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Some political figures truly embody the classic role of the divider; their purpose seems to be to agitate and provoke, to instigate conflict rather than mediate peace. Al Sharpton and Nancy Pelosi come to mind. Let’s not forget John McCain or Lindsay Graham. Barack Obama was known as the “great divider” for much of his presidency. While many leftists would argue that Donald Trump is the “most divisive” president in generations, I think the mainstream media has proven far more provoking than he has. In the case of Charlottesville, we see a whole host of individuals and institutions seeking to promulgate continued social tensions well beyond anything Trump has done. One of these individuals is Joe Biden.

In a short essay for The Atlantic, Joe Biden was quick to capitalize on the death of a protester in Charlottesville at the hands of an apparent white nationalist, spewing forth a host of cliches on “dark forces” creeping out from the hidden corners of America to smother the light and happiness of the Kumbaya majority like some kind of J.R.R. Tolkien novel.

This narrative is nothing new. It is the narrative that was promoted throughout the 2016 presidential election cycle as well as the Brexit debate in the U.K. — the notion that dangerous and “ignorant” portions of the citizenry in western society (labeled “populists”) are quietly organizing for a last stand against the “inevitable evolution” of progressive multiculturalism and globalism. They are presented as the throwbacks, the cave people, the Cro-Magnons, the people who refuse to get with the times and embrace the social justice revolution.  They are, according to gatekeepers like Biden, in the way.

While a host of names and labels are used to define this group of malcontents preventing society from achieving full-blown Utopia, we all know who establishment snake oil peddlers are really referring to: conservatives.

The racism subplot to this scripted conflict has always been present. When the vote on the U.K. exit from the European Union proved successful, the automatic accusation in the media was that this was driven by “hidden racism,” along with the consistent idea that older generations were trying to live off the backs of younger generations while interfering with shifts in cultural consciousness. These claims were greatly amplified during the rise of the Trump administration.

I have to say, these assertions are fascinating to me. The amount of propaganda and projection involved is truly staggering.

Biden’s hope along with other establishment con men, I believe, is that he can continue to simplify the narrative down to a series of false associations. White nationalists were present at Charlottesville? Indeed. White nationalists were standing in defense of the confederate statue issue? Yes. White nationalists faced off against Antifa counter-protesters? Certainly. A white nationalist drove his car into a group of counter-protesters and killed one of them? It would seem so, though I still think the man deserves a fair trial before being convicted in the media. But here is where Biden and his ilk deliberately go off the rails in order to incite wider tensions…

At this point, the narrative moves from facts to wild assumptions and misconceptions. White nationalists were present in Charlottesville, but does this mean everyone (or even most people) in Charlottesville protesting in defense against the removal of confederate statues was a racist? No. Does this mean that people who support the existence of confederate statues are automatically racists? No. Does this mean that anyone that stands in opposition to groups like Antifa is a racist or a fascist? No. Just because one man acted violently in response to Antifa and other leftists groups, does this mean that Antifa represents the “good guys” in Biden’s little screenplay? No.

But this is the story we are being sold. Not just by Biden, but by many other political interests. I would specifically reference a recent panel of Trump supporters by CNN, during which the “journalist” was dismayed to discover that none of the people involved was willing to play along with the message that Donald Trump’s response to Charlottesville was anything other than logical.

I want readers to take note of a specific assertion made by CNN as well as Biden here — the assertion that it is the job of leftist groups like Antifa to “fight” or even destroy “hate groups” or “fascist groups.” CNN outright compares Charlottesville to World War II, claiming that because the allies were justified in going to war with Nazis back then, that Antifa is justified in going to war with “Nazis” today. But again, when you consider the reality that Antifa and similar groups associate all conservatives with fascism, this narrative opens the door to a level of intolerance and violence that is unacceptable and also misplaced.

Beyond that, it seems to me that CNN, Biden and others are happily supporting the false assumption that “hate speech” is not protected speech in America. I don’t personally care for the white nationalist platform, being that skin color and genetic background is ultimately irrelevant, and as I noted in my last article, some of these groups end up being led by government paid provocateurs. But these groups still have the Constitutional right to protest grievances in public spaces. It does not matter how distasteful one person or another finds them to be.

