To Those Who Suddenly Care, Welcome

It’s not like violent protests are new…

I feel like I should welcome all the people who are suddenly now concerned about violent protesters. When St Louis was burning and cops were being assassinated in their cars, people got upset if you said you support the police or that this went beyond free speech.

When Antifa, angry that Trump won, were smashing Starbucks windows and burning property in the streets, we were told this is all free speech and #resistance.

When protesters set Berkeley ablaze, Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders said he understood their anger, condemned their violence, and admonished the violent ones not to say they were Bernie Sanders supporters.

People cheered when an Antifa member punched Richard Spencer in the face. I’ll admit, I cheered.
People paused for a moment when an alt-leftist from Bernie Sanders campaign staff walked onto a softball field and started gunning down GOP congressmen. In fact for almost a whole 24 hour news cycle there was unity in the thought that a line had been crossed. At the same time, Antifa on social media cheered the attack on right-wingers who opposed the Socialist agenda.
As Antifa emailed threats of violence to Fascist rally organizers and got nationalist events canceled through threats of violence, many sat in silent approval because our violence is apparently better than their violence.
Now that the racist Fascists have drawn blood, people are starting to care. In fact, they care so much that if you even mention “both sides”, you are shouted down and lumped with the racists. Condemning all violence and promoting all free speech has become anathema to the crowds. It is as evil as suggesting all lives matter when a cop is shot dead in his patrol car.
The Socialists of the Antifa movement and the Fascists of the Nazi/KKK movement have one goal in mind. They seek power. One seeks it through populist appeals and promises to those they seek to control, the other through an overt demand that all others should bow to them. Both sides oppose liberty. Both sides only approve of their own free speech and believe the other should be limited.
The only way to truly diffuse this war that the vast majority of Americans want no part of is to embrace liberty. The demands of both the Nazis and the Socialist Antifa are incompatible with the constitution. Unfortunately, embracing liberty means giving up aspirations of controlling others through big government. Even non-radical Republicans and Democrats struggle with that concept.
If you are finally ready to denounce all violence and all attempts by partisan groups to gain power over our lives through big government, then welcome. If you are simply mad that their side killed someone on your side, then this article isn’t for you.
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The Stephen Bannon Missed Opportunity

How the playing the race card vindicated Bannon

The Left missed a huge opportunity with Steve Bannon. Bannon has the same disrespect of women problem that Trump has. He went through a messy divorce, and there were allegations of violence against his wife. He’s said some not very nice things about feminists. But liberals didn’t go that route.
 
Instead, liberals went the race card route. Not just fringe left liberals, but the entire media establishment had Bannon packaged and labeled before it was even announced what his position would be with the administration. It fit the narrative. Trump is a racist, Bannon is a racist. They are all just a bunch of racists. You are asking for evidence? Wow. Just wow. How ignorant must you be to not already innately know this about them.
 
But the only problem is Bannon is not a racist. After claiming he was, the Anti-Defamation League had to go back and admit that they couldn’t find any racist things he’s ever said. The evidence that Bannon is a racist boiled down to him hiring Milo Yiannopoulus as an editor at Breitbart. And we all know Milo is a bigot and a racist. Yup, Milo. The antisemitic Jew who is also a homophobic homosexual. The leader of the alt-right movement.  And guilt by association is a well established argument to prove that someone is a racist.
 
It seems to me that the Left missed their chance by going off the deep end with the race card. Bannon is not a great guy. He is not pure red white and blue patriotism as Sarah Palin presents him. But it’s too late to change the narrative. Bannon will know be known as one more victim of loony Leftist racism allegations, vindicated by the truth.
 
I guess the Left didn’t want to go the “bad to women” angle considering they just spent the last year trying to put the Clintons back in office.  Despite Bannon’s faults, Bill Clinton makes Stephen Bannon look like a gentleman.