The Antifa Cancer

In the wake of the Charlottesville turmoil I wrote a post condemning the white supremacists who initiated the confrontation. I don’t agree with President Trump’s comment that there were nice guys among the crowd of Nazis, etc. Nothing about any ideology that promotes racial supremacy and racial inferiority is “nice.” If you want to review my comments, go to the calendar on this sidebar and click on August 14.

In that same post, I also pointed out the problem that exists with those who rose up in opposition to the white supremacists, led by a mob that calls itself Antifa.

Notice that this group dresses all in black and covers their faces. They also carry clubs and other articles of weaponry wherever they rear their ugly heads. As I look at them, I’m reminded of Mussolini’s thugs or Hitler’s Brownshirts.

In their minds, they believe they are anti-fascist (thus the odd name) and are on the cutting edge of opposition to the neo-Nazis and their compatriots. In fact, they are, by their own rhetoric, anti-Christian, anti-capitalist (comrades Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro, and Che would have loved to link arms with them), and anti-America.

Antifa is not the vanguard of liberty; it is quite the opposite. While the news media has been slow to recognize what they really stand for, some political cartoonists have shown a greater instinct for analysis:

A meme I used in my earlier post remains relevant:

Michael Ramirez, one of our best political cartoonists, captures the reality well:

The latest incident occurred on the Berkeley campus (where else?) as Antifa thugs attacked someone they decided was a Nazi (he wasn’t) and beat him unmercifully. Fortunately, bystanders intervened and probably saved his life.

Antifa showed up at Berkeley to stop a rally in favor of free speech. They succeeded.

Let’s be honest about who Antifa seems to emulate:

Conservatives and Republicans (not always the same) came out immediately and distanced themselves from the white supremacists. Not so with the liberals/progressives and Democrats, who have remained largely silent about Antifa. I’ll give credit to Nancy Pelosi for calling them out the other day, but hers is the only voice on that side that I’ve heard saying anything critical about Antifa’s ideology and methods.

If Democrats have any lingering shred of decency left, they need to rise up against this violent, fascist organization, and not consider them political allies.

White supremacy needs to be condemned. Antifa needs to be condemned. Both are a cancer on our society.

More Liberal Facism

The theme of Jonah Goldberg’s book Liberal Fascism just received another confirmation yesterday. In the book, he argues that liberals aren’t really all that liberal.

Classic liberalism believed in liberty; modern liberalism, which often goes by the name progressivism, is anything but devoted to liberty. Rather, it imposes a uniformity of thought that none dare challenge without consequences.

So what happened yesterday to further authenticate his theme? Well, a bona fide liberal stepped over a political correctness line and lost his job.

Juan Williams, who works worked for National Public Radio (NPR), and who also offers commentary on Fox News, apparently committed a cardinal sin—he actually admitted he sometimes had feelings of concern about Muslims when he’s on an airplane.

Here are the exact words Williams used on the O’Reilly Factor:

I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.

He went on to say that no one can blame all Muslims for the actions of the extremists, but it was too late. His employers at NPR fired him because his comments were “inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices.” What standards might those be? Never criticize Islam? Follow the prescribed line or else?

Now, I’ve never been a huge Juan Williams fan. I disagree with him probably 75% of the time. But he’s getting better; I used to disagree with him 100% of the time. Either he’s mellowed or I have. All that is beside the point, though. While NPR has the right to hire and fire whomever they wish, they have no right to be dishonest about the reasons. He didn’t say anything inconsistent with true journalistic standards, which is what they are claiming. He simply ruffled their politically correct feathers. It’s also come out that they hated the fact he also had a gig on Fox, a network that NPR loathes.

Of course, NPR is paid for by the American taxpayer. Where in the Constitution do we find any authority to fund a means of mass communication? Why is my money being used to promote a political philosophy with which I disagree?

It’s time to get back to basics—abide by the limits placed on the national government by the instrument the Founders created to guide us as a nation. Restore constitutionality.