Conservative Political Commentary

Anti-socialist, anti-communist, anti-globalist, pro-Constitution,
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Beware! Socialists and Communists in Congress! But Probably You Knew That

By Eddie Howell

A disturbing fact about the Democrats of the United States Congress is that many who identify themselves as “Progressive” or “Liberal” are in fact socialists, and many have strong connections with the Communist Party USA. Some can be identified as Communist Party members.

“Progressive” or “Liberal” doesn't sound as bad to most Americans as “Socialist,” and “Socialist" doesn't sound as bad as “Communist.” But their stands on many issues and many of their goals are identical.

Trevor Loudon's 689-page book The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists, and Progressives in the U.S. Congress* is a thoroughly documented and very detailed analysis of its subject, complete with many footnotes, photographs, and quotations. The book was published in 2013 and profiles many individual members of Congress of that time, most of whom are still there, giving their socialist, progressive, and communist connections in detail. See World Net Daily's review here.

America's largest socialist organization, the Democratic Socialists of America (or DSA), formerly the Socialist Party of America, is very influential in the Congress, working closely with numerous Senators and Representatives. The DSA lists 70 members of Congress (House and Senate) as its members. The DSA itself is not a political party now, but an activist organization devoted to socialist causes. It is only minimally different from the Communist Party in its policies and methods.

The DSA list includes Bernie Sanders (of course), Dennis Kucinich, John Conyers, Keith Ellison, and 66 more.

The DSA works with many far-left organizations, such as the leftist think tank Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), and many other related socialist and communist organizations addressing the various issues and activities the leftists are interested in.

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Communist Parties are directed by China, Cuba, North Korea, and communists of other countries, including Russia. The communists are now out of power in the former Soviet Union, but their long-established front organizations still exist, and continue to be influential. Communism is far from dead. So members of the Communist Party USA are not loyal to America first, but to those foreign communists calling the shots. To the extent that people in Congress are working for global government, they are not loyal to America either, in the sense that most Americans are. I believe they don't mind compromising America's best interests for socialist causes. People who disagree with them are labeled as bigots, racists, etc.

Democrat members of the “Quad Caucus,” (1209) i.e. the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (some are members of more than one of these), are the most active in socialist and communist activities. Loudon lists the members of each of these as of 2013.

The methods of these people, who are acting to bring down America as a sovereign nation and establish socialism and eventually a world government, resemble the ways of the Fabian Society described in my previous blog article. Rather than promote violent revolution, they prefer gradualism.

For socialists, bringing about change gradually is, in their view, much more likely to succeed than changing things through violence. However, these days they seem willing to put up with increasing violence, as we have seen recently through Black Lives Matter and Antifa. So their opposition to violence is pragmatic rather than a matter of principle. Whatever works would be OK, including arson, rioting, and murder. Through the Fabian Society and others, socialists have pretty well taken over the American educational system. I believe that Loudon's book does not mention the Fabian Society, but there are many similarities to the progressive-socialist-communist methods he documents: Penetrate, infiltrate, and permeate the established institutions. And strike hard when the time is right. Antifa may represent the start of that hard strike on the part of the leftists. The following video was posted on YouTube on September 25, 2017:

According to Loudon, the communists early targeted the labor movement, and by 1995 had managed to exert control over the AFL-CIO, having replaced strongly anti-communist leaders George Meany and Lane Kirkland. Thus their influence is spread over most American labor organizations, including the communist front the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (1355)

Progressives and Socialists in Congress often work with communist front organizations such as Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE), which succeeded the Communist Workers Party (CWP). The AAFE is pro-China (1558). Another communist front is the World Peace Council (founded by Soviet communists). Various “peace” organizations are communist-influenced.

Democrat members of Congress have written articles for the People's Weekly World, official newspaper of the Communist Party USA, have spoken at many Communist Party conferences and other events, accompanied communist party members on trips to Cuba and Vietnam, and have been recognized as “non-party friends” in communist publications.

