Think about it like sex. Until election night the left thought they were going to consummate their fundamental transformation. Then Donald Trump walked into the room, flipped on the lights, and hollered “what the **** are you doing on my couch! Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste
One lingering effect of eight years of fundamental transformation is that the left understands that creation of a crisis gives them a method to impose their madness upon a population that otherwise wouldn’t give them the time of day. In the wake of Charlottesville, otherwise intelligent people on the left and right have hyped the left’s party line. It’s a disturbing party line because while it rightly rejects the Nazis and white supremacists involved in Charlottesville, it ignores the actions of Antifa, Black Lives Matter, Workers World Party, etc.
Also ignored is that the ACLU actually intervened on the behalf of the Nazis and white supremacists after Charlottesville Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy, a black man with a very anti-white worldview given the content of his social media, initially denied the permit request for the “Unite the Right” event. Had the ACLU not intervened, the so-called “alt-right” wouldn’t have assembled in Charlottesville. But the ACLU did intervene, and after the ACLU intervened the Charlottesville city government met with the Nazis and white supremacists to decide where “Unite the Right” would take place and under what circumstances. “Unite the Right” began in accordance with whatever was agreed to between event organizers and the city government. It wasn’t until the “alt-left” arrived that things turned violent.
Today It’s Lee, Tomorrow It Will Be Jefferson
If you are old enough to remember the Balkans Crisis of the 1990s, you will recall that the whole thing was premised on generations-old grievances. The grievance between Bosnian Muslims and Serbo-Croatians dates back to the 14th century. If you are old enough to remember the Lebanese civil war – which lasted from 1975 to 1990 – it began because of demographic grievances.
Today, the left either uses the mechanisms of city halls to remove Civil War statues or they do as rioters did in Durham, NC and tear them down on their own. We’re told this is necessary because the Confederacy was defeated and “we don’t celebrate the vanquished”. Except that’s not the reason Civil War statues were erected. They were installed as a gesture of grace – I know, grace is a foreign concept in America today – necessary to heal the wounds caused by the Civil War. (Kind of like how Germany’s concentration camps are open not in homage of the Nazis but as a means of healing deep wounds.) We’re told a statue of some confederate guy (Baltimoreans admitted in on the street interviews they didn’t know who Taney was or any details of Taney’s involvement in the confederacy) might somehow remind black people of slavery they have never experienced, nor have their parents, grandparents, great grand parents, and so forth.
We’ve entered a peculiar place where sins older than seventeen of our fifty states are brought forth into 2017 and weaponized against those that don’t tow the progressive political line.
There’s a reason they are going after the Lee, Taney, Stonewall Jackson, etc. statues first. The left needs Americans to become comfortable with the idea and imagery of statues being removed from public places. That way, when the statues of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and all the rest come down, it won’t feel quite as weird as it would if the left went directly for those statues to begin with. As a real world example, it feels weird today that last night (August 15th), someone vandalized the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington DC by painting “F*** Law” on one of the structure’s columns. It won’t in the near future.
It’s all a part of dismantling the founding principles of the United States. If Washington, Lincoln, Dr. King, and so forth are airbrushed out of American life, that lessens their worth. And it opens the possibility of replacing their statues with monuments to others. One wonders, in 2023 when Lincoln is boxed up and carted out of the Lincoln Memorial, what statue will be installed in his place – Malcolm X, Barack Obama, Harvey Milk. Mumia, Cesar Chavez, a cutaway of illegals in the back of a trailer sweltering on their way across the border?
If that sounds far fetched, six years ago would you have expected to see rioters pulling statues down while police stood idly by for fear of causing “violence”?
Terry McAuliffe just today, August 16, has urged Virginia municipal governments to consider removing confederate statues. This comes just after the Virginia State Police called him out for his false claims that Charlottesville alt-right rioters had weapons stashed all over Charlottesville. McAuliffe isn’t up for re-election. His Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam is.
So why would McAuliffe be so interested in statues and monuments when one would think he’d spend his last three months in office tackling bigger issues affecting the commonwealth of Virginia? McAuliffe is a political animal just like Charlottesville mayor Michael Singer. In their view, the number one thing they can do is strike a blow against President Trump because President Trump’s election effectively derailed Obama’s third term. And they are working against a great big red state with blue pockets in the DC suburbs in northern Virginia and urban Hampton Roads on the Atlantic coast.
Prior to election night 2016, things were moving along well for the left. Hillary, hot on the heels from sporadic appearances with gangster rap stars, was expected to become President. If she did, she would have essentially served as Barack Obama’s third term. After all, she’s as hard left as Obama – maybe in some ways further left than Obama on certain issues. Donald Trump represents everything Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are not nor ever will be.
Think about it like sex. When you are rounding second base and are well on your way past third and to home, the most annoying thing in the world is an interruption. So it goes for the left. Their fundamental transformation was way past shirts off and pants coming down. They were poised to go all the way. Until election night they thought they were going to consummate the transformation. Then Donald Trump walked into the room, flipped on the lights, and hollered “what are you doing on my couch!”
If Charlottesville’s aftermath were to follow the path established in Ferguson, Baltimore, and elsewhere, the Justice Department would descend upon the municipal government. That was the Obama administration’s method of reshaping urban police departments into social justice agencies incapable of stemming the tide of violent crime. (Baltimore’s going to set a murder record this year; you are safer in Basrah, Iraq than you are in some Baltimore neighborhoods.) Perhaps if the Session’s Justice Department investigated the Charlottesville aftermath, they’d answer some interesting questions like:
– Why did city officials observe events from the sixth floor of a building, remark that it looked like “a hockey game”, and then note that things went very well? I mean, from what I saw nothing went well at all in Charlottesville. What precisely is it that went so well? Sounds like a set-up to me.
– Why were the two groups in Charlottesville allowed to come into contact?
– Why did police in Charlottesville permit two opposing groups, armed and armored, to be present at all on city streets? Is it normal for individuals wearing helmets and carrying baseball hats and such to walk the streets of Charlottesville?
– Why did police abandon their posts and who gave that order?
– Why in a pedestrian heavy environment was a lone nut case allowed to drive a car on city streets? Were streets not closed? Spike strips not deployed? Why?
Here’s my assessment, and I look forward to yours:
– The left is latching on to Charlottesville as a crisis to rapidly gain ground versus Trump. Before the end of the year they will make a move on a statue or monument to a founding father somewhere in America. It will most likely be a Jefferson monument.
– Virginia Democratic leadership, namely Governor McAuliffe and Charlottesville mayor Singer, set the stage for Charlottesville. They needed It politically for fear of losing Virginia to a Republican candidate this November.
– Things aren’t going to get any better. The left’s crisis permits no room for anything other than increasingly shrill competing monologues. We’ll be lucky if we see an election in 2020 at this point, just ask the Balkans or Lebanon.