Winners of the Boston Common Protest Pageant (Dis?)Honorable Mentions and Runners up

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Winners of the Boston Common Protest Pageant (Dis?)Honorable Mentions and Runners up

There were quite a few peo­ple who came out win­ners from the events of Boston Com­mon. Today we’re going to list those who earned hon­or­able (or dis­hon­or­able) men­tions and the 1st and 2nd runners-​up in that pageant:

Hon­or­able (or Dis­hon­or­able) Mentions

Mayor Marty Walsh: He was able to play up his cre­den­tials not only as an oppo­nent of the Pres­i­dent, and a denouncer of hate, but his deci­sion to deploy rather than stand down police allowed him to project an image of law and order with­out dam­age to his lib­eral cre­den­tials and, despite a few excep­tions, the suc­cess of the Police in main­tain­ing over­all safety for peo­ple in the crowd (if you weren’t wear­ing an Israeli Flag, a Trump Ban­ner or was a police­man) earned him national praise that might come in handy if he wants to progress to a sen­ate seat or the governor’s chair.

Left wing fringe groups: The var­i­ous activist groups from ANSWER to the Social­ist Work­ers et/​al had a great day on Boston com­mon. Not only were they able to get the media and mayor to uncrit­i­cally accept their premise that the speak­ers like Shiva Ayyadu­rai were Nazis and Klans­men, not only where they able to keep any­one from hear­ing what they actu­ally said, they were able, because of the size of the crowd who arrived to oppose the unseen Nazis and Klan mem­bers, to give the impres­sion of a much larger base of sup­port than they actual have for their fringe polit­i­cal positions.

The News Media: Their will­ing­ness to run with and sell the left whole “Nazi/​White Suprema­cist Hoard descend­ing on Boston” meme meant they were given a spec­ta­cle which pro­vided them with days of copy and tons of cov­er­age to attract eye­balls and thus adver­tis­ers. Even bet­ter for the media their suc­cess in sell­ing the meme gives them a chance to deploy it any time a tea party group gets a per­mit from any city in Massachusetts.

2nd Run­ner up: The Boston Police

The Boston Police was both a short term and a long term win­ners of events on the com­mon. Despite Jeff Jacoby’s cor­rect assess­ment con­cern­ing actual free speech, their highly vis­i­ble pres­ence at the event, their abil­ity to pre­vent fatal­i­ties or seri­ous injury com­bined with their will­ing­ness to be the pri­mary tar­get of the ANTIFA thugs vio­lence, not only achieved their pri­mary goal of avoid­ing a blood bath or seri­ous riot, but rightly raised their stature both locally and nation­ally as a peace force. Reg­u­lar peo­ple, with noth­ing to do with pro­fes­sional activism, who turned up to oppose “nazis” were thank­ing police for keep­ing them safe and rightly so.

Sure there were State Police and Tran­sit Police there as well but the City’s police force was the most vis­i­ble and got the lions share of the atten­tion and credit.

1st Run­ner up: ANTIFA

I’m sorry to say ANTIFA was the 2nd biggest win­ner of the events on Boston Com­mon for many reasons:

They were able to show num­bers. The total amount of masked thugs was con­sid­er­able which meant a pretty good show of muscle.

They were accepted and cheered by the crowd despite (or per­haps because of) their vio­lent his­tory against any who they con­sider their polit­i­cal opponents.

Because of the size of the crowd, the need for police to pro­tect cer­tain areas and peo­ple and the media’s dis­in­ter­est they were able to get away with iso­lated acts of vio­lence with impunity .

Although there were a small amount of folks arrested, you actu­ally had incred­i­ble sight online of police ask­ing ANTIFA thugs to “to refrain from throw­ing urine, bot­tles and other harm­ful pro­jec­tiles at our offi­cers.” as they ignored said request while berat­ing and assault­ing offi­cers. Per­haps next time they’ll be able to get the police to say “please”.

Like any group of actual fas­cists their real power is to intim­i­date far beyond their actual num­bers. Boston Com­mon put that intim­i­da­tion fac­tor on dis­play to those they wanted to keep in check. I’m not just talk­ing about City May­ors not want­ing to blow their bud­gets on police details deny­ing per­mits or venues and groups choos­ing to avoid pub­lic event due to fear of lia­bil­ity cost or phys­i­cal vio­lence. I’m not even talk­ing about the tiny group of speak­ers who would have been dwarfed even if the 100’s of ANTIFA folk never showed their face.

I’m talk­ing about the suc­cess­ful dis­play of phys­i­cal power to their polit­i­cal allies on the left. They were the real tar­get. Thanks to events on the com­mon where ANTIFA was will­ing to take on police and show some mus­cle against their foes out of police sight, reporters who might con­sider a crit­i­cal story, activists who might con­sider giv­ing the other side a chance to speak and even reg­u­lar peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly those not enam­ored with the 2nd amend­ment who might decide they agree with the Pres­i­dent or the Tea Party on an issue or two will think twice before doing so thanks to the fear (ratio­nal or not) that their actions will prompt a visit from the folks wear­ing masks.

