Leftist Arizona law officer, leftwing media accused of “downright evil.”
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How does the leftist political violence addiction work? Let’s list a few examples.
• Racial Violence: Yes, those were leftists underneath the hoods and robes of the Ku Klux Klan. As mentioned in this space repeatedly, the Klan was founded as what liberal Columbia University historian Eric Foner called a “military force serving the interests of the Democratic Party…It aimed to…reestablish control of the black labor force, and restore racial subordination in every aspect of Southern life.” Using the Klan as a power base, the left elected hundreds of state legislators, congressmen, U.S. Senators and governors — Democrats who in turn took a “progressive” stance on issues of labor and economics for the so-called “working man.” All in the interest of controlling blacks.
With the rise of the Civil Rights movement, not all African-Americans were enamored with the non-violent protests of Dr. Martin Luther King. Others turned to violence, to seeking control just as the white Klan did. Yet as with the Klan, these black activists stayed within the political framework of leftist politics — in this case the politics of control as advocated not only by Malcolm X and radical activists Stokely Carmichael, but by the writings of James Cone. Cone, portrayed as a distinguished academic by the left because of his teaching position as Charles A. Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary, came to broader fame with the emergence of President Obama’s infamous pastor Jeremiah Wright, a Cone disciple. In his new book Radical-In-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism, journalist Stanley Kurtz cites Cone’s call for the goal of black intellectuals to “aid in the destruction of America,” a challenge to violence Cone presents in Black Theology and Black Power. Gone is King’s famous rhetoric about the importance of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and judging all men by the content of their character. Instead Cone uses the rhetoric of violence, referring to whites as “the oppressor” or “whitey.” These indeed were the sentiments behind racial riots in the African-American sections of Los Angeles in 1992, most famously captured on video when white truck driver Reginald Denny was pulled from his truck by four blacks and almost beaten to death.
Kurtz cites the work of black Marxist Marable Manning and his determination to tie race and class issues together, resulting in the need for blacks to reject the “legitimacy of the State” …which is exactly what was happening when Reginald Denny drove his truck through South Central Los Angeles in 1992.
Arizona is famously ground zero in the illegal immigration fight — and leftist violence is ruling the day. This time the cause in which violence is given a pass by the left belongs to Latinos — and the repeated murders that have now resulted in U.S. government signs in southern Arizona warning Americans there own country is no longer safe is a perfect example of the “so-what” attitude the left has about political violence. The Obama administration could do something about this immediately by sealing the border — yet consistently refuses for political reasons. Political violence when leftist race goals are at stake? No problem.
• Labor Violence: “We kind of agree with Mao that power comes largely from the barrel of a gun,” says Obama “Manufacturing Czar” Ron Bloom. Bloom is, surprise, surprise, a former SEIU and United steelworkers official. Long before Mao, however, American labor was practicing political violence well-admired by the American left. From the Chicago Haymarket Riot of 1886, in which a bomb was exploded killing eight policemen during a strike, plus an unknown number of civilians, all the way down the years to the disappearance of Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa in 1975 — through to ex-SEIU chief Andy Stern’s famous vow on how to bring about political change (“”[W]e prefer to use the power of persuasion, but if that doesn’t work we use the persuasion of power”) violence or the threat of it has been a regular feature of the American left.
• Student Violence: A classic example from the 1960’s was the confrontation between then-Governor Ronald Reagan and radical leftists who had forcibly taken over a park owned by the University of California at Berkeley. The university, which owned the property, planned to build a sports field. The leftists had another idea — a park. A standoff resulted, with the leftists making it plain they intended to stay and simply appropriate the land. Reagan saw this as an issue of property rights — the university had duly bought and paid for the property and were free to develop as they wished. Eventually almost 800 sheriff’s deputies and law enforcement personnel faced off against some 6,000 leftists, the latter sending a shower of bricks, rocks and bottles down on the authorities. The deputies answered the violence with buckshot and nightsticks. One student was killed, another blinded.
These type of confrontations were a regular feature of the 1960s, with leftists repeatedly employing violence in marches against everyone from college officials to the Pentagon, where one student set himself on fire.
• Radical Violence: Perhaps the most spectacular example of radical left violence occurred at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Some 10,000 radical left-wing anti-Vietnam War demonstrators gathered with an intent to disrupt the convention — and received a warning from then Mayor Richard J. Daley — father of today’s mayor and the new Obama White House chief of staff. Shouting chants of “Pigs (police) are whores” “Kill, kill, kill” and “Hell no, we won’t go” they flung chunks of concrete, rocks, bags of urine and more at police — who of course responded harshly. Tear-gas was fired in mass quantities.
Not to be excluded in this category are the intimidation tactics of leftist groups ranging from the Weather Underground (which produced the bomb-crazy unrepentant terrorist and Obama friend Bill Ayers) to ACORN, the recently deceased-but-surely-to-come-back-under-another-name community organizing group. The group Stanley Kurtz does so much to link to someone named Barack Obama.
And of course, as we are seeing recently, leftists have brought violent mob action in cities around the globe. From Athens (where three bank employees, including a pregnant woman, were killed when leftist demonstrators firebombed their bank) to London (where violence over a hike in tuition for college students brought an attack on Prince Charles) leftist violence is on the march yet again.
This doesn’t even begin to count left’s silence about or occasional complicity with the murderous violence by leftist regimes from Communists (Stalin and company) to Hitler (the Holocaust — an outgrowth of the anti-Semitism of the National Socialist Party — Nazis), to Mao, the Cambodian Khmer Rouge and so on. Nor does it count the appalling silence by left-wingers of the day about the left’s responsibility for the Cambodian “killing fields” on back to New York Times reporter Walter Duranty a notorious Stalin admirer being given the 1932 Pulitzer Prize for his work as the Times Moscow Bureau chief. An award the red-faced Times, decades later, was forced to renounce because of the realization that Duranty’s deliberate refusal to acknowledge Stalin’s mass murders was “some of the worst reporting to appear in this newspaper.”
• Political Assassinations: Four presidents of the United States have been assassinated. One, James Garfield in 1881, by a “disappointed office seeker.” The other three — Abraham Lincoln, William McKinley, and John F. Kennedy were all killed by staunch believers in the leftist causes of their day. For Lincoln it was assassin John Wilkes Booth, a believer in the Democratic Party’s staunch support for slavery and secession. For McKinley, it was leftist anarchist Leon Czolgosz. For Kennedy, it pro-Castro, pro-Communist Lee Harvey Oswald. Leftist Giuseppe Zangara (who hated capitalists) failed in attempt on FDR, but killed the Mayor of Chicago. Puerto Rican leftists Oscar Collazo and Griselio Torresola tried for Harry Truman, killing a Secret Service officer.
Martin Luther King, of course, fell to the racism the left had fed off for over a century, while Senator Robert F. Kennedy became the first American to die at the hands of an Arab zealot, Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan. Sirhan hated Israel, much in the fashion for American leftists today, replete with support for Palestinian extremists like Sirhan.
ALL OF WHICH brings us to the second aspect of leftist violence: blaming their violence or the violence of “lone nuts” on others — others who not so coincidentally are perceived to be either conservative or representative of a “conservative” sector of society.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online