America is not bound by blood or culture, we are told incessantly, but by a dedication to certain “ideals.” As we can’t even agree on what those ideals are, all that we have to hold us together is the law. But now, it appears that even equality before the law has become a meaningless expression, as the post-American managerial state is selectively enforcing the law depending on who is committing a crime.
Witness the case of Kyle Chapman, a.k.a. Based Stick Man, a.k.a. the Alt-Knight. Chapman was among the thousands of Americans who rallied in support of President Trump last weekend. As “anti-fascists” had vowed to violently disrupt the protest in Berkeley, California, where they had already rioted to prevent Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking, Chapman came prepared with a stick and a helmet.
When the “antifa” attacked, the police did nothing, so Chapman defended his fellow demonstrators. Needless to say, while many of the masked antifa who attacked with weapons were let go, Chapman was arrested for multiple alleged felonies [Trump supporters have Stick Man’s back! ‘Hero’ arrested protecting ralliers heads to court, by Samantha Chang, BizPacReview, March 7, 2017]. Trump supporters have since raised over $65,000 for his legal defense at WeSearchr.
Chapman has not yet been formally charged, but the police are saying such charges could be coming soon [Demonstrators Arrested at Berkeley ‘March 4 Trump’ Rally Await Charges, by Rhea Mahbubani, Elyce Kirchner and Pete Suratos, NBC Bay Area, March 7, 2014].
Of course, as in the case of another viral folk hero, Epic Beard Man, some research makes the story more complicated. Just as Epic Beard Man had a troubled past, “antifa” are reporting Chapman also has a history with the law. Naturally, they are also reporting he was a “white supremacist” and a “Nazi,” though this is absurd as Chapman has an Asian wife and spoke against racism at the demonstration.
But in the end, it doesn’t matter. The real question: why groups whose only purpose is to repress violently the speech of those they don’t like are allowed to operate freely—while the scattered individuals who oppose them are punished with the full power of the state.
As David Hines outlined in his brilliant “Days of Rage” tweetstorm just before President Trump’s inauguration, the Left is able to use violence essentially without consequence because of several advantages:
- Positive media coverage and the willingness of journalists to gloss over Leftist extremism
- Groups like the National Lawyers Guild providing free legal representation
- The willingness of Leftists openly to defend violence
- The ability of Leftists to freely organize for violence without fear of the state
None of this has changed since President Trump took office. Alt Right leader Richard Spencer being sucker-punched at the inauguration was widely celebrated by the Main Stream Media. Some journalists outright encouraged even more violence. And, although the incident was filmed, here has been no arrest.
Yet when Trump supporters started defending themselves against attacks, the MSM sought to pin the blame for violence on them by suggesting their sheer presence caused the rioting [In day of pro-Trump rallies, California march turns violent, by Stephen Lam and Tim Branfalt, Reuters, March 6, 2017]. Even Alt Lite figures like Paul Joseph Watson are refusing to “celebrate” the Alt-Knight, vainly hoping the Left will respect some “principled” stand against violence.
- In Georgia, a young white man and woman were sentenced to 20 and 15 years in prison respectively for using the n word and waving Confederate flags while supposedly disrupting a black child’s birthday party. The incident was seen to be so trivial by the police who responded that neither of them was even arrested that day [Couple sentenced for disrupting birthday party with confederate flags, making threats, NBC4, February 27, 2017].
While their language may have been uncouth, members of the Confederate flag-waving convoy say the confrontation was sparked when blacks threw rocks at them [Confederate flag backers indicted in clash with black partygoers, by Christopher Seward, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 12, 2016]. The incomprehensibly severe punishment and the label of “terrorism” for using a bad word, possibly in response to violence in an unplanned encounter, is nothing short of Orwellian.
- In contrast, when the “D.C. Anti-Fascist Coalition” deliberately plotted a gas bomb attack against the “Deploraball” which was to celebrated Donald Trump’s election, they were given a slap on the wrist and no jail time.
After pleading guilty, two of the members of the group were given a sentence of 48 hours’ community service over the course of six months [Anti-Trump agitators caught on video plotting to wreck inaugural ball plead guilty to conspiracy, by Valerie Richardson, Washington Times, March 5, 2017].
Both of these cases can fairly be described as so-called exemplary sentencing. In the Georgia case, the Ruling Class is putting whites, especially working class whites, on notice that self-defense or even rude speech against blacks can lead to ruinous punishment by the state. In contrast, the light sentence in the Washington DC case is a wink from the Ruling Class to carry out further acts of violence in the future against joint political opponents.
This is similar to the way British government threw the book at whites who protested colored immigration in the 1958 Notting Hill Riots, while casually allowing riots by invaders in 2011.
Another example: Jeremiah Munson was jailed under federal civil rights law merely for driving past Jena 6 race hoaxers with a noose hanging in the back window of his pickup truck—but we all know Senator Tim Kaine‘s son will not be charged for violating Trump supporters’ civil rights although he physically attacked them.
Of course, there are some recent indications of pushback. A U.S. Attorney (= possibly at the Trump Administration’s behest) indicted a total of 214 people on various charges over the rioting at the inauguration, including “felony rioting,” which carries 10 years in prison [More than 200 protesters indicted on rioting charges from Inauguration Day, by Madison Park, CNN, February 22, 2017].
Republicans in some states have also introduced bills designed to combat the culture of “professional protesting” coming from well-funded activist organizations, including such tactics as blocking highways and potentially endangering those in a medical emergency [Republican lawmakers introduce bills to curb protesting in at least 18 states, by Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post, February 24, 2017]. But needless to say, the National Lawyers Guild, part of the Left’s organizational advantage when it comes to getting away with violence, is agitating against these laws [New Anti-Protesting Legislation: A Deeper Look, by Traci Yoder, National Lawyers Guild, March 2, 2017].
Both the rioting in DC and the Republican state-level legislation represent a crucial test. If the authorities in Washington and Republican state legislators can be intimidated into backing down, this will be essentially a grant of permission for Antifa to continue their reign of terror.
Of course, there’s an even larger question when it comes to the rule of law in the United States: illegal immigration. Though there has been some strategic deportation since Trump’s inauguration, illegal alien activists such as Jose Antonio Vargas and other illegals are mostly free to continue mocking Americans and sneering at our laws.
What’s worse, even during President Trump’s well-received address to Congress, the Democrats invited illegal aliens, who were able to fearlessly penetrate the very citadel of American power. [Democrats Invite Illegals to Trump’s Speech, and He Outmaneuvers Them. Again, by Joe Cunningham, RedStated, February 28, 2017]
Talking about the “rule of law” in such circumstances is as absurd as talking about “freedom” in a country where we just found out the CIA is spying on you through your television.
The late Sam Francis’ concept of anarcho-tyranny appears more relevant every day, as illegal aliens, Leftist protesters and anti-white ethnic activists operate in a kind of twilight zone unrestrained by either law or morality.
If President Trump and Attorney General Sessions are deterred from cracking down on Leftist protesters and illegal immigrants, it will only further the collapse of America into chaos. The managerial state may continue to persecute dissenters from the Right, but it can do nothing to stop the collapse of America’s civilizational order.
But there is one important further point. No matter what President Trump does now, he has changed the American Right. It will not put up with these absurd double standards anymore.
James Kirkpatrick [Email him] is a Beltway veteran and a refugee from Conservatism Inc.