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Antifa Thinks Charlottesville 2017 Gave It the Right to Block Roads. It’s Wrong. So What Is Trump Waiting for?
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Earlier: “Run Them Down”—INSTAPUNDIT’s Glenn Reynolds Suspended For Tweeting While White

The entire country has become Charlottesville 2017, as police decline to prevent BLM “protestors” from blocking roads and confronting drivers. Some drivers who didn’t want to become the next Reginald Denny have driven on and “protesters” (and their JournoFa friends) then pretend to be helpless victims a la Heather Heyer. This all stems from the same source – the refusal of the federal government to exercise sovereignty over its territory. Yet case law from the Civil Rights era indicates that it has the right and duty to protect travelers on the roads. So what is Trump waiting for?

Though Republicans may not like to remember it, several state legislators had proposed bills to protect drivers who run over protesters blocking the roads before Unite The Right 2017 [These states have introduced bills to protect drivers who run over protesters, by Dakin And one, CNN, August 19, 2017]. Bill Hicks used to joke about it; Glenn Reynolds defended it [‘Instapundit’ Glenn Reynolds defends ‘Run them down’ tweet during Charlotte unrest, by Erik Wemple, Washington Post, September 22, 2016]. There was an understanding that occupying roads is inherently dangerous and surrounding cars is an implied threat.

But during the Democrat mugging of the 2017 Charlottesville Unite The Right rally, where an independent report found state and local authorities deliberately facilitated a riot in order to break up a legal protest, a school resource officer, armed only with pepper spray, left her post, thus ensuring that there was no law enforcement presence when Heather Heyer was killed after James Fields was confronted by armed protesters and drove into a crowd. Fields was sentenced to an incredible 419 years in prison.

Thus, the precedent was apparently set. Even in a “state of emergency,” Leftist protesters (some armed), can occupy streets, set up roadblocks, and confront drivers in the knowledge that drivers could face catastrophic legal consequences if they try to drive away.

Not surprisingly, this has now happened repeatedly during the Black Lives Matter “protests.”

This last case excited the national MSM—except there was no martyr. In Portland, they finally got one. Twenty-four year old Summer Taylor was killed after being part of a group that was dancing and blocking I-5, ostensibly to protest racism and sexism [Summer Taylor remembered, Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, July 6, 2020]. Taylor would have been a perfect martyr for the cause…except the killer was Eritrean immigrant Dawit Kelete, so Taylor’s last act on Earth was to put another black man in jail. The MSM got around this awkwardness by focusing on the car, rather than who drove it.

Just two days ago, demonstrators in Austin, Texas blocked a road and reportedly began hitting the driver’s car. Garrett Foster then approached the driver’s side window carrying an AK-47. He was shot and killed [What we know so far about the investigation into the deadly shooting at an Austin protest, by Alyssa Goard, KXAN, July 27, 2020]. The late Mr. Foster’s claim that “the people who actually hate us and, you know, want to say s### to us are too big of a [sic] p***ies to stop and actually do anything about it” has been widely circulated.

However, the buried lede in this footage is his comment at the beginning that protesters were supposedly banned from being in the road. Obviously, this system must have broken down because protesters clearly were occupying the streets.

It appears Mr. Foster was armed as he approached the car, though it is not clear that he was pointing it at the driver.

Finally, we have the case of Samuel Young, a man who allegedly fired several shots last Saturday at a Jeep driving through a crowd of protesters. The Jeep didn’t hit anyone. Mr. Young has been charged with attempted murder [Samuel Young, Alleged Shooter During Elijah McClain Protest, Faces Attempted Murder Charges, by Jacqueline Quynh, CBS 4, July 28, 2020]

It’s not surprising this is happening. It’s surprising that it’s not happening more and that there haven’t been more casualties. Armed Antifa want to be heroes by “protecting” crowds from cars, even though the crowds shouldn’t be in the roads to begin with. Protesters know that if they occupy the roads, police won’t remove them, lest they receive heavy MSM/ Dem criticism.

Consider Attorney General William Barr’s appearance before Congress today, in which Jerrold Nadler and other Democrats tried to shame Barr for the Trump Administration’s attempts to quell violence in Portland and other cities [Shame On You!’: Nadler Scolds Barr, Accuses Him of Using Federal Law Enforcement To Prop Up Trump Campaign, by Virginia Kruta, Daily Caller, July 28, 2020].

