Fascism /ˈfæʃɪzəm/ is a form of radical authoritarian nationalism, characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition, and control of industry and commerce, that came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe.
The section I want to focus on here is “forcible suppression of opposition”.
Lets get one thing out of the way, the Nazi/white supremacist groups that were protesting with former Klan leader David Duke in Virginia are the scum of the Earth. They are ignorant white trash.
That being said…they have the right to free speech. I fought for this country to guarantee that everyone is able to speak their mind. The first amendment wasn’t created for speech that everyone agrees with, and is not controversial. That is not the speech that needs protecting, it is the thoughts and ideas that go against the grain of society.
The fact that a group that calls themselves “anti-fascist” did not like what this group had to say, and decided to forcibly shut them down so that they cannot speak their mind is THE DEFINITION OF FASCISM!
Like I sad, I don’t agree with these racists, but had ANTIFA not shown up, lets be honest, there would have been no problems. Duke would have talked with a bullhorn for a little bit, and some flyers would have been handed out, and that would have been the end of it.
Removal of Statues
There are ways to get things done in our civil society. If someone, or some group has an issue with a statue on display, they can approach the city council/state government/federal government (depending on where it is displayed) and go about having it removed the legal way.
The toppling of statues is associated with the fall of governments like Saddam in Iraq and Lenin in Eastern Europe.
Bringing down Civil War statues accomplishes nothing. The memory of the war cannot be pushed to the side and forgotten about because this one group doesn’t like them. This simply is not the way to get things done. Talk about dictatorial power…
A Brief History Lesson
The Civil War was not entirely about slavery. Shocking to many, I know. The truth is the southern states were angry about the loss of states rights and economic issues that were hurting industry in the south, and after the war ultimately led to the south being in such a poor economic situation, some states are still feeling the effects today. Tearing down anything associated with the civil war is not going to make the pain of slavery go away, just as the memorials and statues themselves do not represent slavery.
I know many wont agree with what I have to say here. Being overly sensitive and politically correct is a popular set of views today, especially for people of my age. Maybe because I am a veteran or lover of history that I see things differently.