See also: Charlottesville After Two Years: An Alt-History Of What Should Have Happened and Minneapolis Burning: This Happened Because Antifa Weren't Punished After Charlottesville And Inaugural Riots
The Floyd Hoax riots erupting across the U.S., including in Atlanta tonight, are a direct result of the American Conservative Movement™’s stupidity and cowardice after the 2017 Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville VA. In that case, Democrat state and local officials not only failed to prevent the Antifa attack on peaceful protestors (who really were peaceful protestors, unlike Main Stream Media-coddled Floyd Hoax rioters) but actively facilitated it. However, no one was punished and Conservatism Inc. cheered on the persecution of patriot activists in the aftermath. Now far more people have died than the one (probably accidental) fatality at Charlottesville, and a full-scale Maoist-style Cultural Revolution is rolling across the country. Yet Conservatism Inc. is still sounding retreat. What’s left of the Historic American Nation will have to look elsewhere for its defenders.
I know what happened at Charlottesville because I was there. But, regardless of your politics, no one can look to Charlottesville as an example of how to manage a protest. An independent report, ordered by the city itself, found that then-Charlottesville Police Department Chief Al Thomas, who is black, ordered his officers to “let them [demonstrators] fight” because it would make it “easier to declare an unlawful assembly.”
I find the current “Defund The Police” movement pushed by Leftists particularly ironic because, had there been no police in Charlottesville that day, everyone would have been safer. Patriot demonstrators had created a stable perimeter around the park and were blocking Leftist attacks and flying projectiles with shields. Things only spiraled out of control when the police, who had actually been cheered by the patriot demonstrators who assumed they were coming to secure freedom of speech, launched tear gas and literally drove them into the ranks of Antifa, sparking a wild street brawl. These facts are now not disputed by anyone, Left or Right, although (thanks to the Lying Press) they took time to emerge [Independent Review of the 2017 Protest Events In Charlottesville, Virginia, Hunton & Williams].
However, far from being held responsible, then-Mayor Michael Singer and then-Governor Terry McAuliffe are dining out on their malfeasance. Singer is giving interviews on public radio promoting his new book [In ‘Cry Havoc,’ Former Charlottesville Mayor Details A Tragic Day, by Michel Martin, OPB, June 6, 2020]. McAuliffe has his own book out, Beyond Charlottesville: Taking A Stand Against White Nationalism.
One would think that the Trump Justice Department would have investigated whether the city and Commonwealth’s political leaders made decisions that contributed to injuries and deaths for demonstrators, counter-demonstrators, and spectators. But it has done nothing of the kind. Instead, astonishingly, it worked directly with Antifa to persecute members of the Rise Above Movement, a group that fought back against Antifa.
Even worse, a New York State court sentenced members of the Proud Boys to four years in prison for defending themselves against Antifa in New York City in a fight that lasted just a few seconds. Antifa members refused to work with the police in any way, so there were no “victims” demanding justice. Nonetheless, defying all Leftist political theory I’ve ever read, the forces of statist repression swiftly moved to defend the anarchists against their nationalist foes. Conservatism Inc. cheered this on, with Rich Lowry condemning the “poisonous allure of right-wing violence,” instead telling the movement to rely on “patriotic suburban dads” who will sit at home and watch television. [The Poisonous Allure of Right-Wing Violence, by Rich Lowry, Politico, October 17, 2018]
Republicans who think conservatism is consumerism must now grapple with the fact that almost every major company in America is providing funding to far-Left activists. “Patriotic suburban dads” are now having to conduct armed patrols of their own neighborhoods lest their property be destroyed.
The same journalists and politicians who want to defund the police and praise “peaceful protests” as buildings burn in the background are suddenly worried about “vigilantes.”
Well, if you get rid of the police, what do you think will happen?
There have been a few times over the past few years when various conservatives made noise about investigating Antifa. Ted Cruz called for a federal criminal investigation after Andy Ngo was attacked in Portland. Newsmax said the Department of Justice was going to go after Antifa last August (no follow-up).
Most recently, President Donald Trump said he would declare “Antifa” a terrorist organization [President Trump says US will designate Antifa as a terrorist organization, KOCO5, May 31, 2020].
It’s unclear whether Trump can actually do this, because the U.S. has no “domestic terrorism” law. Of course, until about a month ago, journalists and nonprofits were demanding the government create one so they could arrest people with the wrong political views [White-Supremacist Violence Is Terrorism, by John Allen, The Atlantic, February 24, 2020]. Just as public protests went from “deadly” to “necessary” when the Narrative switched from COVID-19 to Black Lives Matter, I expect the MSM will go back to supporting a domestic terrorism law when they are confident it won’t be used against their Antifa comrades.
But such a law isn’t really needed to go after Antifa. Federal officers and soldiers kneeling doesn’t quite capture the full-scale refusal of the government to defend its own personnel. Consider:
Simply enforcing existing law would be enough (as with illegal immigration). Yet President Trump is again showing weakness.
The War Between The States began with a Southern attack on Federal property, at Fort Sumter. The anti-Trump cuckservative group The Lincoln Project attacks the president for not being like The Great Emancipator. Well, Old Abe would have called up 75,000 men by now.
The American government is apparently indifferent to destruction of its property, desecration of its symbols, and humiliation of its personnel. So why should American patriots rally to defend it when it has abandoned the Historic American Nation?
More than anything else, that nation needs leadership. But Conservatism Inc. is still sounding retreat. From just the last few days at National Review:
At this point it’s simply insane for Cuckservative Review to maintain this uproar is about police brutality, Confederate statues, or whether “Democrats are the real racists.” This Floyd Hoax movement is against white people, full stop. That’s why it’s so swiftly progressed from Confederate generals, to the Founding Fathers, to Winston Churchill, to Gandhi, to (significantly) the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution. [Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier Of The American Revolution Vandalized In Philadelphia’s Washington Square, CBS3 Philadelphia, June 12, 2020]
Yet Conservatism Inc. still can’t summon up the willpower to do anything but surrender—including by destroying one of the few institutions (police unions) that haven’t been entirely co-opted by the left.
“True conservatives” like the appalling Mitt Romney are marching along with the Floyd Hoax movement, apparently oblivious that his own church will soon become a target.
When there was a movement that could effectively oppose what’s happening, even in the streets—the Alt Right—Conservatism Inc. cheered as it became a victim of government repression, thus making current events inevitable.
It’s more than ever clear that the Beltway Right’s purpose is to lose. Worse than that, it’s to prevent nationalists from winning. From the Inauguration on, we’ve been telling Conservatism Inc. what was coming, and they ignored us. One cannot exaggerate their contempt for their own voters.
But perhaps that contempt is justified, given grassroots conservatives’ continued support for elected officials who hate and want to replace them. And unfortunately, because of MSM opposition, creating a viable Third Party may be practically impossible. Many feel, not without reason, that they have no choice but to hold their nose and vote Republican.
Still, after more than a half century of failure, a different approach is needed. Perhaps it’s time what remains of the Historic American Nation to start building an “autonomous zone” of its own.
Of course, once that starts happening, I suspect the timid, knee-taking forces of the state will once again feel free to deploy the iron fist.
It happened to us in Charlottesville. And the Beltway Right cheered.
Now that the anarchy is coming for it too, it’s trying to cut a separate peace. It won’t be successful.
There are answers to the current crisis. But they won’t come from the GOP, Conservatism Inc., or, alas—unless something changes—from the administration of President Donald J. Trump.
Charlottesville Survivor [Email him] is a white man who voted for Trump. The Left hates all white men who voted for Trump, whether they were in Charlottesville or not.