An­tifa fires first shots in sec­ond Amer­i­can civil war

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - By Jud­son Phillips Jud­son Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Na­tion, one of the largest tea party groups in the coun­try and the No. 1 na­tional tea party site on the in­ter­net.

The first skir­mishes of a sec­ond Amer­i­can civil war have be­gun. No, this is not a metaphor­i­cal anal­ogy to that bloody con­flict that killed ap­prox­i­mately 620,000 Amer­i­cans. It is an ob­jec­tive state­ment of the real­ity in Amer­ica.

Since the elec­tion of 2016, the left has gone crazy. Their ver­sion of the tea party is called Re­sis­tance, and the spear­head of that is a loosely formed ter­ror­ist group called An­tifa. An­tifa is short for Anti-Fas­cist. The irony of their name is not lost on those who ac­tu­ally know his­tory, as their tac­tics are straight from the fas­cist play­book.

In the past few months, these groups have re­peat­edly dis­rupted peace­ful pro-Trump ral­lies. They have called for and used vi­o­lence against peo­ple who sup­port the pres­i­dent or dis­agree with them and even against mem­bers of the me­dia who will re­port things An­tifa doesn’t want re­ported.

Just a few days ago, a woman as­so­ci­ated with An­tifa at­tacked a po­lice horse, us­ing a flag­pole with nails ex­tend­ing from it. At the same in­ci­dent in Penn­syl­va­nia, other An­tifa ter­ror­ists had sharp­ened bam­boo poles and base­ball bats.

Con­ser­va­tives and those per­ceived to be con­ser­va­tives have been at­tacked. The weapons have in­cluded glit­ter-filled gel, urine bombs, chains, bi­cy­cle locks and base­ball bats. As their vi­o­lence be­comes more in­tense, it is now only a ques­tion of when, not if, some­one will be killed.

Vi­o­lence is not lim­ited to pro-Trump ral­lies. The same An­tifa group has made col­lege cam­puses vir­tu­ally no-go zones for con­ser­va­tives. Noted con­ser­va­tives such as Ann Coul­ter, Milo Yiannopou­los and Ben Shapiro can­not go onto many col­lege cam­puses to speak with­out hav­ing their events dis­rupted to the point where they can­not go on.

If this vi­o­lence con­tin­ues, the choices are not good. The left-wing aca­demic es­tab­lish­ment has quickly sur­ren­dered to these groups. They are al­lowed to riot on cam­pus and even given re­lief from home­work and ex­ams so they can riot.

Is there a so­lu­tion short of a real, vi­o­lent civil war in Amer­ica?

Cal­i­for­nia and Hawaii have re­cently an­nounced that they would sign agree­ments with other na­tions so they could join the Paris cli­mate change ac­cord. Lib­eral states have this amaz­ing abil­ity to find things in the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion that peo­ple haven’t been able to find for over 200 years, but they ig­nore the plain lan­guage of the doc­u­ment that or­ga­nizes the United States of Amer­ica.

At this point, is there any way that Amer­ica can hold to­gether as a sin­gle, united coun­try?

When states are want­ing to sign their own treaties with other na­tions and when one-half of the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum in this na­tion wants to strip the other half of its rights and en­gage in vi­o­lence against them, sur­vival seems im­prob­a­ble.

Af­ter Don­ald Trump was elected as pres­i­dent, the hash­tag #Calexit started trend­ing on so­cial me­dia. Mem­bers of the rad­i­cal left pushed the idea of Cal­i­for­nia leav­ing the United States. That idea was tried once be­fore with less-thangreat re­sults, but maybe it is time for a peace­ful so­lu­tion that would al­low Cal­i­for­nia to leave the Union.

There was a time when Amer­i­cans, de­spite their dif­fer­ences, clearly iden­ti­fied as Amer­i­cans above all else. That time has now passed.

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