“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says Yahweh Sabaoth. (Zechariah 4: 6)
The “No Moral Equivalence” Argument is a Radical Left Con Job
For the benefit of new SnyderTalk readers, I’ll begin by saying that I detest the radical right in America. I also detest the radical left.
Both groups are dangerous, but the radical left is far more dangerous than the radical right because it is championed by the establishment media and the Democrat Party.
The establishment media and Democrats want ordinary Americans to believe that they are the mainstream. That’s hogwash. They are radical left groups plain and simple.
The establishment media has a stranglehold on mass communication in our country. That makes it doubly dangerous.
What do we know about the Charlottesville incident?
- Radical right groups asked for a permit to protest in Charlottesville because of the City Council’s decision to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from a park beside the courthouse.
- The City Council rejected the request.
- Radical right groups sued the City Council in federal court, and a federal judge ordered the City Council to allow the protest.
The Charlottesville City Council’s reluctance to grant the permit was understandable. About a month ago, a similar protest produced altercations, but no one was killed.
But Robert E. Lee isn’t just another guy in Virginia. He’s viewed as a hero, a favorite son.
Lee could have led the Northern Army or the Southern Army during the Civil War. He decided to command Southern troops because he was a Virginian, and Virginia was a Southern state. In Virginia, Lee is widely recognized as a man of honor, a true Virginia gentleman.
The Charlottesville City Council got caught up in all the hoopla about removing vestiges of our regrettable past and ignored all the pertinent facts pertaining to General Lee. In the heartland of Virginia, what it did was deemed to be idiotic, borderline insane.
Virginians are proud of Charlottesville. Thomas Jefferson, another Virginia native son, lived in Charlottesville on Monticello Mountain. He founded the University of Virginia. It’s in Charlottesville, and Virginians are proud of it, too.
Ordinary Virginians see Charlottesville today as an anomaly. They view it as the home of leftist wackos and well-educated, liberal numbskulls.
Even so, Charlottesville remains a source of great pride for Virginians, but the Charlottesville City Council and the Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, went too far this time. They will learn that lesson the hard way come election time.
Echoes of Charlottesville will reverberate all over the commonwealth for many years to come, and it won’t work out well for “liberal progressives” in Virginia.
They have some explaining to do. See the articles below for examples of questions they will be forced to answer in due course:
- Why Were The Police Held Back In Charlottesville?
- Is Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe culpable in Charlottesville riot?
FYI: I taught at the University of Virginia for 25 years. Today, I am a chaired professor emeritus at UVA. My wife and I raised our family in Charlottesville. I was Virginia Governor Chuck Robb’s Policy Advisor for Regulatory Reform. I traveled all over Virginia for a quarter of a century representing at various times both UVA and the Governor’s Office. My wife and I owned a home on Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia. It’s just outside Roanoke, the hub of rural Southwest Virginia. I know lots of ordinary Virginians, and I’m not guessing when I talk about how they see Charlottesville.
What else do we know about the Charlottesville incident?
- Radical right hate group members showed up as expected to protest. They did not break the law. Up to that point, they had done everything according to the book.
- If no one else had showed up, they would have left town after making fools of themselves, and that would have been the end of it.
- But radical left hate group members showed up, too. They came in large numbers wearing body armor and carrying weapons of various sorts. They did not have a permit to protest or to counter-protest. In other words, they broke the law.
- Radical left hate group members started the violence. They physically attacked radical right hate group members, and all hell broke loose.
- Eventually, a radical right nutjob drove a vehicle into the radical left hate group killing an innocent bystander and injuring several others.
- That’s what happens when all hell breaks loose.
Those are the facts. They are irrefutable.
Enter President Trump
The brouhaha started immediately after the president’s first speech, as if on cue. It must have been planned. There is no other logical explanation.
The narrative parroted by the establishment media all over the country was timed perfectly. In unison as if by some miracle, all of them started talking about “no moral equivalence” between Nazis, white supremacists, and Antifa terrorists.
That has been their mantra since the president first spoke about the Charlottesville incident except they refer to Antifa terrorists as “peaceful demonstrators”.
The Democrat Party and the establishment media are trying to bring down President Trump by portraying him as a white supremacist. That’s nonsense, but it’s simple.
They like simple characterizations, because they think ordinary Americans are so stupid that they can’t see through their chicanery.