Finally all of this will attract the young stu­pid recruits that are the bread and meat for such Fas­cists, par­tic­u­larly from those who are rejected (didn’t the crowd show them sup­port?) or fear­ful (Wouldn’t it be great to have a bunch of strong friends hav­ing your back?) or thug­gish (didn’t they stand up to police even with the whole coun­try watch­ing?). Boston was ANTIFA’s recruit­ment video for use­ful idiots and there are plenty of direc­tion­less and fool­ish teens and twenty some­things who will see it and come running.

As for the big win­ner from events in Boston, that’s tomor­row lead post.

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There were quite a few people who came out winners from the events of Boston Common.  Today we’re going to list those who earned honorable (or dishonorable) mentions and the 1st and 2nd runners-up in that pageant:

Honorable (or Dishonorable) Mentions

Mayor Marty Walsh:  He was able to play up his credentials not only as an opponent of the President, and a denouncer of hate,  but his decision to deploy rather than stand down police allowed him to project an image of law and order without damage to his liberal credentials and, despite a few exceptions, the success of the Police in maintaining overall safety for people in the crowd (if you weren’t wearing an Israeli Flag, a Trump Banner or was a policeman) earned him national praise that might come in handy if he wants to progress to a senate seat or the governor’s chair.

Left wing fringe groups:  The various activist groups from ANSWER to the Socialist Workers et/al had a great day on Boston common.  Not only were they able to get the media and mayor to uncritically accept their premise that the speakers like Shiva Ayyadurai were Nazis and Klansmen, not only where they able to keep anyone from hearing what they actually said, they were able, because of the size of the crowd who arrived to oppose the unseen Nazis and Klan members, to give the impression of a much larger base of support than they actual have for their fringe political positions.

The News Media:  Their willingness to run with and sell the left whole “Nazi/White Supremacist Hoard descending on Boston” meme meant they were given a spectacle which provided them with days of copy and tons of coverage to attract eyeballs and thus advertisers. Even better for the media their success in selling the meme gives them a chance to deploy it any time a tea party group gets a permit from any city in Massachusetts.

2nd Runner up:  The Boston Police

The Boston Police was both a short term and a long term winners of events on the common. Despite Jeff Jacoby’s correct assessment concerning actual free speech, their highly visible presence at the event, their ability to prevent fatalities or serious injury combined with their willingness to be the primary target of the ANTIFA thugs violence, not only achieved their primary goal of avoiding a blood bath or serious riot, but rightly raised their stature both locally and nationally as a peace force.  Regular people, with nothing to do with professional activism, who turned up to oppose “nazis” were thanking police for keeping them safe and rightly so.

Sure there were State Police and Transit Police there as well but the City’s police force was the most visible and got the lions share of the attention and credit.

1st Runner up:  ANTIFA

I’m sorry to say ANTIFA was the 2nd biggest winner of the events on Boston Common for many reasons:

They were able to show numbers. The total amount of masked thugs was considerable which meant a pretty good show of muscle.

They were accepted and cheered by the crowd despite (or perhaps because of) their violent history against any who they consider their political opponents.

Because of the size of the crowd, the need for police to protect certain areas and people and the media’s disinterest they were able to get away with isolated acts of violence with impunity .

Although there were a small amount of folks arrested, you actually had incredible sight online of police asking ANTIFA thugs to “to refrain from throwing urine, bottles and other harmful projectiles at our officers.” as they ignored said request while berating and assaulting officers.  Perhaps next time they’ll be able to get the police to say “please”.

Like any group of actual fascists their real power is to intimidate far beyond their actual numbers.  Boston Common put that intimidation factor on display to those they wanted to keep in check.  I’m not just talking about City Mayors not wanting to blow their budgets on police details denying permits or venues and groups choosing to avoid public event due to fear of liability cost or physical violence.  I’m not even talking about the tiny group of speakers who would have been dwarfed even if the 100’s of ANTIFA folk never showed their face.

I’m talking about the successful display of physical power to their political allies on the left.  They were the real target.  Thanks to events on the common where ANTIFA was willing to take on police and show some muscle against their foes out of police sight, reporters who might consider a critical story, activists who might consider giving the other side a chance to speak and even regular people, particularly those not enamored with the 2nd amendment who might decide they agree with the President or the Tea Party on an issue or two will think twice before doing so thanks to the fear (rational or not) that their actions will prompt a visit from the folks wearing masks.

Finally all of this will attract the young stupid recruits that are the bread and meat for such Fascists, particularly from those who are rejected (didn’t the crowd show them support?) or fearful (Wouldn’t it be great to have a bunch of strong friends having your back?) or thuggish (didn’t they stand up to police even with the whole country watching?).  Boston was ANTIFA’s recruitment video for useful idiots and there are plenty of directionless and foolish teens and twenty somethings who will see it and come running.

As for the big winner from events in Boston, that’s tomorrow lead post.

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