Dennis Prager: Those Who Don’t Fight Evil Fight Statues

Dennis Prager:

All my life, I have known this rule about people: Those who don’t fight the greatest evils will fight lesser evils or make-believe evils.

This happens to be the morally defining characteristic of the left. During the Cold War, many liberals and nearly all conservatives fought communism, but the left fought anti-communism. The left opposed American military buildups and regarded the Cold War between America and the Soviet Union as nothing more than two scorpions in a bottle fighting to the death. They loathed Presidents Nixon and Reagan, not Communist Party Secretary-General Brezhnev.

They regarded Reagan’s labeling of the Soviet Union as an “evil empire” with contempt. Typical was the reaction of one of America’s best-known intellectuals, Henry Steele Commager, then a professor of history at the Amherst College. He said, “It was the worst presidential speech in American history, and I’ve read them all.”

With regard to fighting communism — which, aside from Nazism, has been the greatest evil in the modern world (it killed and enslaved far more people than Nazism) — the left was an obstacle, not an ally. The left in the West and elsewhere did far more to enable communist evil than to stop it.

The same holds true with regard to the greatest evil in the world at this time: totalitarian Islam, or Islamism. The left is doing precisely what it did during the war against communism: It’s fighting the anti-Islamists, not the Islamists. Just as it labeled anti-communists “cold warriors” and other derisive epithets, the left labels those fighting Islamism as “Islamophobes” and, of course, “racists.” In the moral order as perceived by the left, it is the anti-Islamists who are the enemy of the good.  Full article at TownHall

Restraining Order Halts Removal Of Dallas, Texas Robert E. Lee Statue

An hour after the vote, cranes were in place to remove the statue.  A very efficient city council or decided and planned before the vote.

A temporary restraining order Wednesday spared a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from being taken down — just hours after the Dallas City Council signed off on the removal.

The vote to remove the Lee statue from its namesake park in the Dallas neighborhood of Oak Lawn passed 13-1 at midday Wednesday, with one council member abstaining.

Work began an hour later to remove the statue. A crane was moved into place and workers put straps over the sculpture to be removed. But their work was halted at 4:30 p.m. when a district court judge granted a temporary restraining order to the Texas division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.  FoxNews

Houston Man Tries To Blow Up Confederate Statue

Andrew Schneckm, 25, was arrested for attempting to blow up the General Dowling Monument located in Hermann Park in Houston, according to  Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez.

Liberals are actively encouraging this, as are some in the GOP for not calling it out.

According to the complaint, a Houston park ranger spotted Schneck on the ground near the General Dowling Monument where he was allegedly holding “two small boxes with various items inside to include what appeared to be duct tape and wires.”

Schneck initially complied with the ranger’s request to drop what he was holding but then tried to drink what turned out to be liquid explosives from a plastic bottle.

The ranger called the Houston Police Department (HPD) who conducted a series of field tests upon arriving on the scene:

The clear liquid was field tested as was a white powdery substance found in a small, black aluminum tube which revealed they were most likely nitroglycerin and Hexamethylene triperoxide diamine (HMTD), respectively, according to the charges. HMTD is a high explosive organic compound used as an initiating, or primary explosive. Nitroglycerin has been used as an active ingredient in the manufacture of explosives. ln its pure form, nitroglycerin is a contact explosive, with physical shock causing it to explode, which degrades over time to even more unstable forms. Nitroglycerin is highly dangerous to transport or use. ln its undiluted form, it is one of the world’s most powerful explosives.  DailyCaller

Revisiting Condoleezza Rice’s Take On Confederate Monuments

Franklin Graham posted the below comment on his  facebook page with a link to the Condoleezza Rice comments on the monuments.

Franklin Graham:

There’s a monument in Jerusalem’s Kidron Valley called Absalom’s Pillar that has been there for a few thousand years. Absalom was a man guilty of murder, treason, and even trying to kill his own father—King David. That’s a part of history—taking it down wouldn’t change what happened. I’m thankful the monument still stands today to remind us of Absalom’s very serious and costly sins. There are monuments in our country today that remind us of the sins of our past, and taking them down isn’t going to change the mistakes we have made as a nation. They remind us of the truth—the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in May:

Before the rally was even planned, one conservative leader broached a fresh take on the matter that’s worth revisiting in light of recent events.

Asked about the value of preserving statues that honor slaveowners in a May interview on Fox News, Condoleezza Rice argued against what she called the “sanitizing” of history. “I am a firm believer in ‘keep your history before you’ and so I don’t actually want to rename things that were named for slave owners,” she said. “I want us to have to look at those names and recognize what they did and to be able to tell our kids what they did, and for them to have a sense of their own history.”

