If Democrats really want to fight it out in the streets, they’re going to have to get better at it than this.
Yet another turnout by a progressive mob brought violence to the streets of Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, when a Patriot Prayer group’s permitted march and “freedom rally” was attacked by so-called “antifa” thugs hurling bottles and brawling in the streets, according to CBS News.
But as at least one video from the fighting makes clear, the Patriot Prayer side wasn’t turning the other cheek.
In a short video posted to YouTube Saturday, a masked antifa foot soldier is shown attacking one of the Patriot Prayer supporters with a baton. Check it out here.
Let’s just say the baton didn’t do the antifa thug much good when it was ripped out of his hand. It did even less when the guy he attacked put a fist in his face, fast enough and hard enough to stretch him out on the street.
As gratifying as it might be to watch one of these leftist stormtroopers having to be carried off by his comrades, there’s something truly horrible happening in a country where an attack like this can come off and it gets little or extremely slanted coverage in the national media.
At NPR – home of exactly the kind of liberals who have no problem using their taxpayer-subsidized jobs to shade the truth for the American public – the coverage explicitly admitted that the Patriot Prayer group had a legal permit for its demonstration, yet failed to make clear how that put the “antifa” thugs clearly in the wrong.
CBS reported the permit too, but noted it was revoked “after the two groups began to clash” — like it was a baseball game called on account of unavoidable rain.
NPR calls Patriot Prayer a “far-right group.” The Oregon antifa thugs call Patriot Prayer white supremacists.
To Patriot Prayer supporters, both are wrong. Its leaders, including Joey Gibson, a Japanese-American who is a contender for the United States Senate in neighboring Washington state, say it’s a Christian group getting physically attacked for exercising its First Amendment rights.
(For anyone keeping score at home, even the Southern Poverty Law Center, a group so radical it will accuse just about any organization of racism for little to no reason, doesn’t consider the group or Gibson to be white supremacist, according to Fox News.)
But the important thing is that in the United States of America, it doesn’t matter what politics a group espouses, it has the right to express them in accordance with local laws that are intended to make sure lives and property are protected while freedom of expression is guaranteed.
In other words, Patriot Prayer had a right to hold a rally and obtained a permit from the local government to do it in a time, place and manner where the public safety would not be compromised. On Saturday, they gathered to do it.
That’s the way it’s supposed to work.
The way it’s not supposed to work — though it will be tough to find any mention of it in mainstream news accounts so far – is that thugs screaming “racism” clearly felt free to physically attack the Patriot Prayer members.
The way it’s not supposed to work is the mainstream media took a whole “boys will be boys” stance on what it essentially textbook fascist behavior by the alleged anti-fascists.
Since the beginning of the Trump presidency, progressives, Democrats and other congenital liars had been warning ominously of a growing “fascism” in the country, and mainstream media – like the comic-book slogan of The Washington Post – have been making noises about how “democracy dies in darkness.”
But the reality, as usual, is almost the exact polar opposite of the liberal spin. The fascists threatening American freedoms are not in the Trump White House or in the Republican majorities in the House and Senate, they’re in the cadres of thugs in America’s most liberal cities, trying to literally beat their political opponents into submission.
Fortunately, it’s a good chance that a lot of them are about as inept as the baton boy in this video who took one on the chin from someone who actually knows how to use his fists.
If Democrats had any sense of decency, respect for the country, or even a rudimentary understanding of the freedoms afforded to Americans by the Constitution, they wouldn’t attack legally permitted expressions like the one Patriot Prayer staged this weekend in Portland.
They have none of those, though, and won’t likely be getting them any time soon.
But if they’re going to keep fighting it out in the streets, they’re going to have to get better than this.