Violence of the Left: Are We at a Tipping Point?

 

The irrationality of the Left, abetted by a hateful and biased media, is mind-boggling. Over the last couple of years, we’ve watched violent demonstrations on college campuses, Republicans accosted in restaurants, Antifa ignored when they attack peaceful demonstrators, media distortions and piling on to support the Left. And then there was the assassination attempt of Steve Scalise, with the intent to kill other members of Congress. We’ve been watching, frustrated and incapable of stopping the violence of the Left. We’re beginning to understand that the danger is real:

It’s beginning to dawn on many Americans that some mayors, police chiefs, and college presidents have no interest in stopping this violence. Left-wing officials sympathize with the lawbreakers; and the police, who rarely sympathize with thugs of any ideology, are ordered to do nothing by emasculated police chiefs. Consequently, given the abdication by all these authorities of their role to protect the public, some members of the public will inevitably decide that they will protect themselves and others.

This ability of the Left to get away with violence is one of the gravest threats to American society in its modern history. Since the Civil War, I can think of only two comparable eruptions of mob violence that authorities allowed. One was when white mobs lynched blacks. The other was the rioting by blacks, such as the Los Angeles riots 25 years ago, and the recent riots in Ferguson and Baltimore.

These incidents are not just alarming; they are frightening. And now the Left is beginning to realize how much they have to lose with the investigations of Attorney General William Barr, and are becoming even more hostile in their rhetoric:

They do this partly because they intend to win and to rule. They also do it because they have convinced themselves that we are in a state of national crisis, and that the dark shadow of fascism is descending on the United States. In reality, the only thing resembling a genuine totalitarian movement in American politics is the progressive camp from which emerged the man who shot Steve Scalise.

But the odds of their losing their power are growing, and not just Leftist political power is at risk. The potential losses have escalated to a growing personal dilemma for those in Congress and the Department of Justice. And Attorney General William Barr will lead the war.

You see, it is war. Lives are in danger, careers are at stake, their power is threatened.

The reasons we have reached this tipping point are very personal:

Members of Congress and of the Department of Justice know, at some level, that they are personally at risk. Officials who have accumulated power over the years with little oversight or consequences, are threatened by the evidence that AG Barr will be uncovering; at the very least his findings will damage reputations and will likely result in sanctions and lost careers.

The power base could be damaged for years. In spite of the media’s directing the Left, I’m confident that AG Barr will find a way to ensure that the public learns the truth. The far Left will suffer, and they know it; if they don’t realize it, they are in a serious state of denial.

Any credibility these Leftists have with traditional Democrats will be questioned. Why should people believe them? They have relied on lies, deception, even lawbreaking to build their power.

Belief in socialist ideas is just a cover for Marxist domination. At the risk of sounding paranoid, Marxism has been taught at the universities for years, and Marxism means revolution, violence, and even death. It will be time for the adherents to step up.

Even violent protests will not be enough. Smearing reputations and spreading lies will not be enough. I fear that people will have to die and the Left will be behind it, as the politicians and bureaucrats desperately try to protect themselves. Distraction will be needed. They will blame us for killing our own. They are depending on it.

I hope I’m wrong.

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  1. Member

    I hope you are wrong too, but I don’t think you are.

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    • May 6, 2019, at 8:56 AM PDT
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    I agree. The left thinks we are evil. They do not have much contact with us so we have become the media image of us – villains to be crushed.

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    • May 6, 2019, at 9:11 AM PDT
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  3. Thatcher

    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):

    I agree. The left thinks we are evil. They do not have much contact with us so we have become the media image of us – villains to be crushed.

    Deplorables even.

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    • May 6, 2019, at 9:25 AM PDT
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  4. Member

    Barr must be discredited quickly lest he present the results of an honest investigation and people believe his findings.

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    • May 6, 2019, at 9:27 AM PDT
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    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):

    I agree. The left thinks we are evil. They do not have much contact with us so we have become the media image of us – villains to be crushed.

    I don’t know if the left thinks we are evil or if they fear we may reveal their evil.

     

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    • May 6, 2019, at 9:29 AM PDT
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  6. Coolidge

    I think it cannot be pointed out often enough that we should not be surprised at the violence the Left will engage in. They’ve convinced themselves it’s OK to kill unborn children, after all. And now recently-born children. That, and mutilating children for the cult of transgenderism. What horrors would such people not rationalize? What boundaries can we point to and say, “Well, we know they wouldn’t do something that awful.”

