We're not going to re-litigate the incendiary national flash point regarding the KKK, white supremacists, white nationalists, Antifa or Black Lives Matter converging on Charlottesville, Virginia. It was a tragic moment in our nation's history.
Sadly, this hasn't stopped the various partisans and the national media's desire to exploit it and divide our country. Identity politics is the worst.
The real "haters" are presently masquerading as the "good guys." The list is undeniably and disturbingly long. For starters, U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., wrote on Twitter, "Trump has made it clear — w/Bannon & Gorka in the WH, & the Klan in the streets, it is now the White Supremacists' House. #Charlottesviille." Yes, she misspelled Charlottesville.
Waters' public comments are repulsive and disgusting. Many Democrats and the national media are working overtime to fabricate a connection between David Duke and other bad actors directly to President Trump. The Communist Party formally and enthusiastically endorsed Barack Obama for president. This didn't make Obama a communist.
Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal is the most egregious President Trump-hater to date. She literally called for President Trump to be assassinated. This is a federal criminal offense. She should have immediately been arrested and charged. Chappelle-Nadal publicly wrote that "I hope Trump is assassinated."
To the credit of both Republicans and Democrats in Missouri, many are calling for Chappelle-Nadal's resignation or removal from office. Among those calling for her to resign are U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson is calling for her expulsion from office under Article III, Section 18 of the Missouri Constitution. This would permit the Senate to expel her with a two-thirds vote.
Gov. Eric Greitens also supports her removal from office and said that, "Senator Chappelle-Nadal said that she hopes the President is killed. Republicans and Democrats have called on her to resign. If she will not resign, the Senate can vote to remove her. I believe they should."
Both the Missouri state Senate president (Ron Richard), a Republican, and Senate Majority Leader (Mike Kehoe), a Democrat, have called for her to resign. If she doesn't resign, they are leaving open that she may be removed. They are presently researching the rarely used process and the steps involved for expulsion of a member of the Legislature.
There is irresponsibility being displayed all over. For example, CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer suggested the Barcelona terrorist attack was a copycat of Charlottesville. The flimsy evidence submitted by Blitzer was that both tragedies were carried out from the same "killing device." This is disturbing on so many levels.
Blitzer specifically said, "There will be questions if what happened in Barcelona was at all — at all — a copycat version of what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia, even though there may be different characters, different political ambitions. They used the same killing device: a vehicle going at a high speed into a group, a large group of pedestrians."
The thinly disguised point here is that Trump is to blame for Charlottesville; therefore, he is to blame for Barcelona. Blitzer's crazy suggestion would mean the multiple recent similar terrorist attacks on London Bridge and near a mosque in Finsbury Park would also be directly connected. The real enemy is ISIS, which has long advocated the use of vehicles because the spontaneity makes it easier to execute their acts of terror.
The Charlottesville terrorist attack has also initiated the long Democratic Party tactic of "You never let a serious crisis go to waste." This strategy is repulsive. They strike hard when America is in mourning. They race to make dramatic changes that otherwise would never be tolerated. For example, when children are tragically murdered at schools, they pounce immediately to try to implement new laws and restrictions on the right to bear arms by legal, non-violent Americans.
When the Charlottesville tragedy occurred, they raced to try to remove all Confederate monuments from American cities. Case in point, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe reversed his long-held public position. McAuliffe has stated how these monuments are an important part of our history as a nation.
Now, McAuliffe says the exact opposite: "Monuments of the Confederate leaders have become flash points for hatred, division and violence." He is now encouraging local and state governments to remove the monuments and put them in museums.
Duke University recently took down a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. They say it is because of damage. Watch, as it is never repaired or replaced and put back. Last week, the city of Baltimore wheeled the Confederate statues out of town in the dark of night. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and others will be next if these radicals have their way.
My strong belief is that we should never make big changes to long-standing customs or laws immediately during a heartfelt crisis. It is impossible to make the best decisions when emotions are running so uncontrollably. The most intelligent thing to do is first manage the crisis. Then, you do a sober, honest assessment about any changes that are appropriate.