Shapiro at ‘National Review’: The Left’s Embrace Of Political Violence Will Destroy The Country


America can survive crappy ideas.

America can survive nasty statues.

America can’t survive normalization of political violence.

That should be the takeaway over the last two weeks. The latest round of racial and political recriminations began with a horrifying alt-right white-supremacist torchlight rally around the base of a statue of Robert E. Lee in Virginia, developed into a street brawl between white supremacists and Antifa thugs, and culminated in one of the white supremacists ramming his car into a crowd of innocent counter-protesters. President Trump exacerbated tensions by failing to clearly condemn the white supremacists, then condemned them, then seemed to un-condemn some of them by stating that there were some “very fine people” marching with them.

And then it escalated. Over the past two weeks, we’ve seen Antifa attacking police officers in Boston and Dallas, vandals breaking a Christopher Columbus statue and tearing down Confederate monuments, and one man attempting to bomb a Confederate statue in Houston.

Meanwhile, members of the mainstream Left have excused violence in the name of “anti-fascism.” Chris Cuomo of CNN, Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, Hillary Clinton spokesperson Brian Fallon — all of them compared Antifa thugs in Charlottesville to World War II Allied soldiers invading beaches at Normandy. In the pages of The Washington Post, historian Mark Bray of Dartmouth University, gushed over Antifa’s “willingness to physically defend themselves and others from white supremacist violence” Professor N. D. B. Connolly of Johns Hopkins University called for Americans to “start throwing rocks” at white supremacists.

So, what’s scarier: a thousand pasty and pathetic would-be tough guys marching around in the middle of the night shouting, “Jews will not replace us,” then weeping openly when arrest warrants are issued for violence, or the mainstream Left embracing violence in the streets? Some college-age dweeb goose-stepping around with a flag created 50 years before his birth, or somebody punching that guy, to the cheers of the media?

Words can be awful; ideologies can be evil. But violence breaks a society in half.

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