Loudon's material is, I believe, authentic and undeniable. We have a heavy socialist-communist presence in our Congress. It becomes a bit clearer why so many in government have disdain for ordinary non-socialist people (“deplorables,” as Hillary Clinton called them), don't like patriotism, and oppose the military. They support Cuba. They play up anything that can be presented as victimhood, i.e. “oppression” of favored groups. They support the LGBTQ agenda. They don't like conservative Christianity. They don't want anyone complaining about Muslims. They want higher taxes in order to “invest” in social programs at the expense of military spending. They want America to disarm (and thus be weaker than other countries) in the name of “peace,” never considering the concept of “peace through strength.”

Their current projects as of 2017 include destruction of historic statues, destruction of the purpose of the university (political correctness instead of academic achievement), disarming the citizens, and through fear-mongering in regard to conservatism, making socialism fashionable. Most Americans still believe we should follow the Constitution. Socialists want to get rid of it because it restricts government.

Socialists never explain how they are going to produce the workers' paradise. They really can't because no rational economic theory supports it. Socialism is death, leading to hell on earth. One need only look at the socialist empires of the twentieth century, and socialist countries (e.g., Venezuela, North Korea, and Cuba) today to see that. The situation is disturbing, and calls for action to remove these people from office as much and as soon as possible. This will involve dealing with politics. Politics is certainly dealing with us.

Below is a presentation from May 2017 by Mr. Loudon on his book. He spoke in Mission Viejo, CA to a local chapter of Act! for America:

* Trevor Loudon, The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists, and Progressives in the U.S. Congress, 2013-2015 Edition, 2013. Las Vegas: Pacific Freedom Foundation, a Nevada Not for Profit Corporation. I read this in Kindle format without page numbers. Numbers in paretheses, bold, and italics are Location numbers for the Kindle ebook.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

How Socialists Are Taking Over America

By Eddie Howell

The present day “Liberal” or “Progressive” movement, owes much, if not most, of its present-day power to the Fabian Society of Britain, and their political offspring, the Fabian Society in the U.S. and its numerous affiliates, past and present. The American left is currently graced by such luminaries as Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer, as well as many other politicians, government bureaucrats, judges, “mainstream journalists” of print and television, plus numerous supporters in the entertainment field, among many others,

The left seems oddly united in purpose, program, and message. This not accidental, but is the result of careful planning over many years, aimed at gradually establishing a world socialist government, by bringing down the United States as a sovereign nation, and making it instead a borderless unit in a world socialist federation under central control of a worldwide authority. The end result would likely be the equivalent of Soviet Communism at its worst, producing tyranny, poverty, and great loss of human life through murder of citizens, famine, wars, etc.

[This would correspond to the end-times Antichrist as described in the Book of Revelation. It is at root a satanic effort, that seems to be proceeding according to schedule. If this is the case, it will be stopped by the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe the mechanisms necessary for the setting up of the end-time temporary rule of the Antichrist are already in place to a great extent, but the further discussion here will focus on secular events which, if not stopped won't be long in destroying America as a sovereign nation.]

The Fabian movement, and its soulmate, the organization known as Americans for Democratic Action, have managed to place selected and trained individuals in positions of responsibility in government, arts and letters, and numerous other places of responsibility and power, starting very modestly, and working mainly through college professors and friendly politicians, economists and others. Thus the levers of power are now largely in the hands of socialists, who avoid calling themselves socialists, for fear of public rejection.

An early logo of the British Fabians contained a drawing representing a wolf in sheep's clothing, since that is how they viewed themselves. They used the words democratic and liberal instead of socialist. Their plans have been largely successful because few people outside the Fabian movement knew what was going on, and those who reported on it were few and not widely read by the British or American people. Most people trust the authorities and do not bother with a lot of political reading.

