(National Sentinel)Â Culture & Society:Â A witness to events in Charlottesville, Va., says that much of what the country is being told about what took place there is being purposefully blown out of proportion, and that if too many Americans believe the hype it could eventually lead to the destruction of the country.
Writing in The Daily Signal, editor Jarrett Stepman said he and his wife were in town for a little family getaway and just happened to pick the weekend that a pair of extremist groups â€” right-wing neo-Nazis and Left-wing fascists â€” met to do battle over the cityâ€™s decision to remove a statue commemorating Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
The clash between Nazis and leftists in the streets was an ugly and surreal scene one would associate with 1930s Germany, not a sleepy American town in the heart of central Virginia.
Stepman noted further that â€œthe silent majorityâ€ of townsfolk were more than a little angry about what happened in their small city. â€œThey were almost universally upset, blindsided, and resentful that these groups showed up in their community to drag down its reputation and fight their ideological proxy wars,â€ he wrote.
Interestingly, he said that Albemarle County is politically â€œpurpleâ€ â€” that is, itâ€™s deep blue (liberal) in Charlottesville, where the University of Virginia is located, and most populated centers, but very red elsewhere, on the outskirts. â€œYet everywhere I went, the attitude toward the protests was similar.â€
A waitress commented to him and his wife as they ate dinner Saturday evening as a thunderstorm rolled in, â€œLetâ€™s hope this washes the day away.â€
At a local gas station, an attendant told Stepmanâ€™s wife: â€œThese people from out of town, Nazis, [Black Lives Matter], theyâ€™re all hate groups to me.â€
â€œIn the aftermath of the events,â€ Stepman wrote, â€œmost townsfolk walking in the Charlottesville downtown area appeared stunned and shaken. The overall feeling in the area was resentment â€” certainly not sympathy for any of the groups involved.â€
He also noted that it would be erroneous to try to link groups on either sideÂ to the larger mainstream political movements, as both contain a tiny minority of fringe elements, despite how the disgustingly dishonest â€œestablishmentâ€ media is portraying things. â€œIn the grand scheme of things, it was a small-scale clash between groups who clearly represent an extreme minority in this country,â€ he wrote. â€œThe overwhelming media attention given to these fascist, racist groups even before violence took place served as a conduit for the views of this handful of people.â€
Still, despite the media obviously blowing all of this out of proportion (for political purposes, by the way), Americans will lose their country if they fall prey to the â€œtribal politics that have destroyed so many other countries,â€ Stepman wrote. (Related: Rush Limbaugh: America is â€œon the cusp of a second civil war.â€)
He also said that giving in to people who want to destroy the parts of American history they donâ€™t like will only â€œdiminishâ€ the country and embolden the extremist radicals on both sides. And as their angst and anger ramp up, the potential for devolving into constant social unrest and even civil war becomes far greater.
â€œIn a country of 320 million people of stunningly diverse ethnic backgrounds and philosophies, this is a fire bell in the night for complete cultural disintegration. The end result will be uglierthan the already sickening events that took place this past weekend,â€ wrote Stepman.
Left-wing groups and politicians who are currently pushing to purge the heritage from a sizable plurality of its people will not stop with the removal of Confederate monuments. These same people view the very founding of our nation as racist, bigoted, homophobic and therefore illegitimate. That means all vestiges of our unique American heritage â€” even that which later empowered subsequent generations to purge the nation of the injustice of slavery and inequality â€” must be purged as well.
We simply canâ€™t allow them to be victorious.
This story originally appeared at NewsTarget.com.
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