Everyone is putting in their two-cents in regard to Charlottesville, I figure I might as well do it too. After all, not much of what is being spouted makes much sense anyway so perhaps I can provide a bit of levity. Let me first start by stating that acting like any other tyrant, and tearing down historical monuments, is probably not the best reaction to what happened there. Let me also state that arguing which side is any less moronic in this particular situation is equally ridiculous. Now, I’m going to discuss the Nazi’s the KKK, Antifa and even Black Lives Matter in this article. I will also discuss the tearing down of historical monuments. The unfortunate thing here is that each one of these topics probably deserves its own article, I just don’t think I have it in me to waste that kind of time on a stupid agenda. This may get a little long but the lesson will be worth it.
What I find particularly ironic, is this recent push to try and classify any of those groups as being “left wing” or “right wing”. It shouldn’t matter. Liberals win the violence category as of late. The problem is that nobody on the conservative side was told there was a competition. Still, we need to simply call everyone involved in Charlottesville, “ignorant“. I say this because anyone with an IQ over 80 and with access to a history book, should be able to effectively conclude what the facts really are. For some reason, this doesn’t seem to be happening though. It is actually quite frustrating for me to see all of this unfold and to know that I am unable to scream at educators or those involved about how contorted their notions really are. I suppose that is why I have opted to write about it instead.
Let me start with the fact that National SOCIALISM is still SOCIALISM. However, the argument over whether it is left or right is actually quite moot. Understand that in Mein Kampf, Hitler directly attacked both left-wing and right-wing politics in Germany. Of course, knowing that requires actually reading a book or paying attention in class – a tall order these days. However, it is important because in regard to true fascism… at least in regard to the whole National SOCIALISM part… it is (by definition) extreme far left AND extreme far right. This is because his brand of fascism was actually centered around ultranationalism, where Hitler was the state and the center of everything.
Let me reiterate Hitler’s opposition to both the left and right and then introduce you to something known as the “Third Position“. “Third Position” is literally all about politics “beyond left and right“. This helps to explain Nazi politics. In practice, it actually ends up being both the left and the right but mainly left in regard to economics – hence the whole socialism part. Why or how this is missed on so many is beyond me at this point.
If one were to read an actual history book, instead of a website with a long history of censorship and contortion (to the point that many universities strictly forbid using it as a source) one would discover that before Hitler went all “beyond left and right“, the Nazi’s were involved in something called Strasserism. This was literally the radical worker-based form of Nazism in which the Nazi party finds its roots. As you might have already guessed, these folks promoted radical “left-wing” Nazi ideas. It was only after the night of the Night of the Long Knives (where lots of people died), did this extreme left end and Hitler-nomics (which was extreme left and right) took hold. But to be clear, Strasserism is still popular today in certain neo-Nazi groups… for reasons I do simply do not understand.
We must keep in mind the definition of fascism, which is a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism. Let us ignore for a second the part about suppressing opposition and criticism and emphasizing racism, because my point is not single out Antifa or Black Lives Matter here. However, if we focus in on the “regimenting all industry, commerce, etc” part, we can see just how familiar this sounds. If you are confused, let’s look at a couple definitions.
Socialism: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods (socialism, n.d.).
Socialism: a transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of communism (socialism, n.d.).
What’s funny is that when you look at it that way, literally all factions involved are on the same side and just don’t know it yet. Though, to be fair, it is true that socialism holds followers on both the left and the right, but we know which side favors it more. That being said, we should all take note that phrases such as “right wing socialist” and “left wing socialist” or “right wing fascist” and “left wing fascist” wouldn’t exist… if they didn’t exist. Remember, the goal is to at least attempt to remain objective here.
On that note, I think many would be interested to learn that while fascism tends to be both left and right, fascists such as Mussolini – who was an admirer of Karl Marx and Marx’s principle of revolutionary socialism – (at least used to be) associated with radical left ideologies. Well, at least up until just a few years ago when that narrative appears to have been altered for some crazy reason. Sure, he (Mussolini) had some right leans as well, just like Hitler or any other dictator. Context is important. In fact, there have been lots of predominately left wing fascists so I’m not entirely sure why the right is getting blamed here.
Of course, you may be asking yourselves “How exactly can a dictator have both left and right extremes?” That is a great question and thank you for asking it! To begin with, it tends to be extreme left economically and extreme right in everything else. The French have a phrase for it. They called it “Les extrêmes se touchent“. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Anyway, this phrase was actually coined for the very topic we are discussing. It means that “extremes on both sides touch”, as they often do when you discuss real fascism.
You must understand that the narrative being spewed simply doesn’t make sense when you give it any real thought. What I am seeing is that socialists are very upset at a different brand of socialism while both blame third parties for their problems. I am seeing people continually perpetuate easily verifiable fallacies; created by one party and favoring the same. It’s like liberals blaming Trump for everything and calling him racist. Everyone seems to ignore the Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Turkish Americans, American Indians, Sikh Americans and Muslim Americans groups that support Trump… not to mention the numerous minorities (and his personal minority friends) that have made it clear that he harbors no such racist thoughts or the fact that he’s only been in office for a few months and can’t get his party to do the things they promised their constituents to do. It’s silly.