“When you start wiping out your history, sanitizing your history to make you feel better, it’s a bad thing,” the former secretary of state added…

In an interview later that month, Rice addressed Confederate monuments again by remarking, “It’s not actually our heritage, it’s our history,” adding, “We as a people have thankfully moved on.”

Arrests Following Durham Statue Toppling

Three anarchist have been arrested.

The woman that climbed the statue, Takiya Thompson,  is a pro-North Korea Marxist.  Any one surprised?

Takiya Thompson

 

This isn’t about the monuments it is about anti-Americanism, it is communism and the literal pulling down of the country.

One of the activists who toppled a Confederate statue in Durham, N.C., on Monday night is a member of an extreme leftist group that supports the totalitarian regime in North Korea and wants to abolish capitalism.

Taqiyah Thompson, a student at North Carolina Central University, was arrested Tuesday following a press conference in which she defended the actions of the demonstrators and equated police officers to Confederate soldiers and Ku Klux Klan members.

“I did the right thing,” she said. “Everyone who was there — the people did the right thing. The people will continue to keep making the right choices until every Confederate statue is gone, until white supremacy is gone. That statue is where it belongs. It needs to be in the garbage.”

Thompson is a member of the Worker’s World Party (WWP), a revolutionary Marxist-Leninist group originally formed in 1959 as a hard-line offshoot of the more moderate Socialist Workers Party. In addition to supporting a wide range of far-left causes, the group also defends the North Korean regime of dictator Kim Jong-un against alleged U.S. imperialism.  DailyCaller

2 More Arrested

Dante Strobino, 35, and Ngoc Loan Tran, 24, were arrested when they attended a court hearing for another woman who was charged Tuesday for climbing a ladder to attach a rope to the bronze soldier. Peter Gilbert, 39, was arrested later Wednesday afternoon.

The Durham County Sheriff’s office said the three arrested Wednesday were charged with two felonies related to inciting and participating in a riot that damaged property.

The woman who climbed the ladder, Takiyah Thompson, was charged with the same counts a day before. She is a student at historically black North Carolina Central University.

The three are affiliated with the Workers World Party. Fox

Removing Confederate Symbols

The Confederate monuments were erected in communities mainly between 1880 and the 1920’s. It tells use how Americans at that time confronted their past, what they chose to remember and what they chose to forget.

Historic Sprawl, a blog focusing on the history of the Baltimore-Washington area,  has some fascinating documents from 1880 of public figures expressing their misgivings over the monuments.

What we do today about the Confederate monuments will tell a great deal about ourselves.

Thomas Lifson adds:  “I agree with Tucker Carlson, that the Civil War-Slavery Memory Hole is merely a pretext for a much bigger and more sinister goal.  The endgame is to delegitimize the Constitutional Republic.  A majority of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were slaveholders.  The Constitution was drafted by James Madison, a slave-owner.  If these figures are now beyond the pale (or will be soon), then logically, there is no reason to cling to the Bill of Rights or the Electoral College or any of the other instruments of an illegitimate racist regime.”

Video:  Protesters in Durham topple Confederate statue (they forgot their mask)

How is this different than the ISIS terrorist removing all monuments to other religions all across the Middle East?

A crowd of protesters gathered outside the old Durham County courthouse on Main Street Monday evening in opposition to a Confederate monument in front of the government building.

Around 7:10 p.m. a woman [Takiyah Thompson, 22, who claimed she is a member of the Workers World Party] climbed the statue using a ladder and attached a rope around the statue.  Moments later, The crowd pulled on the rope and the statue fell. One man quickly ran up and spat on the statue and several others began kicking it.

In 1924, the Confederate statue was dedicated to Durham.  Engraved on the front of the monument is “The Confederate States of America.”  Above it, is a statue representing a soldier who fought in the civil war.  WNCN

Same idea of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in 2015, “we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.”

After a Durham, North Carolina, monument of a Confederate soldier holding a rifle was pulled down by protesters on Monday, Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews said Tuesday his office will seek charges against the protesters…

Andrews stated, “Collectively, we decided that restraint and public safety would be our priority. As the Sheriff, I am not blind to the offensive conduct of some demonstrators nor will I ignore their criminal conduct. With the help of video captured at the scene, my investigators are working to identify those responsible for the removal and vandalism of the statue.” DailyWire

Video:  Islamic State fighters smash historic statues in Mosul

Islamists and leftists inciting more division as it serves their purpose – chaos and oppression.  Saudi Arabia only abolished slavery in 1962 and there is evidence is that the slave trade in Saudi Arabia has only moved out of sight.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), America’s largest Muslim civil rights group, is calling on state and local governments all over the United States to tear down all monuments and memorials commemorating Confederate leaders and the short-lived Confederate States of America.

