Sunday, April 19, 2020
While certain minds are incapable of changing, because facts are hard to comprehend for some people, and obviously even for me at times, I want to look at this from another angle for a second.
For what purpose do people bring large weapons to political rallies, particularly rallies that have nothing to do with gun control? What unspoken message are they sending? Is there any reason for these armed protests except to scare and strike fear in people?
To me the message is; we are fearful but petulant babies and if we don't get our own way you are facing violence and possibly an armed insurrection. Am I reading this wrong? Am I off base here? It is the message of a typical bully. And such visuals do scare me, Ken, whether the weapons are truly automatic or not.
Do you ever hear of these people that are bringing the scary looking weaponry and calling for a "little blood to water the Liberty Tree" being called out on the right? No, because the President loves them and exhorts them to continue on a regular basis. It has unfortunately been a phenomenon since Charlottesville, when the violence came to a fever pitch and a young girl was killed by one of these people, ostensibly one of the bad nazis.
Can you imagine the hue and cry on the right if liberals started bringing guns to rallies? But it would never happen because we don't believe that right makes right and in the concept of terrorizing people in general. Except with quinoa and kale of course.
Whenever I write about right wing extremism I immediately hear back about Antifa and I have to admit that I don't know much about them. I believe that they go back to anti fascists from the Spanish Civil War but in the context of our country, think that they are a relatively recent phenomenon designed to protect people from Northwest skinheads and white supremacists. They show up at Nazi rallies and stick up for minorities, give the fascists a go.
But no Antifa member has ever killed anybody, as far as I know. I think that eco-terrorists have killed people or a person in the past and that is as equally abhorrent to me as the actions of a church, synagogue or abortion doctor shooter. I condemn them. Political violence in all forms is despicable. Not sure that the eco terrorists have a political inclination but will pretend that they do for the sake of argument. Yet as far as I know, Antifa is about bloody noses, not death. Their charter is supposed to be self defense. Four Antifa members have apparently been killed but they don't themselves kill people.
Now I don't know much about them and don't have time to research this morning and if I have the facts wrong, please let me know. But let's get some perspective. Look at the death count from right wing extremism in this country and around the world.
Jim sent over the Johnston terrorism archive. With the exception of the deranged guy responsible for the Scalise shooting, left wing violence of any kind or that results in fatalities is actually extremely rare in the last fifty or so years.
While beating up people at political rallies is not a wise thing to do or something I either approve of or countenance, I don't think you can equate a group that has a record of killing zero people with jackbooted right wing terror that actually kills over a hundred people in the United States in a calendar year. El Paso, Poway, Pittsburgh, etc.
That is called a false equivalence. If you have never heard the phrase I encourage you to look it up. Write me a private email and I will break it down for you. Our goal here is to educate.
So please stop with the antifa, antifa, antifa stuff. They are not in the same league. Or am I missing something here? I promise to do some more research, keep an open mind and even listen. Because I like to think that my mind can be changed.