed.

What happened next in Durham, N.C., was what has become all too common in recent years, almost exclusively in “progressive” cities – the people charged with keeping order stood down.

Radicals tore down a memorial statue to Confederate soldiers, and no one made any effort to stop them.

I have no desire to save Confederate statues or memorials. I couldn’t care less about them. It’s a little weird to have memorials to people who waged war against us anyway.  

But honestly, I don’t care. Most Americans have no idea who these people are or go anywhere near where these statues are located. You have to go out of your way to be offended by something you have no idea exists. But if these places that put them up want to take them down, do it.

They’re located in former slave states, and melting a statue won’t wash away their history. Nor will it do anything for today.

Baltimore, for example, is moving quickly to rid itself of four memorials I didn’t know were Confederate memorials, and I lived there for 13 years. But what I do know is the statues aren’t murdering people at a record pace in the city; nor are they dealing drugs and responsible for the horrendous overdose death rate.

In other words, these actions are meaningless shows done exclusively to prop up liberal politicians as “doing something.”

What those politicians don’t do is anything helpful, anything that improves the quality of life for their constituents. But a population whipped up to anger can be satiated by meaningless gestures.

That brings us back to the mob.

People whipped up to anger easily can be calmed by symbolism, but leftists no longer seek calm. They want action.

As with every progressive riot, the majority of participants did not leave their houses that day looking to commit violence; they just got swept up in the moment. That’s the danger of mobs, and the people riling them up know this.

What is it about an otherwise peaceful protest that doesn’t disburse upon the first sign of violence? It’s the mob mentality. If a few people in a group start throwing bricks and Molotov cocktails at police, and you don’t leave, you are complicit in that violence.

We can’t tolerate any of it or else things in this country could spiral out of control quickly.

The old west was known for mob justice – townspeople stirred up and unwilling to wait for the system to run its course. They’d overpower the sheriff and hang the accused to wild cheers. There is something about being swept up in the moment and being a part of the mob that allowed the participants to absolve themselves of individual responsibility. The same is true today.

What’s throwing a few bags of urine and feces at someone “on the other side?” Especially if you don’t see where it lands or no one sees you throw it?

Bags become fists, fists become bricks, bricks become…

Democrats need to stand up to these radicals. Most of this violence is done in their name, and they’re silent on it.

President Donald Trump needs to stop equivocating and condemn the concept of violence. Trying to deny the KKK and neo-Nazis were dominant in their ridiculous Tiki torch march was stupid, really stupid. It’s just like if you don’t leave when the bricks or the racist or anti-Semitic chants start flying, you’re just as guilty.

There have to be adults on all sides willing to stand up against all these monsters, no matter how they’re labeled. Nazis, Communists, Antifa, whatever – they’re not different. And they’re heading toward something that will be awful if it isn’t stopped. 

But no Democrat would stand next to President Trump to denounce all violence, and it’s unlikely President Trump would stand next to any Democrat to do the same. But they should; someone needs to. But they’re all too busy posturing and being pigheadedly stupid to do what is right.

And local authorities need to squash violence and vandalism at its first sign, not search videos they took in an attempt to arrest people after the fact.

The mob mentality not only sweeps up those in it, but it also has a tendency to sweep more people into it. It’s contagious. It’s dangerous.

If this doesn’t end soon, this won’t end well.


 

Removing Memorials Is Merely The First Salvo In A War On History

Tom Knighton, August 17, 2017



Despite whatever your take is regarding Saturday’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia, the root of all boils down to how people felt about a statue - particularly how they felt about its removal.

For some, the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is a symbol of hate and oppression, a vestige of an era when our fellow men and women were held in bondage and considered property rather than peers.

For others, it’s a symbol of Southern history, regardless of what that history may represent.

Following the aftermath of Charlottesville, some people are being a bit more…proactive. From the vandalistic removal of a statue in Durham, North Carolina, to the City of Baltimore purging such statues in the dark of night, many of the last symbols of the Confederacy are disappearing before our eyes.

If one is honest, it’s not difficult to see a valid reason for Baltimore to do just that. Violence like Charlottesville is likely to happen again, so why not swoop in before anyone understands what’s happening and take down the statues before there’s a chance of a clash?

Charlottesville’s dust has only begun to settle, a clear public relations victory—albeit a tragic one considering the loss of life—for the anti-Confederate memorial crowd, and already they’re shifting their sites.

