By now, most of us have seen the horrific video of a car being driven into a crowd of people injuring approximately 30 people and killing a 32 year-old woman. Technology allowed many to witness first hand evil in action. The news feeds began picking up the video within minutes of the event and broadcasting directly to our homes. As the surreal tragedy unfolded, we could also see humanity on display. Many from the crowd rushed to the aid of the victims. Some with medical training or backgrounds focused on those seriously injured. Others made those who were not critically injured comfortable until paramedics arrived. Our collective hearts were hurting for the victims even without knowing the extent of injury and loss. We all know wrong when we see it. This, was wrong. On so many levels.
Those of us who were not there, or have never been present for trauma on a scale such as this, cannot fully comprehend the carnage of the moment or the emotional scars of the future. The frustration of those who were a few feet, and some only inches away, as they stood watching, helpless to stop it. How many 'What ifs?' have been asked since Saturday by innocent bystanders. Worse, how many people will torture themselves for possibly months and years to come with that same question? The truth is, there is nothing those bystanders could have done. The events of that day were already in motion. We will never know the number of lives that were changed forever on August 12, 2017.
As the live news feeds from the networks and cable news came in speculation ran wild. Twitter blew up. All forms of social media went off the charts as fingers of blame began to be pointed. The left blamed Trump and white supremacy groups. The right blamed local politicians and the media. The media blamed 'alt-right' hate groups. So begins the politicization of a tragedy.
Immediately the media demanded that POTUS 'disavow' white supremacy groups. The funny thing about the media and the left [redundant] is the choice of words. Regardless of where you are on the political spectrum, words have meaning. The demand of the word disavow is intended to clearly paint President Trump into a corner. Disavow, "To deny responsibility for" or "to disclaim knowledge of; responsibility for; or association with" The left has painted the President as a racist from the time he announced he was running for his party's nomination. They had no proof of course, but facts do not get in the way of the left's agenda.
If the President uses the word, disavow, with regard to white supremacy, the media will insist they were right about POTUS being a racist. If he does not 'disavow' white supremacy, the media will insist they were right about POTUS being a racist. Trump is smarter than this. In his initial statement condemning the actions on Saturday he condemned hate and bigotry 'on all sides'. The media howls began within seconds. How could Trump say 'all sides' when the media firmly asserted this was an action of one person from the alt-right? For the past three days, most articles run by the media stated that white supremacists were a big reason the President was elected. The tantrums continued until the President issued a statement this morning, which he described the KKK, Neo-Nazi's and white supremacist's as 'repugnant". Of course it was too little too late as far as the left was concerned.
Any person with an open mind could search on-line and find video's of interviews between Donald Trump and various media outlets expressing his disgust over David Duke, the KKK and bigots in general. In an interview with Matt Lauer of NBC news stated very clearly what he thought of David Duke. The link below is an example:
However, the left is determined to silence anyone with opposing opinions. They use the complicit media to attack and destroy people. ANTIFA, who the left turns a blind eye to, is never called out for their physical attacks and intimidation tactics. The Milo Yiannopoulos incident on the Berkly campus. Whether one agrees with Mr. Yiannopoulos's politics or lifestyle is irrelevant. He has the right to free speech, and it was denied by ANTIFA. Like it or not, the disgusting likes of the KKK, white supremacists, and haters in general all have the right to freely express themselves. Those on the left also have the right to exercise free speech. Conservatives do not have to approve or like it, but we must respect it. Accordingly, the left has no right to silence free speech that opposes their world view.
Let's not forget the politicians. Rahm Emanuel said, "Never let a crisis go to waste". On this matter, DC did not disappoint. Within 12 hours of Saturday's tragedy, both sides of the aisle were calling for this investigation to be called domestic terrorism and requesting the DOJ become involved. No sane person, would assert the events in Charlottesville were justified for any reason. No person should believe they have the right to commit an act of violence on another person or group based on political belief, skin color, sexual orientation or any other pathetic excuse to hide behind. All parties seem to be in a rush for judicial expediency. Why? America's laws state alleged criminals are just that, alleged. Presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Personal loss is just that, personal. How one person feels about their loved ones death or injury is dramatically different from the next person. How we define acts of violence in our country is also subjective. For instance Charlottesville is being called domestic terrorism. Fort Hood was workplace violence. Let that sink in for a moment. Under current United States law, set forth in the USA PATRIOT Act, acts of domestic terrorism are those which: "(A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State; (B) appear to be intended – (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and (C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States." According to the PATRIOT Act, if one occurrence is domestic terrorism, both are domestic terrorism.
So we ask again, why the big push for domestic terrorism in the case of Charlottesville? Could it be that the Foreign Intelligence Survey Act [FISA] is up for renewal before year-end? Knowing our politicians, this is most likely the case. They need this crisis to support their agenda's. It is a pity America has come to this. Even worse, most can't see it, or won't acknowledge it. Of course, FISA is there for your safety and protection. Do you believe that? Hope not.