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A Week of Terrorism in the United States

The week that was is unprecedented in modern American history. The political violence that started the week is unprecedented in modern American history. Those who understand it, know that the events have a percent. Perhaps, even, two precedents. Neither of them is one that should give you a fuzzy feeling. The one that immediately comes to mind is the environment that preceded the American Civil War. We have not quite gotten to members of the United States Senate caning each other, but having thirteen devices sent to the leadership of the opposing party, and those who support their efforts to legally take over the House (and maybe Senate) through the vote are very serious.

Cesar Sayoc may believe that his devices were not meant to hurt anybody. He may honestly believe he was not doing something wrong. His actions though, where a knife into the heart of democracy itself. It was not an attack on Democrats, even if every target was a high profile Democrat or supporter of the party. Stopping at the party affiliation of the targets is a mistake. It is a victory for Sayoc, and those who like him do not believe democracy is worth defending.

The targets though were unprecedented. This was the attempted mass murder of two former presidents, to former members of the cabinet. A former vice-president, and political donors. To add insult to injury the media was targeted, as well as two former members of the national security establishment.

This alone was a serious event. And that was literally just part of last week.

Then we had this in the middle of the week:

A white man who allegedly killed two people at a Kroger grocery store in Kentucky tried to enter a predominantly black church nearby minutes before the fatal shooting, police said.

The two people killed Wednesday — Maurice Stallard and Vickie Jones — were shot in the grocery store and the parking lot, respectively. CNN affiliate WDRB described both victims as black.

Police arrested suspect Gregory A. Bush, 51, shortly after the shooting, which happened in the Louisville suburb of Jeffersontown.

This was already a bad week. It had reminders, hard as they may seem to comprehend, that this has markers similar to the road leading to the American Civil War, and the civil rights era. After all, Bush told a white man who confronted him, that white men do not shoot white men.

How we close the week had echoes of a few other eras in American history. When Robert Bowers decided to go to the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg and shot the place up during early Saturday service. Before doing this, Bowers posted this on Gab, a social media site that has become an alternative to Twitter. It is the home of many a white supremacist.

“I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”

So there are a few things to ask. The first, and most obvious is what the hell is going on?

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The first thing that is clear as day is that we have no presidential leadership. During the crisis, even the civil war, presidents have led by example. President Abraham Lincoln, during this second inaugural, said the following:

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.

This was in the midst of a civil war when 620,000 Americans died on the battlefields. Close to a million may have died, if we take into account civilian casualties. It was the most destructive war ever fought on American soil. Simply put, Lincoln knew he had to find a way to bring back the southern states into the Union.

We can say that of every other president since Washington. Yes, we can even say that about Andrew Jackson, who was a populist, the closest thing to Donald Trump, yet he knew when to lead. Donald J Trump has no desire to bind the wounds of the nation. He’d rather inflict more.

This president has embraced white supremacists. Whether it is speaking about good people on both sides after Charlottesville, or not rejecting David Duke.

So what do the three attacks have in common? This matters, because we are in a very dark place. All of them are white supremacists, who have acted on their fears, their desires, and their hate. They see signals from the White House that they have nothing to fear from the Feds. How is Trump doing that?

Whenever he tells a crowd that he is a nationalist, he is using a code language, When he speaks proudly against globalists, he is using well known antisemitic language. It does not take long for his followers to make the connections to George Soros, a Holocaust survivor. Incidentally, he was one of the bomb targets.

When Trump questions, as he did for years, the fact that President Barack Obama was born in the United States, he is engaging in well-known code. For white supremacists, it really does not matter where a person of color was born. They are not one of them, they cannot be Americans. Most importantly, they cannot govern over them. That is against the natural order of things, as white supremacists understand this.

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So what else is going on? This week was not just about attacks, but about conspiracies. The globalist Jews want to take over the world, and destroy the west is as old as can be. The best-distilled form of it was the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. It was commissioned by a tsar, and it was antisemitic propaganda.

Some of its chestnuts were incorporated into Henry Ford’s The International Jew. These are clear as day when the term globalism comes out. Where did this hate for globalism come from? Well, it never died, but Russia is the originator for this new version of this toxic venom. It spread from the writings of Alexandr Dugin to the far nationalist right to Europe. Then it came to the United States, courtesy of among others, Alex Jones and Steve Bannon. If you want to know the truth, Richard Spencer also made it part of his message. And we all know better dressed white nationalists are just that, better dressed.

