By Max Bitterklinger, September 23, 2018 ?
The flag emblems above should concern any American, regardless of your political party, assuming you still believe in political parties. The logo on the left is the paramilitary wing of the Communist Party in Germany (circa 1933). The one on the right (circa 2017) belongs to ANTIFA, the paramilitary wing of today’s Democrat Party (read: progressive Democrat Socialists). You can see the actual flags below.
If you’re a student of history, it’s all you need to know about who’s on the streets today bloodying Trump supporters across this country, violently disrupting right-of-center assemblies, denying free speech to conservative speakers. Evidence even suggests that the so-called Alt Right was a set-up to lure unsuspecting defenders of Free Speech and brandish them as racist.
Who can doubt it? This is the By Any Means Necessary crowd. These modern jackbooted thugs are cut from the exact same cloth as their 20th-century Communist forbears, right down to the violent and intimidating fascist tactics. Think about that. Communist fascists in anti-fascist clothing. Nuff said. At least it should be.
For anyone interested, I’m going to continue below into the finer points of American freedom, as I have witnessed and experienced them. And understand them according to rule of law.
AS A KID growing up, I was taught that everyone had a right to express their own views in America. You could march down Main Street carrying your own banner or your own particular flag. That “right” extended to everybody and anybody. From Neo Nazis to American Communists, from Black Panthers to Ku Klux Klanners in white sheets.
Like? it or not, this was America and that was freedom. Through my childish eyes, I remember thinking this was actually a smart idea. Better to see scary people on parade in broad daylight, than knowing they were out there hiding in the dark. There were no hate speech laws. No safe spaces to protect my little ears.
LATER IN COLLEGE this “free expression”could be found in the curriculum, especially on liberal campuses like the one I attended. Political science and sociology classes introduced (read: indoctrinated) students to the theories of Marx and Mao and alternative forms of governance. All under the guise of questioning government, which I still believe is a good thing in principle.
AS AN ADULT my understanding of free expression sharpened with further study of the federal and state constitutions. The Founders specifically created the First Amendment? to make sure We The People had a way to peacefully protest (read: non-violent demonstration) any transgressions committed by government officials.
You can get together with friends and neighbors (the right to peaceably assembly); discuss your concerns (right to free speech); and publish your opinions and criticisms of government actions (right to a free press). You can even even write a petition demanding that the government change any policy that violates the Constitution (right to petition).
All without fear of being thrown in prison. These are constitutional guarantees of? natural rights. That means government didn’t give them to you, so government can’t take them away. Makes perfect sense.
THE FIRST AMENDMENT DOESN’T MEAN that you can say anything you want without consequence. Just as surely as you can’t enter? my house and insult my wife, for example, without the possibility of getting punched in the nose and tossed out on your ass.
It doesn’t mean you can write and publish anything you want about private citizens. That’s why we have libel and slander laws. You see, with freedom comes responsibility and accountability. Fair enough.
There are also laws that forbid beating up folks for their political views. And rioting. And destroying private or public property because…because everyone’s a fascist that doesn’t believe in your communist/socialist/progressive views. Just as surely as their are laws for physically harming people for their skin color or ethnicity or religious beliefs or sexual preference.
Just as surely as their are laws laws against cops kicking down doors and shooting unarmed citizens. And spying on private citizens. And using national defense intelligence agencies and tools to influence elections.
DARK TO LIGHT: Let the light burn brightly on these cockroaches. All of them. It’s not just about the political left and political right. It’s about right versus wrong. It’s about whether we have the strength to keep a republican (read: representative) form of government, as duly elected by a democratic process. It’s about whether we have the stomach to support and defend constitutional rule of law.
Here’s a gallery of images. No photoshop.
And don’t miss this stylish little Anarcho Communist (Ancom) fashion accessory from the local Antifa United store. (But wait, isn’t that capitalism?)
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