No one is talking about the most disturbing aspect of the confrontational incident involving the Covington Catholic school boys. Those boys were not speaking. No one was trying to silence their voices or shout them down. They were merely standing there, on the National Mall, wearing MAGA hats. Not content with just silencing conservatives, the left is now actively trying to chase conservatives out of the public sphere and society at large. The Native American man, Nathan Phillips, who confronted the boys with his drum was trying to chase them away from the Lincoln Memorial. The person who edited the video to make it appear that the boys were the ones accosting Phillips wanted to justify what Phillips was doing. The media went along with it and condemned the boys.
This type of totalitarian censorship has been creeping into society more and more during the Trump administration. It is totalitarian because the First Amendment protects both the freedom of speech and the freedom of assembly. Someone merely shows up in a public place wearing a MAGA hat and they risk being attacked. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders showed up to eat dinner with her family at a restaurant, and the owners kicked her out. Perhaps most frightening of all, Fox News host Tucker Carlson's family didn't even leave their home, and they had masked protesters yelling outside and banging on their door, chanting, "We know where you sleep at night." The message being sent is that even if you avoid the public square, you're not safe in your own home.
This is a logical extension of the left's tactics of resorting to silencing their ideological opponents because they can't beat them in substantive debates. This is how antifa arose. Those young, angry millennials don't have the brainpower to defeat conservative arguments, so they resort to violence. The domestic terrorist group shows up at conservative events and throws projectiles at conservatives and the police officers who are trying to protect them. Even if you don't say anything, your mere presence as a conservative puts you in danger from these radicals.
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Fortunately, along with this surge of intimidation tactics by the left is a new offensiveness by conservatives. Instead of sitting back and taking it, conservatives are fighting back aggressively. Before, the left would make false claims that conservatives were racist, sexist, greedy, uncaring, etc. Now, conservatives have learned to turn those criticisms around and place them squarely where they belong – on the left. Instead of trying to defend themselves from amorphous charges that require them to prove a negative, conservatives are changing the focus to the actions of the left.
A new generation of young black conservative activists, led by Candace Owens, isn't trying to defend conservatives from charges of racism. Instead, they are pointing out the racism of the Democrats, from their history as slave owners and segregationists to their elitist attitudes toward blacks today.
Similarly, Brandon Straka, a gay former Democrat leading the #WalkAway movement, isn't trying to defend conservatives from accusations of homophobia. Instead, he focuses on how the Democrats mistreat gays and other minority groups and view them as just competing interests.
Conservatives are finally getting mad. They're tired of being bullied. They're tired of the name calling. They're sick of being called things they're not. The left has bit off more than it can chew. Making decent people out to be monsters went too far. Conservatives have woken up and realized that being defensive and playing nice weren't working. It's time to use the left's tactics on them – although not going so far as Alinsky tactics, which include lying.
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The way to fight this newest tactic by the left of trying to stop conservatives merely from appearing in society is to call it for what it is – fascism. Some have already figured out what is happening and are calling antifa fascists. More of this needs to take place. Otherwise antifa and its comrades will make even more inroads into shutting conservatives out of society.