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Water is wet. The Sun rises in the east. And large swaths of the Left engage in heinous acts of violence in the name of politics.
For our purposes here today, we’ll ignore the 94 million or so people Communism has murdered around the world. This is about the domestic Left.
We’ll begin just after the Civil War – with the Democrat Party’s creation of the Ku Klux Klan. A racist outfit that murdered and terrorized blacks and sought to overthrow southern Republican governments.
The Weather Underground liked planting bombs in places like police stations and the Pentagon. Weather Underground founder Bill Ayers ran in the same Chicago political circles as current outgoing Democrat President Barack Obama.
In the modern era, we have an evolving amalgam of violent Leftist entities. Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter have each engaged in…un-peaceful activities. The protests of candidate Donald Trump and now President-elect Trump haven’t been pleasant.
Which brings us to today – and the lovely expanses of North Dakota. Well, they were lovely – until the Left arrived.
Currently underway in the Flickertail State is a fracking petroleum revolution. Thanks to capitalism and its industry creations, we are extracting massive amounts of oil from the shale fields.
So it’s good to go, right? Of course not – because we have the Left. Who have engaged in all manner of actions to block DAPLs construction.They have of course filed a lawsuit (because if there’s one thing the Left has more of than violent actors – it’s lawyers).
But that wasn’t near enough – so they are physically blocking the construction site. And are oft doing so in very, very violent fashion: “(I)nvestigators say they have found materials behind the protest line used to make Molotov cocktails, including 1-pound propane cylinders, glass bottles and rocks.”
Peaceful. How about this?: “(P)olice released a statement saying that the protesters ‘attempted to flank and attack the law enforcement line from the west,’ describing their actions as ‘very aggressive.’…Law officers were there to keep protesters from crossing the bridge, which the sheriff’s department said was closed for safety reasons ‘due to damage caused after protesters set numerous fires’ on it in a separate incident.…”
Tranquil. How about this?: “’Any suggestion that this was a peaceful protest is false. This was more like a riot than a protest,’ said Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier. ‘Individuals crossed onto private property and accosted private security officers with wooden posts and flag poles.’”
Sounds an awful lot like domestic terrorism. But let’s check the Patriot Act definition:
“(A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State;
“(B)appear to be intended—(i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping;”
Yep. The Leftist DAPL protestors are in fact engaged in domestic terrorism.
The latest installment in a long, proud tradition of Leftist domestic terrorism.