Am I so sheltered that I just now...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Am I so sheltered that I just now...

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...learned what Antifa is, and what role it's been been playing around America over the past several years?

(Antifa = "anti-fascist," a commendable political and social stance which seems to have been co-opted by loosely organized, mask-wearing radical Leftists.)

What's propelled it into my (and others) consciousness this week has been the violent events in Charlottesville last Friday, and the war of words between the Trump Admin­istration and the media.

Five days later, it's become apparent that there are two loci related to this event: what happened between white nationalists rallying against the planned removal of Confederate statues and counter-protesters in Virginia, and Donald Trump's presidential podium (presently) in New York.

And as usual, those reporting the story are heavy on one side of the issue... which is why I've removed CBS News at 6:30 pm from my daily routine, instead opting to flip be­tween CNN, Fox and MSNBC to get a more rounded sense of current events.

The day following the deadly violence, the President spoke forcefully in denouncing what had occurred:

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides... on many sides!"

Because he did not specifically call out the neo-Nazis, the Klu Klux Klan and white supremacists, the media has spent the ensuing days roasting Trump for his lack of specificity, with some political figures on both sides of the aisle joining in.

Two days later... "Too little too late!" chanted the Trump haters... the President read a prepared statement calling the rally participants by name in an attempt to mollify his critics.

Yesterday, he strongly defended, ex tempore, his initial response, and pointed out that the violence came from both sides!

"You had a group on one side that was bad. You had a group on the other side that was also very violent. Nobody wants to say that. I’ll say it right now."

He's correct... look at the photos and videos and keep in mind that the rally organizers (who had a permit for their event) weren't the ones wearing the black face masks... but the media, who've been doing this for sport since November's election results were known, have been relentless (and sometimes just plain silly) in castigating Trump.

Yeah, he can be a narcissistic jerk sometimes, and should be called on that, but there was nothing wrong with his Saturday statement.

First Berkleley, now Charlottesville... we live in violent times!


1. WR Moore said...

Recall the old Chinese curse: "May you live in interesting times."

Right now there about as interesting as my septuagenarian heart can stand!

2. WR Moore said...

Forgot to add that you aren't alone in not knowing what anitfa translates to.

Ironically, they obviously don't understand/care that their tactics are generally fascist. Guess they're betting on that maxim that the winners write history.

"History is written by the victors." Widely attributed to Winston Churchill (but not definitively), a man who not only made a grear deal of history, but then wrote voluminously about it... and anyway you read them, Winny was on the winning side.

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