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    • May 6, 2019, at 9:30 AM PDT
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    Susan Quinn Post author

    Someone rightly brought to my attention that the articles I linked were from 2017, and they might be considered less than relevant since they aren’t current. I did find a fascinating site that lists violent incidents through 2019 against conservatives. You may think some are not legitimate, but they certainly point to the climate in which we live. I’d never seen the site before, so if any of you know something about its legitimacy, I’d be interested. It appears to be modeled after Wikipedia, but probably is not connected to them.

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    • May 6, 2019, at 9:55 AM PDT
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    Democrats believe in democracy, but only as long as they win. When they lose, the violence, arrogance, and contempt for the voters surfaces.

    For them, democracy is just a means to an end. The end is always ‘We have power’. Because they see themselves as the morally superior intellect, and them having and retaining power is the only way to keep the evil at bay.

    Notice, the ‘evil’ they are keeping at bay is the little guy, the citizen, the voter. Those are the racist, bigot, homophobes that have to be contained and shunned. That is how the left sees the country all the time, when they win or lose, but if they lose an election the real fear and loathing for the public becomes palpable.

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    • May 6, 2019, at 9:58 AM PDT
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  9. Coolidge

    PHenry (View Comment):
    Notice, the ‘evil’ they are keeping at bay is the little guy, the citizen, the voter. Those are the racist, bigot, homophobes that have to be contained and shunned. That is how the left sees the country all the time, when they win or lose, but if they lose an election the real fear and loathing for the public becomes palpable.

    They hate you if you’re a rich, capitalist fat-cat. If you’re not a rich, capitalist fat-cat, then you must be a toothless, deplorable red-neck, living in a trailer with your cousin/spouse.

    On the right, we have a more diverse set of people to blame things on. There’s limousine liberals, middle-class soccer moms swooning for Obama Beto Buttigieg, welfare queens, and illegal aliens.

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    • May 6, 2019, at 10:19 AM PDT
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    I think the turning point was when we failed to succeed in prosecuting the j20 rioters/terrorists.

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    • May 6, 2019, at 10:37 AM PDT
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    Susan Quinn Post author

    Guruforhire (View Comment):

    I think the turning point was when we failed to succeed in prosecuting the j20 rioters/terrorists.

    @guruforhire –great to see you! Who are the j20rioters/terrorists, and why do you think that was a turning point, if you don’t mind elaborating.

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    • May 6, 2019, at 10:41 AM PDT
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    PHenry (View Comment):
    Democrats believe in democracy, but only as long as they win. When they lose, the violence, arrogance, and contempt for the voters surfaces.

    Truth.

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    • May 6, 2019, at 1:13 PM PDT
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    Sebastian Haffner, who grew up in Germany between the wars, writing about the Weimar Authorities and the rise of Hitler:

    It was strange to observe how the behavior of each side reinforced that of the other: the savage impudence which gradually made it possible for the unpleasant, little apostle of hate to assume the proportions of a demon; the bafflement of his tamers, who always realized just too late exactly what he was up to…then also the hypnotic trance into which his public fell, succumbing with less and less resistance to the glamour of depravity and the ecstasy of evil.

    For example, Hitler openly threatened and insulted the judge of the highest German court, before which he had been summoned as a witness. There was no charge of contempt. Nothing happened.

    Also, Haffner regarding his own lack of preparation for what lay ahead…and that of his father:

    My spiritual preparation for what was ahead was almost equally inadequate. Is it not said that in peacetime the chiefs of staff always prepare their armies as well as possible–for the previous war? I cannot judge the truth of that, but it is certainly true that conscientious parents always educate their sons for the era that is just over. I had all the intellectual endowments to play a decent part in the bourgeois world of the period before 1914. I had an uneasy feeling, based on what I had experienced, that it would not be of much help to me.

    We in America today are not in a situation parallel to German in 1931, but the directional indicators are not good. Like Trump or hate him, but what Haffner said about Chancellor Gustav Stresemann…he kept “the beasts” at bay…applies to a considerable extent. The replacement of Trump by almost any one of the Democratic candidates would raise Haffner’s question on the annoucement of Stresemann’s death:

    As we read it, we were seized with icy terror. Who was there now to tame the beasts?