So that is one thread of this. As they say, there is more

The refuges walking up to the United States from Central America are another conspiracy that animates the fears of the far right. We are told, by the president for starters, that these people are criminals. They are also terrorists and the worst of the worst. He started with these ideas the day he launched his campaign. He has not stopped. Incidentally, this was one of the reasons that animated the attack in Pittsburg. They have been portrayed as an invading army, not what they are.

Then there are the bombs. The far right and their media echo chamber kept telling people that these were sent by Democrats, to Democrats. We were even told by Rush Limbaugh that the right does not do this. Oh never mind the long history of race-based bombings. The Federal Bureau of Investigation considers the nationalist right as a national security threat.

The FBI is conducting about 1,000 investigations of suspected white supremacists or other types of domestic terrorists who might be planning violence, top federal officials told Senate lawmakers Wednesday.

Christopher A. Wray, in his first congressional testimony as FBI director, confirmed that his office has about 1,000 inquiries that people generally categorize as “domestic terrorism’’ — a catchall term often used to describe those motivated to commit violence in furtherance of racist causes.

I wonder, has anybody told the president? Oh never mind, they probably have and he ignores them.

These conspiracies are all part of an internally coherent ideology of hate and racial superiority. It is one that at times oozes out from the far corners and enters a polite conversation. Yeah, I head this week that Sayoc could not be white, never mind he self-identifies as such. Why? His father was from the Philippines and his mother Italian. Incidentally, the fine residents of Storefront (no, I am not going to link there, you will have to find your way there yourself), were making the same arguments. The reason why those ooze into a polite conversation is that it is a strong undercurrent in American society. Check yourself if you are making those arguments. There is no scientific basis to race.

Which brings me to what was the real scary turning point of the week. I learned a long time ago that you need to keep up with the boorish, hate-filled, posts of your resident white supremacist sites. They are there, and quite honestly it falls into know what they are doing.

Remember Dylan Roof and the massacre at the AME Church in 2015? He went in there because of a common chestnut and hope of white supremacists. This is the upcoming race War which they have told us is coming since the end of the civil war, almost. They are even looking forward to it since genocide is far easier to carry out in the midst of a war.

Roof was proof positive that his actions, where he gunned down nine people during Bible study would trigger it. Now, while the rest of the nation was horrified by the acts of this young man, the fine denizens at Stormfront were busy distancing themselves from his actions. Why? They are not stupid. They understand that I, a lonely person that likes to keep up with radicals for my own safety, is not the only one reading them. There are others, and some of them work for different alphabet soup agencies. So the last thing they want is to be even distantly tied to an actual attack. Oh never mind that they celebrate it.

Then we come to Bowers. While in every other attack there was immediate distancing, this time there was none. Granted, the first thing they were sure to point out is that Bowers hates Trump. I understand the point they were making, but the fact that they were not bothered by the mass murder of Jewish people on Shabbat, or that they tried to distance themselves, was telling.

To me, it is an indicator that these people know they can do this with no repercussions.

Of course, there is an airing of grievances, against the mainstream media, the government and anybody pointing at them. Some of this is classic fear of status loss. Some is just plain out white supremacy. And they sounded more ready to take things into their own hands than usual.

So why did we have a week like no other in over 150 years?

Part of this is that they feel they finally can do this. They also know this is the absolute last chance to stop the demographic changes that are afoot. Why they believe crazy things, such as Jews are bringing blacks and Muslims to Europe to destroy western culture, and they are doing the same in the United States with people from Central America. Incidentally, these immigrants are both Catholic and brown. So that means they are not white. Just in case this needed clarification.

We are beyond the point of expecting this president to denounce white supremacy and mean it. Teleprompter Trump is not the real deal. So things could indeed get far worst than they are. In my opinion, we are far from hitting bottom.

Suffice it to say, with a normal president either of these events would be sufficient to lead the nation. With this president, I expect more of the same, and so far, he has not disappointed. He is back at attacking the media and political enemies on his twitter feed, which I am not going to amplify. You know where to find it if you are interested. One of the people he attacked was Tom Steyer, again, one of the people who had a bomb sent to.

So if you are hoping the president will change, you will be sorely disappointed. It is up to us.

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Historian by training. Former day to day reporter. Sometimes a geek who enjoys a good miniatures game.

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