As the Weimar Republic disintegrated, trapping the public between competing brands of statist tyranny, fascists and communists brawled with each other on the streets. Fast forward 80 years:
Donald Trump’s campaign on Friday postponed a rally in Chicago amid fights between supporters and demonstrators, protests in the streets and concerns that the environment at the event was no longer safe.
The announcement, which came amid large protests both inside and outside the event at the University of Illinois at Chicago, follows heightened concerns about violence in general at the GOP front-runner’s rallies. Illinois holds its Republican primary on Tuesday.
Hundreds of demonstrators packed into an arena, breaking out into protest even before Trump had shown up.
Don’t blame Obama for radicalizing American politics, and for using his Alinskyite community organizer tactics to turn us against each other on racial/class/religious/cultural/political grounds to such an extent that serious violence now seems inevitable. He says it’s conservatives’ fault. During a press conference with his moonbat colleague Justin Trudeau he droned,
“I do all kinds of soul searching in terms of, are there things that I can do better to make sure that we are unifying the country. But I also have to say… that objectively it’s fair to say that the Republican political elites and many of the information outlets, social media and news stations, talk radio, television stations have been feeding the Republican base for the last seven years a notion that everything I do is to be opposed, that cooperation or compromise somehow is a betrayal, that maximalist, absolutist positions on issues are politically advantageous, that there is a ‘them’ out there and an ‘us’ and ‘them’ are the folks who are causing whatever the problems you’re experiencing and the tone of that politics, which I certainly have not contributed to.”
By now we would be astonished if Obama didn’t use division as an excuse to cause more division by blaming it all on his opposition. Having the grace to acknowledge his own role in causing the country to spin into chaos by constantly playing some of us off against others would be out of character.
How fitting that this begins in Chicago, Saul Alinsky’s hometown, where Obama learned and plied his community organizer trade:
If Obama didn’t plant the seeds of this, he sure watered them.
On a tip from Torcer. Hat tip: Right Wing News.