Leftist Violence Natural Outgrowth of Authoritarian Ideology
Posted: Oct 19, 2018 12:01 AM
What do you make of the leftist violence and anarchy all over the country lately? Is it just random and unrepresentative of the Democratic Party and the left as a whole? Or does it logically follow from what the left has become?
In Portland, Oregon, in June, a leftist mob surrounded a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office, barricading the exits and blocking the driveway. "Guards" patrolled the doors, trapping biohazard cleanup crew workers inside in stifling heat and with infernal odors. The agitators carried signs calling ICE employees Nazis and white supremacists. The Portland Police Bureau denied assistance to federal officers pleading for help.
Mob members followed one ICE officer as he picked up his daughter from summer camp, and some also showed up at his house. Protesters went to another officer's home with flyers showing his picture and name and accusing him of being part of the Gestapo.
Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler, also police commissioner, ordered the police not to intervene in these assaults. "I do not want the @PortlandPolice to be engaged or sucked into a conflict," tweeted Wheeler, "particularly from a federal agency that I believe is on the wrong track."
In an equally despicable incident, the Portland mayor refused to respond to Antifa's blocking traffic and harassing bystanders. These leftists took to the streets to protest the death of Patrick Kimmons, who was fatally shot by police.
Leftists assaulted two GOP candidates in Minnesota. A man punched state Rep. Sarah Anderson in the arm when she objected to his destroying Republican yard signs. Shane Mekeland, a candidate for the Minnesota House, sustained a serious concussion when sucker-punched at a restaurant while speaking with constituents. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party suspended its communications staffer William Davis for jokingly posting on Facebook that Democrats should "bring (Republicans) to the guillotines" after the midterm elections.
Shrieking leftists pawed at the Supreme Court building as Brett Kavanaugh was being confirmed. Leftists spit on Sen. Lindsey Graham in the Senate hall over his support for Kavanaugh. A Democratic operative for a George Soros-funded group was arrested for battery against a Nevada GOP candidate's female campaign manager.
Democratic politicians and the leftist media are using increasingly hostile rhetoric. Sen. Tim Kaine said liberals must "fight in the courts, fight in the streets" and "fight at the ballot box." MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski called for invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office, claiming he "is not fit to lead" because he is "going to do something crazy in five minutes, one hour, tonight or tomorrow."
Barack Obama's first attorney general, Eric Holder, said that he disagreed when Michelle Obama said, "When they go low, we go high." Holder said, "When they go low, we kick them." Hillary Clinton said, "You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about."
We can dismiss these and scores of other orchestrated incidents as merely anecdotal or as no worse than what the political right is doing, but I honestly don't believe there is equal mania on each side of the political aisle -- and there's a reason for that.
It seems there is a logical connection between the left's ideology and its authoritarian, intolerant and violent behavior. There are passionate advocates on both sides of the political divide, each fervently believing in their respective views, but the modern political left is much less respectful of the Constitution, the rule of law and democratic processes. For far too many leftists, the end justifies the means, so they are willing to suspend due process and change the rules when they don't prevail at the ballot box.
Just consider their use of government agencies to prevent Donald Trump's election and emasculate his power once he was elected, their rumblings about restructuring the Supreme Court if they regain power, their stated intention to abolish the Electoral College, their plan to impeach Trump because they can't stand him -- irrespective of whether he has actually committed an impeachable offense -- their threats to impeach Justice Kavanaugh after they couldn't block his confirmation through the constitutionally established process of advice and consent, their use of judicial activism to achieve policy results through court "super-legislatures" that they can't achieve through the democratically elected branches, their opposition to voter ID laws, their desire for open
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