Speaking of which, I continue to see people claim that his immediate response Charlottesville was wrong and was just not strong enough. Seriously? Before making his public statement, Trump took to Twitter with this thoughts. He said “We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!” That seems fair and reasonable. What the hell is everyone crying about?
The left is freaking out about the hatred coming their way… but that’s only because they don’t view their own violence as hate. This is either hypocrisy, stupidity or both. Furthermore, are we to accept that Antifa’s violence is okay and bashing innocent conservatives is okay just because they hate Trump and because they wanted a criminal in the White House instead? Same goes for BLM. Does that mean that those that fight Antifa or BLM are justified and bashing innocent liberals is alright too? Seems silly, right?
I have seen it said that Trump never used the words “white supremacy” or “white nationalism” when he denounced the violence and that he should have and since he didn’t, he must support them. That’s just stupid. Even more ridiculous is the claim that he must be a racist because David Duke, the former KKK leader endorsed him and praised him. Well, if that is true, then can anyone imagine what kind of disaster we would have had in Charlottesville with Hillary Clinton in charge during all of this? After all, let’s recall that Will Quigg, California Grand Dragon for the Loyal White Knights, said “For the KKK, Clinton is our choice.” If everyone is supposed to accept that Trump is racist because a racist supports him, I guess we must all accept that Hillary is a much bigger evil considering racist leaders support her too. Or were we supposed to forget that little factoid? Furthermore, considering that the KKK supported her, and considering that so many accuse Trump of being a closet liberal, and since the KKK was created by the Democrats, I guess this proves the all KKK are left-wingers. I guess not much has changed since their creation. Oh… but I guess that’s somehow different and my points are not important. Le’ts get back on track after a short video.
I personally believe Trump’s response was responsible and level-headed. Here is the truth. The democrat-created KKK is wrong, the democrat-created Antifa is wrong, the democrat-created BLM is wrong and the extreme left/right wing National Socialist’s who are so far beyond confused are 1) still socialists and 2) just as wrong as the rest of them. We should ALL condemn ALL of them and ALL of the violence perpetrated by ALL parties. They are all idiots and supporting things they (clearly) do not fully understand and they are hurting innocent people as a result. Yes, some seem to sit there and pretend that one side is somehow better than the other, but think about that. Doesn’t that make them even worse? Both “sides” (which find their roots in the left) engage in violence and ignorance and yet people condemn one side a little more than the other? Seriously?
Whether anyone likes Trump or not, is literally not the point. I don’t care. These things that are being spewed by the media are ridiculous, clearly biased and based on half-truths and narratives that have been perpetuated for the deliberate reason of dividing the rest of us. That’s why I feel compelled to share and perhaps “level-set” a bit. I recognize that the information I provide may not be welcomed or considered by some and these folks will likely forget these ideas just as quick as they forgot that Jesse Jackson praised Trump for a LIFETIME of helping African Americans.
As for me, I believe the party system is a joke and feel bad for those that buy into it. I tend to agree with George Washington when he said that “The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism.” He claimed the partisanship would lead to inter-political conflict, divide the nation, and give rise to cases of tyranny. And here we are. Yet another reason why history is important.
And let me be clear for a moment. I don’t think the Democrats are the root of all evil… I just think they are currently perpetuating it better than anyone else. There are some Democrats that have done good things. JFK with E.O. 11110 and rejecting Operation Northwoods, or Andrew Jackson’s help destroying the central bank of that time are two great examples. See, that’s called objective thought. It’s okay to live inside the gray and appreciate the contributions of someone that you may otherwise disagree with.
And let me state that I am aware of the idea that this violence is excused by some as “lashing out” about slavery or the violence had by law enforcement. Never mind that those who cry such things completely ignore the violence in places like Chicago or Detroit (just to name a couple), but perhaps if people could better understood the struggles of that time and seek to understand why ALL COLORS were involved in slavery on BOTH SIDES… they might be a little more objective about it. As for law enforcement; clearly there is a problem. However, we must understand that it’s pretty hard to support or defend something you don’t know. Ignorant people make ignorant decisions. If people are worried about their rights and lives being trampled by people tasked with protecting those rights, perhaps the people should become a bit more informed on the documents that the officers have sworn to uphold and protect, so that they can hold them accountable when they refuse to do so. Just like you cannot support or defend something you do not know… you cannot hold them accountable to it if you’re unfamiliar with it.
Now, as a constitutionalist, I am glad when people have an opinion and are willing to share it. I think it’s great when people stand up to exercise their rights. However, I find it a bit ironic that as soon as someone on the right attempts to vocalize their thoughts, it’s immediately shut down or bullied (remember the definition of fascism listed above). Worse yet, violence breaks out and people get hurt. Well, I must say that many of these people are playing a game they are not really prepared to play. You can only back someone up so far before they have no choice but to take a step forward… but I digress.