Laughably, Biden spends the majority of his diatribe in The Atlantic admonishing the very existence of these groups. Stating:

“The giant forward steps we have taken in recent years on civil liberties and civil rights and human rights are being met by a ferocious pushback from the oldest and darkest forces in America. Are we really surprised they rose up? Are we really surprised they lashed back? Did we really think they would be extinguished with a whimper rather than a fight?

…Today we have an American president who has publicly proclaimed a moral equivalency between neo-Nazis and Klansmen and those who would oppose their venom and hate.

We have an American president who has emboldened white supremacists with messages of comfort and support.

…This is a moment for this nation to declare what the president can’t with any clarity, consistency or conviction: There is no place for these hate groups in America. Hatred of blacks, Jews, immigrants — all who are seen as “the other” — won’t be accepted or tolerated or given safe harbor anywhere in this nation.”

Biden has the audacity to concoct this fallacy and then associate it with the “defense of the constitution” at the end of the article.

I don’t know that anyone claimed a “moral equivalency” between racists and people opposed to racism. That is not what the confederate statue issue is about anyway. What I do know, though, is that under the law every group present in Charlottesville had a Constitutional right to be there, regardless of how Biden or other view their “morals.”

I would point out that many people, myself included, actually find the communistic fanaticism of Antifa and other social justice groups to be a much greater threat to the freedom and stability of our nation than anything white nationalist groups promote. But many conservatives, myself included, still defend Antifa’s right to free speech in public places as long as they do not interfere in the free speech rights of others. This is something leftist groups are not willing to do. These groups should be thanking their lucky stars for conservatives and conservative principles, otherwise they might have been stomped out of existence a long time ago. It is conservative thought that defends the rights of any group or individual, acting in accordance with the law, to speak freely in public forums.

It is conservative thought that defends the speech of Antifa. It is conservative thought that defends the existence of confederate statues. And yes, it is conservative thought that defends the speech of white nationalists and many others. The nature of the speech is irrelevant. In this kind of open social environment, ideas can do battle, rather than people. When one group begins to assert preeminence and says the speech of others is now unprotected, the door is opened wide to battles between people, rather than ideas.

If a person does not agree with certain views, they can always go back home, or back to their own private websites and forums. But, as soon as they enter the public sphere, they are not entitled to insulation from the ideas of other people.

What Biden and others are championing is at bottom the ideology of “futurism,” a movement launched in Europe and Russia in the early 20th Century driven by violent change or extermination of traditional principles. Futurism is often credited as being a precursor to both fascist and Bolshevist political movements (as well as globalism), and its core mantra is that all “new” ideas and systems must take precedence over old ideas and systems. New generations must advance the dominance of their ideologies over older generations. Heritage must die out. Traditions must be abandoned. Progress must be pursued.

The problem is, there are very few “new” ideas in the world. In cultural terms, society is cyclical. The same ideas come and go over the centuries; rehashed and rebranded, but certainly not new. What Antifa represents is classic communism and cultural Marxism. These are old ideals. The destruction of a nation’s history and heritage in the name of expedient political progress and “social justice” is a classic strategy turned into a science by the likes of Lenin and Mao. And this strategy is merely an extension of one of the oldest ideas ever — tyranny.

If we are to be honest here, it is the conservative philosophy of individual freedom and Constitutional liberty as a foundation of political life is the newest of ideas to be adopted by any culture in human history.

Biden claims that today we are in a battle “for America’s soul,” but the reality is establishment elites and the useful idiots they employ are seeking to suffocate the soul of our nation so that they can build their own vision on top of the ashes. This is what futurists do. This is what communists and fascists do. This is what globalists do. America has survived as long as it has because some ideas never become outdated. The Bill of Rights and the Constitution itself is merely the legal embodiment of the eternal principles of natural law and individual liberty. What is new is the idea that these principles must be protected by government, and that, in fact, this is the only job government should really be concerned with.

This is conservative. This is the soul of America. You cannot call for the exact opposite and still claim you are a champion of America’s soul.


Leftists are Acting Like Stalin in attempt at “Erasing History”


Dershowitz went for the far-left’s throat in a recent interview on Fox News.

