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by baldilocks

Baron Bodis­sey at Gates of Vienna:

Early Wednes­day morn­ing a man with a high-​powered rifle attacked Repub­li­can mem­bers of Con­gress at a base­ball dia­mond in Alexan­dria, Vir­ginia. The shooter, a man from Indi­ana named James T. Hodgkin­son, was even­tu­ally shot dead by police offi­cers, but not until he had wounded Major­ity Whip Steve Scalise (R-​LA) and three other peo­ple, includ­ing two of the offi­cers who took him out.

Prior to his ram­page in Alexan­dria, Mr. Hodgkin­son had been a devoted sup­porter of Sen­a­tor Bernie Sanders (IN-​VT), a self-​described demo­c­ra­tic social­ist who ran in last year’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign. Mr. Hodgkin­son, like his admired can­di­date, was a staunch pro­gres­sive. He was a bit­ter oppo­nent of Don­ald Trump, and posted mes­sages on Face­book to the effect that the pres­i­dent needed to be “destroyed”.

At some point James Hodgkin­son decided to cross the line between peace­ful protest and vio­lent insur­rec­tion. By dying in fur­ther­ance of his polit­i­cal goals, Mr. Hodgkin­son set him­self up to be the John Brown of what many peo­ple — on both Left and Right — see as the com­ing civil war in America. (…)

[21st-​century Pro­gres­sives] see their cause, with all its intri­cate sub-​causes, as the equiv­a­lent of a mid-​19th cen­tury move­ment that strove to abol­ish slav­ery. For them, any resis­tance to open bor­ders and unlim­ited Third-​World immi­gra­tion is the moral equiv­a­lent of slaveholding.

When any cause is that morally right­eous, only a tiny step is required for it to move beyond a non-​violent stance to an ide­ol­ogy that sanc­tions vio­lence for the sake of the cause.

As of this writ­ing, only the Antifas and their ilk cham­pion vio­lence in the name of the Pro­gres­sive cause. Armed insur­rec­tion has not gone main­stream — YET.

Were Wednesday’s semi-​automatic rounds in Alexan­dria the first vol­ley of the com­ing civil war?

Richard Fer­nan­dez at The Bel­mont Club:

A civ­i­liza­tion at a deci­sion point is almost by def­i­n­i­tion walk­ing the razor’s edge between two futures. One future may lead to a cat­a­stro­phe whose sur­vivors must begin again from scratch. (…)

The poi­so­nous atmos­phere in today’s pol­i­tics illus­trates how bit­terly estab­lished inter­ests will fight to pro­tect their “gains”. They will lit­er­ally kill to pre­serve an agenda. For exam­ple GOP House Major­ity Whip Steve Scalise was shot and seri­ously wounded by some­one “dis­traught” over the recent Repub­li­can elec­toral vic­tory. “The man sus­pected of open­ing fire on Repub­li­can mem­bers of the con­gres­sional base­ball team early Wednes­day morn­ing was dis­traught over the elec­tion of Pres­i­dent Trump and trav­eled to Wash­ing­ton in recent weeks to protest, his brother said on Wednesday.”

The shoot­ing comes after months of increas­ing polit­i­cal hos­til­ity which include but is not lim­ited to, pitched bat­tles between activists at uni­ver­si­ties, the forcible evic­tion of speak­ers from cam­puses in the name of safe spaces, veiled calls by “come­di­ans” for polit­i­cal vio­lence and gen­eral name call­ing and inci­vil­ity. The Hill reports that law­mak­ers are now receiv­ing anony­mous threats from voices which accuse them of betray­ing a polit­i­cal ideal. (…)

Expect more, not less of this.

Kathy Grif­fin embold­ened at least one entity: the Uni­ver­sity of Alaska.

The Uni­ver­sity of Alaska at Anchor­age is dis­play­ing a paint­ing of a nude Chris Evans, the actor who stars as Marvel’s Cap­tain Amer­ica, hold­ing aloft the sev­ered head of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, as a young ’60s-​era Hillary Clin­ton clings to his leg.

Assis­tant pro­fes­sor Thomas Chung cre­ated the paint­ing, KTTU-​TV reported, and he says that he “spent days just weep­ing” after Trump was elected pres­i­dent. The assis­tant pro­fes­sor describes him­self as a social artist who nor­mally doesn’t deal in pol­i­tics, but Trump’s elec­tion “bled into that.”

