Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Police Were There to Save Jason Kessler




I know this is shrill and unfair, but maybe next time the cops should protect the people FROM the white supremacists and not <a href="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js {C} <ins class="adsbygoogle"style="display:block"data-ad-client="ca-pub-7549205993744809"data-ad-slot="3633004174"data-ad-format="auto"></ins> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </p> //pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js {C} <ins class="adsbygoogle"style="display:block"data-ad-client="ca-pub-7549205993744809"data-ad-slot="3633004174"data-ad-format="auto"></ins> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </p> //pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js {C} <ins class="adsbygoogle"style="display:block"data-ad-client="ca-pub-7549205993744809"data-ad-slot="3633004174"data-ad-format="auto"></ins> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); ">form a protective phalanx around the white supremacist leader and escort him to safety.

In the marketplace of ideas, Jason Kessler is clearly not able to get the people to buy his unique version of racism and bigotry. In the face of this rejection, why are the police so quick to defend him? Can't they let capitalism work its special magic? No? Well, alrighty then.

I mean, there sure were a lot of cops ready to protect him and his rights. They seemed to know what was going to happen. They seemed to be ready to ensure that he was given a chance to get out of town without being punched in the face for being a fucking Nazi. I guess this saved them some paperwork.

It's a conundrum faced by all liberals--clearly, Jason Kessler has a face in search of a punch. But liberalism says no, we can't stoop to this level and celebrate violence. That allows people like Kessler to laugh, call us cucks, and go about his business of saying and doing things that, in another time, would have brought forth a fist to the soft curve of his weak chin. I am not an advocate of violence, but, goodness me, something about all of this requires a careful examination of liberal values and those who are worthy of some punches. I can tolerate a lot of things, but murdering alt-right terrorists is not something that is going to make me question my devotion to liberal values. These people need to be driven back under the slimy rocks that Donald Trump turned over in order to find his base.

Maybe it's a good thing Kessler was not punched in the face or maced and left crying on the ground. I don't claim to have any special insight into any of this. If you or someone you love is willing to punch a Nazi and be arrested for it, I understand. If you or someone you love is willing to accept being charged with a crime and being sued, then that's a form of civil disobedience. And so, all I'm saying is that the same consideration shown today for Kessler has rarely, if ever, been shown for any of the Black Lives Matter activists or the counter-protesters who would really like all those Nazis to leave their town. This is not right. This is not fair. This is not American, by any stretch of the imagination.

Is this a values thing? A rule of law thing? I have no idea. But let's hope the cops do a better job protecting the people who aren't Nazis the next time this happens. Let's hope for a world with no violence, no punches, and no civil disobedience being necessary.















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