    Review of Haffner’s book, here:

    https://chicagoboyz.net/archives/42473.html

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    • May 6, 2019, at 1:19 PM PDT
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    Susan Quinn Post author

    David Foster (View Comment):
    My spiritual preparation for what was ahead was almost equally inadequate. Is it not said that in peacetime the chiefs of staff always prepare their armies as well as possible–for the previous war? I cannot judge the truth of that, but it is certainly true that conscientious parents always educate their sons for the era that is just over. I had all the intellectual endowments to play a decent part in the bourgeois world of the period before 1914. I had an uneasy feeling, based on what I had experienced, that it would not be of much help to me.

    Striking quote from Haffner, @davidfoster. I think he is right. And we are not prepared.

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    • May 6, 2019, at 1:25 PM PDT
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    They are socialist, or communists, at heart. History has proven that these economic systems stand on violence. Expect nothing less.

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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Guruforhire (View Comment):

    I think the turning point was when we failed to succeed in prosecuting the j20 rioters/terrorists.

    @guruforhire –great to see you! Who are the j20rioters/terrorists, and why do you think that was a turning point, if you don’t mind elaborating.

     

    I believe @guruforhire meant G20, the periodic forum for leaders of the 20 supposed largest economies. Leftists have been smashing property and clashing with police at these for many years:

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/apr/01/g20-summit-protests

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4674100/G20-protestors-FIREBIOMB-police-station-Hamburg.html

    In the U.S., the 1999 “Battle in Seattle” is celebrated on the left and among anarchists.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1999_Seattle_WTO_protests

    The police were ordered to back down and the local government’s actions afterward were to defend the thugs as peaceful protesters and impugn the police as stupid, claiming they didn’t understand what was really happening. That was 20 years ago.

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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Guruforhire (View Comment):

    I think the turning point was when we failed to succeed in prosecuting the j20 rioters/terrorists.

    @guruforhire –great to see you! Who are the j20rioters/terrorists, and why do you think that was a turning point, if you don’t mind elaborating.

    https://www.projectveritas.com/disruptj20-exposed/

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    Joshua Bissey (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Guruforhire (View Comment):

    I think the turning point was when we failed to succeed in prosecuting the j20 rioters/terrorists.

    @guruforhire –great to see you! Who are the j20rioters/terrorists, and why do you think that was a turning point, if you don’t mind elaborating.

    https://www.projectveritas.com/disruptj20-exposed/

    Ah, #disruptJ20, where the “J20” stood for the inauguration of President Trump on January 20, 2017. The links I provided suggest these crews have been trained and organized for decades now.

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    • May 6, 2019, at 1:58 PM PDT
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    As I pointed out in a post from last October, the Occupy Wall Street thugs were committing violence in early 2013 in the financial district of Manhattan. At that time the NYPD was responding even if the press ignored it.

    https://ricochet.com/562809/archives/you-are-not-a-neutral-civilian/

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    • May 6, 2019, at 2:27 PM PDT
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    Susan Quinn Post author

    Washington Square (View Comment):

    As I pointed out in a post from last October, the Occupy Wall Street thugs were committing violence in early 2013 in the financial district of Manhattan. At that time the NYPD was responding even if the press ignored it.

    https://ricochet.com/562809/archives/you-are-not-a-neutral-civilian/

    Yes. That’s not the news they wanted. 

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    Sebastian Haffner, who I quoted above, also wrote about what happened to his father (who had been a government official under the Kaiser and under Weimar) shortly after the Nazi Party took power…and it is a description with chilling resonance today.

    One day the elder Haffner received an official letter. It required him to list all of the political parties, organizations, and associations to which he had ever belonged in his life and to sign a declaration that he ‘stood behind the government of national uprising without reservations.’ Failure to sign would mean the loss of his pension, which he had earned through 45 years of devoted service.

    After agonizing about it for several days, he finally filled out the form, signed the declaration, and took it to the mailbox before he could change his mind.

    He had hardly sat down at his desk again when he jumped up and began to vomit convulsively. For two or three days he was unable to eat or keep down any food. It was the beginning of a hunger strike by his body, which killed him cruelly and painfully two years later.

    In America today, some universities are already requiring various kinds of ‘loyalty oaths’ as a condition for professors keeping their employment. Some corporations are firing people for Political Deviationism. Is it outside the scope of possibility that her, too, the ability to continue getting one’s pension could be made dependent on signing a political document? Whether courts would uphold this or not is questionable (partly dependson who is on the court, of course), but I wouldn’t be surprised if the attempt is made.

     

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    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    Joshua Bissey (View Comment):

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    Guruforhire (View Comment):

    I think the turning point was when we failed to succeed in prosecuting the j20 rioters/terrorists.

