FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, a fire set by demonstrators protesting a scheduled speaking appearance by Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos burns on Sproul Plaza on the University of California, Berkeley campus. UC Berkeley police took a hands-off approach to protesters on the campus last week when violent rioters overtook a largely peaceful protest against a controversial speaker. But that response is being questioned as demonstrators become increasingly hostile and politics are more polarized. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Rooting for Injuries in Berkeley

In Berkeley, CA over the weekend, the alt-right and the radical left collided. It was not so much anti-Trump vs. pro-Trump as the media describes it, as it was the totalitarian left versus the totalitarian alt-right. Just as the communists and Nazis are kissing cousins, so too are the groups who clashed in Berkeley.

On the alt-right, you had neo-Nazi racists who who held up Nazis era symbolism championing the rise of white power. On the far left, you had anti-Christian authoritarians who are just as much opposed to the American way of life as the alt-right.

The media would prefer to paint the far left protestors as nobles standing up to white supremacy, but they are just as radically authoritarian and wish their opponents would be carted off to re-education camps.

In reality, neither side is worth supporting and the only side to root for is injuries. The alt-right is an abomination that needs to be ruthlessly stamped out by the right and has only been emboldened by the rise of Donald Trump. The far left, which thought it no longer had to seek the people’s authority through democratic processes after eight years of Obama, is lashing out across the country seeking to silence any dissent on issues of gender, gay marriage, and capitalism.

Both groups are two sides of one coin and we as a nation would be wise to discard that coin on the ash heap of history.

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