While Dershowitz has no problem with removing some of the Confederate monuments and memorials that dot our nation’s landscape, he definitely has a problem with the way that the leftists are going about doing so.

In the left’s assault on Southern heritage and history he sees shades of something much darker than just an attempt at healing racial divisions in our nation.

The far-left’s assault on everything Confederacy reminds Dershowitz of Stalin’s ugly assault on history and his attempt to re-write the past in an effort to suit his nefarious purposes. This is exactly what Dershowitz sees today’s radical left doing in our nation. It’s not about soothing tensions, it’s about exerting power and influencing a new front of the culture wars.

Instead, Dershowitz argues that the left should be using the opportunity to educate the next generation and to build bridges instead of fostering divisions in our nation.

Of course there’s a danger of going too far.

There’s a danger removing Washington and Jefferson and other of our founding fathers who themselves owned slaves.

Look, we have to use this as an educational moment.

We have to take some of the statues that were put up more recently, for example, during the Civil Rights Movement and perhaps move them to museums where they can be used to teach young students about how statues are intended sometimes for bad purposes, to glorify negatives and to hold back positive developments.

But the idea of willy-nilly going through and doing what Stalin did: just erasing history and re-writing it to serve current purposes, does pose a danger, and it poses a danger of educational malpractice, of missing opportunities to educate people, and of going too far.

JUST IN: Nasty Attack Against Melania Trump

The alt-Left refuses to let the country come together and heal over Charlottesville.

As reported by Conservative Institute, shortly after the deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, Melania Trump took to twitter to condemn the violence. “Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let’s communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence. #Charlottesville,” she wrote in an effort to unite the country. Instead of addressing the first lady’s call for unity, major alt-Left publications falsely accused her of plagiarism.

The plagiarism lie was spread through a meme over Facebook and Twitter. The meme featured two pictures, one of Melania Trump above a picture of former First Lady Michelle Obama. Both pictures include the supposedly plagiarized quote. The image claims Michelle Obama said, “Our nation encourages freedom of speech, but lets communicate without hate in our hearts. No good comes of that.” The quote is attributed to an April, 16th, 2016 speech.

However, there is absolutely no record that Michelle Obama uttered these words. The picture included with the quote was sourced to Michelle Obama’s October 13th, 2016 appearance at a Hillary Clinton campaign event. Scouring through Michelle Obama speeches around April 16th last year reveals no comparable quotes.

The claims of plagiarism are entirely unverified and likely false. However, the meme has circulated widely because it plays off of a 2016 incident where Melania Trump was caught borrowing from an earlier Michelle Obama statement. The Weekly Standard explained that Melania Trump relied heavily on an earlier Michelle Obama speech while preparing her remarks for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

An aide employed by the Trump presidential campaign accepted responsibility for the plagiarism. Apparently, Melania Trump was reading from a 2008 Michelle Obama speech for inspiration. Many of the notes from that meeting were accidentally included in Melania’s final speech. The aide offered to resign over the speech, but President Trump rejected the offer.

The latest claim of plagiarism has no basis in reality, but that hasn’t stopped numerous alt-Left media outlets from spreading the lies. The International Business Times was one of the first to offer mainstream attention to the incident, and their reporting fueled articles published by the far-left websites Alternet and Raw Story.

At least The International Business Times admitted in their headline that the allegations may be false. “Melania Trump Accused Of Copying Michelle Obama Again, Maybe Wrongly This Time,” was their headline. However, when the article was republished by Yahoo! News, Alternet, and Raw Story the “Maybe Wrongly This Time,” was conveniently left out.

Instead, the only indication offered by these alt-Left publications that this story may be false is found in the final line of the article. “While the possibility of plagiarism has not been ruled out in the latest instance, reports said the viral meme was most likely a spoof,” they admitted, assuming that most people will come to their own conclusions based on the headline alone.

Once again, major alt-Left publications have falsely accused Melania Trump of plagiarism. Does the media treat her unfairly?