As I write these words, two other efforts are underway to remove “problematic” symbols that have nothing to do with the Confederacy.

First, a student at James Madison Memorial High School in Verona, Wisconsin, is fighting to force his school to change its name. Why? Because Madison had at least one human fault in an era when it wasn’t considered a fault. He owned slaves.

The student, Mya Berry, claims she feels “unsafe” at her school because of its name.

Meanwhile, Monday saw protestors at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City swarm outside its doors as people protest a racist statue. It wasn’t General Lee or his cohort, Stonewall Jackson, or any other officer of the Confederacy.

No, the statue bore the likeness of Medal of Honor recipient and 26th President of the United States, Teddy Roosevelt.

This was, unfortunately, inevitable.

The question is, should it happen?

Of course not. All of this amounts to a feeble attempt to whitewash history, to take away anyone and anything that is deemed “problematic” in any way, shape, or form. It’s an effort to rework history into some Utopian ideal that never existed and never will.

The problem is, that history happened. The Civil War happened.

No one benefits from placing our warts deep in the closet so no one else will see them. A dear friend of mine is a European immigrant, and from what she tells me, our willingness to display our warts and acknowledge them as such is rather uniquely American.

This is a great thing, because no one is shocked to learn their homeland is less than perfect. We don’t sweep things under the rug, but put it on the mantle to display. We acknowledge the wrongness of it, but we don’t pretend it’s anything other than what it is. It’s a sign of a nation’s growing pains.

Slavery was most definitely a wart, but we weren’t the only nation’s history marred by it. Yet we often seem like the only nation to openly acknowledge it.

The moment the last vestiges of the Old South are gone, the moment all the Civil War memorials are gone and the museums dedicated to the period close, we’ll have lost that moral standing. People years later will be shocked to learn about slavery, about the Civil War, and about the long, hard road we had to take to move past that dark time in our history.

It’s simple to look at those monuments as symbols dedicated to losers and tyrants, but that’s still part of this nation’s history, and it won’t be the last history obliterated from the textbooks.

 


 

Genius: Maxine Waters Thinks US Should Give North Korea 'Things That They’re Asking For'

Leah Barkoukis, August 11, 2017


Resistance Hero Maxine Waters has quite the strategy for dealing with escalating tensions with North Korea: figure out if the U.S. can give them the “things that they’re asking for.”

That’s right, the California Democrat sees a resolution to the crisis through diplomacy, telling a TMZ reporter that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson needs to fill the State department with those who can engage Pyongyang.

"We're on the verge of nuclear war, what are your thoughts on this?" the reporter asked.

"I want us to be very careful, very alert to what is happening and to avoid war," Waters said. "I think we can do this with some diplomacy, but we have got to have Tillerson, who is our secretary of state, get those positions filled for deputy [and] for assistant, so that we can engage with North Korea."

While she acknowledged North Korea has been threatening the United States, she believes we should still pursue diplomacy.

"I think there's some things that they want from us, and we have to find out whether or not we can work with them on the things that they're asking for," Waters said.

"This is something that we should be very concerned about, but this is not the time to go bluffing and threatening. This is a time for a diplomacy," she added, referencing President Trump’s “fire and fury” comments this week.

"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States," Trump said. "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen."

"[Kim Jong-un] has been very threatening beyond a normal statement, and as I said, they will be met with fire, fury, and, frankly, power, the likes of which this world has never seen before," the president continued.


Editors Corner

I read and watched news coverage of the party members of the (Workers World Party (WWP) a communist party in the United States, founded in 1959 by a group led by Sam Marcy of the Socialist Workers) Party destroy a confederate monument in Durham, NC with disgust. Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews applauded his deputies that were on the site for showing restraint and allowing Takiyah Thompson member to the Workers World Party to climb a ladder and tie a rope around the statue that was a top of a monument on government property and to allow other members of the Workers World Party to pull it down to ground where it was destroyed. Thank God Mike Andrews is not the Sheriff in Stanly County. Mike Andrews was elected to enforce the laws so prescribed by the elected bodies of the United States, State of North Carolina, and local ordinances of Durham County. What kind of wimp did the voters of Durham County elect? Why didn't the deputies step in and prevent the ladder to be stood up against the statue and why did they allow a member of WWP climb the ladder? The after math was to arrest Takiyh Thompson and other members of the WWP that carried out this act of vandalism. Had the deputies carried out the law there wouldn't have been an act of vandalism. They should have charged them inciting a riot.