The Left has always been a movement which sought power to obtain their warped view of the ‘greater good.’ Moreover, that view has always trended toward Socialism in one variety or another.
Leftists search for power is through both cultural and political avenues. For the better portion of the last 60 years, the Left has used the public education system at all levels toward gaining influence and control in both.
Thus it was only a matter of time before their movement would produce powerful Leftist leaders in culture and politics. The Left’s quest in America reached its political height when Barack Obama was elected in 2008.
They exulted during Obama’s 8-year attempt to “fundamentally transform” America. Now the Obama years are behind us and Left’s anointed choice to ascend did not win.
In the three-plus years of President Trump’s first term, we have witnessed the emergence of a new set of Leftist politicians, an overtly and aggressive Socialist bunch, along with a more violent Left in society. This is the dangerous and desperate ‘new Left’ of today.
No Longer the Non-violent Left
Today’s new Left is becoming increasingly violent in pursuit of their nefarious goals. They are beginning to resemble the Leftists of the 1960s and 70s from whom they are descended.
The recent violence by the Fascist Left group Antifa is troubling, but it has not reached the level of protest bombings that characterized the earlier Leftists of the 20th century. Such violence of that level could yet occur if this is not effectively squashed.
In fact, recently an attempt was made by a committed Leftist, who claimed at least sympathy with Antifa in a written manifesto, at an I.C.E. facility in Tacoma, Washington to destroy it altogether.
“Anti-immigration enforcement protester, Willem Van Spronsen, 69, was armed with a loaded rifle and attempted to ignite a commercial-size propane tank attached to the detention facility,” Shawn Fallah, resident agent in charge of ICE Office of Professional Responsibility said in a written statement provided to Breitbart News. “This could have resulted in the mass murder of staff and detainees housed at the facility had he been successful at setting the tank ablaze, said Shawn Fallah, resident agent in charge of ICE Office of Professional Responsibility. These are the kinds of incidents that keep you up at night.”
However, there is one rather startling difference between these eras of Leftist unrest. During the 1960s there emerged a very hardy and effective counter-movement of non-violent protest, led by the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The modern ‘new Left’ has no such non-violent champion who is rallying the faithful in a peaceful manner. Moreover, it is increasingly clear that they aren’t interested in conducting any sort of non-violent campaign.
In fact, the violent anarchists also have the Leftmedia practically cheering them on when they practice violence. This excusing of violence was engaged in by many so-called “progressives” as well.
The only reason actions like these can go unpunished and under-reported is because of the source of the attack and the victim. Antifa is heralded by many progressives as people who simply oppose fascism. They’ve been praised by politicians ranging from Joe Biden to Mitt Romney.
No Longer the Lawful Left
Today’s Leftist spokespeople, in media and politics, are reminiscent of the testimony by Reichs Marshall Hermann Goering at the famous war-crimes trial in Nuremberg, Germany, after the allies had triumphed in World War II.
Before I venture into this potentially troubling area, I need to make something clear. I am not claiming that Leftists are Nazis. Rather I am claiming that the Left now employs the same methods to gain power as the Nazis did almost a century ago.
Goering was Hitler’s second-in-command and the head of the Luftwaffe, i.e. the German version of the Air Force. He was very close and loyal to Hitler right up to the very end of the Third Reich.
This was Goering’s answer to a specific question about whether or not Hitler and his cohorts had come to power “legally.”
Goering: Of course the Party had come to power in an entirely legal way, because the Party had been called upon by the Reich President according to the Constitution, and according to the principles in force the Party should have been called upon much earlier than that. The Party gained strength and came to power only by way of normal elections and the franchise law then valid.
The ‘Party’ Goering referred to was the National Socialist German Workers Party, aka the Nazis. A few moments later he explained the rationale for not simply gaining power, but trying to keep that power on a permanent basis.
