I was caught pretty flatfooted this week while decrying the Nazi hate on full, ass-showing display in my country. I had multiple people ask me versions of the question, "Well, what about Antifa? Why I don't see you saying the same thing about them?"
Before this week, I hadn't heard of Antifa. I got help from friends in trying to define them, but CNN today posted an article that seems to have comprehensively done it for me. So, thank you, CNN.
To ALL, this article is worth reading.
THE BEST SEGMENT ABOUT THE WORST PART OF ANTIFA:
*** CNN: Antifa activists often don't hesitate to destroy property, which many see as the incarnation of unfair wealth distribution.
"Violence against windows -- there's no such thing as violence against windows," a masked Antifa member in Union Square told CNN. "Windows don't have -- they're not persons. And even when they are persons, the people we fight back against, they are evil. They are the living embodiment, they are the second coming of Hitler."
Crow explained the ideology this way: "Don't confuse legality and morality. Laws are made of governments, not of men," echoing the words of John Adams.
"Each of us breaks the law every day. It's just that we make the conscious choice to do that," he said.
Antifa members also sometimes launch attacks against people who aren't physically attacking them. The movement, Crow said, sees alt-right hate speech as violent, and for that, its activists have opted to meet violence with violence.
Right or wrong, "that's for history to decide," he said. ***
THE BEST SEGMENT ABOUT THE BEST PART OF ANTIFA:
*** CNN: But Levin argues the violence is giving ammunition to racists -- and is anathema to the Antifa mission.
"It's killing the cause -- it's not hurting it, it's killing it, and it will kill it," Levin said. "We're ceding the moral high ground and ceding the spotlight to where it should be, which is shining the spotlight on the vile."
Levin, who for decades has attended rallies at both extremes to study radical groups, said he put his own body between an Antifa member and a Klan member when Antifa protesters attacked with knives at a February 2016 a rally in Anaheim, California.
"No, it's not OK to punch a Nazi," Levin said. "If white nationalists are sophisticated at anything, it's the ability to try to grasp some kind of moral high ground when they have no other opportunity, and that's provided when they appear to be violently victimized. That's the only moral thread that they can hang their hats on. And we're stupid if we give them that opportunity." ***
IAN'S TAKE; FULL OF GENERALITIES:
Anybody who destroys somebody's private property is an asshole.
Anybody who screams at and terrorizes a private citizen trying to go about their daily life is an asshole.
Anybody who STARTS violence is an asshole, and is DEFINITELY COUNTERPRODUCTIVE to the cause they espouse.
PEOPLE WHO CAUSE VIOLENCE HELP NOTHING.
Antifa seems to be made up of people who are fairly wrong in the head. I kinda understand how they got that way, but they are so self-centered that they are acting out their frustrations in public like a toddler.
Toddlers are sincere, but can't reason their way out of a tantrum. Toddlers don't think about effectiveness; they don't think about what they WANT to achieve and HOW they want to achieve it. Toddlers just know what they want and rage when they don't get the instant gratification.
If you replace the word TODDLER with ANTIFA, that is now my current understanding about Antifa.
And they are STILL NOT AS BAD as the Fucking Nazis.
If I see a hate-fueled brawl between Antifa and the Fucking Nazis, I am not rooting for either. I am rooting for the entire lot to be teleported to a deserted island where they can finish it away from the rest of us who are trying to build and improve human society.
If you finished reading all this, you can be a proud member of the "I Read an Entire Reddoch Ramble! Club". I'm proud of you, and a little bit sorry for you, but you're my people.
Also, fuck Nazis.
The official United States position on Fucking Nazis should be this:
"We, the people of the United States, with credit to Smeagol from Lord of the Rings, take the following position on Fucking Nazis: "Leave now, and NEVER COME BACK!"
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Reddochs, driving on the freeway:
Me: Hey! Next exit - Hooters!
Her: I just GOT you chicken.
Me: (disappointed face)
Her: (unaffected by disappointed face)
Me, 60 seconds later: Hey! Next exit, Popeye's Chicken! How can Hooters even compete?
Her: They can't, especially if Olive Oyl wears that tight blouse and rolls her sock down to show some ankle.