I have been among those who, although having heard of Fabian socialism, and that it was a group trying to bring about socialism gradually by peaceful means, had no idea what they have actually accomplished. We certainly are not reading much about them in the MSM, and they would probably act offended if you called their ideas socialist. Conservative news and opinion outlets rarely if ever mention them, but they actually constitute the greatest threat to America outside of a nuclear attack.
The following is a brief list of their goals:
  1. To undermine American independence and power as a sovereign nation.
  2. To weaken our economy through large deficit spending and unmanageable debt.
  3. Through a globalist economic structure, to move American jobs and resources to other countries.
  4. To increase American foreign aid and get little in return.
  5. To work toward a more massive welfare state, culminating in global socialism under a strong central authority.
  6. To promote massive immigration, legal or illegal, i.e. open borders.
  7. To promote contentious political quarrels that result in civil unrest.
  8. To avoid harm to socialist or communist countries.
The current Fabian symbol is no longer a wolf in sheep's clothing, but a tortoise with the words “When I strike, I strike hard.” And it seems to be poised to strike harder soon.

The Fabians, who control the Labour Party in Britain, managed to establish socialism in the 1940s and came close to wrecking the British economy and bankrupting the country. By 1950, the people were ready for a different administration, and were tired and impoverished by the socialists' attempt at creating a workers' paradise. But of course, the socialists placed much blame on the American economy, despite the fact that America had provided them many gifts of money and other items, although it could not continue to do so. Socialism doesn't work!

The early Fabians virtually idolized Stalin and the Soviet Union, conveniently overlooking the bloodbath of the Russian Revolution and ongoing atrocities. The Fabians never put up any serious opposition to communism. Fabian leaders visited Moscow and came back with glowing reports.

Prominent Fabians in Britain included Sidney and Beatrice Webb, Clement Atlee, and Harold Wilson.
Prominent American Fabians included Dean Acheson, Harry Hopkins, Dean Rusk, Eleanor Roosevelt, Adlai Stevenson, Margaret Mead, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and Walter Lippman, among others, and numerous “cooperators.” Rose L. Martin has several lists of names in the appendices of her book Fabian Freeway (see below).

Whatever their organizational affiliations may be, most leading Democrat politicians and leftists in general would probably feel at home among Fabian socialists, and are working, wittingly or not, toward Fabian goals.

The obvious reason for the leftists' hysterical hate campaign against Donald Trump is that he is now the main obstacle to American adoption of full-on globalism. This will likely continue until Trump is out of the picture or until Trump prevails and the globalists are defeated. This will take a political awakening on the part of American patriots to the dangers, and probably will require a spiritual awakening in America also. We should pray for President Trump and pray that the socialists will be defeated.

Recommended reading:
Rose L. Martin, Fabian Freeway: The High Road Road to Socialism in the U.S.A., with foreword by Loyd Wright. Belmont, MA: Western Islands, 1966. This book is available free in PDF format at It is very detailed and well-documented.

John T. Flynn, The Road Ahead: America's Creeping Revolution. New York: The Devin-Adair Company, 1949. This is an earlier book, written around the time socialism was threatening the collapse of Britain, and warned that socialism was making such headway in America as to be a very serious threat. Also available free at in PDF format.

Edward R. Pease, The History of the Fabian Society. New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1906. This one can be considered an official Fabian Society publication. This book was available free at in Kindle format on 09/28/2017.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

On Progressive Hurricane Politics

By Eddie Howell

To relieve the monotony of their mostly rigid socialist/fascist ideology, “progressives” vary in their opinions and statements depending on their jobs and, of course, personalities. There seems to be a range of ideas, for instance, about the deadly hurricanes the U.S. is currently experiencing. Jennifer Lawrence, beautiful, talented, and quite likable actress has come up with the profound statement that the hurricanes are a punishment (Mother Nature's wrath) for electing Trump. That must have required some deep thinking.

