What is Antifa?
Antifa is a far-left organization, and to a degree, an ideology, that is composed of mostly middle-class and educated and privileged children — ages 17-30.
For example, one Antifa "supporter," is a son of privilege. Jeremiah Ellison, Democrat, is a member of Minneapolis City Council and son of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, Democrat, declared his support for Antifa.
Or, an alleged Antifa "supporter" is a 20-yea-old man Pittsburgh police suspect of inciting violence during a protest in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During a search of the young man's home, police found two guns, six spray paint cans, and a sweatshirt he wore during the protest. His parents escorted him when he turned himself into police. He is now called the "Antifa kid."
Seattle council member Tammy Morales (Democrat) is quoted as saying, "It does make me wonder and ask the question why looting bothers people so much more than knowing that across the country black men and women are dying every day and far too often at the hands of those who are sworn to protect and serve." She also said, that she does not want to hear people tell her constituents to be civil, and not to be reactionary. She also does not want to be told "that looting doesn't solve anything." In Seattle, Morales is viewed as a socialist.
Antifa is short for "antifascist." In earlier days, its members would be classified as "spoiled brats playing out socialist/communist ideas taught in American colleges by radical one-worlder professors." The professors being persons unable to actually handle real-life jobs: "Those that can do, those who can't teach." American universities are now the incubators of mob violence in the name of social justice.
There is an oft-quoted saying, "If a man is not a liberal (socialist) at 20, he has no heart, if he is not a conservative at 30, he has no brain."There are many variations of this saying, but the point is that people change political beliefs with maturity. Is this saying going to be true in the coming years?
Antifa members and supporters claim they are descendants of the anti-Nazi Europeans. This is hard to believe, as there was no substantial opposition to the Nazis, neither in Germany nor Europe prior to September 1939. One cannot forget England's Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's brag after signing the Munich Agreement (September 30, 1938) with German Chancellor Adolph Hitler, "Peace in our time." Germany invaded Poland in September 1939 and World War II began.
Antifa appears to have started in Portland, Oregon in 2007. The Pacific Northwest has been a cradle of political radicalism since the 1890s. In 1905, "The Overalls Brigade" of lumbermen pushed for a socialist work policy — and was slightly successful. Also, in 1905 there was a minor political socialist movement that gained nationwide support for a third-party candidate for president, but the movement faded out by 1917.
The Pacific Northwest had and has strains of socialism and communism that permeates the area to this day. Portland and Seattle are the focal points, but the strains of political radicalism dim quickly upon leaving the cities' environs. Oregon and Washington state have long been bastions of socialism, except for the rural areas where people actually work.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (Democrat) tweeted, "I want to acknowledge that much of the violence and destruction both here in Seattle and across the country has been instigated and perpetuated by white men."
Was Durkan saying Antifa was all white men? Was Durkan saying that just white men were the rioters?
The Multnomah County (Portland) Sheriff's office reported Willy Cannon, Heaven Davis and Brandon Farley were arrested in Portland in February, 2020 on various misdemeanor and felony charges of defacing a war memorial. Mr. Cannon does not appear to be a white man. Heaven Davis does not appear to be a white man. These arrestees are Antifa members. The Spring 2020 nationwide riots are not being fueled by just white men.
Mayor Durkan better check her facts in the future. Anitfa is not just all white men. Obviously, Mayor Durkan was not an English major nor researcher at the University of Notre Dame.
Direct action and physical assault is the Antifa modus operandi. Interestingly, Antifa attacks journalists and newsmedia personnel who do not report Antifa in the most favorable light. Attacking every facet of society is a tenet of the Antifa code. This is similar to the Nazi and fascist mentality of physical assaults, injury and death which is reminiscent of Mussolini's Blackshirts and Hitler's Brownshirts.
The Antifa dress code is black or dark clothing, ski masks, and usually some instrument of destruction — brick, Molotov cocktail, metal bar, nightstick, knife or gun. This code is strikingly similar to the Fascists of Germany and Italy, as well as the Communists of China and Russia.
Totalitarians march to a familiar drum beat, and Antifa is no different.
James H. Walsh was associate general counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service from 1983 to 1994. Read James H. Walsh's Reports — More Here.
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