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Harvey, the Left, and ‘Environmental Racism’

Harvey, the Left, and ‘Environmental Racism’

By Erik Rush •

As surely as the thunderclap follows a flash of lightning, it was inevitable that the inescapable human misery brought about by Hurricane Harvey would result in further baseless accusations of racism on the part of those on the left against President Donald Trump, as well as allegations of institutional racism as a pervasive influence in America. At present, it may be too early to tell how far this could go, but there’s every indication that the option of a full-blown defamation campaign is still on the table.

Why might one anticipate such an outcome? As I articulated last week, leftists have demonstrated that they are determined to associate alleged racism with just about anything they can, particularly if it will aid them in characterizing President Trump as a racist. On August 25, the Daily Kos suggested that the hurricane itself might be racist, since it was “poised to disproportionately impact blacks in Texas,” and that the story was somehow being covered up. Apparently, President Trump’s failure to expeditiously fill leadership vacancies at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) and the Department of Homeland Security (which oversees FEMA and the Coast Guard) is also part of this conspiracy.

Another conspiracy: Citing the catch phrase “environmental racism” several times, the Huffington Post said on Tuesday that flooding in Houston typically “hits poor, nonwhite neighborhoods hardest” because nonwhite residents have been deliberately crowded into neighborhoods that are most likely to flood. Who knew?
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), who represents Texas’ predominantly black 18th District, is a caricature of the black Democrat politician and has seldom missed an opportunity to decry institutional racism where there’s been no indication of such a problem.

In 2011, Lee claimed that Republican members of Congress were making it difficult for President Obama to raise the debt ceiling because of his race. Earlier this year, she demanded that Congress to call for federal civil rights investigations into the hanging of bananas from nooses at American University in Washington, which civil rights activists associated with a black woman having ascended to the position of student body president for the first time in that school’s history.

As we know, several similar occurrences in the recent past were ultimately attributed to leftist agitators rather than white racists.

Early this week, as a downgraded Hurricane Harvey stalled off of the Texas coast after making landfall over the weekend, Rep. Lee urged President Trump to declare a state of disaster ahead of the storm This was admittedly somewhat alarmist at that point in time, but obviously doesn’t rise to the level of race-baiting. On Friday, Lee’s office said that it was “too early to draw conclusions on the President’s response” to the hurricane (which had yet to make landfall at that time), suggesting that the congresswoman was anticipating Trump’s response to the storm with a jaded eye.

It may appear cynical on my part, but it would not take too much misfortune coming the way of black Houston dwellers (or any blacks in the hurricane’s path) for Rep. Lee or other prominent liberals to mobilize the activist community in the cause of blaming President Trump for said misfortune.

This very thing occurred in August of 2005 when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. In that instance, the state and the local government under black New Orleans mayor Clarence Ray Nagin, Jr. dismally failed that city’s residents, but the blame for black denizens’ suffering was placed squarely on the shoulders of President George W. Bush. Black activists, liberal politicians, and celebrities came out in force to accuse Bush of everything from delaying aid to the city to having employed black ops technology to generate the killer hurricane in the first place.
Two days ago, eight members of President Donald Trump’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) resigned, ostensibly over his response to recent race-related incidents in Charlottesville, Virginia. This was a pretext, of course, in the ongoing drive on the part of Washington establishment types to characterize the president as a racist.

“When asked about the horrific violence in Charlottesville, you failed to denounce the intolerance and violence of hate groups, instead offering false equivalences and attacking the motives of the CEOs who had resigned from their advisory roles in protest,” the council members said in a resignation letter to Trump.

The quoted statement was an out-and-out falsehood – as have all statements been thus far in this calumnious campaign. Following the Charlottesville incidents, Trump did in fact denounce the actions of demonstrators in the strongest terms.

Last week, I also said that since white nationalists possess a miniscule amount of political clout in America compared to the political left, it is folly to consider them a serious threat, particularly since it is the latter who’ve been calculatedly compromising Americans’ liberties. From their proclivity to employ Orwellian levels of propaganda and social engineering, to rewriting history (in their campaigns to remove Confederate monuments from public display, for example), to their penchant for violence, they are clearly the ones embracing deceit, terror, and tyranny.

The dangerous irony here is that those on the left, from progressives to hard-line radicals, have been exploiting their First Amendment liberties in order to neutralize those very liberties as regards their fellow Americans. I have repeatedly cited this fact as justification for disregarding these liberties where it applies to the left – if not concerning policy, at least in principle.

So, how might a political party, an administration, or a voting bloc go about politically disenfranchising the left? That’s the question every right-of-center individual in America ought to be giving the deepest consideration at this juncture.

Originally published in WorldNetDaily

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Was Charlottesville a False Flag?

Was Charlottesville a False Flag?

by Bob Bennett •

Was the unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, August 12th a riot by white supremacists, as the Media has labeled it, or something even more sinister? Was it a false-flag attack orchestrated by the Left and Democrats to permanently damage the president and compel Americans to view everything through the lens of racism?

