ACLU Tosses Second Amendment Under the Bus

The American Civil Liberties Union is a group that was founded to protect the constitutional freedoms of Americans. The ACLU website brags, “For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.” Yet there seems to be one freedom that is too controversial for the ACLU to protect.

After the Virginia branch of the ACLU aided the alt-right groups that participated in the riot in Charlottesville last weekend, the Wall Street Journal reports that the ACLU will not defend the right of “hate groups” to march with firearms. The group will also consider the potential for violence when considering whether to work with potential clients.

“The events of Charlottesville require any judge, any police chief and any legal group to look at the facts of any white-supremacy protests with a much finer comb,” said Anthony Romero, the ACLU’s executive director. “If a protest group insists, ‘No, we want to be able to carry loaded firearms,’ well, we don’t have to represent them. They can find someone else.”

There were many pictures of the white supremacist marchers openly carrying guns, which is legal in Virginia. At this point, it is unclear if any of these guns were fired during the riot, but photographer Zach Roberts did photograph an alt-right militant using a pistol to provide cover to the white supremacists who savagely beat Deandre Harris, a black special education teacher, with metal poles.

In an online statement, the ACLU said, “If white supremacists march into our towns armed to the teeth and with the intent to harm people, they are not engaging in activity protected by the United States Constitution.”

The question is one of intent. How can the ACLU determine whether marchers are peacefully exercising their Second Amendment rights or using guns to intimidate political opponents? Without evidence, the answer to that question is in the eye of the beholder.

Until they show intent to break the law, white supremacists have the same rights as any other American. The ACLU has recognized this for decades. As far back as 1978, the group defended the right of neo-Nazis in to march in Skokie, Illinois.

The problem seems to be on the Second Amendment, where the ACLU has long been ambivalent. The group historically considered the right to bear arms to be a government right to arm the militia. In 1980, the ACLU said, “With respect to firearms, the ACLU believes that this quality of dangerousness justifies legal regulation which substantially restricts the individual’s interest in freedom of choice.”

The freedom of speech and the right to bear arms are both enshrined in the Constitution that the ACLU claims to protect. These rights apply to neo-Nazis and Klan members just as they do to every other American. The ACLU has said that it would continue to deal with requests for aid by white supremacist groups on a case-by-case basis, but it is disingenuous to protect one right and not the other, even after Charlottesville.

No right is absolute. Just as freedom of speech does not include yelling “fire” in a crowded theater, the right to carry is subject to reasonable limits. It should be up to state and local governments to learn from Charlottesville and, if they see a legitimate need, enact constitutional legislation that restrict weapons under certain conditions. Virginia law already contains restrictions on the right to carry in certain circumstances.

If anyone, white supremacist or otherwise, abuses their right to bear arms by using legal guns to commit crimes, they should face stiff penalties. If this gunman, who used his gun to aid in the assault and battery of Deandre Harris, can be identified, he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, including the loss of his Second Amendment rights if he is convicted of a felony.

If the alt-right had not exercised their right to freely assemble and speak their minds, the Charlottesville riot would never have happened. In spite of that, the ACLU is not denying First Amendment aid to racist groups. Why should the Second Amendment be any different?

Some White Supremacists Are Finding Their DNA Test Results Disappointing

I’ve been interested in ancestral research ever since my maternal grandfather and his brothers did some genealogical research years ago. So a few years ago, when began offering their DNA testing, I couldn’t wait to try it.

My test confirmed much of what I knew about my family, but it offered some surprises as well. For instance, we had known that my grandfather on my mom’s side came from Welsh ancestors, and the test proved that my largest percentage of ancestry is from Great Britain. My grandfather and his brothers had always told us that their grandmother was full-blooded Cherokee, yet there’s no Native American DNA in my profile, so I’ve wondered if they were mistaken.

It’s pretty natural to assume that white supremacists would be chomping at the bit to test their DNA to prove their, um, purity. And now research from UCLA has demonstrated just how much these alt-right cretins talk about their heritage at sites like Stormfront – and just how disappointed some of them are when the test results come in.

…many are disappointed to find out that their ancestry is not as “white” as they’d hoped. In a new study, sociologists Aaron Panofsky and Joan Donovan examined years’ worth of posts on Stormfront to see how members dealt with the news.

It’s striking, they say, that white nationalists would post these results online at all. After all, as Panofsky put it, “they will basically say if you want to be a member of Stormfront you have to be 100 percent white European, not Jewish.”

Naturally, the ones whose DNA fits the profile described above – about a third of the posters on Stormfront’s discussion boards – brag heartily aboug their “pure blood.” Those who don’t? Well, let’s say that they turn denial into an art form.

