“Success in fighting means not coming at your opponent the way he wants to fight you.” John Locke
President Trump’s response to events in Charlottesville has been widely assailed by a parade of antagonists. They’re wrong – here’s why.
At this point our duly elected President could give a bucket of gold coins to an orphanage and predictably be chastised for the effort. Imagine the headline – “Trump tries to buy affection – hides his deep-rooted greed and indifference.”
In this case, the landing place of the President’s detractors has essentially been that he offered endorsement to the ultra-right wing KKK, skinhead, and other white advocacy groups. That’s not what he did. He called them out, but while doing so, he refused to give the other extremists a pass.
If echoing the mainstream view is the mission – that was his “mistake.” Today’s brand of American political correctness occupies precisely the same part of the brain that ISIS unleashed on those who would not surrender to their brand of political correctness. Our assassins use words versus a knife, but they are assassins nonetheless.
Note that when the stupid people on the right side do dumb stuff – everyone piles on. That includes conservatives admirably refusing to give misguided members of our loose fraternity a pass.
When stupid people on the left – and the evidence is clear by behavior that there are a lot of them – do dumb stuff, their team gives them a pass and explains to the rest of us why its OK to be violent, act out, hinder and destroy stuff. It’s called enabling. President Trump refused to bow his head and enable wrong on either side.
The picture at the lead of this post (a drone shot taken by Chad Nesbitt while he was transporting his Grandma to the doctor – he put this photo in the hands of the Police Chief) illustrates the point. In the photo you can clearly see the four vandals (public school teachers, Presbyterian ministers and/or social workers?) defacing or otherwise attempting to destroy the monument. They were arrested.
The real point of interest are the 30 or so other people aiding and abetting the crime – intentionally. Notice how they formed a phalanx that makes it difficult to see much less stop the vandalism. Did you pick up on the sheet to the left of the fearsome four? There is nothing written on that sheet. It is there for one purpose – to hide the misdeed. Actually this whole affair – per the tools used, damage to property and conspiracy to knowingly break the law – qualifies as a felony in NC. Everyone in the photographed crowd were knowing co-conspirators.
14-288.2. Riot; inciting to riot; punishments. (a) A riot is a public disturbance involving an assemblage of three or more persons which by disorderly and violent conduct, or the imminent threat of disorderly and violent conduct, results in injury or damage to persons or property or creates a clear and present danger of injury or damage to persons or property. (b) Any person who willfully engages in a riot is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. (c) Any person who willfully engages in a riot is guilty of a Class H felony, if: (1) In the course and as a result of the riot there is property damage in excess of fifteen hundred dollars ($1,500) or serious bodily injury; or (2) Such participant in the riot has in his possession any dangerous weapon or substance. (d) Any person who willfully incites or urges another to engage in a riot, so that as a result of such inciting or urging a riot occurs or a clear and present danger of a riot is created, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. (e) Any person who willfully incites or urges another to engage in a riot, and such inciting or urging is a contributing cause of a riot in which there is property damage in excess of fifteen hundred dollars ($1,500) or serious bodily injury, shall be punished as a Class F felon. (1969,
14-2.4. Punishment for conspiracy to commit a felony. (a) Unless a different classification is expressly stated, a person who is convicted of a conspiracy to commit a felony is guilty of a felony that is one class lower than the felony he or she conspired to commit, except that a conspiracy to commit a Class A or Class B1 felony is a Class B2 felony, a conspiracy to commit a Class B2 felony is a Class C felony, and a conspiracy to commit a Class I felony is a Class 1 misdemeanor. (b) Unless a different classification is expressly stated, a person who is convicted of a conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor is guilty of a misdemeanor that is one class lower than the misdemeanor he or she conspired to commit, except that a conspiracy to commit a Class 3 misdemeanor is a Class 3 misdemeanor. (1983, c. 451, s. 1; 1993, c. 538, s. 5; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 22, s. 12, c. 24, s. 14(b).)
It’s doubtful that anything will be done to hold these folks accountable. They stand on the side of the political spectrum that gives a broad pass to topless performers in our city parks, an out-of-control drug culture and public housing safety standards that should make us all ashamed.
It’s not OK, but there is a way to respond – recruit your disgusted friends to commit to changing their voter registration to Republican. 5 people did this weekend and the forms are on the way.
Donald Trump was right about this being a case of extremes and neither side deserving a pass. He’s also right to stop pretending that Black Lives Matter, Antifa and similar groups are dedicated to peace and social justice. Their devotion is to disruption as a path to power. The media’s enthusiasm for giving them a pass assures further degradation of our culture.
Most everything the left complains about in our President involves matters of style versus substance. May we suggest you can’t stylishly drain a swamp – and that we should not be surprised with Charlottesville? Extremes always breed extremes – and there are more to come…
Why be a Republican? Because we get the American Success Equation— Liberty + Opportunity + Responsibility = Prosperity.