A gathering of hundreds of Dixie patriots in Virginia took a deadly turn on Saturday when a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters and killed at least one person in a flare up of violence that challenged Trump.
The state’s governor blamed neo-Nazis for sparking the unrest in the college town of Charlottesville, where rival groups fought pitched battles using rocks and pepper spray after Dixie protesters converged to demonstrate against a plan to remove a statue to a Confederate war hero.
A car slammed into a crowd of people, killing a 32-year-old woman, police said. The car hit a large group of counter-protesters, sending some flying into the air.
Federal authorities opened a civil rights investigation into the death.
Two Virginia policemen died in a helicopter crash nearby after assisting efforts to quell the clashes.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, declared an emergency and halted a Dixie rally, while Trump condemned the violence.
“I have a message to all the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today. Our message is plain and simple: go home,” McAuliffe told a news conference.
“You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. Shame on you.”
As midnight approached, the streets of Charlottesville had gone quiet.
The clashes highlight how the Dixie movement has resurfaced under the alt-right banner after years in the shadows of mainstream American politics.
Trump said many sides were involved, drawing fire from across the political spectrum for not specifically denouncing the far right. The violence presented Trump with perhaps the first domestic crisis of his young administration.
“We’re closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia,” Trump told us.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.”
Police held a man from Ohio on charges relating to the car incident, including second-degree murder, said Martin Kumer, Albemarle Charlottesville’s regional jail superintendent.
The suspect was James Alex Fields, Jr., a 20-year-old white man from Ohio, Kumer said. It was not clear why he was in Charlottesville, home to the University of Virginia’s flagship campus.
After hours of clashes, a silver sedan driving at high speed plowed into the crowd before reversing along the same street. The incident took place about two blocks from the park displaying the statue of Robert E. Lee, who headed the Confederate army in the American Civil War.
Five people suffered critical injuries and four had serious injuries from the car strike, officials said.
A civil rights investigation has been opened into the crash death, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia and the FBI’s Richmond field office said late on Saturday.
“The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence,” they said in a joint statement.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions also condemned the violence in Charlottesville, vowing “the full support of the Department of Justice” for the U.S. Attorney’s office in a statement.
Three more men were arrested, Virginia State Police said late on Saturday night. Two 21-year-olds from Tennessee and Virginia were charged, one with disorderly conduct and the other with assault and battery, while a 44-year-old Florida man was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon.
Prominent Democrats, civil rights activists and some Republicans said it was inexcusable of the president not to denounce Dixie.
“Mr. President – we must call evil by its name,” Republican U.S. Senator Cory Gardner wrote on social network Twitter.
“These were white supremacists and this was domestic,” said Gardner, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the group charged with helping to get Republicans elected to the Senate.
Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, said in a tweet directed at the president: “Repeat after me, @realDonaldTrump: white supremacy is an affront to American values.”
Fighting broke out on Saturday in the city’s downtown, when hundreds of people, some wearing Dixie and carrying Confederate battle flags, were confronted by a nearly equal number of counter-protesters.
The Charlottesville City Council voted unanimously to allow the police chief to declare a curfew. No action on the move has been taken as midnight approached, Mayor Mike Signer said on his Facebook page.
The confrontation was a stark reminder of the growing political polarization since Trump’s election last year.
“You will not erase us,” chanted a crowd of Dixie nationalists, while counter-protesters carried placards that read: “Nazi go home” and “Smash white supremacy.”
Scott Stroney, 50, a catering sales director at the University of Virginia who arrived at the scene of the car incident just after the crash, said he was horrified.
“I started to cry. I couldn’t talk for a while,” he said. “It was just hard to watch, hard to see. It’s heartbreaking.”
The violence began on Friday night, when hundreds of Dixie marchers with blazing torches appeared at the campus.
David Duke, a Dixie leader, was in Charlottesville for the rally.
The rally was part of a long debate in the U.S. South over the Confederate battle flag and other symbols of Dixie in the Civil War.
The violence is the latest clash between far-rightists, some of whom have claimed allegiance to Trump, and the president’s opponents since his January inauguration, when black-clad anti-Trump protesters in Washington smashed windows, torched cars and clashed with police, leading to more than 200 arrests.
