I think I need a Venn Diagram to help me understand who is aligned and opposed with one another in this complicated world of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, Republicans, Democrats, conservatives, progressives, Jews, Christians and all the rest.
One moment I think I have everyone properly pigeon-holed in their appropriately-labeled box, but then someone throws in a spoiler.
Take this example which really has me puzzled.
The invitation sent out to the KKK and their buddies to come over for a jolly good time in Charlottesville made it clear what the organizers of this “Unite the Right” march think about Jews and African Americans.
Pick up tiki torches before you leave your hometown. There will be a torchlight ceremony and the tiki torches will all be gone from the shelves of the local stores. Dollar stores are your best bet. Wal-Mart has them cheap as well. Make sure and get some tiki torch fuel/oil too. Otherwise they won’t burn.Note: Do your best, but if you can’t get a tiki torch in time, don’t worry about it – it is a requirement, but some people are bringing extras.
The only difference between these jerks in Charlottesville and the KKK wearing their white robes and hoods and burning crosses, was their brazenness in exposing themselves to the cameras for future identification. Surely, their vile hatred and racist chanting would be roundly condemned by Americans of every political stripe.
Was I ever wrong.
Before the last tiki torch was put out, a Republican leader from New Mexico was blaming the “violent, leftist protesters” —-
“These violent, leftist protesters are the brainless robots that are created by evil Soros money,” Roman Jimenez said in a post on the county party’s Facebook page on Sunday. “The white ones have been taught to hate their color, the women are taught to hate men, black and minorities want to kill whites and police.”
“They then have the audacity to call conservatives racist,” Jimenez wrote. “Their own racism, hate and violence has created the divide amongst those that refuse to be bullied on anymore. They’re getting exactly what they asked for. A segregated society of groups that they’ve created and even labeled themselves.”
Huh? What universe does this guy live in?
Then a Republican leader in Israel chimed in. A Jew, an Israeli-American, a Republican. Instead of a full-throated condemnation of these neo-Nazi Fascists, he used almost the same talking points as the politician from New Mexico. Who is writing their script?
“I am, of course, no supporter of Nazis or white supremacists. But this very tragic event could have been avoided,” he said. “It was clear to all that the leftist thugs would come out to provoke and escalate the events. These thugs are the ugly face of progressivism around the country. They are looking to shut down free speech.”
He went on ….. that the car-ramming attack, in which 20-year-old James Alex Fields plowed his car into a group of counterprotesters, killing one, “must be investigated. I am confident that Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and the newly appointed director of the FBI, Christopher Wray, will conduct a proper investigation. And I will not be surprised if they find that the incident was deliberately provoked by the left.”
The clincher was this ….. “When whites become a minority, then, just like the Black Panthers, they, too, are going to get into their identity as whites and demand their place. So we have the extremists on the left against the extremists on the right. And both of them are anti-Semites and pro-Palestinian.”
Now I’m really scratching my head. This moron from Israel is throwing everyone into the “extremists” bag and calling them anti-Semites and pro-Palestinian. This novel conflagration of anti-Semitism and pro-Palestinian (forget that Palestinians are Semites too so he’s actually blasting these extremists for being both anti- and pro-Palestinian at the very same time) is insulting to Jews and Palestinians alike.
The organizers of the “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville must be smoking their cigars with deep satisfaction. They’ve divided Americans in a way that we haven’t seen in a very long time.On Monday, two days after the violence in Charlottesville, protesters made their voices heard in front of Trump Tower in Manhattan. Their messages were clear, their delivery was strong and peaceful, and they left no doubt what they think about Trump and the white supremacists who inhabit the White House today.