Let’s start off by saying we do not support the KKK, the Neo-Nazis nor the White Supremacists. However, under the First Amendment Freedom of Speech they have their ‘right to be wrong’ and to shout it as loud as possible. These three groups are a very minor group of people in our population. They came to Charlottesville to protest the removal of Robert E. Lee’s statue. Although initially turned down for a permit, they got a permit thanks to the ACLU. Therefore, they had a right to protest on that Saturday. ANTIFA, BLM and others did not have a permit so they came as the gasoline to the fire of those who had a permit. Let’s face it, if ANTIFA, BLM and others had stayed home this group of protestors would have marched, gave some despicable speeches and gone home with only the local newspaper paying attention.
Charlottesville is the home of the mayor who after the election indicated that the Resistance to President Trump would begin there. He saw fire and gasoline coming together and did nothing about it. He wanted a violent reaction to reflect on the President. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know fire plus fuel will create combustion. And yet the police were ordered to ‘stand down’ till things were out of hand.
Now with the media as the guide the Washington Republicans have jumped on the hate and bigoted bandwagon to condemn the permitted protestors and according to John McCain, Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio, praise the ANTIFA thugs for standing up for American values. THIS IS A FREE SPEECH ISSUE! These men are saying that violence brought about by bats and clubs is the American Way when people are going to speak something you don’t want to hear. Give me a break! These Republicans are playing to the crowd. Do they not understand that they are sanctioning violence. They are authorizing violence by anyone who believes that another is speaking hate or saying something they do not want to hear.
Are we so blind that we do not remember it was the ANTIFA people who incited violence in Berkley to stop a Conservative speaker from speaking? Once you label something as ‘hate speech’, you will move to criminalize it and therefore destroy it and the people espousing it. College campuses are helping to destroy ‘free speech’ by not allowing any views other than the liberal view. What ever happened to “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me”?
Look ANTIFA, BLM and others came to Charlottesville to keep the legally permitted speaker from speaking. They were not carrying clubs and bats to show how much they loved America nor were they seeking ‘truth, justice and the American way.’ They looked for violence and to prohibit the free expression of opinion. These are not people to admire and are really not people you want to encourage in their unlawful behavior. When are the Republicans going to stop being led about by the media’s interpretation of events. The media is undergirding ANTIFA because they want disruption to force out the President and they need Republicans to abandon the President for that to have any chance of happening.
I may be appalled by the statements of others but as a person who respects the Constitution I will defend their right to say it. This used to be the montra of our county until we decided that people should not be ‘offended’ and we should all speak politically correct speech. Whoever thought up politically correct speech was an idiot. OOps. I said a no-no, some ANTIFA person will probably try to beat me up with a club so John McCain, Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio can praise them for their display of American values.
If the ANTIFA guy is successful in beating me to death, place on my tombstone “Here lies free speech, free no more.”