There’s no difference between the so-called alt-left and alt-right. No matter what they call themselves, they’re all fascists.
Two days after the Charlottesville, Virginia, clash of forces, which resulted in one death and many injured, protesters in neighboring North Carolina toppled the statue of a Confederate soldier.
What was that all about?
Chanting “No KKK, no fascist USA,” protesters tied a yellow strap around the bronze statue in front of a Durham government administration center and pulled at it until it came crashing to the ground.
Until the Monday evening vandalism, the statue had remained in place since it was erected in 1924.
As soon as it came to rest, members of the throng kicked and spat at the statue as though it were flesh and blood, rather that cold metal alloy, with the group claiming that their purpose was to “smash white supremacy.”
Although Dunham police officers were present they made no attempt to stop the vandalism and made no arrests afterwards, because it took place on county — rather than city — property.
Meanwhile, Durham County Sheriff’s deputies videotaped the spectacle — but also made neither arrests nor attempt to stop it.
The protesters claimed they had no choice.
“It needs to be removed,” Loan Tran, an organizer, said, according to local CBS affiliate WNCN. “These Confederate statues in Durham, in North Carolina, all across the country.”
The two sides to the Charlottesville tragedy that led to the Dunham vandalism have more in common than that which separates them.
Just as the Ku Klux Klan, white nationalists, and neo-Nazis have nothing to do with conservatism, Black Lives Matter, and the Antifa movement can’t legitimately label themselves liberals.
They are, in fact, two sides of the same coin called totalitarianism, manifested by hatred and a desire to deny fundamental rights to others.
This was brought home Monday afternoon when Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors claimed that there were no First Amendment protections against hate speech.
"Hate speech, which is what we're seeing coming out of white nationalists groups, is not protected under the First Amendment rights," she told MSNBC host Katy Tur, who didn’t challenge this assertion.
Cullors may want to re-think that assertion. BLM’s chant of “pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon” directed against law enforcement wasn’t exactly a love note.
In addition, the U.S. Supreme Court has consistently held that the best response to hate speech is rebuttal — not suppression. That’s the purpose of the First Amendment.
As for the events at Durham, novelist George Orwell predicted the destruction of Civil War monuments there and elsewhere in his most notable work, “1984.”
Every record has been destroyed or falsified. Every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building name has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless presence in which the party is always right.
Author and former Ramparts editor David Horowitz likened Monday’s vandalism to something else entirely.
“Destroying historic monuments is what ISIS & the Taliban and Antifa & Black Lives Matter do,” he tweeted. “Where is the liberal outrage over that?”
Any outrage that should have come from the left has been replaced with applause.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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