Again… Antifa is wrong. The KKK is wrong. BLM is wrong. The National Socialists are wrong. The media is wrong for trying to spin it to some agenda. Some people are wrong for buying into any of it. Anyone attempting to justify one side or the other is wrong. In fact, as far as I’m concerned… anyone that falls into any one of those headings is just as guilty as any other on that list. If you are condemning one side and not the other… you are supporting those you do not condemn, which in this case, means you are supporting violent ignorance. It’s really that simple.
I suppose it doesn’t matter though. Ignorance is riddled throughout our great nation and people seem content with it. So I anticipate more of this in the future; more violence and more destruction of history. Reminds me of the recent stories of ISIS. Well done America!
Of course, this will continue because many of the ignorant simply do not understand their own ignorance. For example, I engaged in a debate on this topic and I was told that conservatives were attempting to rewrite history – this evidently because actual history books differed from what the media was promoting. I found this ironic considering the left’s recent push to destroy American historical monuments and such. I told this gentleman, “speaking of rewriting history, I wonder how the destruction of monuments and literature is going.” He responded with “Good I hope… symbols of treason have no place in America.” I had no choice but to point out the seemingly obvious. I said “wait a second… you think that monuments and lit of treason have no place, huh? So are you saying that Jefferson and Washington memorials and history lessons should go? After all, they committed treason.” His response? “I’m not sure what exactly you’re asking, so I’ll just say that any monument that glorifies or memorizes the civil war should be removed from public view.”
When people don’t stop to think, silly things are often said and done. This example is no exception. This is a lot like how Antifa, Black Lives Matter, the KKK and National Socialists fighting among themselves suddenly turns into a desire to destroy monuments. I want to share with you my response to him because I think it’s a lesson we should all pay attention to. My response is as follows:
I want you to really think about what you are advocating. You said that you want to rid this nation of things that memorialize or force us to remember the Civil War. I want you to know that if we follow your advice, we rid ourselves of Abraham Lincoln, the freeing of the slaves or really anything even discovered or done as a result of what occurred between 1861 and 1865. This would include technologies ranging from hot air balloons to submarines, railroads, the Army ambulance corps., the telegraph and even new medical advancements that were discovered or innovated during the war. We would lose the stories of guys like William A. Jackson, Robert Smalls, Miles James, Andre Cailloux, James Daniel Gardner and more; not to mention things like the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment –
I’m guessing these are names that people who are supposedly angry have probably never heard of before – define irony. No… define stupidity and hypocrisy.
Now, there will undoubtedly be someone who believes that my analogy of comparing the Revolution’s treason to that of the Confederacy is unsound; suggesting that if England had won, they wouldn’t have kept statues of Washington around. In fact, you may be nodding your head as you read this. Well, I cannot speak for the British, but I do know that it’s like saying that all over America, there aren’t statues and monuments of Native Americans even though they lost. And for some reason, I’m guessing there wouldn’t be a lot of support from the left if people starting protesting and ripping them down. Of course, I wouldn’t support that either, even if the victors have a right to remove the “losers” stuff and even though some Natives supported the British, owned thousands of slaves and fought for the Confederacy.
Forgive me for wanting to believe that in America, we were smarter and better than that. Understand that I enjoy those stories because we also get to learn about the Natives that supported the Revolution and their amazing contributions in early America and up to this very day. And just like I do not support the tearing down of Confederate history or Native American history, I also wouldn’t support people ripping down the name of Jane Fonda at the The California Museum for History, Women and the Arts or mass burning things with her name on it – even though she committed treason during Vientnam. I think it’s important to remember struggle. Don’t destroy history, even if it includes those that committed treason. After all, we still study people like Aaron Burr, Benedict Arnold and Nidal Malik Hasan (all people who committed treason) so we get a better understanding and proper frame for our worldview. The Civil War is no different.
Folks, these are all stories I am not willing to lose. Personally, I don’t think these things are being torn down out of hate or frustration. I think they are being torn down because they symbolize rebellion against government and government doesn’t like them. Don’t allow this nation to forget. Yes, slavery was a horrific institution and a rough time, no doubt. However, we should also take some time to appreciate that this nation ended something horrible that was thrust upon it by the British. Perhaps instead of dwelling on the horrors of it all and erasing it from our history, we should focus a little more on remembering the great things and heroic actions of the many men and women that simply would not have been without the struggle.
If you think I’m wrong about this, then remember the words of Frederick Douglass…
If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
If that doesn’t make you understand, then consider the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Finally… if I was asked to provide any advice concerning this topic, it would be this: Get out of those groups and do some research. You are being lied to and misled. You know not of what you support and how you’re helping deliver your own people into the hands of the real enemy that you cannot see because you’re currently blinded by unwarranted hate. Hopefully, what plays with your mind is how I am able to blanket that statement to all four of those groups.
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