    @guruforhire –great to see you! Who are the j20rioters/terrorists, and why do you think that was a turning point, if you don’t mind elaborating.

    https://www.projectveritas.com/disruptj20-exposed/

    Ah, #disruptJ20, where the “J20” stood for the inauguration of President Trump on January 20, 2017. The links I provided suggest these crews have been trained and organized for decades now.

    Yep.

    It was a turning point because we tried to do the right thing but basically gave up at the first resistance. We couldn’t even pass a federal anti-klan law because of the effectiveness of black block to make prosecution for federal crimes commited in public and against the general people and government of the united states.

    So as far as the United States is concerned widespread political violence is A-OK, as long as its the spoiled children of rich white liberals.

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    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):
    OmegaPaladin

    I agree. The left thinks we are evil. They do not have much contact with us so we have become the media image of us – villains to be crushed.

    All the podcasts I listen to about arts and entertainment suggest that that is true. Trump only represents racism, xenophobia and homophobia. American history is only notable for racism and no one knows anything about the history of anywhere else. The locked in conformity of the creative professions is stunning and the critics of those professions are stunning. 

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  24. Coolidge

    I can understand that you, being Jewish, are particularly worried about the fascist tendencies being exhibited by today’s Democratic Party.

    You should indeed be worried. The UK has seen its Labour Party become overtly anti-Semitic and it is only a matter of time before ANTIFA, who are supposed to be anti-fascist but whose tactics are those of Hitler’s SA, start targeting Jewish interests rather than merely stirring up mayhem on college campuses and elsewhere.

    The fact that two Democratic congresswomen representing the Muslim Brotherhood are idolized by the extreme left is another reason to be vigilant.

    The danger comes not only from the Democratic Party itself, and the sycophantic media which parrot its imbecilities, but now the social media are joining in.

    On May 2, after Facebook announced it was banning certain conservative media, I posted the following on my own Facebook page:

    Well done, Facebook. Your decision to censor certain conservative writers was well-timed. Facebook goes full fascist on Holocaust Remembrance Day.”

    Curiously, it’s still there.

     

     

     

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    fidelio102 (View Comment):

    On May 2, after Facebook announced it was banning certain conservative media, I posted the following on my own Facebook page:

    Well done, Facebook. Your decision to censor certain conservative writers was well-timed. Facebook goes full fascist on Holocaust Remembrance Day.”

    Curiously, it’s still there.

    Thanks so much for weighing in, @fidelio102. You bring an international perspective that is valuable to this discussion. None of all this bodes well, does it?

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    If it were ISIS we wouldn’t be having any of this conversation.

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    Guruforhire (View Comment):

    If it were ISIS we wouldn’t be having any of this conversation.

    Sorry, @guruforhire, but again I’m not clear. If what were ISIS?

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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Guruforhire (View Comment):

    If it were ISIS we wouldn’t be having any of this conversation.

    Sorry, @guruforhire, but again I’m not clear. If what were ISIS?

    I am making the rhetorical point that there isn’t a good faith reason to treat antifa differently than ISIS. There really isn’t a difference between them. Loosely affiliated cells of people who coordinate online and don’t necessarily take specific direction on whom to attack, but instead draw from a culture where it is encouraged behavior.

    So disaffected brown kids fill the gap that western civilization isn’t filling, fill it full of internet rage from transnational organizations like ISIS, and drive a car into some people walking down the road.

    So, spiritually empty upper class white kids who have no bad times by which to understand good times fill their minds full of far left commie internet rage, join a broader international organization (antifa is transnational) and go out and attack people who… exist and aren’t far left.

     

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    Guruforhire (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Guruforhire (View Comment):

    If it were ISIS we wouldn’t be having any of this conversation.

    Sorry, @guruforhire, but again I’m not clear. If what were ISIS?

    I am making the rhetorical point that there isn’t a good faith reason to treat antifa differently than ISIS. There really isn’t a difference between them. Loosely affiliated cells of people who coordinate online and don’t necessarily take specific direction on whom to attack, but instead draw from a culture where it is encouraged behavior.

    So disaffected brown kids fill the gap that western civilization isn’t filling, fill it full of internet rage from transnational organizations like ISIS, and drive a car into some people walking down the road.

    So, spiritually empty upper class white kids who have no bad times by which to understand good times fill their minds full of far left commie internet rage, join a broader international organization (antifa is transnational) and go out and attack people who… exist and aren’t far left.

     

    Thank you! Very thoughtfully expressed and well-worth elaborating on, @guruforhire.

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