by Al Benson Jr.
Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America
A peaceful patriotic group assembled in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, August 4th for a patriotic prayer rally. There was no problem with this, as there should not have been. These are not the kind of folks that start riots. However, at some point the fascist-oriented Leftist group Antifa arrived. After their arrival and their subsequent “activities” which included throwing bottles and other things at the police, the Portland police declared an “emergency situation” and informed all those present that if they did not leave the area they would be subject to arrest.
This is somewhat the same situation that prevailed in Charlottsville, Virginia last year around this time or shortly thereafter. Several Rightist groups that had assembled there were no real problem until Antifa and others of their Leftist ilk came on the scene, which resulted in all kinds of problems because Antifa started attacking people and only when they defended themselves did the police step in.
It almost seems, in a lot of these situations, as if the police have standing orders not to do anything until someone responds to Antifa violence. If no one responded and the patriotic groups just stood there and let Antifa beat on them one wonders if the police would do anything at all. But once someone on the Rightist side has the temerity to dare to resist Antifa aggression, then the police step in and declare an emergency and break up the rally, whatever it had been about. You almost get the impression that Antifa violence is okay but resistance to it is not.
I haven’t noticed Antifa breaking up an Leftist demonstrations, which often end up destroying private property. But, then, that’s not part of their agenda while attacking and assaulting those on the Right is. And, please, don’t let anyone misinform you that Antifa is “anti-fascist.” They are one of the most fascist groups around. When all is said and done, fascism is a Leftist ideology–the second cousin to communism.
It seems that nowadays all you have to do to deprive people of their First Amendment right of peaceful assembly to redress their grievances, or even to pray, is to make sure Antifa shows up and starts assaulting people and the police will end the assembly then and there! Almost seems like that’s the plan. If the group assembling to make a statement is anywhere to the right of Che Guevara then you can almost depend on an Antifa presence to shut down their free speech.
You do have to wonder who tells the police to stand down and let Antifa do what they want and only to react if someone resists an Antifa assault. Is it the local authorities? Is it someone higher up than them who tells them what or what not to do?
You also have to wonder, sometimes, does the “to serve and protect” written on some police cars refer only to Antifa and not to ordinary American citizens? Why do so many police departments only act when someone at a rally resists being assaulted by some Antifa thug with a mask on? Who are the police there to protect–the Antifa fascists or ordinary citizens?
Has anyone considered that Antifa might be the perfect vehicle to deprive some Americans of their First Amendment protections in a public setting? That thought has occurred to me so I’m sure it has occurred to lots of others also.
And who funds Antifa? That’s a sixty-four dollar question. I’m also sure lots of folks have a pretty good idea–probably the man who seeks to be “the conscience of the world” is one of the biggest paymasters for them. Who does Antifa really work for? Part of the Deep State? Are they part of the “pressure from below” that is being exerted on the American people by those who are waiting for their chance to exert their “pressure from above” on us? Inquiring minds would like to know–but then, maybe some of them already do.