Taking center stage this past weekend was the incident in Charlottesville, Virginia, where “white nationalist groups” and counter-protestors collided resulted in the death of a woman after James Fields Jr. hit her with his car.
One can pick up any news source and read all about it. One can also read the response by President Trump and those who have come out condemning him for not issuing a stronger response.
According to The Washington Times, Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) stated on “Fox News Sunday,” “These groups seem to believe they have a friend in Donald Trump in the White House. … I would urge the president to dissuade these groups that he’s their friend. I think the president can be very clear when he wants to be, and he needs to be clear here.”
For eight years, Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah openly supported Black Lives Matter and their rhetoric, minimizing their participation in violence and rioting due to some perceived slight stemming from a justifiable police shooting of black thug Michael Brown.
Hussein Soetoro openly condemned a law enforcement agency during a memorial for five officers killed by Black Lives Matter members.
Where was Lindsay Graham in holding Obama accountable for dissuading those groups that “he was their friend?”
The Washington Times continued:
Other Republican senators, including Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Ted Cruz of Texas, Marco Rubio of Florida and others condemned the deadly demonstration. But Mr. Trump’s handling of the situation fueled commentary that he is comfortable with the support of white nationalist groups, some of which praised his remarks and said they amounted to a victory because they didn’t explicitly blame anyone for the violence.
On Sunday night, Vice President Mike Pence denounced such white supremacists as “dangerous fringe groups” and said Mr. Trump shares his views.
“We have no tolerance for hate and violence from white supremacists, neo-Nazis or the KKK,” Mr. Pence said at a press conference in Cartagena, Colombia. “These dangerous fringe groups have no place in American public life and in the American debate, and we condemn them in the strongest possible terms.”
Mr. Gardner on Sunday urged the president to speak out again in more forceful terms and make clear that the Republican Party does not welcome such views. A failure to do that, the senator said, makes it fair to question if Mr. Trump wants to remain popular among white nationalists.
“Call this white supremacism, this white nationalism, evil, and let the country hear it, let the world hear it. It’s something that needs to come from the Oval Office,” Mr. Gardner said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. “If he doesn’t do that, then we can continue to answer the question of why.”
After eight years, Republicans in Washington, DC still do not get it. In fact, no one in Washington gets it. Vice President Pence added to his statement to criticize accusations that President Trump was not strong or specific enough in his response.
Vice President Pence stated, “I take issue with the fact that many in the national media spent more time criticizing the president’s words than they did criticizing those that perpetrated the violence to begin with. We should be putting the attention where it belongs, and that is on those extremist groups that need to be pushed out of the public debate entirely and discredited for the hate groups and dangerous fringe groups that they are.”
So, according to Mike Pence, dangerous fringe groups have no place in American public life and in American debate when those groups are white supremacists, neo-Nazis or the KKK.
There is no tolerance for hate and violence from these groups.
Moreover, Pence stated that extremist groups “need to be pushed out of the public debate entirely and discredited for the hate groups and dangerous fringe groups that they are.”
Yet, for eight years, citizens witnessed “tolerance” and overt support for dangerous fringe groups, such as Black Lives Matter, Muslim Brotherhood, CAIR, etc. from Obama and his administration.
Is Pence saying that white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK are the only extremists groups that will receive no tolerance for hate and violence?
Is Pence saying that other “extreme fringe groups” will receive tolerance for hate and violence?
Since Pence and a few fellow Republicans are all on the band-wagon for calling out “extremist fringe groups” and going so far as to declare “these groups have no place in American public life and in the American debate,” it is only fair to include Muslim groups who support Shari’a law, killing infidels (anyone not Muslim or Muslim enough), female genital mutilation (on the rise in the US), honor killings, misogyny, and inequality under the law as also having no place in American life and in the American debate.
Why is it groups like this and others are not included?
Is it because the group who was exercising their right to peaceful assembly was white, supported nationalism, inclusion of all history, was provoked by another group, which then turned the entire assembly into a big ole hub-bub?
Why is it the other group present was not called out?
Where is the chastisement of law enforcement who did not keep the two groups separated, almost encouraging the conflict?
Who is Mike Pence or any other individual serving in government to determine who should be excluded from American public life and American public debate?
And, let’s not even get started on those in both chambers of Congress who are looking to oust/impeach/remove a duly constitutionally eligible and elected president for nothing more than not wanting the man to occupy the office.
It seems politicians have totally discounted the First Amendment of the Constitution for the united States of America.