None of what they have said is true. They are framing the president. He is innocent.
Rather than telling you what the president said, I want you to see it for yourself. Below are his 3 speeches in order. Actually, the third video is not of a speech. It’s shows the president answering questions after a presentation on infrastructure regulatory process improvements:
President Trump’s First Speech
President Trump’s Second Speech
President Trump Answering Questions After a Press Conference
Justice Will Prevail
I said this in a SnyderTalk editorial a few days ago:
If you are a regular SnyderTalk reader, you know that I have been warning people to stay away from staged events like the one in Charlottesville because Democrats need for people to die to make their case in the establishment media. That’s what happened in Charlottesville.
Democrats got what they wanted. Their lust for power will drive them to do even more as the 2018 mid-term elections draw near. We ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Get ready for some real violence.
Looking at the facts dispassionately is critical. Rabid Trump haters will reject logic, common sense, and the law to justify their hatred. Reasonable people won’t.
President Trump was correct. Both sides were at fault. Nothing justifies murder. President Trump said that, too. Even so, nothing that the president says or does will placate those who are out to get him no matter what. Thankfully, they are in the minority.
This is a battle between good and evil. Despite appearances, President Trump is on the good side of the fight.
Democrat instigators and other radical left provocateurs are not. Neither are radical right groups that had a legal right to protest. In the Charlottesville case, the law was on their side.
Those among us who believe that radical right groups have no right to espouse their hateful views should keep in mind where that kind of thinking leads. If we follow that logic to the end, we will discover that no one has a right to express a view that is contrary to the mainstream view and that physically attacking those who dare to speak against the mainstream view is justified. The First Amendment to the Constitution was included to prevent that from happening.
As John Adams said, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”
When all is said and done,
- people who abandon objectivity, reject the facts, and hold to their strongly-held beliefs despite the evidence will lose credibility and cease to be relevant in the discussion,
- shrill voices won’t carry the day,
- and justice will prevail.
That’s not a racist, white male perspective. That’s common sense.
Facts are Facts
I stand by everything I said in that editorial. President Trump has been abused like no president since Richard Nixon, but unlike Nixon, he has done nothing wrong. Still, those who are out to get him will not let up.
Barack Obama and members of his administration broke the law with gusto, and they were applauded by the establishment media, the Democrat Party, and well-educated dimwits across the fruited plain.
Democrats and the establishment media should have learned their lesson in 2016, but obviously they didn’t. The American people aren’t stupid. They know when they are being hoodwinked.
In due course, all the facts will be exposed to the light of day. For example, see “VA Police Spokesperson Echoes Trump’s Statement: Yes, There Was Violence on ‘All Sides’”:
The relentless thrashing of President Donald Trump continued Sunday — virtually nonstop — for comments he made following violent clashes during a white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.
Not only was Trump criticized from all sides of the political spectrum for failing to single out white supremacists in his condemnation of the violence, he was also criticized for things he did say.
NBC News’s Chuck Todd slammed the president, saying his offer of “deep condolences” to the families of those killed “may have made it worse.”
The firestorm began after Trump condemned the “display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides” in an initial statement.
Someone who wasn’t condemned for making a similar statement was Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller, who echoed Trump’s comments, blaming the violence on “all sides”:
“We were hoping that it would not elevate to this level of the violence that we witnessed amongst the participants in the crowds, on all sides. They were throwing bottles, they were throwing soda cans with cement in them. […]”
Geller also said participants “were launching chemicals into the crowd,” although she didn’t place the blame on either side.
“We [Charlottesville police] were ordered to bring the rival groups together. As soon as they were in contact with each other, we were told to stand down. It was outrageous. We weren’t allowed to arrest anyone without asking the mayor first. We weren’t even allowed to stop the driver as he sped away.“
When all the facts are revealed, there will be hell to pay.
President Trump never hinted at a moral equivalence. He said that both sides were at fault. That’s true.
Stated another way, the “no moral equivalence” argument is a radical left con job that is being thrust upon us by Democrats and the establishment media.
When the FBI completes its investigation, I think the facts will show that radical left hate groups in collaboration with the establishment media, the Democrat Party, and leftist groups connected with the Democrat Party planned the Charlottesville incident.
They have blood on their hands. Some of them should go to prison.
“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17: 22-24)
See “His Name is Yahweh”.