Is Antifa anti-USA?  I’ll let them answer that themselves:

 

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Update: The Department of Homeland Security now categorizes Antifa activities as “domestic terrorism violence.”

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I am mortified beyond expression when I view the clouds that have spread over the brightest morn that ever dawned upon any Country. In a word, I am lost in amazement when I behold what intrigue, the interested views of desperate characters, ignorance and jealousy of the minor part, are capable of effecting, as a scourge on the major part of our fellow Citizens of the Union; for it is hardly to be supposed that the great body of the people, tho’ they will not act, can be so shortsighted, or enveloped in darkness, as not to see rays of a distant sun thro’ all this mist of intoxication and folly.

You talk, my good Sir, of employing influence to appease the present tumults in Massachusetts. I know not where that influence is to be found; and if attainable, that it would be a proper remedy for the disorders. Influence is no Government. Let us have one by which our lives, liberties and properties will be secured; or let us know the worst at once. Under these impressions, my humble opinion is, that there is a call for decision. Know precisely what the insurgents aim at. If they have real grievances, redress them if possible; or acknowledge the justice of them, and your inability to do it in the present moment. If they have not, employ the force of government against them at once. If this is inadequate, all will be convinced that the superstructure is bad, or wants support. To be more exposed in the eyes of the world, and more contemptible than we already are, is hardly possible. To delay one or the other of these, is to exasperate on the one hand, or to give confidence on the other, and will add to their numbers; for, like snow-balls, such bodies increase by every movement, unless there is something in the way to obstruct and crumble them before the weight is too great and irresistible.

These are my sentiments. Precedents are dangerous things; let the reins of government then be braced and held with a steady hand, and every violation of the Constitution be reprehended: if defective, let it be amended, but not suffered to be trampled upon whilst it has an existence.

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I recently watched Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless get teary eyed talking about the “shameless” injustice of the NFL not hiring Kaepernick, a moderately skilled quarterback, but excellently placed social justice victim.  The “discrimination” that the QB faces is supposedly due to the evils of racism, white privilege and capitalism.  If it hasn’t already happened, Spike Lee and his friends will lead a protest over poor little Kaepernick’s plight.  But does Kaepernick’s suffering really rise to the level of, say, the average Evergreen State College student of color?  I don’t think so.

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Reading Aloud (William Verplanck Birney)

I have several challenging articles to suggest this week.  Victor Hanson Davis (my favorite contemporary historian) discusses how the affluent in our society, The Virtue-Mongers, try to make themselves feel and look virtuous despite their privilege.  Rimah Jaber, of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, points out the need for professional standards in Ethics in Online Activism: False Senses of Social Action or Effective Source of Change?  In a related article, Heather MacDonald of the Washington Examiner critiques the Black Lives Matter movement for veracity.  Her essay, Black Lies Matter, measures the claims of BLM against the statistical evidence.  Finally, Jed Babbin, of the American Spectator, looks at the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton’s role in it, and notes All the Lies: They’ve Turned Us Into a Rotting Banana Republic.

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The violence of the past week has shaken the nation.  Multiple shootings across the country have shocked, saddened and angered many.  But former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and author/activist Van Jones (former co-hosts of CrossFire) have released a video both discussing and demonstrating what we need to do when faced with tragedies like these.  It’s hard to imagine two men who are more different in background, belief and perspectives, but they agree that we must come together as a nation.  In the video (of a live feed), they discuss in a caring and intelligent way what we can do to build unity in our communities and in our country.  You can view the discussion via RealPolitics or via Gingrich’s Facebook page.