You know that pesky little amendment that recognizes and protects free speech, freedom of the press, the right to peaceably assemble, freedom of religion and the right to petition government for a redress of grievances.
No one has once thought about the disenfranchisement of many American citizens during the eight years Hussein Soetoro “reign” where being white was almost condemned.
No one has thought about the support and encouragement of members of Black Lives Matter to riot, loot, commit assault and battery, engage in vandalism, and disrupt society during their “assemblies.”
And, none of these individuals have thought about the number of individuals attending Trump events during the presidential election cycle who were met with violence as police officers stood by and watched.
Make no mistake – the First Amendment does not protect violence, riots or commission of crimes.
It does protect all speech and peaceful assemblies.
That said, while some may not agree with the viewpoints of the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, BLM or the Black Panthers and may not like what they say or represent, these groups have a right to their beliefs, a right to voice those beliefs and a right to come together in peaceful assembly to petition government for a redress of grievances.
What they do not have the right to do is infringe on the rights of others or engage in criminal behavior using the protection of the First Amendment.
Whether these politicians realize it or not, members of these government dubbed “extreme fringe” groups are voters.
To make matters worse, Cokie Roberts, appearing on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, had plenty to say in the panel discussion on Trump’s response.
Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” network contributor Cokie Roberts declared during a panel discussion about President Donald Trump’s reaction to the violence in Charlottesville, VA that Trump had to “share responsibility.”
Roberts said, “Well, the president has to share responsibility. The fact is, is that through hat campaign, he blew all kind of whistles that those of us who grew up in the Jim Crow South, like I did, recognized immediately.”
“It was just calling out to these white supremacists who then felt empowered by it, and the president now not calling them out — you know, he should listen to Nikki Haley, his now UN ambassador,” she continued. “She’s the person who started bringing down Confederate monuments. And she did it so graciously and exactly the right tone after the killings of Mother Emmanuel Church.”
According to “Cooky” Roberts, Trump has to “share responsibility” because a “hat campaign” called out “white supremacists.”
And, that hat campaign “blew all kinds of whistles” to individuals who grew up in the Jim Crow South? Really?
That’s a lot of assumption on a campaign slogan.
As someone who lives in the “deep south” and lived through part of the Jim Crow years, there was not one time that “whistles blew” recognizing the “calling out to white supremacists” from the Trump campaign slogan.
Actually, to me, it was a call to return to our American greatness of loyalty to the Constitution, supporting its tenets, and standing against government usurpations and any ideology anathema to it.
While that may not have been its intent, it is what I think is what makes America great.
Only someone looking to find discourse would read something sinister in the slogan.
Roberts goes on to voice support for the removal of historical monuments pertaining to the Civil War, “War of Northern Aggression,” “The War to Enslave the States,” or whatever one feels bests describes the conflict.
To support such an action, regardless of any incident, is the echo of saying Hitler’s Germany burning books and banning certain elements of history is acceptable.
If one is going to eradicate history as it pertains to Confederate monuments, then one might as well go full Monty and eradicate Union monuments, civil war battlefields, monuments to Union generals, Mount Rushmore, the Geronimo monument, and so forth and so on – which is ridiculous.
History is history that one cannot change.
It is best to remember all elements of history in order that we may learn from it.
In looking at the atmosphere across the united States today, there are plenty of citizens who have not learned from it, if they know enough to even garner one lesson from it.
What we are seeing in all of this and the last eight years is there is no equality under the law, no Bill of Rights to protect citizens’ individual God-given rights, and whichever group(s) claims the most “offense” is the group(s) that receives special treatment.
This is the result of a government that has ignored the constitutional tenets in favor of pandering to special interest groups it deems worthy of protection – the rest of society be damned.
This is the result of a government that has engaged in usurpation, bent to the evils of corruption, supported ideologies instead of law, fueled policy through emotion stirred by special interest and an “entertainment” based news media.
Some say there are two sets of laws – one for the elite and one for the peons. In reality, there are three sets of laws – one for the elite, one for the peons, and one for special interests favored by government.
If these charlatan Washington politicians and other charlatan elected officials would apply the laws equally, there would be no group or groups who could claim “disenfranchisement,” “discrimination,” “racism,” “bigotry,” and a whole list of other perceived slights, which would go a long way to healing a nation torn apart by a carpetbagger criminal communist socialist identity thief.
Likewise, if the lamestream enemedia would actually do their job, instead of fomenting discontent through backing a criminal enterprise, the knowledge that the Constitution is the law and its tenets apply to all might just begin to reach the many citizens who remain ignorant.