Charlottesville and the Constitution

Outrage, condemnation, and blame, the tragedy in Charlottesville VA has produced all three in non-stop fashion. Strangely enough, all of it pointed squarely at the constitutionally protected and legally approved group of white supremacist.

Lost amongst the repugnant odor of the alt-right’s disgraceful and spiritually bereft racial hatred, are their constitutional liberties. Lost and ignored by the MSM and most politicians. More importantly, equally ignored is the fact that the social justice warrior counter-protesters groups such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa were in Charlottesville specifically to infringe upon the alt-right’s constitutional right to gather on the public square.

The alt-right group had the right to a safe space in which to gather, as well as the most robust police protection available.  In their act of pushing through the police mandated safe space between the two groups and in physically confronting the alt-right group, the BLM/SJW group’s rights were then limited to a civilized arrest process, a Miranda warning, lawful detainment and the right to a speedy trial. That’s it. Full stop.

The MSM and the denizens of the DC Swamp in an effort to win cheap political points, rushed out and without proof, blamed the alt-right gathering for the murderous act of one man. There might have been a domestic terrorist conspiracy to murder and maim the BLM/SJW counter-protesters, but this hasn’t been proven yet. Not one politician has come out and stated the obvious, to wit: if the BLM/SJW counter-protesters had peacefully gathered and obeyed the police’s safe space rules, there would have been little to no violence and perhaps the murder would not have occurred.

It is yet another attack on the First Amendment to legitimize or even worse, legalize the BLM/SJW counter-protest because of the noxious hate filled speech being spewed forth by the alt-right. This is dangerous to the extreme. As a nation, by now we should be mature enough to recognize this fact. Yet, the liberal media is intent on blaming the alt-right for the violent illegal actions of some within the BLM/SJW counter-protest. (Slate)

When U.S. District Judge Glen E. Conrad rejected Charlottesville, Virginia’s attempt to relocate Saturdays’s white nationalist rally he wrote that “merely moving [the] demonstration to another park will not avoid a clash of ideologies” between demonstrators and counter-protesters. He also acknowledged that “a change in the location of the demonstration would not eliminate the need for members of the City’s law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services personnel to appear at Emancipation Park. But, ironically, by protecting the free speech rights of the white supremacists, Conrad may have ultimately suppressed speech by ensuring an armed confrontation between the neo-Nazis and the counter-protesters would break out and that police would be powerless to stop it until blood was spilled.

Why was physical conflict between the two parties a given? Because we have been inculcated with the idea that because certain “bad” speech is so unacceptable, that both government overreach and citizen protest criminality is not only acceptable, it is required as an honorable act of civil disobedience.

One of this century’s early shots across the bow of the First Amendment was the very public arrest of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, producer of the movie “The Real Life of Muhammad”. Ostensibly arrested for allegedly violating the terms of his probation, it was painfully obvious, Mr. Nakoula was arrested to appease Muslims worldwide. Blatantly ignoring his First Amendment rights, Mr. Obama and Hillary Clinton needed this man as their fall guy and didn’t mind trampling on our constitution to make that happen.

There are more solutions as to solving the Charlottesville problem being written that one can imagine. However, any of those solutions must start with personal responsibility. The BLM/SJW counter-protesters were each individually responsible if they broke the law in counter-protesting and justice demands accountability. The killer in the car is personally responsible for his act, and no one else is to blame. To allocate blame elsewhere is to reduce his blame, and that is unacceptable. Lastly, the alt-right is responsible for the content of their speech. They are accountable to their Creator for the hate buried deep within their hearts, and without saving grace will one day be held accountable and justice will be meted out. But their speech does not make them responsible for the counter-protest or the murder.

The one man not responsible for any of this mess is the President. He is no more responsible than is Obama for BLM, or Bernie Sanders for SJW. Until America ceases attempts to score cheap political points by assessing blame where there obviously is none, until the MSM stops protecting the actions of some, while excoriating the activity of others, and until we quit conflating unequal events; America is in continued danger of weakening the First Amendment, and over time tearing our country apart.


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Wm. P. Fitzhenry

5th generation Texan, 2nd generation reformed Presbyterian, a twin and a serial entrepreneur.

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