In fact, of course, the Trump Administration has been far, far too timid. The federal government could invoke the same constitutional justification for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to directly use federal officers to ensure the freedom of Americans to use the roads.

In Heart of Atlanta Motel, Inc. v. United States, the Supreme Court justified the federal government’s right to force desegregation in a motel because of its constitutional right to regulate interstate commerce. Indeed, it was the specific obstacle that segregated businesses posed to “interstate travel” that justified federal intervention [Heart of Atlanta Motel, Inc. v. United States, 379 U.S. 241 (1964), Justia US Supreme Court, December 14, 1964].

If this principle permits federal intervention against a motel because the business partially depends on interstates, obviously it would justify federal action to prevent obstruction on the interstates themselves.

The larger problem: we now have an entirely unequal system of law in this country. The MSM/ Dem wailing about freedom of speech in Portland was nowhere to be found when it came to Charlottesville. Indeed, they’ve been urging censorship of entirely peaceful speech online. [Censorship by billionaires, applauded by the left, by Tom Slater, Spiked, July 2020]

So now we’ve gotten to the point where normal Americans can be essentially held hostage by far-Left radicals every time they go onto the roads. Just as the federal government has forfeited its basic responsibility to protect our borders, it has failed to guard our most basic infrastructure.

“Who’s going to take care of the roads?” opponents used to ask me during my libertarian days. Apparently, no one. Instead of taxes being “the price we pay for a civilized society,” it’s the Danegeld we pay to savages and sociopaths who are destroying the things better men built.

The Social Contract has been definitively broken. The Historic American Nation, which is paying the bills to keep this failed experiment limping along, needs to demand strong action from our supposed nationalist president.

If that doesn’t happen—well, maybe peaceful divorce is indeed the best alternative.

Charlottesville Survivor [Email him] is a white man who voted for Trump. The Left hates all white men who voted for Trump, whether they were in Charlottesville or not.

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  1. Jake says:

    Peaceful divorce has been the best option since 1965, just as it was in 1860.

    But the Left will wage total war to make all of us serfs, and in the name of ‘keeping America whole,’ Neocons and old fashioned Yank imperialist conservatives will join the Liberals to prevent a peaceful break-up.

  2. @Jake

    As a believer in the truth of God Incarnate Jesus, please don’t ever use the word “divorce” in a way that gives the term a positive connotation because of the Hell on Earth those He calls “the children of the devil” (John 8:44), the Jews, have visited upon our society and particularly the children of divorce by their Jew-Fault Divorce legislation state-by-state of the late ’60s and ’70s.

  3. In fact, of course, the Trump Administration has been far, far too timid.

    No, they are just being cynical. The Administration wants this chaos. Trump can’t run on the economy now and COVID exposed what a blithering disaster he is when he needs to communicate anything serious. The best path to re-election is to convince Americans that there is a radical left wing “Marxist” threat waiting in the wings. It is utter nonsense of course, but Trump is doing everything he can to fuel the protestors so that he can run against them. Luckily for him, there are enough angry idiotic leftists running around to make his case superficially plausible.

    • Replies: @Based Lad
  4. jsinton says:

    Trump has outsmarted the anarchno-terrorists and the Soros people once again. The less he does to quell the violence, the better. The American people can see who is fomenting the violence and anarchy, and it doesn’t look good for the Democrats. With the failure of Muellergate, impeachment scam, the ongoing saga of planned demic, the fake astroturfed white black “revolution”, I’m expecting and even great repudiation of the Davos NWO crowd. Trump is playing these people like a fiddle. Disclaimer: I can’t stand Trump, but he’s the only one who seems to care about America and Americans right now. I’ll vote for him. I voted Green in 2016.

  5. Based Lad says:
    @Peter Akuleyev

    Gaslight all you want but nobody with two brain hemispheres is buying it. Obvious connections to SDS are throughout blm leadership. Karen Bass is a proto-communist and a potential VP pick. Dozens of livestreams show communist graffiti sprayed on our statues and rallying cries for wealth redistribution. “There are enough idiotic leftists running around” Now you’re going to say: Those aren’t real communists. It’s all so tiresome. The reason we have reached this point in political dialogue is thanks to the dialectical trap that we have been herded into. Who fights the communists? Not the center-right!

  6. How power and media work. We are ALL on Epstein’s Island.

    Boss, the Plane… no, the Plan, the Plan

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