A supporter of Donald Trump sucker-punch a protester being led out of the hall by security at a rally in North Carolina. The protester who got punched was one of a group that sought to disrupt the event and deny Mr. Trump the ability to speak to his gathered supporters. 2 days later a large group of coordinated protests against Mr. Trump in St. Louis and Chicago turned violent. Anti-Trump protesters destroyed property, roughed up and intimidated citizens seeking to attend the rallies, and in Chicago sent a policeman to the hospital with head injuries. What’s the difference?
Organization & Money
The Trump supporter in North Carolina acted alone and on impulse. He was rightly arrested and will face a judge. The far more destructive and violent anti-Trump protesters who numbered in the hundreds and whose efforts spanned multiple states were organized behind a common goal. They also had signs and t-shirts. Where did those come from? Who paid for them? And they had a plan to deny Donald Trump the microphone – they consciously sought to use violence and intimidation to stop a candidate for President from speaking. The George Soros-funded group MoveOn.org has taken credit for these protests and is actively fundraising for more. The Trump supporter was one man behaving badly, the anti-Trump people represent an organized and well-funded political operation. That’s a major difference that hasn’t been discussed at all in the mainstream media.
Replacing Religion With Politics
Karl Marx famously wrote that religion is the opiate of the masses. Much is packed into that statement, but one of its implications is that Marxists substitute the state for God and politics for religion. It is why extremism and violence is imprinted in the DNA of the Left. For many on the Left there is often nothing beyond politics as they seek their earthly paradise through the state and the state claims a monopoly on violence. It’s why there is often so much more zeal on the Left than on the Right. Seth and I get into this issue.
We also talk about the shameful behavior of the other Republican candidates who rushed to blame Trump for the actions of hard-Left anti-Trump protesters. Men who are seeking the Presidency and who claim both wisdom and circumspection to contrast themselves with Mr. Trump should have denounced the shameful and unlawful acts of the MoveOn.org crowd seeking to deny his right to speak. I’ll be writing more on this subject in the next few days but Seth and I had a good discussion of the history and causes of Leftist violence.
We also had some fun. We always do. We’ve both been watching Vinyl, HBO’s new drama about the record business in New York in the early 1970s. And this week they ended the show with a cover of White Light White Heat. It was originally recorded by The Velvet Underground but this cover by Julian Casablancas may be superior. I probably lost whatever claim I had to coolness (minimal at best) by saying that, but it’s really well done. It’s included below.
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