by Al Benson Jr.
Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America
Well, the anticipated protests and monument desecration at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on July 1, 2017 proved to be a flash in the pan. Of course Antifa claimed they never planned to show up and create any problems to begin with, but who knows if that’s the truth or not? They pulled the same stunt in Marietta, Georgia a few months ago, so maybe they are getting their kicks out of saying they will be where they won’t be to see what reaction they get.
There was a heavy police presence in Gettysburg on July 1st and it was rumored that some of the SCV Mechanized Cavalry were going to be on hand also. One article I read noted that only a handful of pro-Confederate protesters showed up to combat any Antifa “activities” should they occur.
I can’t say for sure, but I’d be willing to bet that Antifa looked at the whole entire situation and decided it might be better off for them if they passed on this one. They were probably not going to have the same situation they recently had in New Orleans where the mayor was sympathetic to them and told the cops to let them alone. It seems that some of their leadership may have a pretty fair country instinct as to where they can go and get by with their shenanigans and where they might go that would get them hurt if they push too hard–and these folks really don’t want to get hurt. I don’t know if those that finance their hooliganism won’t pay for hospital bills or what, but they seem to be like so many others on the Left, they don’t mind inflicting pain on others but they’d rather not bleed themselves.
And just because they said they didn’t plan this or that event is no reason to accept their word. In describing socialists, progressives” and others of that ilk, Ron Kennedy noted in his recent book Dixie Rising–Rules for Rebels that “They have no moral compunction to be truthful especially when dealing with Southern conservatives. As far as liberals are concerned, telling slanderous falsehoods about the South is virtuous (morally right from their humanist point of view) if it advances the liberal’s ‘social justice’ agenda. They show us no respect; therefore it would be both foolish and dangerous for us to show respect for their left-wing ideas.” And Antifa is most definitely a “social justice” organization. Therefore, whatever they tell you has to be taken with a very large grain of salt.
Whether they will even show up at Gettysburg or not over the weekend will have to be seen. But you can rest assured they ain’t going away and if you don’t see them sooner then you will see them later–wherever they figure they can protest with no pain and promote their Leftist agenda. Even the name of their organization is a charade. If anyone is fascist it is them.
Remember this folks, it is all part of “reconstruction” like the public school system, and “reconstruction” is ongoing!
A short update on July 3, 2017–Homeland Security in New Jersey has just listed Antifa as a domestic terrorist organization due to their attacks on supporters of President Trump around the country. I sure have not always agreed with Homeland Security on lots of things, but this time they got it right.