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Not to beat this already beaten horse, but if you’ve informed yourself about last Saturday’s event’s in Charlottesville, Virginia solely through the mainstream media, you would think the riot between so-called “white nationalists” and Antifa and Black Lives Matters supporters was strictly a function of “Nazis.”
You would think that because the lame-stream media has beat that drum harder than a Dallas Cowboys’ girlfriend, and because every still photo they show you features some chromosomal troglodyte airing a Swastika flag.
But, what those same lame-streamers have tried not so show you is the large number of leftist protestors waving the Hammer and Sickle of the departed Soviet Union. Try doing a web search to find those pictures. You’d have better luck finding a Kardashian who hasn’t fucked half the NBA. But we know those pictures exist because they were mentioned on the record by a politician.
Republican Nick Freitas, the District 30 incumbent, said he was angered and infuriated to see people carrying Nazi and Soviet flags on U.S. soil considering the sacrifices made to defeat those regimes.
Any organization which attempts to disparage or diminish people because of race is abhorrent,” said the military veteran. “It is the character of a person which reveals their true identity, not their skin color, and the dismal character of racist groups was revealed in Charlottesville.”
Yeah, this would be the perfect place to break out that whole Martin Luther King, Jr. thing about “judging men based on the content of their character rather than the color of their skin” thing. But that argument is dead because the division in this country isn’t about race. Charlottesville proves that.
I’ll admit that it certainly has been given that appearance; but that’s a neccessity of construction because using racism is the easiest way to polarize anything from war monuments to lousy quarterbacks. But polarization is crucial as it is the first step in creating exactly the anti-intellectual hooliganism we saw in Charlottesville.
Doing so was a gradual, yet effective process. If you are over 40, you likely learned a very different set of reasons for the cause of the Civil War than what is taught in high schools today. Getting deep into that at this time will detract from the real point here; you can send me your questions on that for the next installment of “Ask J-Dub.” For purposes of this discussion, suffice it to say that it has been succinctly, if not erroneously boiled down to the “good vs. evil” narrative about slavery.
That’s how you get a bunch of people willing to get their skulls cracked over a meaningless chunk of granite. Stop and think about that for a minute. We had a full-scale riot over a fucking statue, and we are losing our collective minds over others. That’s only happening because the dialogue about this issue is being driven by fringe elements on both sides who are a direct result of the aforementioned polarization draped with the sheep’s clothing of racism used to conceal the real “wolf” in all of this.
Think about it. While all this noise is being made about taking down statues because they are “monuments to slavery,” nobody’s bothered to notice that there is not a single person alive today who is morally responsible for or causally affected by slavery. If you’re going to be intellectually honest, you realize that saying slavery is at the root of a debate taking place 150 years after it’s abolition is like saying horse-drawn carriages are part of today’s urban traffic problems.
So, once you strip off the “slavery/racism” component, the question becomes what’s left? That’s it. That noise you hear is the death rattles of the New American Left. That’s why you see this “statue” nonsense spreading to things well beyond the scope of the Confederacy. In Chicago, leftie politicians are after monuments to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. In Philadelphia, there’s now noise about removing a statue of former mayor Frank Rizzo…whose tenure was 100 years after the Civil War. Not to mention, there’s now even talk for you people in MassKorea about renaming Yawkey Way because the Red Sox were the last team with a black player.
The dead giveaway about the leftist nature of this entire manufactured narrative came from all those Soviet flags in Charlottesville such an effort is being made to keep you from seeing. I’m really not surprised to see the same sort of Orwellian historical revision that thinks ripping down statues accomplishes anything beleiving that the Soviet Union was some sort of socialist paradise. Considering the U.S.S.R was responsible for far more deaths than Nazi Germany, if you’re pissed about a bunch of mouth-breathers waving Swastika flags but have nothing to say about a large number of “participation trophy” kids waving the Hammer and Sickle, you’re either a) stupid b) a hypocrite c) an asshole or d) all of the above.
I posted that very sentiment on social media, and guess what? I got a lot of shit, but as is usually the case, I got somebody who represents the stupidity of his class.
It’s generally agreed that the Soviets lost many more soldiers and civilians then the Germans did. Where are you getting your (false) facts from? I have a t-shirt from Hanoi with a hammer and sickle. I have been to Eastern Europe a handful of times and any relics from the Communist era are treated with a great degree of kitch.
The big problem is I know this guy. He just said something really fucking stupid, but I know he’s not stupid. We live in a world where smart people have been rendered stupid because of ideology.
The fundamental flaw in his argument is that he’s fallen for the trap that one form of totalitarianism is better than another. This guy exemplifies a much greater threat than any of the fringe hate groups we are talking about, because in his defense of Soviet communism over German Nazis, he completely forgot that they were both socialist regimes.
The stark reality is that the only appreciable difference between Soviet communism and German national socialism was who controlled industrial production. Under communism, the industrial complex was completely controlled by the government; the German system allowed for free enterprise, albeit heavily-regulated in a model strangely reminiscent of the Obama approach.
That demonstrates the real problem we have right now (and not just in America, by the way). The dialogue is being driven by fringe groups who don’t represent the mainstream of anything getting far too much attention. That is happening because we have way too many people like “Mr. Hammer and Sickle” who have no problem with intolerance and violence as long as it’s coming from their side. He defends the hammer and sickle; a symbol of brutal repression while he attacks another.
Look at his argument; he completely deflects from the larger point about disavowing hate regardless of the source to say how cool he thinks communism is. He then defends his position by sticking to the death tolls from World War II completely ignoring the body count produced by 80+ years of world communism. Stalin killed more Russians than Hitler could have ever hoped to, and “Mr. Hammer and Sickle’s” argument shrinks even more when you start counting the bodies produces by the global off-shoots of communism ranging from his beloved Eastern Europe (Ceaucescu anybody?) to today’s last vestige of Stalinism in North Korea.
The reason why “Mr. Hammer and Sickle” represents the problem is as long as he defends hate from one side, he ignores that will always generate a response from the other side. See, hate is like the tango…it takes two. Two guys standing hip deep in gasoline arguing over whose flame is purest is a real problem, and “Mr. Hammer and Sickle” thinks his Bic has the cleanest flick.