Perhaps the most troubling website spreading the egregiously false meme is the supposed fact-checking website Snopes. Snopes is dedicated to exposing urban legends on the Internet, yet they offer credence for the false plagiarism claim. Snopes rates the plagiarism claim as “unproven,” stating, “Although we can’t yet absolutely rule out the possibility that Mrs. Obama might at some time have expressed something like the thought attributed to her here.”

Similarly, Snopes is also calling the existence of unicorns unproven, because “we can’t yet absolutely rule out the possibility” that unicorns “at some time” or “something like” them existed. Quality fact checking. And a vague “possibility” is definitely not a solid basis for crying plagiarism.

Trump Quietly Reshaping The Federal Courts With Judgeship Appointments

 “Elections have consequences.”

President Donald Trump has been making a multitude of lifetime appointments to fill more than 100 vacancies on federal courts across the country, appointments that could reshape the judiciary for decades.

According to The Hill, Trump has had five federal judges confirmed by the Senate, 30 are pending, and 123 seats need to be filled.

The vacancies give Trump the opportunity to revamp the judicial branch and have a long-lasting impact on the courts.

“It can’t be overstated the impact the individuals he’s appointing will have on millions of people across the country and their children for a generation or two,” said Dan Goldberg, legal director at the liberal Alliance for Justice.

“The Supreme Court only hears about 80 cases a year. Ninety-nine percent of cases end in the federal courts of appeal or at the trial level,” Goldberg said.

Trump’s appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, giving Republican-friendly justices a majority on the bench, has been labeled by some as one of the president’s biggest accomplishments thus far.

The president may have the opportunity to appoint at least one more justice to the Supreme Court in the near future, as reports indicate that Justice Anthony Kennedy is considering retirement.

Despite Trump’s steady pace in appointing judges, Republicans say Democrats are “slow-walking” several of his judicial nominations.

Democrats argue that Trump has the fortuitous opportunity only because Republicans refused to negotiate with former President Barack Obama on his judicial nominations. However, during his two terms in office Obama had 329 judicial nominees confirmed.

Obama didn’t have a single judge confirmed during his first six months in office. By contrast, the Senate approved a fifth Trump nominee in early August.

Ilya Shapiro, a constitutional studies senior fellow at the Cato Institute, said the consequences of judicial appointments were considerable.

“Elections have consequences. It can’t be understated (sic) that judicial nominations, being lifetime appointments, are huge,” Shapiro said.

SOROS PAID ANTIFA Member Ignores Police Warnings And Pays The Price

Things got dicey in Phoenix last night after President Trump’s speech, mainly because the so-called Antifa showed up to protest.




By John F. Di Leo – 

The top marginal federal income tax rate in the United States – for businesses and for people who file as businesses – is 39.6%.

As a result, businesses do not grow as they should.  Businesses do not thrive as they should.  Businesses do not produce, or invent, or add on, or hire, as they would if their tax burden were lower.

International corporations therefore find that they must do more and more of their manufacturing abroad, where their profits are not so severely penalized.  And domestic corporations do not prosper… and would-be entrepreneurs do not start-up new enterprises here, because in the United States, today, success itself is penalized.

And people are protesting … the presence of statues in public parks.

The United States had the greatest health care system on earth until seven years ago.  Virtually every American citizen either received decent insurance from his employer, or bought decent insurance on his own, or received decent insurance from the company he retired from… or received decent coverage from Medicare.

There were shortcomings; VA coverage was often poor for our veterans, and the poor often got poor coverage through Medicaid, but these matters could have been focused upon, and improved…

…until a radical presidency illegally forced a particularly incompetent version of socialized medicine – and yes, that takes some doing – upon the country.   Today, the healthcare funding system is a monstrosity, because the Obama administration’s approach has impoverished millions, with expensive but useless mandatory plans.

And people are protesting … the presence of statues in public parks.

The nation is suffering a crime wave.  Gangs continue to take over our major cities, because even as police risk their lives to catch and prosecute the drug dealers, gang leaders, and pimps who rule the streets, the criminal justice system is so skewed in favor of the criminal that we let them go… or we plea-bargain them down to charges that don’t carry jail time, so we put even the convicted ones back on the street anyway.

