Protesters riot outside Trump rally in San Jose, California. – News report, 2016
Teenage boy flees from anti-Trump mob, is tackled to ground, then is refused help from fire truck, but finally reaches San Jose police — who had done nothing to aid him. – News report, 2016
San Jose police chief admits allowing rioters free reign so as not to “insight” more violence. – News report, 2016
San Jose mayor blames Trump for violence by anti-Trump demonstrators. – News report, 2016
Mob throws eggs and bottles at woman who supports Trump. – News report, 2016
Rioters claim egged woman was insulting them. – News report, 2016
NBC’s Andrea Mitchell blames Trump for woman being egged. – News report, 2016
Jews beaten and Jewish businesses trashed on Kristallnacht, but officials blame Jews for the violence. – News report, 1938
I grew up in San Francisco, about 50 miles from San Jose. When I was a kid, it was usually pronounced “Sanozay.” Gradually it became “San Hozay.” Now some newscasters are beginning to pronounce the J gutturally, similar to the German ch, as it is pronounced in Spanish.
But we aren’t speaking Spanish, at least not yet. We are still speaking American English. That is why I refuse to write the name of the city as San José, with the accent over the é, as some media are now spelling it. Similarly, I write the capital of Idaho as Boise, not Boisé, and I pronounce it “Boysee,” not “Bwazay.” If I can’t speak American English in America, where can I speak it?
Is this brief detour into linguistics relevant to what happened recently in San Jose — however you spell it? I believe so. I believe that in American cities, we should speak American English, and we should act like Americans — not like budding fascists in some tin-pot dictatorship.
Demonstrating for or against something or someone? Yes, this is a right of free people, guaranteed by the Constitution. But blocking political opponents from attending their rally? Assaulting them? Burning American flags and waving Mexican flags? Throwing raw eggs into the face and hair of a political opponent while spitting on her? No, these are the actions of bullies and would-be fascists.
Attempting to restore order but not over-reacting to mob violence? Yes, that is within the discretion of law-enforcement officers. But telling police to stand by idly while people are being assaulted and beaten bloody? No, that is cowardice at best, and abetting the rioters at worst. And blaming the victims of assault for bringing it on themselves? That is incipient fascism.
Nor is this the first time would-be fascists disrupted a Trump rally while police stood by. When Trump held a rally in equally Democratic Burlingame, California, police did not even clear a path through the demonstrators. His Secret Service convoy had to stop on the shoulder of a freeway, then hike up an embankment (photo, below) and enter the hotel through a back door. When was the last time this happened to a presidential candidate? Oh wait, it never happened. And once again, the mayor blamed Trump for the anti-Trump violence. They call themselves “progressives,” but they act like fascists.
Let me tell you a story. In 1932-1933, my parents were young students in Vienna. Austria was then a hotbed of Nazism, but the Nazis would not take over officially until 1938. My father was studying at the General Hospital, which was largely immune to demonstrations. But my mother was studying at the University of Vienna, and universities — then as now — were incubators of totalitarian ideology.
My mother sat in class with a student with a Nazi armband on one side of her, and a student with a socialist armband on the other side. She was caught in the crossfire of their angry glares and could not concentrate on the lecture. When increasing political unrest wracks our universities today, I feel great unease. It’s not just young people speaking out — it’s young thugs preventing political opponents from speaking at all.
One day my mother saw a crowd gathering. Two large men with Nazi armbands were kicking a young Jewish student down the stairs. The other students stood around doing nothing. My mother could not tell whether this was because the students were afraid, or because they agreed with the thugs. But from the point of view of the Jewish student, it made no difference.
The Jewish student crawled toward the university gates. Outside police waited — on foot, in cars, and on horseback. But they had been ordered not enter the university campus. In Vienna in 1934, as in San Jose in 2016, it made no difference whether the police were merely apathetic or whether they favored the thugs. The result was the same — the thugs roamed free.
A mob attacking people? That is a riot. Rioters attacking people with whom they disagree? That is a political riot. Rioters attacking those with whom they disagree, while police stand by idly? That is anarchy. Rioters attacking those with whom they disagree, while police stand by idly — and public officials blame the victims for the violence? That is budding fascism.
No, Trump isn’t a “Nazi.” Two of his children are married to Jews, and one converted to Judaism. And no, Trump isn’t “anti-immigrant.” His paternal grandparents were immigrants, his mother was an immigrant, and his wife is an immigrant. If fascism comes to America, it will come in the guise of fighting fascism. It will come in the guise of disrupting Trump rallies because Trump is a “Nazi.” It will come in the guise of shutting off conservative opinions because they are “hate speech.” It will even come in the guise of “tolerance.” It will come in whatever guise is useful in diverting attention from the mob’s own totalitarian behavior.
So where are we now?
● In Burlingame, Trump and his Secret Service detail are forced to stop on a freeway shoulder, then hike up an embankment to enter the hotel by the back door, because police did not clear the demonstrators from the front door.
● In San Jose, a pro-Trump woman is assaulted and a young man is forced to run for his life, while police stand in formation and do nothing.
● In both Burlingame and San Jose, Democrat mayors blame Trump for the violence against his supporters.
● The Los Angeles Times, the most prominent California “news” paper, raids the thesaurus to find epithets for Trump, describing him as “barking,” while claiming that Trump supporters are un-American — thereby condoning anti-Trump violence.
● Unlike 40 other states, California gives local authorities the power to deny firearms permits at their whim. Concealed-carry permits are almost impossible to obtain in large cities, though armed criminals roam the streets.
● When the Second Amendment dies, the First won’t last long. We saw this in Burlingame and San Jose. We’ll be seeing it elsewhere soon.
● Contrary to what most people believe, the Supreme Court has ruled that police have a duty to protect society at large, but no duty to protect any individual. That is, the police don’t have to protect you, but you are denied the ability to protect yourself. The action, or rather inaction, of the police in Burlingame and San Jose is destructive of free speech and immoral — ut not illegal. Have a nice day.
● The government-media cartel incites mob violence against people who challenge its power, while inhibiting their ability to defend themselves.
Shutting down political opponents by force, with the approval of public officials, is fascism. It’s not coming. It’s already here. Our duty is to stop it in its tracks and restore our constitutional republic. Our duty is to make our streets and our universities safe for dissenting opinions. Now the only remaining question is this: Unlike the Austrians of my parents’ day, do we have the courage to stop fascism while we still can?
Written by David C. Stolinsky, MD
Dr. Stolinsky is a retired medical oncologist and co-author of Firearms: A Handbook for Health Professionals, published by The Claremont Institute. For other articles written by Dr. Stolinsky, check out our search feature on this website.
This article was originally published on www.Stolinsky.com, June 19 2016, and the photos used to illustrate this article appeared in the original article posted on www.Stolinsky.com. Copyright ©2016 Stolinsky.com.
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