Column by Frankie Stockes
America, the land of free speech, or so we thought. Through the months leading up to the 2016 Election, and continuing to present day, a European inspired, mask wearing, far left Fascist group ironically referring to themselves as ‘Anti Fascists,’ or ‘AntiFa,’ began appearing at political rallies nationwide, with one goal. To demonize, attack, and physically harm anyone who disagrees with them. A far cry from traditional sign holding, flag waving, and slogan chanting American protestors, AntiFa has not only developed a reputation for burning flags and symbols of free speech, destroying property, and blocking traffic, but for attacking political rivals, passerby, members of the media, and even children. Armed with profanity, pepper spray, fireworks, flag poles, Molotov cocktails, and whatever other makeshift weapons they can piece together, AntiFa has succeeded in making even the Occupy Wall Street movement’s behavior look somewhat reasonable, as they attempt to stifle anyone who disagrees with them.
As is usually the case with left wing movements across the West, AntiFa is not exactly a grassroots organization. In fact, to borrow an old term from Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, they are rather AstroTurf. Time and time again we have been presented with evidence of big money lining the pockets of AntiFa style groups and their allies worldwide. One of the more notable instances involved funding from none other than George Soros. As reported by the Daily Caller and numerous other conservative outfits, The Alliance for Global Justice, a Soros backed group, presented Refuse Fascism, whose full name is actually ‘In the Name of Humanity We Refuse to Accept a Fascist America’ (yes they really call themselves that) the communist group behind the violent attacks outside Milo Yiannopoulos’s UC Berkeley speech, and the other so called ‘Battles of Berkley,’ with a whopping $50,000 donation! A quick search of Refuse Fascism’s website shows they are currently in the midst of what they are referring to as ‘Massive Resistance’ (I’m guessing they are unfamiliar with Virginia’s anti-civil rights movement by the same name) against the Trump Administration. Their website also proudly show plans of what appears to be a large May Day demonstration (potentially including more riots), led by their so called ‘Refuse Fascism May First Task Force.’
Unfortunately for the American political process, it appears AntiFa instigated violence is far from over, and in places like Berkeley, it is actually being encouraged. Berkeley’s Mayor, Jesse Arreguin, was recently outed as a member of a far left Facebook group called ‘By Any Means Necessary,’ which has been responsible for organizing AntiFa led riots. As if far left AntiFa activists inside the Mayor’s office wasn’t bad enough, a 4chan user on the infamous /pol/ message board recently identified himself as a Berkeley Police Officer, and described in great detail the pressure put on officers to allow AntiFa rioters to run wild. The alleged police officer declared ‘We are wholesale being threatened by the Mayor’s Office if we protect actual innocents!’ He then went into further detail about threats made to the officers by the Berkeley Mayor’s Office, and the top brass of the Berkeley Police Department, such as forfeiture of vacation/sick days, changes in shift, and even termination and assassination of character if the officers decided to step in, or go public about the City’s not only sympathetic, but collaborative views and actions towards AntiFa and the radical left. Considering the lackluster, shameful response by officers on duty during the Berkeley riots, it isn’t hard to believe he’s telling the truth.
There is much more to say on the subject of AntiFa thugs, and of course, more articles to come, but I think this short quote sums it up best: ‘If fascism ever comes to America, it will come in the name of liberalism.’ –Ronald Reagan