Besides, no matter how many criminals we do manage to put behind bars, decades of porous borders have allowed a rapid replenishment system. For every gang member we take out of commission, another one arrives from their home base, south of the border, to take his place.  MS-13, Sinaloa, the Gulf Cartel… so many criminal organizations from all over the world have directed their operatives to our big cities, and the suicidal Sanctuary City provisions of those cities act like magnets to draw them in, turning our cities into banana republics.

And people are protesting … the presence of statues in public parks.

Cities, counties and states raise their tax burdens, in income taxes, beverage taxes, sales taxes, property taxes, gas taxes… and these increased taxes have the exact result that every economist has always said they would have:

They drive down property values, depress economic activity, leave people with less discretionary income.  This hurts every business that taxpayers would normally frequent – the mall, the restaurant, the theater, the nightclub, the bookstore.

If you have less to spend, you spend less, it’s as simple as that.  So, every business suffers.

And when businesses suffer, employment suffers.

The cashiers, baggers, stockboys, waiters, cooks – everyone who works in any kind of retail environment, or the wholesale industries that support them,  will see his hours get cut.

Did the levels of government that hiked these taxes intend to drive their constituents out of work?  Did they intend to be destructive to the lives of their neighbors?  Perhaps not.  but the effect is the same, regardless of the intent:  people lose their jobs, people lose their businesses; neighborhoods wither and die, commercial districts no more.

And people are protesting … the presence of statues in public parks.

Now, is this to say that there’s nothing to protest about them, at all?

Not necessarily. These big bronze statues in public parks may represent slaveowners, merchants, politicians,  generals… the Civil War figures commemorated in this manner do raise questions.  Should these statues be brought indoors and displayed in a Civil War museum – rather than left outdoors as if all and sundry shared their respect for the Confederate side in the late unpleasantness?   Good questions, valid questions, worthy of debate and decision, in a rational manner…

But the crowds have gone beyond the Civil War, muddying that reasonable argument, haven’t they?

Within days of Charlottesville, the agitators were calling for the removal of statues that pre-date the Civil War, even our nation’s greatest heroes.  We have seen calls for the removal of statues of Founding Fathers like Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, and of our first president, George Washington, the marvelous leader who united the nation to rise up against England.

Yes, many of our Founders inherited plantations in the age of slavery, but many had such other incredibly redeeming qualities that we cannot judge them entirely on the fact that they happened to live in a time and place that included this particular flaw.

So random has this violence become, just days after the August conflicts in Charlottesville, VA, the city of Chicago even saw a statue of Abraham Lincoln torched.  How?  And why?  What crazed mind could possibly apply a moral equivalence to both the Confederacy and the man who stood against them and vowed that the United States would be one single country again, reborn free of the practice of plantation slavery?

There is no logic in it, because logic was never intended to apply in the first place.

This whole popular crisis is a distraction, concocted by the deep pockets of the Left.  George Soros’ unlimited bank account funds the CraigsList ads that bring rent-a-protester armies by the busload from states away, ready-made clubs and posters in hand.

Permits or not, sensible reason or not, the goal of MoveOn, Antifa, Occupy and the rest is really to dominate the headlines, to pull our nation’s legitimate issues off the front page so that they get no traction in the Capital.

How can politicians focus the country on the tax cuts we so desperately need, for example – issues that require a bit of explanation to win support – if every time a politician opens his mouth, the press shouts the question “And where do YOU stand on the removal of statues?”

We have so much to do, from tax cuts to an obamacare repeal, from a crackdown on illegal aliens to a renewed war on the drugs that infest our big cities, our small towns, and everything in between.

But we cannot do it – we cannot build a national argument for such improvements – as long as the public is preoccupied with hundred year old statues of two hundred year old men.

And that is the true crisis:  not the question of what to do about statues, but the question of how to put an end to that distraction, and focus the country on the things that we know really matter to our nation’s future.

Frankly, the only thing in the news today that really merits a wrecking ball is the whole corrupt distraction itself.

Copyright 2017 John F. Di Leo

John F. Di Leo is a Chicagoland-based trade compliance trainer, actor and writer.  His columns have appeared in Illinois Review since 2009.  Permission is hereby granted to forward freely, provided it is uncut and the IR URL and byline are included.

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