[cap­tion id=“attachment_98247” align=“alignright” width=“150”] “Hel­met of Salvation“[/caption]

Pun intended, I’m sure.

Behead­ings seem to be all the rage among the Orga­nized Left — another pun intended. To me, this grisly form of protest is a spir­i­tual issue more than any­thing else. Is it a stretch to say that this is also the rea­son that the Orga­nized Left is soft on the Jihad? The two enti­ties cer­tainly have a com­mon enemy. And it’s not us, not ulti­mately. It’s Christ. The Devil wants his ser­vants to take heads before his gets crushed.

Wear your armor at all times.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

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by baldilocks

Baron Bodissey at Gates of Vienna:

Early Wednesday morning a man with a high-powered rifle attacked Republican members of Congress at a baseball diamond in Alexandria, Virginia. The shooter, a man from Indiana named James T. Hodgkinson, was eventually shot dead by police officers, but not until he had wounded Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and three other people, including two of the officers who took him out.

Prior to his rampage in Alexandria, Mr. Hodgkinson had been a devoted supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders (IN-VT), a self-described democratic socialist who ran in last year’s presidential campaign. Mr. Hodgkinson, like his admired candidate, was a staunch progressive. He was a bitter opponent of Donald Trump, and posted messages on Facebook to the effect that the president needed to be “destroyed”.

At some point James Hodgkinson decided to cross the line between peaceful protest and violent insurrection. By dying in furtherance of his political goals, Mr. Hodgkinson set himself up to be the John Brown of what many people — on both Left and Right — see as the coming civil war in America. (…)

[21st-century Progressives] see their cause, with all its intricate sub-causes, as the equivalent of a mid-19th century movement that strove to abolish slavery. For them, any resistance to open borders and unlimited Third-World immigration is the moral equivalent of slaveholding.

When any cause is that morally righteous, only a tiny step is required for it to move beyond a non-violent stance to an ideology that sanctions violence for the sake of the cause.

As of this writing, only the Antifas and their ilk champion violence in the name of the Progressive cause. Armed insurrection has not gone mainstream — YET.

Were Wednesday’s semi-automatic rounds in Alexandria the first volley of the coming civil war?

Richard Fernandez at The Belmont Club:

A civilization at a decision point is almost by definition walking the razor’s edge between two futures.  One future may lead to a catastrophe whose survivors must begin again from scratch. (…)

The poisonous atmosphere in today’s politics illustrates how bitterly established interests will fight to protect their “gains”.  They will literally kill to preserve an agenda.  For example GOP House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot and seriously wounded by someone “distraught” over the recent Republican electoral victory.  “The man suspected of opening fire on Republican members of the congressional baseball team early Wednesday morning was distraught over the election of President Trump and traveled to Washington in recent weeks to protest, his brother said on Wednesday.”

The shooting comes after months of increasing political hostility which include but is not limited to, pitched battles between activists at universities, the forcible eviction of speakers from campuses in the name of safe spaces, veiled calls by “comedians” for political violence and general name calling and incivility. The Hill reports that lawmakers are now receiving anonymous threats from voices which accuse them of betraying a political ideal. (…)

Expect more, not less of this.

Kathy Griffin emboldened at least one entity: the University of Alaska.

The University of Alaska at Anchorage is displaying a painting of a nude Chris Evans, the actor who stars as Marvel’s Captain America, holding aloft the severed head of President Donald Trump, as a young ’60s-era Hillary Clinton clings to his leg.

Assistant professor Thomas Chung created the painting, KTTU-TV reported, and he says that he “spent days just weeping” after Trump was elected president. The assistant professor describes himself as a social artist who normally doesn’t deal in politics, but Trump’s election “bled into that.”

“Helmet of Salvation”

Pun intended, I’m sure.

Beheadings seem to be all the rage among the Organized Left—another pun intended. To me, this grisly form of protest is a spiritual issue more than anything else. Is it a stretch to say that this is also the reason that the Organized Left is soft on the Jihad? The two entities certainly have a common enemy. And it’s not us, not ultimately. It’s Christ. The Devil wants his servants to take heads before his gets crushed.

Wear your armor at all times.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!