Some rejected the tests entirely, saying that an individual’s knowledge about his or her own genealogy is better than whatever a genetic test can reveal. “They will talk about the mirror test,” said Panofsky, who is a sociologist of science at UCLA’s Institute for Society and Genetics. “They will say things like, ‘If you see a Jew in the mirror looking back at you, that’s a problem; if you don’t, you’re fine.’” Others, he said, responded to unwanted genetic results by saying that those kinds of tests don’t matter if you are truly committed to being a white nationalist. Yet others tried to discredit the genetic tests as a Jewish conspiracy “that is trying to confuse true white Americans about their ancestry,” Panofsky said.

But some took a more scientific angle in their critiques, calling into doubt the method by which these companies determine ancestry — specifically how companies pick those people whose genetic material will be considered the reference for a particular geographical group.

The authors of the study noted that this particular online community shifted their definitions of who counted as “white.” Those who had been a member of the community for longer periods of time found that they received a pass when their DNA tests turned out different from what they hoped, while newer members weren’t treated with as much favor.

Here’s the thing, and I’ve said it so many times before: this is what happens – on both the right and the left – when people derive their entire identity and worth from what they are rather than who they are. The level of disappointment, along with the constant moving of goalposts, must be pretty exhausting.

Man, these people need Jesus. But they probably don’t care to give their lives over to a Man with Jewish heritage.

When You’ve Lost Republicans On Fox News, You’ve Lost Middle America

President Trump’s comments about the Charlottesville riot have drawn condemnation from all quarters of the country. The true extent of the political damage to the president is not fully known at this point, but Fox News host Shepard Smith offered a clue. According to Smith, Fox News, a channel normally friendly to Trump and Republicans, could not find a single Republican to defend Trump’s statements on the air.

“Our booking team — and they’re good — reached out to Republicans of all stripes across the country today,” Smith said on his show Wednesday. “Let’s be honest, Republicans don’t often really mind coming on Fox News Channel. We couldn’t get anyone to come and defend him here because we thought, in balance, someone should do that.”

“We worked very hard at it throughout the day, and we were unsuccessful,” Smith continued.

Throughout his short political career, the president has never had trouble finding Republicans to defend him. On issues from his connections to Russia to the Access Hollywood tape, there were always people willing to go on record to back Donald Trump and excuse his behavior.

While few, if any, Republicans are defending Trump, several are now condemning him by name. On Wednesday, Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in a statement, “Through his statements yesterday, President Trump took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency between the white supremacist neo-Nazis and KKK members who attended the Charlottesville rally and people like Ms. Heyer. I, along with many others, do not endorse this moral equivalency.”

“Many Republicans do not agree with and will fight back against the idea that the Party of Lincoln has a welcome mat out for the David Dukes of the world,” Graham continued.

In a tweet, John McCain (R-Ariz.) said, “There’s no moral equivalency between racists & Americans standing up to defy hate& bigotry. The President of the United States should say so.”

Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) launched a series of tweets in which he said that the white supremacist organizers of the Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville are “100% to blame for a number of reasons.”

“Mr. President,” Rubio tweeted, “you can’t allow White Supremacists to share only part of blame. They support idea which cost nation & world so much pain.”

The list of other Republicans breaking with Trump on the issue is growing. CNN reports that it now includes Corey Gardner (R-Col.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) and John Kasich (R-Ohio).

While Republicans have largely stood by the president since his nomination, Trump’s behavior is increasingly becoming a liability to Republicans who must face voters themselves. This is especially true when Trump veers into the emotionally charged world of race.

One of the few things that unites almost all Americans is a hatred for racism and Nazis. With his statement that there were “very fine people on both sides,” Trump has put his administration and the Republican Party firmly on the wrong side of the issue.

The proof is the lack of Republicans willing to back the president on Charlottesville. When Republicans won’t go on Fox News to defend President Trump, he is in serious trouble.

The Worst Part of Trump’s Endless ‘Them’ Play

Let’s be real about one thing: The racism was there before Donald Trump. Those who slapped Trump stickers on their pickup truck rear windows already knew what they believed before the New York billionaire showed up to tell them. We mustn’t forget that Trump spent years cultivating his following.

Once the first shot is fired, who will be responsible for the massacre?

He was not playing to America, or to critically-thinking political followers in his Saturday press conference, or his Monday tweets, or his Tuesday presser. He was playing to those people in pickup trucks. That’s his audience, and it’s always been his audience.

How could Trump have called white supremacists who marched in torchlight shouting “Blood & Soil!”, “very fine people?”

Nobody at the Charlottesville protests, other than the police, who had to be there, and possibly members of the press, who were at least titularly neutral, earned the moniker “fine people.”

He said it to incite the left-leaning press to show their colors, which they did. The MSM believes that antifa and its fellow-travelers, anarchists and Che-worshippers, are protesting the “alt-right.” Trump’s audience knows differently. And his audience is not the tiny group that actually showed up in Charlottesville, it’s rather the millions who turned out to vote for him in the GOP primaries and the general election.

To Trump, it’s always about “them.”

In this way, Trump is a lot like former President Obama. After every egregious mass shooting, police assassination, or horrible crime perpetrated by leftist thugs like BLM, Obama would condemn the violence, and then offer a wink and a nod by calling for gun control, or blaming conservative narratives–often letting the press do that part for him.

