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What really happened in Charlottsville

PETER O’CONNOR
Staff Columnist
oconnor@lbknews.com

(By Allen B. West, “Ok Folks, Here’s what REALLY happened in Charlottesville – and what everyone is missing”, August 13, 2017)

Allen Bernard West (born February 7, 1961) is an American political commentator, retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida.

I like Allen West, liked him when he represented us here in Florida.  I found these thoughts of his on the recent events in  Charlottesville, the home of The University of Virginia, known to the students there as Mr. Jefferson’s University.  Indeed, it is a fine and  beautiful place.

Colonel West is as usual a thoughtful , if tough, critic.  I’ll let his words speak for themselves here.

West:  “Let me begin by saying, I  deplore any form of supremacist view – white, black, Hispanic, Islamic.   I will be the first to openly state and embrace a sense of American exceptionalism and supremacy that is rooted in our founding principles and values.  Any and all else that is contradictory is to be condemned.  What I have witnessed post the events of Saturday 12 August is the typical Rahm Emanuel mentality and political posturing: ‘never let a good crisis go to waste.’

West:  “…But, how did we get to this place?

This all began because someone decided, as other elected officials have across the country, to cave in to partisan pressures and seek to erase American history.  History is not there for us to love or hate, but for us to learn from and seek to not repeat its mistakes.

If there are those who truly believe we protect ourselves by trying to revise history due to false emotions, then we miss out on who we are as a nation, and our evolution.  The statues of long deceased leaders of the Confederate Army do not stand to remind anyone of oppression.  And if a statue can oppress you, then I submit that you have greater issues.

I certainly did not appreciate former President Barack Obama taking a photo op in Cuba before the image of Che Guevara, nor do I enjoy seeing anyone wearing said image on t-shirts here in America…but I do not go into some whimsical state of ‘oppression.’

And so it is that we do possess in this Constitutional Republic a freedom of speech and freedom of expression.  It would appear that said group who didn’t wish to see the statue of Virginian, General Robert E. Lee, who was a commissioned U.S. Army officer, graduate of West Point, and served the nation in the Mexican War, taken down did apply for a permit to hold a rally.  We can dislike these individuals, but they took proper measures to secure permission to express their First Amendment right.

Contrary to their position, the word went out for a counter-protest to occur which included groups from a different side of the political spectrum, who have been very guilty of hateful rhetoric and violence. What should have happened is that these two groups should have been kept miles apart. I do not understand why any local law enforcement agency would allow these two groups close proximity…first lesson learned.  And we must also ascertain, did the counter-protest group seek permit or did they just ‘show up’ in order to provoke, and elicit a response they could use ‘politically?’  Yes, motivations are important to understand in this case, if we are serious about getting to the bottom of what happened in Charlottesville and not just the typical media-driven frenzy.”

West continues: “  I find it rather odd that so many are seeking to lay blame on President Trump for what happened in Charlottesville.  And there are some voices out there to blame all white people, and all Republicans.  How odd that when it was the New Black Panther Party outside a voting precinct in Philadelphia in black fatigues and with clubs, nothing was said.  As a matter of fact, they weren’t  even prosecuted for voter intimidation.

If we want to condemn groups such as the neo-Nazis and others, then we must also condemn  groups such as BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and Antifa (short for Anti-Fascists).

Let’s end this absurdity of trying to connect the Republican Party with the Ku Klux Klan, since it was a creation of the Democrat Party.  And I seem to recall Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, infamously known as a grand wizard of the Klan.  It was Senator Byrd who was vehemently against the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but it was Republican Senator Everett Dirkson who supported its passage.”

Finishing, West writes:  “There’s plenty of guilt to be passed around here, but the progressive socialist left will sadly exploit this for all they can.  They will horribly believe this will provide them some sort of electoral advantage.  They fail to realize they’re just as complicit in what happened in Charlottesville.

If we were to go back and ponder this incident and just let a small group of disaffected hold a rally to protest the possible taking down a statue of General Robert E. Lee, and no one had showed up…instead a call went out and trouble, violence ensued. Or maybe, if we had courageous elected officials who would just say, those statues aren’t offending anyone; they’re part of American history, and they stay.  Imagine that, would there even be a story, any rally, and violence?

What happened in Charlottesville must not be allowed to happen again.”

Colonel West writes as his closing: “I have an idea.  If y’all want to fight, sign up in the U.S. military – if you meet the standards.  There are plenty of folks who indeed hate the United States.  Channel your angst against them…not each other.”

 

 

 

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2 Responses for “What really happened in Charlottsville”

  1. Brian Duggan says:

    The news media has morphed into entertainment. Election debates are bear baiting contests where civility and decorum are avoided. Black Americans and white American should read about the Treaty of Berlin, the impact of Birth of a Nation, and realize economic polarization is in play

  2. Pacific Beach Refugee says:

    Charlottesville was a designated point of disruption for the “Alt” or “Anti” left, which may be loosely defined as entities seeking recognition, i.e. “Selfie Set of Society”.

    The SSS group is only focused on what is of (value) to themselves, which basically entails having ALL things done for them BY others. Something akin to the mentality of folks from Connecticut who are destroying themselves from within via the lust for other people’s assets!

    I suspect Colonel West lost his re-election bid in Florida not because of his party affiliation, but simply because he was the “Wrong” type of Black person. Very similar in being the “Wrong” type of Jewish person or the “Wrong” type of Catholic person, etc. etc.

    Present day thinking is for “ALL” to see each other as being “Equal” (not fare looking at SAT scores) as long as the “equal definition” fits into a [Progressive] model of lock-step-logic.

    For one I have always been impressed with Colonel West and others who seriously commit to self-discipline, individual work and family achievements.

    When did it become fashionable elitist to degrade a society build by well-educated and disciplined over achievers? Without them there would have been no NASA and its wealthy disciples’ in the Dot.Com and Inter-Net world of political correctness.

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