Show-biz people often use the platforms they've earned as entertainers to make proclamations about serious subjects, sometimes well, as in PSAs for hunger relief. Often, these days, not so well, as lashing out against President Trump and any and every thing having to do with him or his associates. For example, [momentarily off the topic of hurricanes] George Clooney was showing his own obnoxiousness by calling Steve Bannon a “failed f***ing screenwriter,” with further obscene comments about him. Way to go, George, diminishing yourself and your industry in the minds of decent people. But Hollywood isn't big on decency these days. Would that have anything to do with the decline of the movie business?

Leftist commentators keep looking for something in Trump's disaster response to criticize, as they did, mercilessly and unfairly, to George W. Bush when Katrina struck. So far, the governments' response seems to be going about as well as could be expected.

The perceived link of the hurricanes to “climate change” is, of course, irresistible to the leftists. Their thought leaders will milk every possible drop out of this disaster. Their followers will go along. But the sad truth, inconveniently, is that mankind is not responsible for anything significant to do with the climate. And mankind can do nothing to change it. It's enough to just clean up the pollution from the environment, which has been a pretty successful effort, and must be ongoing. 

Climate change is seen as a cash cow to governments who want to use it as an excuse to raise taxes, issue onerous laws and regulations, which would impoverish the citizens and enrich the top politicians and their cronies (Solyndra on steroids). It would do nothing positive to affect the climate. If you really want to do something positive about the environment, focus on preventing nuclear, chemical, and biological war. The climate-change agenda is a rat-hole not worthy of pouring good money into. But the elites would appreciate it.

Speaking of whom, the reptilian (metaphorically) globalist leaders would use climate change (See Agenda 21) as the excuse for confiscating money and property, and eliminating freedoms, while achieving nothing for the environment or anything else. These people include, but are not limited to, the Clintons, Barack Obama, George Soros, and other Alynski-ites with Orwellian plans.

In fact, the experience of witnessing people helping people in the hurricane flooding brings, to some, a renewed sense of unity, and faith in the human spirit. But to the progressives, everything's political, right down to Melania Trump's shoes. Her critics merely show their own bullying personalities and vindictive natures. As do virtually all the left's leaders and spokespeople these days in their frenzied hate campaign against President Donald Trump.

But occasionally, their comments, such as some by Rep. Maxine Waters, can be useful as comic relief.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Confederophobes and Others of the Obnoxious Left Just Get Worse

They talk about President Donald Trump's mental health. Trump is quite normal, and the “psychiatrists” who claim otherwise ought to check themselves first. It's entirely political and not medical. The mantra the left is putting out about Trump's mental health is simply an application of a well-known communist tactic: accuse your opponents of being mentally unfit and lock them away.

The leftists display more signs of mental maladjustment than Trump ever will. But we must regard them as rationally employing carefully plotted schemes to damage and eventually destroy America. It is plain that the radical left has no respect or regard for the American people and would willingly beat, maim and kill whomever they wish, if they could get away with it. People who plan to be anywhere near an Antifa demonstration or event probably need to arm themselves. And as Mr. Trump suggested to a police group, about dealing with gangs, the same should go for Antifa gangs: Be forceful and don't be too nice.

The Confederophobes (now expanding their destructive efforts to statues that predate the Confederacy) continue vandalizing statues, including one of Thomas Jefferson at the University of Virginia, a school which Jefferson founded, as reported by the Charlottesville Daily Progress.

Columbus statue in Manhattan's
Columbus Circle
Further, CBS News reports that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio may order the removal of a statue of Christopher Columbus from Manhattan's Columbus Circle. Would the circle be renamed?

Obviously, the left isn't satisfied just to go after the Confederacy, which is suddenly dangerous 150 years after it ended, or even back to the Founding Fathers, but now back to Columbus. They would probably like to completely erase the history of white civilization back to Ancient Rome and before. What about Julius Caesar and Emperor Constantine? The Vatican Swiss Guard said it's just a matter of time before ISIS strikes the Vatican.

ISIS may have to get in line behind leftists like Antifa. The left has no love for Christians – or Jews.

