Friday, January 5, 2018

Keith Ellison Happily Endorses Antifa

Heck, we had Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s protégé in the White House for eight years, so why shouldn’t we have Rev. Louis Farrakhan’s protégé as deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee?

From the Powerline blog:

And they think that Donald Trump is anti-Semitic?

As you see, Farrakhan protégé Rep. Keith Ellison has now proclaimed his support for the Antifa movement. You know about Antifa, a band of Brown Shirted thugs who indulge in all manner of dramatic street violence to shut down anyone they consider to be right wing.

Anyway, it’s the face of today’s Democratic Party. And yet, if you point it out you will be denounced by Newsweek—of all magazines—for being Islamophobic. In a nation where Jeremiah Wright’s protégé refused to name radical Islam as his enemy, people took up the fight against the one enemy that Barack Obama did recognize: American bigotry.

And you were wondering why the nation is divided against itself?


trigger warning said...

"[Keith Ellison and antifa are] the face of today’s Democratic Party."

Excellent news, indeed.

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

Antifa seems to be the Democrats ideological future. No judgment, of course.

Sam L. said...

Well, Antifa and BLM. Couldn't happen to a nicer Party!

Anonymous said...

I wonder if AO voted for Keith Ellison, with all the rambling screeds and antisemitism.

Ares Olympus said...

Sure Anon! Hey, that's my congressman! I'm sorry, is antifa anti-semetic? Do they have a public position on the Jewish people?

It does seem like movements like this do attract individuals interested in aggression, but in the very least it would seem that leadership is about helping to redirect violent individuals into more civilized ways of acting, and that starts by trying to understand the ideologies behind a movement, as well as the ideology they claim to be opposing. And Carl Jung among others warned us when we confront the evil of others, we also have a chance to face something in our own shadow that we don't want to look at.

Here's a short review of the book:
Historian and former Occupy Wall Street organizer Mark Bray provides a detailed survey of the full history of anti-fascism from its origins to the present day — the first transnational history of postwar anti-fascism in English. Based on interviews with anti-fascists from around the world, Antifa details the tactics of the movement and the philosophy behind it, offering insight into the growing but little-understood resistance fighting back against fascism in all its guises.

I can see it is in the interest of power to delegitimize any movement that threats existing power structures. Anyway, I see no need to judge every group as all good or all bad. That's call splitting and its what we do when we're not in control of ourselves.

I admit I'll worry more about Antifa when they start driving cars into crowds of people, or strapping bombs to themselves.

Ares Olympus said...

Here's a small statement. It looks like Ellison should stop acting like Trump, and read a book before he visually endorses them in picture and quote. Politicians should be more careful what they endorse - You never know if you might accidentally be propagating neo-nazi race-baiting fake murder rate propaganda or whatever.
Spokesman Karthik Ganapathy says Ellison has not read the book but has espoused nonviolence throughout his career.

Still, I'd like to better understand exactly what sorts of violence this book supposedly endorses. Hopefully Ellison will now read it and tell us, or has his spokesman or another staffer can read it for him and gives him an executive summary to share as sound bites.