What’s America really all about?
If you’ve been watching the news, a certain faction of society would like to make you think the United States is an oppressive country founded on the backs of slave labor. They are people who think it’s their right to destroy public property by tearing down historical statues of Civil War Generals. They suggest George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, both slaveowners, should have their monuments and names removed from American society.
That group calls themselves “Antifa.” They claim to be anti-fascist and it’s their push to remove fascists and other like groups from existence. In reality, they embody fascism themselves. Anyone who exercises their First Amendment rights and protests peacefully in the name of free speech is beaten mercilessly by that group. Members of the group carry clubs and dress in black hoodies with their faces covered.
I’ve done extensive research on World War II and the brownshirts Hitler had and the Blackshirts Mussolini deployed stand in similar contrast to Antifa. To say they’re violent is an understatement.
A recent video surfaced that shows a conservative protester being kicked as he lay on the ground. A group of a dozen or so Antifa members are kicking him repeatedly and beating him with clubs. An innocent bystander, a black woman in her 50s, can be seen pushing the thugs away to cover the beaten man with her body. She laid over his body to protect him from the onslaught of viciousness. Surprisingly, the thugs didn’t beat her but moved on to someone else.
In Berkeley, California the police were told to stand down and not take any action against Antifa members recently. It was later learned that the mayor of Berkeley, who gave the orders for police to stand down, is a sympathizer of Antifa and has marched with them before.
Until just recently, Nancy Pelosi and Paul Ryan were both sympathetic to those thugs. It would appear both have changed their minds and Nancy Pelosi said: “Put them in handcuffs and lock them up.” Why the sudden change of heart by both members of Congress? It’s because the mood of the country is souring at the suggested thought America is bad and should be punished for its transgressions.
Ronald Reagan once said: “If fascism ever comes to America, it will come in the name of liberalism.”
The thugs on the street are dangerous for sure, but there are those in positions of authority on college campuses, in the entertainment industry, and in government everywhere who are even more dangerous because of the ideology they so foolishly cling to.
Comedian Kathy Giffin paraded around the severed head of Donald Trump and isn’t remorseful at all. Actor Johnny Depp made a reference to assassinating the President, and Madonna said she’d love to burn the White House down. But, is that really what the majority of Americans think about their President and country?
Conversely, the hurricane that hit Texas has left a wide swath of destruction and individual citizens are flocking by the thousands to help those who have been devastated by that natural disaster. A Pizza Hut manager loaded up hundreds of pizzas in a kayak and delivered them to the hungry. A Chick-Fil-A manager loaded up sandwiches in a boat and fed hundreds. Bass Pro shops sent hundreds of boats to rescue teams in the Houston area without having a second thought about it. Thousands of volunteers, who own boats, are going to the flooding areas to help as well. So … is that the definition of America?
One would think a suppressive United States wouldn’t fit in the nomenclature of thought in the minds of quite a few Texans. Lives have been devastated for sure, but Americans will roll up their sleeves and get in the trenches to help those who have been traumatized by disaster.
Scores of individuals, organizations and businesses around the country are donating their time and money to help those poor souls in the flooded areas. Even foreign countries like Israel are sending aid.
Is a definition of America being played out in the floodwaters of Texas?
A few want the narrative “America’s an awful place” to be reality and anyone who begs to differ will suffer the consequences in brute fashion.
Greg Allen’s column, Thinkin’ Out Loud, has been published bi-monthly since 2009. He’s an author, nationally syndicated columnist and the founder of Builder of the Spirit in Jamestown, Indiana, a non-profit organization aiding the poor. He can be reached at www.builderofthespirit.org or follow him on Twitter @GregAllencolumn.