Trump doesn’t have the press as his megaphone, but he plays them like a Stradivarius, and they play his tune. The press is “them.” The left is “them.” Anyone who supports Trump, whether they’re Hitler Youth or Jerry Falwell, Jr.1, gets a pass and a hug. Trump is incapable of rejecting anyone who supports him.

So some of the worst people in America get called “fine people” by the president, while Trump’s “them” one-act play remains intact.

The worst part of this is that the latent racism stirred up by the fringe lunatic left and the racist evil neo-Nazis will continue to fester and grow. Trump does not care what other politicians say. He does not care what businessmen say.

He does not care if he is refusing to lead America into healing, and instead is leading it into hate.

The next time (and there will be a next time unless something radically changes) the “alt-right” and the “alt-left” collide, the police may not be so restrained. The damage might not be limited to a single murder and two dead police officers. The racists may not confine themselves to tiki torches. And once the first shot is fired, who will be responsible for the massacre?

Trump will say “them.”

1I used Falwell as an example of an otherwise-Godly and clear-thinking fine person to demonstrate the dichotomy.

This Is How We Win Over Hate

I pray my prodigal son will renounce his hateful beliefs and return home.

When leftist antifa and anarchist forces, armed for violence, met neo-Nazi and white supremacists ready for violence, violence resulted. It will continue in this endless cycle of injury, blood and death, until it’s stopped by a more powerful force.

I’ve seen it with my own eyes: love is greater than hate.

And the weapon Pearce Tefft has chosen to fight with is love, and prayer. He penned a moving and powerful letter about his own son, Peter Tefft, who was one of the white nationalist marchers in Charlottesville.

I have shared my home and hearth with friends and acquaintances of every race, gender and creed. I have taught all of my children that all men and women are created equal. That we must love each other all the same.

Evidently Peter has chosen to unlearn these lessons, much to my and his family’s heartbreak and distress. We have been silent up until now, but now we see that this was a mistake. It was the silence of good people that allowed the Nazis to flourish the first time around, and it is the silence of good people that is allowing them to flourish now.

The elder Tefft continued, dishing out some tough love.

Peter Tefft, my son, is not welcome at our family gatherings any longer. I pray my prodigal son will renounce his hateful beliefs and return home. Then and only then will I lay out the feast.

The Tefft family can be excused for their confusion–multiple times in the letter, Pearce Tefft reiterated that Peter didn’t learn his “twisted worldview” at their home.

He once joked, “The thing about us fascists is, it’s not that we don’t believe in freedom of speech. You can say whatever you want. We’ll just throw you in an oven.”

In the end, it’s prayer and love that wins back prodigals.

Peter, you will have to shovel our bodies into the oven, too. Please son, renounce the hate, accept and love all.


Mr. President: Tweets Won’t Fix This. Be President, or Be Like Obama

Forget North Korea. Forget Venezuela. Forget Obamacare. Forget ISIS. Forget the wall. Forget all of that for just a moment.

We have a gathering of diseased rats going on in Charlottesville, Virginia, with one reported dead after a car plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters. This is homegrown terror, and a cancer on America as bad as militant BLM in Dallas. It’s as bad as Antifa, and in fact, it’s worse.

White supremacists and neo-Nazis are not “the right.” It’s time for the “alt-right” to go the way of all evil institutions. And President Trump tweeted.

Tweeting won’t solve this problem, any more than President Obama’s smooth talk on television didn’t fix black racists and Black Liberation Theology adherents from their own reign of terror.

If Trump is going to be the “law and order” president, he needs to start here and now. If he is going to have a White House geared toward being “united & condemn all that hate stands for” then Trump needs to make some changes in that White House.

He might start with having chief strategist Steve Bannon stand up and renounce the “alt-right.” Or maybe he could fire Bannon outright to send that signal even stronger. I’m going to link to Breitbart (something I never do) here, to the article that quotes Trump condemning violence.

President Donald Trump responded to the ongoing violence in Charlottesville, Virginia after leftist Antifa protesters attacked a protest of white nationalists.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides,” he stressed.

Trump described the protests in Charlottesville as “terrible” and “very very sad,” calling for peace and order. “This has been going on for a long, long time,” he said, referring to violent protests. “It has no place in America.”

All of this is true. And all of it is just talk.

This is an opportunity for Trump, whose tough talk on North Korea won him a few points in approval polls, to be everyone’s president for the first time.

Or he can be like Obama.

President Obama realized that part of his “base” included groups that shared his belief in the redress of historical injustice–groups like BLM. Because he sympathized with their views, his rhetoric never fully renounced their tactics.

Trump can either play to his shrinking base of diseased rodents, or he can be president for all of us. He can’t do both.

Tweets and statements won’t solve this. It didn’t solve it for Obama (but Obama could afford to let it fester). For President Trump, it’s going to take something more.