CAIR joined several groups asking for the removal of Confederate memorials in the wake of a “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally that turned violent over the weekend. At the Charlottesville, Va. rally, James Alex Fields, a rally attendee, allegedly plowed his grey Dodge Challenger through a large group of people on a pedestrian mall. One woman, Heather Heyer, died in the incident. About 20 other people suffered injuries.

Nihad Awad, CAIR’s national executive director, urged state and local governments to erase every symbol and every vestige of Confederate history immediately.  DailyCaller

Destroy history or learn from it?  Just make it all vanish?   In our nation’s history the good, the bad, and the in-between is instructive. Throughout history tyrants have sought to destroy history. Continue reading “Removing Confederate Symbols”

Gov. McAuliffe In Charlottesville ‘No Place In America’ For Alt-Right, Does Not Condemn Antifa

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides,” the president said.

I saw more than one group present in Charlottesville, VA.– far right and far left.   The one getting little mention is Antifa, which New Jersey has labeled a domestic terrorist organization.  An investigation into the violence in Charlottesville should include all groups that were there – white supremacist, black lives matters, and antifa.

On Main Street, after the initial violence, hard leftists sang songs, re-purposing Lady Gaga’s hit song “Paparazzi” with the words “pop a Nazi”. One man told me he was told it was the “wrong day to be white in this town,” while the abandoned stores and bars sported signs that read: “We kindly ask to respect our policy to not bring weapons inside our restaurant or on our patio”.

In the mid afternoon — after protesters were run over by a car, leaving one dead — stick-wielding left-wing activists roamed the streets aimlessly in groups of four or five. One such group screamed: “F**k Donald Trump,” as a girl — clearly unrelated to either side — walked past them.

A few hours later, McAuliffe took the opportunity to address the nation from the stage of the Albemarle County office building, flanked by local officials, as well as a man in a t-shirt which read “Menace II Supremacy”.

McAuliffe flipped back and forth between urging for calm and unity, and demanding division while insisting pro-Confederate statue protesters were persona non grata in his Commonwealth.

He lauded presidents Jefferson and Washington, but ran entirely contrary to their commitments to free speech by declaring of protesters: “There is no place for you in America”.

Insisting “we were here to bring people together and unify folks”, he added “We are a nation of immigrants… unless you’re native American”.

“Please go home and never come back,” he said to Unite the Right protesters, adding: “Take your hatred and take your bigotry”.

Instead of a call for dialogue, or even trying to explain what would be a totally reasonable and easily-made argument against flying Nazi flags or torch-lit demonstrations, he chose to further drive a wedge, as did those who flanked him on stage.

“They’re going to be in the trash heap of history,” said the Charlottesville mayor, while police chief Al Thomas defended the police strategy on the day. Despite having had weeks of notice, as well granting a protest permit to alt-right protesters, there were three fatalities and many injured. In an oddly nativist tone, he declared “outsiders do not tell our story”.

The media tone is also evidently one-sided. While no one — including this website — would take up the cause of defending the actions of the alt right or Nazi flag wavers, it is important to note how quickly many have chosen to lump the blame at the doorstep of President Donald Trump.

CNN issued a push notification to app users’ mobile devices around 8:30pm local time stating: “President Trump fails to condemn the alt-right and white supremacists in his statement about violence in Charlottesville, Virginia”.

No such accusations were hurled by the establishment media at Democrat leaders when a Bernie Sanders supporter shot at Republican congressmen in June.

In brief, it can be said with demonstrable authority that while Republicans and conservatives are very swift to decry extremists claiming to act in the name of their causes, the left do no such thing. In fact, they continue to fund and support antiFa and radical elements in their ranks, scarcely asked questions by the establishment media, and without any contritition for the divisions caused as a result.

I asked Gov. McAuliffe four times tonight to condemn in equal measure the violence of antiFa. I didn’t want him to rescind criticism of the alt right. I didn’t expect him to be nuanced. But I did think — perhaps foolishly — that he might want to distance himself from violent tactics on both sides. I supposed wrong.  BreitBart

Charlottesville, Sacramento, Berkeley — we’re watching a microcosmic re-enactment of Weimar Republic brownshirt-vs.-reds violence in real-time, complete with the same flags being flown. Just as then, some leadership condemning the evil of alt-right white supremacy, the viciousness of hard-left Marxism, and the violence anyone commits in violation of basic rights should be unceasing and thunderous.

And so the problem is likely to metastasize.  DailyWire

Police told to stand down?  That needs to be investigated.