How the Media purposefully misreported the incident

In the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, the ever-Trump-unfriendly media has focused on the president’s failure to immediately call out those protesting the Robert E. Lee statue’s removal, many—but not all—of whom were white nationalists and neo-Nazis. On the day of the incident, he said, “‘We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides,’ quoted the Los Angeles Times, “then, looking into the camera, he repeated, ‘On many sides.’”

After a storm of criticism for not calling out the Klan, et al., the next day the White House issued a statement saying “of course” the president had included in his condemnation “white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups,” and that he “called for national unity and bringing all Americans together.” But the press continued to rip him for, as the LA Times put it, “not denouncing the far-right groups that initiated the violence, and the man who drove into a crowd of counter-protesters that left Heather Heyer dead.”

After again blasting “the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups,” on Monday, and the Media’s continued harsh criticism, Trump told the press on Tuesday, that he didn’t initially attack those groups because “unlike you,” he waited for the facts to come out before making a more specific call-out, and the death hadn’t occurred yet.

On Wednesday, August 16th the leftist Media berated the president throughout the day for saying there was violence on both sides—an indisputable fact. That fact has consistently been ignored—no, concealed—by the press. The front page of the Wall Street Journal, for example, on Thursday reported on CEOs deciding to dissolve one of Trump’s business councils and his dissolution of the other council, using the boldest headline on the page, screaming, “CEOs Scrap Trump Panels.”

The story said the CEOs made the decision after Trump’s Tuesday press conference “during which he appeared to apportion blame equally between white supremacy groups and counterprotesters.” No mention that the “counterprotesters” were largely composed of the violent far-left group Antifa, a group that arose in Germany where they worked with the government to demonize critics of Muslim migration. The name of the group was also omitted in a second story on page A5, also with the largest headline on the page: “Trump Remarks Rattle His Staff, Threaten Agenda.”

Readers had to flip to page A13, to find the truth about Charlottesville, in an opinion piece by Daniel Henninger:

It was a pitched battle between two organized mobs—the white nationalist groups on the right and the badly underreported Antifa, or “antifascist,” groups on the hard-as-stone left. Stories about Antifa’s organized violence are trickling out now, but there is no conceivable journalistic defense for having waited so long to inform the public about this dangerous movement.

The misreporting of the Charlottesville riot, casting it as a riot of the alt-right and neo-Nazis, has been used to cast the president as a racist for blaming both sides for the violence—even after having previously calling out the white supremacists, etc. For example, CNN’s Jim Acosta said “We saw the president’s true colors today, and I’m not sure they were red, white and blue.” This miscasting has been used to demand that conservatives like Bannon, Miller and Gorka be expelled from the White House.

In truth, it’s not at all settled that the “far-right groups” initiated the violence, unless just being labeled “alt-right” and being there in Charlottesville constitutes initiating violence. Jason Kessler, the organizer of the rally, called Unite the Right, indicated that his group was attacked by the Left, composed largely of Antifa, the same group that led a violent protest in DC on Inauguration Day and another in Berkeley, protesting Milo Yanopoulos.

Jordan Schachtel, in Conservative Review, characterizes Antifa as “an extremist, left-wing group,” that “has viciously beaten supporters of the president and attacked police officers, and Antifa’s mob violence has resulted in the destruction of private property nationwide.”

He reports that “Much of the mainstream Left has chosen to link up with radical, fringe organizations that agree with much of Antifa’s communist/socialist/anarchist ideology.

Their mission is to undermine the Trump Administration, he says; but of course, all of these groups mean to undermine capitalism.

And it seems that the police are making a practice of standing back and allowing Antifa to do as it pleases. What’s that all about?

Did Virginia authorities deliberately allow Antifa to attack Unite the Right?

The Wall Street Journal wrote, “Mr. Kessler contended that the police intentionally held back Saturday as counter-protestors attacked people trying to attend a rally to protest the removal of a statue of confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.” (The police also stood by and watched as protestors pulled down a century-old Confederate statue in Durham, NC the next day.)

“‘They were using aerosol cans as flamethrowers, they were pointing rifles at us, they were throwing bricks at our vehicles,’ Mr. Kessler said. ‘And the Charlottesville police department stood down and allowed it all to happen.’” A police spokesperson denied there was an order to stand down.

Another reporter described it this way:

“Hundreds and hundreds of Antifa, weird BLM, idiots dressed like clowns,” said Goldy, a reporter for the Canadian news site The Rebel.media. She continued:

The police failed to uphold the law. They failed to keep the opposing groups separate even when tensions ran red hot, and they failed to be present in the moments before the scene became deadly.

You see, the car attack was not the only horrific scene that day. There were countless incidents of illegal deployment of mace, guns drawn, sticks and flag poles used–and from left-wing demonstrators more often than the right.

