Mon. Aug 8th, 2022


By Ken Carman
 My, my, my, how “violent the radical left is!!!” HA! Former peaceful protests turned violent by infiltration? OK, let’s be fair and credit where credit is due: Boogaloo, Prouds, militia-types and brat teen driven by their mother across the border with a high powered rifle. Certainly you remember the attempt to kidnap, murder Whitmer. Charlottesville; running over protesters and claiming they had a right to do that because “they got in my way.”
 You’re talking about a movement where not an insignificant portion finds running over protesters ‘funny.’ I have argued with them before: they defend murder and attempted murder by motor vehicle because, “They were in the way.” Should I have taken that as an excuse to run over the child who ran out in front of me a few months ago? His mother was too busy texting to pay attention. He was in my way. Never knew knew I had that “right!” Gee, golly, whiz: why would I slammed on my brakes? MAYBE because doing the right thing and civility are part of my emotional makeup AND…
 Murder or attempted murder are STILL murder or attempted murder. No matter how smug the excuses.
 How about the high powered weapon armed Right that barges into public buildings, inspires a boy to gleefully cross state lines, with great joy, to murder protesters? I knew the true radical left during the 60s. I argued with them, warned them about their actions being the “Conservative we can talk to.” No matter what anyone tries to attribute to the Left these days pales in comparison to Trump inspired terrorists. And this year has been one for the records, even compared to the previous 3.
 After 4 years it seems Hillary’s “half are deplorables” is but a quaint understatement. But what are you to expect from a movement that pictures Trump with Jesus behind him; hands on his shoulders to comfort the newest ‘chosen’ one. God selected Trump?
 No, this started back in the 60’s when the radical religious right got involved in politics and started inspiring them to act anything BUT Christ-like. I have written several times about how the movement started changing, going way beyond what the radical left did back then. One of the many reasons I slowly started my steer leftward.
 Though we disagree mostly now I still admire the more intellectual side to the movement, as was displayed via William F. Buckley. Respect the politicians who, like Goldwater, could go beyond theological/political correctness to say about gays in the military that all that mattered was if they could shoot straight. Honor those, like Dirksen, who would admit when the movement had gone to far: as mentioned to LBJ when Nixon’s team deliberately went behind LBJ’s back to sabotage the chances of peace. Dirksen agreed: the act of “traitors.” McCain: erratic as he was, was the closest we had to those kinds of Conservatives in recent history. These days moderate to liberal Republicans (Hi, John Lindsey and Jacob Javits!) are as extinct a breed as Tyrannosaurus. Mostly what’s left is those who know they must obey their fascistic cult leader. To quote PN State Senator Kim Ward about the possibility of her not going along with Trump’s tantrum about the election…

 ”If I would say to you, ‘I don’t want to do it,’ I’d get my house bombed tonight.”

 As expected Boogaloos and Prouds are following very un-presidential orders, “Stand back and stand by.”
 Meanwhile, as I edited this, proving my point, “Armed individuals surround the home of Michigan’s Secretary of State.”
 I could continue to provide examples of how Trump incites violence. Instead I will start typing about how, after inauguration, he won’t stop: even if these absurd attempts to disenfranchise Biden voters succeed and Trump is sworn back in again. (It’s not as if the Court hasn’t fished Republicans out of the loser bin at the last moment before.) Why, if the Court rigs the election for him, would he keep inciting this Brownshirts? Because, if anything describes his personality, he’s vengeful and willing to incite others to do his dirty work. And they are eager to do that work. How many statements by pols and appointees, those who are part of his cult, that the disobedient should be beheaded, head placed on a spike outside the White House, the disobedient should be taken out and shot?
 You know like The Night of the Long Knives?
 If things head where they seem to be headed right now, are you wondering when the first cry to “liberate the White House” will come? You KNOW his Brownshirts will obey. Does any fool dare to imagine they would just crawl back underneath the fascistic rock from whence they came, or crawl back into the slimy, stinky, greasy bottom of the trashcan they slithered out from? Won’t he and his thugs try to ramp up the violence even more? Go after the highest profile targets? Certainly their imaginary version of Jesus would approve. Their every action, all their words, are showing us that the Trump-ian jihad has just begun.
 I sincerely hope the Secret Service will be on high alert. Joe and Kamala are going to need it.
 What’s a little assassination between ‘true’ believers?

Modern Brownshirts threatening vote counters.

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Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 40 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks, and into the unseen cracks and crevasses, that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.
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