I am usually the first to say that people who act in wicked ways ought not be rewarded with political success.
This is an important lesson our country has yet to learn about the Antifa and Black Lives Matter criminality, which has plagued our streets for several years. The repercussions of this failure will be with us for decades to come, even if we were to correct course right this minute. When violence and deception are rewarded with something so valuable as political power, one cannot be surprised if violence and deception become regular features of our existence.
Unfortunately, it is precisely that failure which has resulted in another sort of violence, far less favored by the media. White racial terrorism used to be a Left wing myth, evidence of which had to be fabricated in the form of fake hate crimes. Today it has become an all too real subject of our political discourse, brought to the forefront of our National conversation by a curious alignment of priorities, between the perpetrators of this violence, and its purported targets.
Stephan Balliet spent substantial time and effort on manufacturing improvised firearms and explosive devices, before carrying out his attempted attack on a synagogue in Halle, Germany. He left behind a manifesto of sorts, detailing more his methods than his motives, but is reported to have confessed his intent to police, and also streamed video of the assault, in which he blamed Jews for all too real problems facing his country, and ours.
He is not the first to do this, obviously. Before him came Patrick Crusius, Brenton Tarrant, Robert Bowers, and Dylann Roof, to name just a few. This list is likely to grow longer, perhaps long enough for us to begin forgetting the names, because of our society’s stubborn refusal to grapple with the root causes of these crimes, and worse, a morbid drive to double down on precisely the misguided and malicious patterns which preceded, and, arguably, necessitated them.
Normally when people resort to political violence, we rightly critique the methods of the criminal. Whatever one’s cause, no matter how righteous, violence, we insist, is never the answer. We live in democratic societies, where avenues are purportedly provided for political and social change, which do not necessitate bloodshed, thereby depriving such acts of justification. We purport to embrace free speech, respect the rights of individuals, and protect minorities from persecution at the hands of the Mob.
Had we continued to honor these time tested traditions, it would be difficult indeed to find a soul on this Earth who would watch the gruesome videos of these attacks, and find them inspiring. Their so-called “manifestos” would be dismissed by all, just as they are currently dismissed today by the majority, as the senseless rantings of deranged criminals. We would find them no more worthy of consideration, than we would the lyrics of gangster rap, or “death metal”.
Sadly, we have not honored these traditions. Some ideas, even some rather substantial facts, have been deemed too dangerous to be discussed openly, by our ruling classes. Their frantic and futile efforts to hide the truth, and suppress dissent, have resulted in precisely the outcome they purport to be trying to prevent. With each such outcome, these censorious efforts are increased, and coupled with ever louder calls to disarm the broader law abiding populace.
The inability to peacefully address legitimate grievances, combined with the drive for disarmament, create a wholly justified sense of dread, and urgency, amongst the growing numbers of people who understand these truths our rulers try so hard to suppress. Seeing in their futures a world where degeneracy, brutality, and chaos, prevail over the forces of decency, law, and order, otherwise good men reach the conclusion that cowardice alone prevents men from taking up arms against these threats to civilization.
People who reach these conclusions are further troubled by the observation that no leader has emerged to guide them toward victory. Anyone who emerges with the potential for that leadership, is rapidly set upon by the powers that be. They are assaulted, silenced, and sucked into costly legal battles which incapacitate them for years at a time.
Simultaneously, they see innocent men imprisoned, bankrupted, slandered, and worse. With time and repetition, the message becomes clear. Innocence is no defense against this threat, and thus remaining innocent has no benefit.
In a rapidly growing number of minds, these circumstances, taken together, spell out a clear choice. Either fight now, and hope that others follow suit, or cower slavishly, secure in the knowledge that far worse evils will result.
To attack the motives of such men, only proves their point. To try and silence these views, only confirms the suspicion. To disarm the populace, only increases the urgency.
The predictable result, is more of the same.