Antifa has a cell in Philadelphia which openly advocates violence against police and seizure of property. A Daily Caller article begins,
An armed Antifa group is launching a new cell in Philadelphia, with support from the “alt-left” alternative media.
 The group currently hosts anti-police workshops called “Our Enemies in Blue,” The group draws inspiration from convicted murderers and calls for violence against the police, theft of goods, and armed insurrection. [Emphasis added]
How can this go on without action from DHS, DOJ, and local law enforcement? This is a terrorist organization. This is incitement to violence. But, of course, the left loves Antifa and tries to justify them. As a group, Antifa is more violent, and no better, than the neo-Nazis and white supremacists. They are openly communist. Communists are generally looking toward a violent revolution.

Black Lives Matter, as reported in another Daily Caller story, claims Trump is practicing genocide on a par with Hitler. This claim is in addition to their absurd demand that white people give their homes to black and brown families. This lying claim and ridiculous demand show that BLM is desperately trying to undermine America. The unhinged left is absolutely trying to destroy America's past and create a bleak, ignorant, and poor future under communism. This is being guided by wealthy globalists like George Soros, whose megabucks finance Confederophobes, Antifa thugs, BLM, and other subversive, seditious, and treasonous operations. Soros should be in prison, but is protected by Democrat politicians as well as his own wealth.

Mr. Trump has strong support among his voters and among Republicans. His approval rating is well above that of Congress. Congressional members who want to impeach him should bear that in mind.

Further reading:
Cole Davis, “We must stop the erasure of our Confederate monuments,” The Plainsman, 08/25/2017.
Excellent article.

Photo: The statue of Christopher Columbus by Gaetano Russo in the middle of Columbus Circle in Manhattan, New York City -- a gift to the city from Italian-Americans.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Dumbing Down of America Is Now on the Fast Track

By Eddie Howell

Recent news items:

10 Statues Liberals Want to Destroy” (Newsmax)
They include Mount Rushmore.

ESPN: Decision to Remove Asian Broadcaster Robert Lee from Calling Plays for UVA Game ‘Felt Right’” (CNS News)
Looks like a story from The Onion, but isn't.

BLM Leader Demands White People Give Their Houses to Black Families” (MRC-TV)
So silly it doesn't merit a comment, but this is supposed to be some intelligent person making the demand. And some are taking it seriously, I suppose.

Al Gore's Hype” (Jewish World Review)
Will he get another Nobel Prize or Oscar for this?

Above are referenced just a few of the ridiculous things I believe show that the Dumbing Down of America is picking up speed.

The response to President Trump's reported comments after the Charlottesville tragedy show that now, many news items and events depend on Mr. Trump's statements of the day – in this instance massive criticism and claims that Trump didn't condemn neo-Nazism and white supremacy when he did. But truth means little to the MSM.

The following video features Greg Gutfeld of Fox News on how the media covered the events at Charlottesville:

The full-on anti-Trump hate campaign is not just politics – it's evil. The objective of its puppeteers, like George Soros and other globalists, is to destroy not only Donald Trump, but America as well. The duped individuals who are going along with this nasty business have been radicalized in a very similar way to jihadist radicals.

It is an anti-knowledge, anti-academic, anti-white, anti-human, and anti-freedom campaign aimed at establishing historical ignorance and stoking hate and fear among different groups. When you erase history, that is a form of dumbing down. It is plain dumb to be “intimidated” by a Civil War statue. But these protesters against the Confederacy are being led to think that somehow these statues pose a danger to them. The Civil War ended 150 years ago. Thanks to the Democrats' support of Jim Crow laws and the Ku Klux Klan, racial discrimination and hatred continued. But the progress made in the decades since has been remarkable. Few people seriously advocate or support racism. And slavery is unthinkable.