Sheryl Gay Stolberg of The NY Times tweeted:

https://twitter.com/SherylNYT/status/896575560650035200

Even the ACLU said the police stood back and watched. Here are portions of a statement from the Virginia ACLU’s executive director, Claire Gastanaga:

We are horrified by the violence that took place in Charlottesville on Saturday and the tragic loss of life that resulted from it. The ACLU of Virginia does not support violence. We do not support Nazis. We support the Constitution and laws of the United States….

We asked the city to adhere to the U.S. Constitution and ensure people’s safety at the protest. It failed to do so.… Our role is to ensure that the system works the same for everyone….

It is the responsibility of law enforcement to ensure safety of both protesters and counter-protesters. The policing on Saturday was not effective in preventing violence. I was there and brought concerns directly to the secretary of public safety and the head of the Virginia State Police about the way that the barricades in the park limiting access by the arriving demonstrators and the lack of any physical separation of the protesters and counter-protesters on the street were contributing to the potential of violence. They did not respond. In fact, law enforcement was standing passively by, seeming to be waiting for violence to take place, so that they would have grounds to declare an emergency, declare an ‘unlawful assembly’ and clear the area. [Emphasis in the original.]

She also said that “An affidavit from the police chief said that they expected twice as many counter-protesters (2,000) as protesters (1,000).”

The Virginia ACLU also tweeted this:

Since authorities expected Antifa to outnumber the statue protestors, questions arise about what the Virginia State Police reportedly did, after declaring an unlawful assembly, pursuant to a declared State of Emergency, presumably by the Democrat Virginia governor, Terry McAuliffe—a longtime Clinton ally. The Mayor of Charlottesville, Michael Signer, is also a Democrat.

Pax Dickinson, writing in a Daily Caller op-ed, lays out in detail the events leading up to the violence, including an easy-to-comprehend diagram overlaid on a Google Maps image. He was a speaker in Kessler’s group, which was confined by barriers into two pens, in the park. “The barricade layout was as police described to organizers it would be, and speakers received a briefing on this the day before.” Virginia State Police controlled the north, east and west sides of the park. “To the south was an uncontrolled chaos full of Antifa.”

He adds that “Contact between the two sides was isolated to those positions and relatively under control from my vantage point…Shortly after all rally attendees were present in the park, word began to spread that a State of Emergency had been declared, presumably by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. At my position in Pen 2, people were confused by this. It seemed unnecessary and preemptive since the rally seemed fairly well under control at this point.”

After a few minutes, Dickinson wrote, Virginia State Police announced over a loudspeaker that they had been declared an unlawful assembly, and were instructed to leave the park or be arrested.

“We’re pushed through the barricade at the south end of 1st St. and onto Market St., which was lined on both sides with mobs of screaming Antifa with no police presence whatsoever. We ran west on Market St, running a gauntlet of Antifa throwing bottles, sticks, and rocks.”

Hawk Newsome, president of Black Lives Matter of Greater NY, told CNN: “The police actually allowed us to square off against each other,” Newsome said. “There were fights and the police were standing a block away the entire time. It’s almost as if they wanted us to fight each other.”

The insanity of what the VSP did, obviously under orders, points to a false flag.

I see this episode as the denial of First Amendment rights by state authorities and using Antifa to punish the group they disagreed with.

The First Amendment trashed

What has been forgotten, in the media-driven furor in the wake of the Charlottesville, VA violence is the First Amendment. The Constitution protects speech, so long as it doesn’t incite “imminent lawless action.” [Brandenburg v Ohio].

That protection includes hate speech, pursuant to the SCOTUS ruling, R.A.V. v City of St. Paul.

In that case, teenagers who had burned a cross on the lawn of a black family were charged under a local ordinance “which prohibits the display of a symbol which ‘arouses anger, alarm or resentment in others on the basis of race, color, creed, religion or gender,’ said oyez.org. In short, though it may be odious, speech cannot be barred solely because of its content.

In R.A.V., the High Court added that “Government has no authority ‘to license one side of a debate to fight freestyle, while requiring the other to follow the Marquis of Queensbury Rules.’”

But that’s the very thing the Virginia and the city of Charlottesville did, last weekend. Why didn’t I didn’t mention that Kessler is a white supremacist, as the MSM has labeled him? Because it makes no difference: under the Constitution: he had a right to speak.

If you think the loathsome views of white supremacists and Nazis should be an exception to the First Amendment, answer this: Who decides what’s loathsome—Antifa? CAIR?

Photo credit: By Cville dog – Own work, Public Domain

 

Bob Bennett is a New York-based writer who has written op-eds for the Wall Street Journal and the NY Post, and has appeared on Fox and Friends and America’s Newsroom. He has traveled widely and written travel pieces for the NY Post, a cover article for the Jewish Press, and an op-ed for the medical journal Cancer Biotherapy & Radioimmunotherapy. Bob was also award-winning producer of a travel radio show heard on New York stations: WMCA, WNWK and 50,000 watt WOR and the national Sky Angel Network. He now blogs on Tea Party Nation, Tea Party Community and Red State Diaries.

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