30 August 2020

Violence Is Silence: There Is No Defense For Riots

Violence Is Silence: There Is No Defense For Riots
Portland is burning still. After months of unrest and anarchic violence masquerading as "peaceful protest", Portland is still burning.
Still we have learned nothing.

Still we have the legacy media cowering behind weasel words, giving the authors of the violence--Antifa and the BLM movement--veneer of legitimacy by describing them as "protestors".
A man whose hat bore the insignia of a far-right group called Patriot Prayer was fatally shot late Saturday during a clash between Trump supporters and counter-protesters, capping a violent week in America that began with a white police officer shooting Jacob Blake, a Black man, in the back seven times in Kenosha, Wis., last Sunday. Two days later, a white teenager from Illinois allegedly shot three people in Kenosha, killing two of them.

 No. This is not accurate. This is not honest. This is not true.

Portland: An Execution

According to alternative-media commentator Tim Pool (himself a self-described center-left individual and certainly no fan of the President), the latest killing in Portland was no "clash", but an outright execution.

The man who was shot, who may or may not have been a supporter of President Trump, was targeted and shot by Antifa thugs who were quite simply "hunting" people to kill. There was no "confrontation", no "clash", just the sick psychopathic desire to take human life.

This is what the legacy media calls "protest". The people engaged in this sick psychopathic violence are whom the legacy media calls "protesters".

How can we call Politico out? How can we hold the Associated Press accountable for giving these barbarians cover?

We have learned nothing from Atlanta.

We have learned nothing from Minneapolis.

The legacy media and politicians continue to play weasel word games over the violence, while the violence escalates, and while people die.

Why do we tolerate this? Why do we accept this?

Democrats Cannot Stop Defending Antifa

Weasel words and temporizing seem to be the Democrats stock in trade when it comes to confronting the orgy of political violence engulfing the country. While they proclaim their abhorrence of violence in the abstract, they refuse at every opportunity to call out Antifa for its violent tactics. They refuse to call out BLM for its enthusiasm for destroying property and lives.
Democrats are trying to find the right balance between their support for the racial justice protests and their opposition to the destructive elements of the demonstrations that President Trump has used to portray them as the party of rioters and looters.

In what alternate universe do Democrats reside?

In what dystopian delusion do they consider violence and murder to be "elements of [the] demonstrations"?

How hard is it to grasp a few basic truths about what is and is not a "protest"?

Protest does not involve arson.

Protest does not involve murder.

Protest does not involve destruction of property.

When people do any of these things, they are no longer protesting. When people tolerate any of these things, they are no longer protesting. When people rationalize and justify any of these things, they are no longer protesting.

Whenever violence begins, peaceful protest ends

How hard is this to acknowledge? 

For the Democrats, it is apparently impossible to acknowledge. They will not condemn Antifa nor BLM, despite the clear and undeniable proofs that these are domestic terrorist entities hell-bent on anarchic violence and the destruction of everything that is American society.

Why will they not do this?

Violence Is Silence

There is no injustice, there is no grievance, political or otherwise, that can be addressed by violence. There is no wrong that can be made right through violence. 

No matter how righteous the anger, no matter how virtuous the cause, violence does not bring justice. Violence can never bring justice. Those who pretend otherwise are presenting a false and morally degenerate argument, one that must be rejected altogether as lacking any moral substance or seriousness.

Quite the contrary, on every level, violence is a perverse form of silence. Violence is the silencing of the dissident voice. Violence is the suppression of the protester.

The protesters rightfully seeking justice for George Floyd's death were completely silenced by BLM and their riotous acts.

Protesters seeking to end police brutality and other forms of injustice are silenced by Antifa's riots.

Protesters seeking justice under the law are silenced by the lawlessness of violence.

When Antifa and BLM bring their violence into the streets of any city, they deny peaceful protesters their civil liberties. They violate and suppress protesters' rights to peaceably assemble, to speak freely, and to petition for redress of such grievances as they have.

There is no defense for such anarchy. There can be no defense for such anarchy.

Democrats Defend Anarchy

We do not need to ponder if Antifa and BLM are deliberate in their violence. We know from their own words that they are:

According to a Black Lives Matter activist and organizer, Ariel Atkins, it was just “reparations.” Atkins believes that anything the looters wish to damage or steal is owed to them. She made the radical statement at a solidarity rally in front of a Chicago police station, where people were gathered to support those who had been arrested.

Nor do we have to wonder if Democrats give such ideas legal and political cover. We know from Democrat politicians and elected officials that they do.

According to a document obtained by Red State News, Diana Becton, the district attorney of Contra Costa County, California, has changed up how looters are charged during a state of emergency. 

We do not have to wonder if the legacy media is willing to promote such ideas. We know from NPR's execrable interview with Vicky Osterwiell, author of the shamelessly-named riot apology In Defense Of Looting, that they do so gladly:

When I use the word looting, I mean the mass expropriation of property, mass shoplifting during a moment of upheaval or riot. That’s the thing I’m defending. I’m not defending any situation in which property is stolen by force. It’s not a home invasion, either. It’s about a certain kind of action that’s taken during protests and riots… 

Whatever political sins one wishes to ascribe to President Donald Trump or to the Republican Party--and there are many sins attributable to both--neither Trump nor the Republicans stoop to trafficking in such vile, nihilistic, degeneracy. Whatever else they get wrong, both Trump and the Republicans get this much right: there is no right to violence, and there is no right in violence.

Neither the Democrats nor the legacy media can make that simple claim.

I Say Again: Violence Is Silence

There can be no mincing of words on this point. There can be no qualification or temporizing. Violence is not speech. Violence is not political speech, violence is not any sort of speech. Violence is silence.

Violence is the silence of censorship.

Violence is the silence of oppression.

Violence is the silence of the grave.

There is no alternative. There are no caveats. 

And there is no escaping the truth. Antifa and BLM openly defend and even advocate for violence. Democrats defend them. The legacy media crafts excuses for them.

For trafficking in such barbarism, neither Antifa, nor BLM, nor the Democrats, nor the legacy media have any defense.

There is no defense for riots. Ever.

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