The globalists and Democrats, deeply stung by Hillary Clinton's loss, have embarked on a seditious campaign to get rid of President Donald Trump. Anything they don't like must be caused by “racism.”
But the racists are most numerous among “Progressive” politicians and race hustlers. Their racism exceeds anyone else's. Black Lives Matter (by the way, do black lives matter in Chicago?) and Al Sharpton stand out, along with politicians who make a campaign out of falsely accusing Donald Trump of racism. But politically, that's about all they have. They have no ideas or program proposals that would improve things for the American people. Those at the top of this movement are not interested in economic prosperity. They are interested in socialism and bringing down the Constitution, and enforcing political correctness.

The goal of socialism is socialism. The end result of the globalists' and “Progressives'” plans would be the end of any restraint on things dear to them, such as forced redistribution, world government, more abortion, and more of many other forms of death. You can be assured that the Democrat leadership and the anti-Trump leaders care nothing for the American middle class or the American people in general. They don't love America, they hate America.

As I have said before, the “loyal opposition” is no longer loyal. America would be better off in the hands of the mafia than the globalists and “Progressives.” The Anti-Trump movement is led by people who want to destroy American history and transform America into a third-world hellhole. This they are attempting partly by deceiving people into thinking that in America as it is today, they are and always will be victims. In fact, the poor in America would be considered very well off in many countries. But the progress of the years since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in race relations, which has been considerable in terms of education, economic opportunity, and social acceptance of all races, is being systematically destroyed by people falsely claiming to want better race relations. What they really want is to stir up as much trouble and confusion as possible, in order to curtail freedom and physically remove or destroy what and whom they don't like.

The tragedy is that good people can be corrupted and taken in by the Big Lie of the globalists. That is what is taking place in many universities, political bodies, and in our streets. The antifa thugs are truly no better, and in some ways worse, than the despicable white supremacists they claim to oppose. They show their lack of courage by wearing masks, and their cowardice and viciousness by attacking defenseless people. For these people to claim to be anti-fascist is a stupid, ironic, and sick joke. It's amazing that anyone would accept that ridiculous idea. They are actually demonstrating fascism. They are simply the black shirts of the globalists who are paying them. But Saul Alinsky would be proud.

Further reading: L. Brent Bozell III, "The Media Normalize the Antifa Extreme," Jewish World Review, 08/23/2017.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Battle Lines

By Eddie Howell

As if the sickening movement to remove all traces of the Confederacy weren't already bad enough, now, “activists” want to change the name of USC's mascot, the horse Traveler, because its name is similar to that of Robert E. Lee's horse Traveller.

General Robert E. Lee on his horse Traveller

Of course, if its name is Traveler, that must mean it's an evil horse of hate and racism. Also, the horse's color happens to be white. This probably makes it doubly evil. Maybe it should be replaced by a colorful donkey to represent the Democrat Party. This whole business is now beyond idiotic. Again, another thing showing that colleges are becoming the stupidest places in America.

This anti-history movement is not only anti-Confederate, it is anti-American, and ultimately anti-human. Let's erase the parts of history we don't like. Well, I'm not fond of the growth of criminal gangs during Prohibition. Should I therefore advocate removal of all traces of Al Capone? He wasn't really a very nice guy. I'm not a fan of Woodrow Wilson. Can we expunge him from our history? He re-segregated the military and was a bully, a dictator, and an unapologetic racist. Oh, but wait, he was a Democrat. Of course it was Democrats who started and supported the KKK and opposed the 1964 Civil Rights Act. But that was OK, because they were Democrats.

George Orwell's 1984 oppressor, Big Brother, believed that whoever controls the past controls the future, and whoever controls the present controls the past. Revising history is a popular tool of dictators.

A major point I'm trying to make is that taking down Confederate monuments will do nothing to stop racism, and could very well provoke more. It's an insult to the people of the South whose ancestors fought for a cause they believed in, which encompassed more than slavery. Very few, a very tiny minority, today, believe that slavery was OK or that white supremacy is a good thing. The slavery issue was settled at great cost and so should no longer be an issue. The fact that it existed should not be hidden, however. The Orwellian movement to remove Confederate reminders, whether monuments or things named after Confederate figures smacks of the Soviets' actions to remove disliked persons from the historical record, as though they never existed. It is not substantially different from Big Brother's memory hole in 1984.

