A couple of days ago Miguel wrote a post I know I am not the only one feeling this. In it he said:
After the attack of Andy Ngo in Portland last Saturday and the lack of Law Enforcement action, I have noticed that there is a lot of resentment still permeating. It is like a low level grumble that it is only supposed to last a couple of days max, but in this instance it has not faded away four days later. In fact, it may have even gotten a bit stronger.
Don’t confuse it with the normal loud outrage. That is back to its regular levels. This is something that is deeper and more sinister: it is people reaching their limit.
One indication is the general agreement by many (me included) we are seeing the first moves in what shall we called Civil War 2. There is a political sector that firmly believes they can initiate an avalanche just because they have deluded themselves into believing they can control their direction or at least stay out of its path. That is going turn out to be a grave miscalculation with bloody consequences.
His post came two days after one I had written about Vox letting a representative of Redneck Revolt, an Antfia associated gun group, write a column for them.
Andy Ngo was beaten in Portland on June 29th.
A month before that attack, Quillette published this article:
In Portland, Oregon, violent street clashes involving Antifa have become regular events. Notwithstanding claims that Antifa is a peaceful, “anti-fascist community-defense group,” it has adopted tactics that often are more violent than those of the right-wing movements that the group opposes.
And yet, Antifa often receives media coverage that is neutral or even favorable, with its members’ violence either being ignored by reporters or vaguely explained away as a product of right-wing provocation. What’s more, anecdotal evidence has suggested that many of the mainstream reporters who are most active in covering Antifa also tend to enthusiastically amplify Antifa’s claims on social media.
Quillette then engaged in a very scientific analysis of news reports and social media message regarding Antifa, and this is what they found.
That correlation turned out to be quite pronounced: Of all 15 verified national-level journalists in our subset, we couldn’t find a single article, by any of them, that was markedly critical of Antifa in any way. In all cases, their work in this area consisted primarily of downplaying Antifa violence while advancing Antifa talking points, and in some cases quoting Antifa extremists as if they were impartial experts.
Fast forward a month, and as if on cue from Ngo’s beating, The New Republic published this article.
Of course it is going to inflame it, that is what TNR is hoping for.
Liberals are notoriously loath to take their own side in a fight. But their reticence may well be changing in an age of vigilante, white nationalist terror—openly condoned and supported by an incumbent president who has suggested that his armed devotees won’t stand for his removal from office. Increasingly, the antifa left is arguing—and training—in response. They are worried not only about an armed reckoning following a contested election, but also about rising violence from the paramilitaries loyal to President Donald Trump.
What the fuck world are the writers of The New Republic living in?
Where are the violent paramilitaries loyal to Trump?
Seriously, I’d like to know. Where has there been any Right Wing violence that has in any way measured up to anything close to what Antifa has done?
You can mention the Proud Boys all you want, but remember this is how Antifa in Portland celebrated the election of Trump.
This is how Antifa reacted to Milo Yiannopoulos speaking at UC Berkeley.
Consider the tense political climate in the Pacific Northwest, where Washington state Representative Matt Shea, a dough-faced Christian dominionist from Spokane, made news last year when his instructions on how to build a “holy army” that would kill “all males” who refused to submit to biblical law leaked to the press. “Assassination to remove tyrants is just, not murder,” he wrote. The tyrant he referred to was not Trump, of course, but the communists he imagined running the government.
The New Republic found one low level Republican with a kooky website who hasn’t actually done anything. But that is enough for them to say the Right Wing is out for blood.
As a result, many leftists and even some liberals are beginning to reconsider their feelings about firearms, joining a loose amalgamation of gun groups, from John Brown Gun Clubs (which take their name from the abolitionist) to the Pink Pistols (an LGBTQ group), Liberal Gun Club, and Socialist Rifle Association.
Fuck TNR for lumping the Pink Pistols in with the rest of these groups. The writer here did no research beyond “gay gun group” and decided they were a bunch of Leftists too, because all gays must be on the Leftist plantation.
Some of these organizations are moderate and traditionalist, others radical and revolutionary. But all share one implicit goal: to normalize firearms ownership and training among liberals. Some of their members hope such efforts will at least make Republicans think twice before attempting a massacre.
