a reply to: intrptr
That's the real issue, indeed.
I won't apologize for anyone involved in the Charlottesville riots. The dude in the car needs to never see the light of day again (personally I think
capital punishment is warranted), and anyone who came in from out of state with intention to start trouble should spend a little quality time with Big
Bubba behind bars in a Federal penitentiary.
But that's correcting the symptoms, not the problem.
Here's the problem in a nutshell: We have two diametrically opposed forces in the United States. One wants to destroy any mention of anything they
consider morally wrong, at any cost. The other wants to be left alone to live their life. Both have fringe elements; the former has antifa and BLM,
and the latter have the KKK and other similar groups. All fringes are problems! Both fringes want to use violence to push their agenda, and are
therefore criminals who should not be allowed to freely walk the streets.
For years, the right-wing fringes were more or less under control. We heard very little about the KKK, save a few asinine occasional blurbs from David
Duke. They were kept in hiding because no one wanted anything to do with them. They may identify with conservatism, but the vast majority of
conservatives do not consider them such. The same thing happened with the liberals; the fringe groups identified with liberals, but the vast majority
of liberals didn't want them.
Things changed as soon as the liberal agenda moved into the area of calling out 'racism' at every opportunity. That overreaction and bastardization of
the term to include any political disagreement didn't just attack the conservative extremists; It attacked ALL conservatives! Thus, conservatives
became angry at the constant attacks, and the fringes used that anger to re-assert themselves. At the same time, the left-wing fringes became
emboldened because they felt a new moral superiority that gave them license to act out in violent protests.
The rock... the statue of Lee... became a focal point. To one side, it represented oppression, and to the other side it represented history and
heritage. The liberals refused to accept that there could e a different interpretation of what that rock meant, and began a systematic process of
removing not just one rock, but every rock that was not in a shape they deemed appropriate.
This was not about a rock in Charlottesville. It was about rocks all across the nation, primarily in the South. Charlottesville was just the point
where things flashed into violence. It could have been New Orleans, Raleigh, Birmingham, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Charlotte...
Imagine two people in a face off. One represents the typical liberal, and the other represents the typical conservative. Standing behind each are
ravenous beasts. Behind Mr. Liberal is BLM and antifa, both being held back by Mr. Liberal. Standing behind Mr. Conservative is the KKK and skinheads,
again being held back by Mr. Conservative. Now watch as Mr. Liberal relaxes his grip on his beasts and suddenly starts slapping Mr. Conservative
across the face.
And watch as Mr. Conservative lets go his grip on the beasts behind him. Watch as the beasts meet in the middle, each desperate to destroy the other,
and then the person in front of them.
BLM and antifa were just as much to blame for this chaos as the KKK. I saw the videos. TWO sides were fighting, not just one. Both sides were in the
wrong. But there would have been no rally, no chaos, no killing, no maiming if the city council had simply tried to understand that their
interpretation of a rock is not THE interpretation of a rock.
The crap this event has stirred, the continual cries against anything that can be considered "white extremist," is another slap in the face. Trump had
it right. He condemned ALL violence, from ALL sides, as do I. But that's not good enough. The media and the establishment want more blood, so they
slap Mr. Conservative even harder and try to shoot the beasts standing between him and their beasts.
This is far, far, far from over. There are many rocks left, and we're feeding the beasts gunpowder.