A lot of my British friends and relatives are wondering what the hell’s going on in the USA. Yes, the election last November followed on from a bitterly fought (and seemingly endless) campaign, and a lot of people still aren’t happy that President Trump won. That’s the thing about democracy, though; a lot of people – usually just under half – are always going to be unhappy with the way it turned out.

When that happens, you’re supposed to do what most Republicans did in 2008 and 2012, or what Britain’s Conservative Party did in 1997, 2002 and 2007. You act like an adult, suck it up and work to get a different result next time. If you only respect democracy when you win, you don’t respect democracy.

Of course, it’s okay to peacefully protest against government policies that you disagree with. Protesting against an election result is a bit more questionable because what you’re basically saying is that the majority aren’t allowed to have a different opinion from you, but it’s still generally acceptable. But what isn’t acceptable is to try to violently shut down everyone whose views don’t match yours. Is it okay to punch Nazis? No, of course, it isn’t. Nor is it acceptable to punch communists, Muslims or Baptists. It isn’t usually acceptable to punch anyone except in self-defense.

So why are so-called “progressives” in the USA mounting a sustained and violent campaign against everyone they don’t agree with? What’s going on at the moment – the violence that flared again in Berkeley last weekend, for example – isn’t just the usual spasm of frustrated rage that follows an election defeat. It’s been going on for months. Organised groups of “anti-fascist” thugs, dressed in black and equipped to riot, are liable to turn up at any pro-Trump or pro-free speech event. And they’re not there to protest; they’re there to attack, disrupt, silence.

The USA is rightfully proud of its free speech traditions, and that includes its openness to legitimate protest movements.But the campaign being waged by Antifa and the Black Bloc are not protests. They’re steadily edging across the line into terrorism – the use, or threat, of unlawful force to achieve a political goal.

It isn’t all going Antifa’s way, of course, because people are fighting back against them. One thug was shot and wounded at the University of Washington in January, after attacking attendees at a free speech event. We’ve probably all seen the videos of “Based Stick Man” laying into an Antifa mob with his stick, or S. Misanthrope launching herself at the man who’d just clubbed her husband in a flurry of blonde hair and fists. Then there’s “Moldylocks”, the porn actress who went to Berkeley last weekend to “claim 100 Nazi scalps”, amused herself for a while throwing glass bottles into a crowd, then got hilariously punched in the face when she decided to start brawling.

But people shouldn’t have to put on their fighting trousers before they go to a free speech event or political rally. They shouldn’t have to punch their way out through a mob of violent Antifa scum. If you’re annoyed that Trump won the election, that’s fine; campaign for someone else in 2020. But don’t spend the next four years using violence to shut down everyone who disagrees with you. The USA is supposed to be better than that.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Fergus Mason

Fergus Mason grew up in the west of Scotland. After attending university he spent 14 years in the British Army and served in Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Iraq. Afterwards, he went to Afghanistan as a contractor, where he worked in Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif and Camp Leatherneck. He now writes on a variety of topics including current affairs and military matters.
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