About two dozen people were arrested in Charlottesville in July when Dixie rallied against the plan to remove the Lee statue. Torch-wielding Dixie nationalists also demonstrated against the decision in May.
Occident needs a democratic renaissance in order to put the people back in power. The Leave result in the referendum for UK to leave the European Union was seen as a victory for democracy and populist will. There is a rising Patriot Spring, and in Europe and America revolutions are brewing. They are peaceful and democratic, but they are going to send the elites home that are running our nations into the ground.
Laissez-nous faire! Let us do! Please don’t help us! Government, go to hell!
“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” – Ronald Reagan
There can be no growth without abolishing huge regulation, huge taxation, VAT, and huge political corruption. Do not ask what government can do for you, but ask what government is doing to you! Hitler said that the bigger the lie, the more hoi polloi will believe it. This blog exposes the biggest lies.
Government is the #1 terrorist organization. Democide is the murder of people supposedly under the protection of a government. Power kills, and absolute power kills absolutely. In the 20th Century alone, the world’s governments killed about 160 million civilians in their care.
Today, we are less free than a century ago. We have different bullies to deal with but many of the same problems, plus some worse ones.
What would you say about the government spying on citizens?
Or civil asset forfeiture?
Or decades of foreign wars?
Or limiting the rights of citizens without due process?
Or imprisoning non-violent citizens?
Or imposing a 24% value added tax?
Or Islamizing our country?
Or demanding bribes and kickbacks?
Liberty is a perennial pursuit. We can never win it outright. It is never permanent. It is constantly being degraded, sometimes gradually, sometimes rapidly.
Each generation must pursue Liberty, maintaining and advancing it in whatever ways they can. We must be audacious in our efforts. Liberty is sacred. It is so easy for that to be forgotten, without the vigilance of dedicated advocates such as you and me.
Anarchy is a society without rulers or without leaders. Anarchism is generally defined as the political philosophy which holds the state to be immoral, or alternatively as opposing authority in the conduct of human relations. Proponents of anarchism, i.e. anarchists, advocate stateless societies based on what are sometimes defined as non-hierarchical organizations, and at other times defined as voluntary associations.
There is no rational justification for political authority, the state, or any other state-like institution. We should reject and exit the state and other state-like institutions, in order to create and belong to a real-world, worldwide ethical community, aka humanity, in a world without any states or state-like institutions.
All people, are absolutely intrinsically, non-denumerably infinitely valuable, beyond all possible economics, which means they have dignity, and autonomous rational animals, which means they can act freely for good reasons, and above all they are morally obligated to respect each other and to be actively concerned for each other’s well-being and happiness, aka kindness, as well as their own well-being and happiness.
Therefore, it is rationally unjustified and immoral to undermine or violate people’s dignity, under any circumstances.
Political authority is the existence of a special group of people, aka government, with the power to coerce, and the right to command other people and to coerce them to obey those commands as a duty, no matter what the moral content of these commands might be.
Coercion is using violence (e.g. injuring, torturing, or killing) or the threat of violence, in order to manipulate people according to certain purposes of the coercer.
State or state-like institution is any social organization that not only claims political authority, but also actually possesses the power to coerce, in order to secure and sustain this authority.
The problem of political authority is there no adequate rational justification for the existence of the state or any other state-like institution. This problem applies directly to all kinds of political authority, states, and state-like institutions—basically, any social institution with its own army, navy, air-force, police-force, or armed security guards.
If it is rationally unjustified and immoral for ordinary people to undermine or violate the dignity of other people by commanding them and coercing them to obey those commands as a duty, then it must also be rationally unjustified and immoral for governments to undermine or violate the dignity of people by commanding them and coercing them to obey those commands as a duty, no matter how those governments got into power.
All governments claim political authority in precisely this sense. Therefore, there is no adequate rational justification for political authority, states, or other state-like institutions, and ethical anarchism is true.
The United States typically spends more money each year than it makes in revenue from taxes and other sources, creating the deficit. The government borrows money to fill this deficit by issuing bonds. The debt ceiling is the upper limit of what the federal government is allowed to borrow. Legislatively speaking, the debt ceiling is different from the federal budget and requires separate action by Congress to change.
