Unite the Right and how “Heckler’s Veto” Shuts Down the First Amendment Again

Unite the Right is Another Example of how Heckler’s Veto Shuts Down First Amendment

The shutdown of Unite the Right rally shows how entrenched radical leftists are in the government, law enforcement, and the media.

The Democrat-controlled Charlottesville city government, in cooperation with the Democrat-controlled Virginia state government, local law enforcement, and violent leftist groups conspired to disrupt a peaceful right-wing rally. According to both organizer Jason Kessler and speakers Richard Spencer and Daniel Friberg, local police actively aided the antifas by refusing to restrain them and by blocking Kessler, Spencer and other speakers from entering the rally itself. Police then declared the rally an “unlawful assembly,” ordering attendees to disperse under threat of arrest. Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe also declared a state of emergency in the city, sending the National Guard into Charlottesville.

The very dynamics that cause disgruntled young white men to gravitate toward the alt-right — government suppression of white interests, the media condemning all whites who want to protect their interests as “supremacists”, and the media covering up or even celebrating black and Antifa violence while making a white rally out to be the epitome of evil violence — were all on display this weekend.

If the government and media refuse to recognize white interests as legitimate and endlessly demonize those interests to suppress them even if they are articulated in the most mild-mannered logical way, then, of course, some whites are going to resort to more drastic measures to protect their interests and ensure that they are heard.

The government, the media, Antifa, and even “good whites” all created this reactionary movement they are now complaining about.

Jason Kessler launched Unite the Right last month as a response to the Charlottesville city government attempting to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee in the city’s Lee Park. For the past several months, Democrat-controlled city governments in New Orleans and other Southern cities have been removing statues of Confederate generals and other historical figures due to their supposed “racism,” a deliberate attempt to destroy the cultural heritage of white Southerners.

As an independent journalist, Kessler has extensively reported on the corruption and anti-white bigotry of Charlottesville’s leftist government, particularly its black vice mayor, Wes Bellamy. Bellamy has been caught making racist statements about whites on Twitter, as well as making statements supporting rape, comments that would get a white and/or Republican politician run out of office. Kessler also exposed Bellamy’s “slush fund,” a “nonprofit” called Young Black Professionals Network of Charlottesville that is operating in violation of both the IRS and Virginia law.

If you get your news from NBC, you learned that the problem about yesterday’s Unite the Right rally was white nationalist violence: “Charlottesville White Nationalist Rally Violence Prompts State of Emergency.” That would be right if the demonstrators had behaved just like Black Lives Matter or masked antifa: looting, burning, stopping traffic, and roughing up bystanders. Of course, what caused the violence was hostile counter-demonstrators, many of them wearing helmets and carrying shields. If they had not been there, there would have been no violence, and the rally would have taken place as planned.

Of all people, it was Donald Trump who came the closest to getting it right, condemning “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.” This, of course, earned him near-universal condemnation. As former Vice President Joe Biden explained, “There is only one side,” and the problem was Unite the Right. This prompted a storm of retweets and similar sentiments. Virginia’s attorney general Mark Herring tweeted that “violence, chaos, and apparent loss of life in Charlottesville is not the fault of ‘many sides.’ It is racists and white supremacists.” Actress Leslie Grossman (a JEW) probably expressed the only-one-side view best.

Here, one side is demonstrating peacefully, though provocatively while the other side - the "good" side -is committing violent aggression.

Here, one side is demonstrating peacefully, though provocatively while the other side – the “good” side -is committing violent aggression.

Here, in the above picture, one side is demonstrating peacefully, though provocatively; the other side—the good side—is committing violent aggression.

Swastikas were extremely rare in Charlottesville, but they make for better “anti-racist” graphics than Confederate flags. So this is the moral calculus of Joe Biden, the Virginia attorney general, and the rest of the Left. It wouldn’t matter if every hand lifted by Unite the Right was in strict self-defense; the violence is their fault. In their view, racially conscious whites deserve violence simply because of what they think.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe saw only one side, in a widely praised speech, telling Unite the Right, “You came here to hurt people, and you did hurt people.” Is Terry McAuliffe a mind-reader? Would they have hurt anything or anyone if counter-demonstrators had not showed up with shields and batons, screaming and throwing smoke bombs, determined to shut down the demonstration–and hurt “Nazis”?

One young white man did crash his car into unauthorized marching, jaywalking “counter-demonstrators”, killing one. We don’t yet know his motives, but even if he deliberately hurt people, there was just one of him, and everyone associated with Unite the Right has condemned him.

What about the police? They were clearly either incompetent or determined to shut down the rally before it began. The swarms of uniformed men on the scene did very little to separate demonstrators from counter-demonstrators. Television has broadcast one fistfight after another, with no police in sight. Besides the driver of car—who is charged with 2nd degree murder—those swarms of police made only three arrests. What were they doing?

The fighting, which started before the rally even had a chance to begin, was the excuse for police to declare it an “unlawful assembly” and call it off. Jason Kessler, who organized the rally, has rightly pointed out that this meant counter-demonstrators exercised the “heckler’s veto,” successfully silencing people with whom they disagreed. Instead of excerpts from pro-white speeches, the only thing media consumers therefore got was Confederate flags and brawling.

But Joe Biden tells us there is “only one side” to this story. Actually, there are three sides: Unite the Right, which gathered peacefully but defended itself; anti-whites who shut them down; and the police who let them do it.

There is a clear pattern to these events that not one mainstream outlet has noted. There is confrontation only when anti-whites harass and try to stop pro-white events. The reverse never happens. Lefties and non-whites can mount the most brazenly anti-white events, unmolested and with full media approval. It would be hard to imagine a clearer example of this contract—and of the entrenched bigotry we face—than yesterday’s events.

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