The Gathering Mob
Hunter, August 17, 2017
There is a great
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.
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
First, a student at James Madison Memorial
High School in Verona, Wisconsin, is fighting to
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
President of the United States, Teddy
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
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
"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
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)
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