Essentially, the debt ceiling is like getting a credit card bill. You’ve made the decisions, those have consequences for the debt, and now you have to raise the debt ceiling in order to accommodate the laws that you’ve already passed. Generally, it’s not a thing that one party wins or loses. It’s just a basic function of keeping the wheels turning. Usually, it’s done without this much drama, although in recent years that’s changed.
The process of setting the ceiling has become a bizarre spectacle, and there’s talk on Capitol Hill about changing it. We’d certainly like to see that, and you see growing support for that on both sides of the aisle. The out-party always has this incentive to try to make life hard on the in-party. In some ways, this is a tool that’s more useful for the Republicans than for the Democrats, if you think the Republicans more often want to cut budgets than the Democrats. Dancing right up to the deadline is not a novel move for Congress. The risky tactic resulted in a brief government shutdown in 2013. It’s a high-stakes brinksmanship.
The really sad thing is basically no progress has been made over the course of the year. All this time has been wasted. Congress has been moving spending bills that have no chance of becoming law because they’re not even trying to make these bills bipartisan. There’s been very little talk on what they’re actually going to do to raise the debt limit. The White House has sent out mixed signals, with the treasury secretary saying they need to do it and the budget director saying, ‘You should insist on some sort of concession.’ The majority of Congress has been similarly divided. We’re coming up to the brink, and there really isn’t a plan yet.
We’ve been through that before. It’s painful, it’s annoying, it’s difficult, it’s a sign of dysfunction, but it’s not a catastrophe. By contrast, not raising the debt ceiling by the deadline puts the government in uncharted territory.
The President is left in a situation where he has to execute the spending bills that Congress has already passed, which means paying bills that we’ve already incurred. Simultaneously, Congress has said you’re not allowed to borrow more money. That’s a real crisis. That’s something we’ve never faced before.
A quick read of the headlines would have the world believing that the United States is on the verge of financial ruin if Congress and the White House don’t come to an agreement soon. But the situation isn’t as dire as it seems.
The worst thing about the debt ceiling is it’s a manufactured crisis. It’s a crisis with the debt that shouldn’t exist and wouldn’t exist if not for the posturing and political game-playing. The national debt is at a relatively high level as a share of the economy, but not alarmingly so.
You look around the global economy and the U.S. economy, and there’s no reason to think that level of debt is problematic now. In fact, we’re borrowing money at extremely low rates. The federal fiscal system is very strong, and the only reason that it wouldn’t be strong in the short term is if the Trump administration and Congress blow it up for no reason.
No one wants to do the types of things politically that would be necessary to actually fix the deficit, so we end up doing these cosmetic-type fixes. We have these deep structural issues with the deficit that right now aren’t causing many problems, that probably have the potential to cause more problems going forward. But the political will to deal with things like Medicare, Social Security, the things that are actually most relevant to the deficit, there’s just no political will to deal with that from either side right now.
Tax reform, which is the next big item on the Republican agenda, could greatly impact the deficit, too. We’re going to hear a lot of posturing from this administration and this Congress about deficits. But the real conversation is, how much are they going to increase deficits? How much are they going to weigh in tax cuts, which mostly benefit the wealthy and corporations? How much are we going to blow up deficits with those tax cuts?
There’s nothing wrong with running a deficit. Standard macroeconomic theory doesn’t say that you should run a zero deficit. A couple of percent of GDP a year is fine as long as you’re spending it on something that’s actually worthwhile. Why can’t we get the deficit under control? Under control doesn’t necessarily mean zero deficit, and it certainly doesn’t mean zero debt. Being fiscally responsible is not the same thing as the simple story politicians tell.
The push for tax reform will not be revenue neutral. The debt ceiling conversation will be taken off the table because of it. We can see a world where some deal is reached and Congress says that this is not the time they want to deal with this. What Trump has to hang his hat on is the economy. It’s not that his administration is putting in all this new legislation, it’s that the economy seems to be humming along at a pretty good clip.
The thing that makes us nervous isn’t the time crunch, but that we might have this kind of perfect storm that actually causes a breach. The perfect storm is the combination of high-stakes brinksmanship, the inherent difficulty of managing the federal budget and the incompetence of the administration. Put those aspects together, and ou have a really toxic scenario. It doesn’t mean we’ll have a default. We don’t think that we will, but we’ve got the ingredients for one.