Goering: It was a matter of course for us that once we had come into power we were determined to keep that power under all circumstances.We did not want power and governmental authority for power’s sake, but …We did not want to leave this any longer to chance, to elections, and parliamentary majorities, but we wanted to carry out the task to which we considered ourselves called. [italics added]
Reviewing Goering’s testimony and other historical facts revealed some interesting items which seem very like the maneuvers of the ‘New Left.’ One such item was the formation and operation of the SA, aka “Storm Troopers,” or “Brownshirts.”
The SA was very instrumental in the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party. They functioned as an ‘army’ of thugs to intimidate Hitler’s foes.
the SA men protected party meetings, marched in Nazi rallies, and physically assaulted political opponents.
The astute readers of this publication, which I of course believe is all of you, will have already seen the parallels between the SA and Antifa today. The Left as a political movement is obviously in favor of Antifa and their like-minded allies and has been for a long time.
Antifa has obliged the Leftists and become their violent head-buster gang to deter conservatives in as many ways as they can. They are the modern storm-troopers of today and many in Law Enforcement are having their hands tied due to the cowardly cooperation of higher city officials.
Witness the pathetic excusing of Antifa in Portland after attacking journalist Andy Ngo, and the Police Association President’s critique of the mayor.
Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner condemned the violence but demanded that Mayor Wheeler allow police to do their jobs. “Where are the voices condemning the lawlessness and violence?” Turner asked in a statement. “If this violence had been directed at Antifa, there would have been an immediate call for an independent, outside investigation. “It’s our job to ensure that our community can peacefully protest without fear of violence but right now our hands are tied,” he added later in the statement.
Nor is Portland, Oregon the only place Leftists attacks are going unopposed by law enforcement. Recently an I.C.E. facility in Aurora, Colorado was stormed by protestors and they took down the American flag and ran up the Mexican flag in its place.
Instead of an attack on individuals, this was a shot at the symbol of the national sovereignty of America, on our soil! Law enforcement stayed away from the immediate scene did nothing to stop the disgraceful act.
There are a plethora of examples of unopposed violence from a number of Left-wing college campuses to public disasters where people have died, such as Charlottesville, VA, where enforcement response was virtually non-existant and could have prevented it. In other words, law enforcement officers were on the scene or nearby, and did not intervene in an adequate measure.
The Penultimate Power-grab Is Coming in 2020
We have seen that the Left doesn’t hesitate to use violence to further their Socialist agenda. It has also been noted that the law is not a barrier for Leftists as they have and will continue to abuse as well as use the law when it’s to their advantage.
This brings us to the upcoming national election in 2020. The campaigning has already begun in both political parties and there is still another 15 months before the election.
The Left will make its next attempt for a penultimate grab at political power during the campaign and election process in those 15 months. However, control of the government in America is not the Left’s ultimate goal.
Rather, it is the last step they need to climb in order to reach the Leftist’s ultimate goal. The ultimate goal is not simply government control, but total and permanent government control.
The true idealists on the Left do not even realize that fact. They truly believe the goal is to make humanity a blissful Socialist utopia.
Goering also had declared that the Nazi party wanted power to make things better, not for power’s own sake. Personally, I believe Goering was lying, at least to himself, about his own ideals.
I believe that because Goering also noted that once they obtained the power they were not going to willingly give it up. Trust me, the Left might legally obtain power through our elections, as the Nazi party did but they won’t be satisfied there.
If this modern group of Leftist power-brokers obtains such power, they will try to keep it by any means deemed necessary, just like the Nazis in Germany. Whether the idealists on the Left realize a permanent hold on power for the sake of power is the ultimate goal or not, there are those on the Left who do understand and aim to have it.
Thus it is critical that the Left be opposed in this effort at every turn. Perhaps the most essential area is the preservation of American election integrity.
Things such as mandatory voter identification laws need to be in place, which President Trump supports. Moreover, it is vital that enforcement of election law ensuring that not one living non-citizen can vote in the election is also in place.
Finally, we must be about coming with renewed vigor to the LORD for His Divine aid. Pray for the President and all those who combat the Left on a daily basis, and ask God what you can do to help combat against this dangerous and vile attempt to destroy the nation.
The LORD tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence. Psalm 11:5 [ESV]
Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
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Originally published in TIL Journal