The whole business is a threat to our constitutional rights of free speech and free expression, and is sometimes a provocation to violence. As reprehensible as the neo-Nazis and KKK are, they are a very tiny minority in America. Whatever threat they might represent can readily be countered by law enforcement. But the left isn't satisfied unless they can demean America and stir up needless controversy. The masked antifa thugs are exactly that – thugs – like Mussolini's black shirts or Hitler's brown shirts. They themselves are about as fascist as you can get. Their purpose is to bully and harass and beat, and possibly murder people and destroy property in the name of – what? They are definitely no better than any of their opponents. Any attempt to intellectually defend or justify what they do is actually laughable.

Of course, race hustlers like Black Lives Matter and Al Sharpton want to shake down anyone they can over false accusations and threats. And many legitimate conservative organizations are labeled by the despicable Southern Poverty Law Center as “hate groups,” while few organizations on their list are more hateful than they.

The globalists pulling the strings of this sorry business may find that America is not Europe. We are serious about freedom and constitutional rights. We care about our heritage. We regret slavery. We're against racism and white (or any other racial) supremacy. We don't hate Jews or any other minority. We don't, as a people, condone violence in the streets. But Americans have been and are willing to fight against tyranny, against globalism, and against socialism – and actual fascism (a form of socialism). Americans have generally been quiet about these abuses, but we won't be pushed too far. The election of Donald Trump and the rejection of Hillary Clinton should demonstrate that there is a limit to how much we will take from the adversaries of freedom or the corrupt Swamp.

Also, no one should rejoice over Mr. Trump's troubles. He will be fine. His voters still support him, and his opponents will lose support among the American people because of their hysterical hatred of the president and their disdain for his supporters, and America in general.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thoughts on the Charlottesville Tragedy

By Eddie Howell

The tragedy of Charlottesville is multifaceted event with plenty of blame to go around. Few except the neo-Nazis themselves would justify the obvious evil of racism or white supremacy. But President Trump is right to recognize there is blame on many sides.

The leftist governor of Virginia and the leftist mayor of Charlottesville want to blame Mr. Trump for the troubles, but they themselves failed to the point that many injuries took place and a life was needlessly lost. A Washington Examiner editorial puts a spotlight on this:

Ahead of the event, the Washington Examiner's Tom Rogan warned against the city's attempt to relocate the Nazis from their desired place of protest. He pointed out that the more sensible course would be to allow them to protest in Emancipation Park as a way to contain them and keep the counter-protestors away from them.
The authorities instead chose to allow the warring factions to intermingle, with predictable results. Charlottesville became a small war zone. Making matters much worse, the police were apparently ordered to stand by as the various factions beat each other bloody.
Further, the editorial details how the governor and mayor failed to protect the First Amendment free speech rights or the neo-Nazi organizer, who was chased away from his press conference. The ones who received a permit to protest the removal of a statue were attacked by people who had no permit, and should not have been there.

It is obvious that neither Governor Terry McAuliffe nor Mayor Mike Signer understands the First Amendment, although both have likely taken an oath to protect the Constitution. They doubled down on their failures. People want to say hate speech is not free speech, but actually it is protected by the First Amendment, as firmly established in Supreme Court cases. If these people don't have free speech rights, no one else does either.

As for the person who killed a woman and injured several other people, his day in court is coming. The hate in the heart of someone who would do this is evil indeed. But it's too bad some common-sense precautions weren't taken which could have prevented this from happening.

Further, as Mr. Trump suggested, there were “fine people” there to protest also, and also among the counter-protesters. You don't have to be a racist or white supremacist to oppose the removal of historic statues or any Confederate monuments. As Condoleeza Rice pointed out, hiding history is not a good thing.

There is hate on “many sides,” as Mr. Trump said. But the strongest hate in America today appears to be the hysterical leftist hate campaign against President Trump.