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Karen House
Aug. 19, 2017, 1:54 p.m.

This week, riots broke out in Charlottesville, Va., between two groups of protesters. One group was there to protest the removal of a monument to native son, and general of the Confederate States of America (CSA), Robert E. Lee. The other group was there to confront the first group.

It is safe to assume that the majority of the protesters on both sides came from out of town. They were not citizens of Charlottesville.

The first group had a permit to protest. The second group did not. There were members of both groups that came prepared for a fight, wielding everything from a baseball bat to a car. One person was killed in the fray, two state troopers died when their helicopter crashed, and dozens of people were injured.

The cast of characters in the turmoil included white supremacists, white nationalists, neo-Nazis, antifascists (Antifa), anarchists, BLM members (Black Lives Matter), and Communists, as well as a generous sprinkling of sincere individuals belonging to no organization who felt strongly for or against the removal of the statue.

A little review of what these groups represent is in order . . .

Most Americans have little sympathy for the racists of the Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and white nationalists. But many of the BLM people are just as racist toward whites.

The rally in Chattanooga in the wake of the Charlottesville riots was organized by Marxists. Do Americans today remember why Communists are our enemy? They are just as totalitarian on the left end of the political spectrum as the fascists are on the right.

Anarchists believe there should be no law whatsoever, and no law enforcement. Whatever you want to do, even if it hurts someone else, is okay. Anarchists like chaos.

And antifascism – “Antifa” -- is a revival of the Antifaschistische Aktion – the paramilitary wing of the Communist Party in Germany, founded in 1932.  They are violent.

Conclusions to take away from Charlottesville are these:

  • It would be good if people quit taking down historical monuments, but the decision of what to do with the monuments ultimately should be made by the people of the city or state where the monument is located – not their mayor, nor their city council, but the people themselves.
  • Cities should allow protests only by the residents of that city until things calm down.
  • Police should become more pro-active about enforcing the law (no weapons at a protest, any group must secure a permit to march, etc.) and keeping antagonistic protesters separated.
  • Both the Neo-Nazis/white supremacists and the anarchists/Communists are abhorrent and should be decried in the press and the public square by all civilized people, but under our Constitution both groups have a right to speak their foul views to whomever will listen.

That's what a democratic republic is all about. And that is what we must fight to preserve.