And there is the gaslighting. It’s not the Republicans that are attempting the massacre. It is the radical Left that is instigating all the violence. They are the ones with their Black Bloc and Che rhetoric calling for blood and beating people.
Stories such as these have inspired a predictable response. The Puget Sound JBGC was founded after Aaron spotted hate graffiti in the park where his child plays. “People have some real fear about what the future holds for them, and some real fear about what lurks down the street,” he said. There is some talk of what would happen when Donald Trump or a more competent authoritarian successor bombs urban centers of resistance, like Seattle, but for the most part, these “community defense” groups are less concerned with doomsday scenarios than they are with immediate threats against mosques, synagogues, abortion clinics, and the like.
Fuck off, which side threatened to drop a nuke on American citizens for not complying with gun laws?
Also, fuck off twice. Antifa isn’t arming up to protect Synagogues, Antifa is a major pervayor of antisemitisma and antisemtic conspiracy theories. They are every bid as bad as the alt-Right, or worse.
Bonenberger believes it would take at least 20 years to create a force to rival the conservative militias that boast tens of thousands of members. By comparison, antifa has a combined membership in the low thousands, and even fewer people belong to armed leftist groups. They have been responsible for only a handful of attacks in recent years. (In April, the FBI announced it had thwarted a plot by a veteran who had been planning to target white nationalists in Los Angeles, but the bomb was fake; it had been supplied by FBI agents.) Polls show conservatives remain twice as likely as liberals to own guns—and that won’t change anytime soon.
The Republicans have no militias. If they want to count groups like the Michigan Militia, they do not have the support of any mainstream Republican leader. Hell, most of these III% groups don’t like the Republicans any more than the Democrats.
This is all a false narrative created for Antfia to justify their ever increasing violence while simultaneously taking the moral high-ground of the ever oppressed victim.
Even if it did, it wouldn’t alter the underlying problems: The climate of vigilante violence on the right has elevated racist attacks, hate crimes, and terrorism in our political culture.
Where? When? This is unrealistic garbage.
Even veterans of leftist armies caution against forming one in America. “If people want to prepare for revolution, they should become labor organizers,” said Brace Belden, a former volunteer with a Kurdish communist militia turned factory organizer back home in San Francisco.
Literally a member of a Communist militia.
Matriculating anyone from a “gladiator school,” in the service of any agenda, may be the sort of stress test our democracy wasn’t engineered to withstand.
Antifa is a threat do democracy, they are right about that.
And all this time, the mainstream media is still downplaying what happened to Andy Ngo or the level of violence seen in Portland.
Antifa are capitalizing on this.
They know they can keep ramping up the victim status and violence because the media will not condemn them.
And not just the Media, politicians who support Antifa as well.
“We cannot allow people to continue to use the guise of free speech to commit a crime,’’ police Chief Danielle Outlaw said in a Wednesday news conference addressing last week’s violence that occurred when three competing demonstrations converged downtown.
“A lot of people are emboldened because they know they can’t be identified,’’ Outlaw said.
Yet Portland politicians are backing Antifa.
“We looked into it previously and the constitutional free speech issues are difficult to overcome, at least in Oregon, said Tim Crail, chief of staff for Portland Commissioner Amanda Fritz.
No they are not, they are enforced in the South when they were created to be anti-Klan acts.
Even the Mayor or Portland defended the idea the Antifa
was instigated into beating Andy Ngo and others.
But in the last couple of years, some have increasingly used their opportunity to exercise their 1st amendment rights, as an opportunity to incite violence.
— Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) July 1, 2019
The official stance of the City of Portlans is that Antifa are the real victims.
This is what that niggling feeling of something bad is coming just won’t go away.
We have seen too much violence from Antifa. We know they are not the victims. They are the instigators. They are the real fascists, using violence and intimidation to drive everyone they disagree with out of the public square.
Yet the small but high ranking group of people who agree with their ideology, the media and select politicians, insulate Antifa from any real consequences of their actions.
This is not unlike Hitler’s Brownshirts, Mussolini’s Black Shirts, or Franco’s Blue Shirts.
They were all thugs who could get away with any level of violence because they were on the side of the people in power.
Inevitably, these escalating violence will results in dead bodies in the streets. Too much has been permitted to far and the people who are empowered to stop it have no interest into doing so.
The die has been cast, it’s only a matter of time.