By Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The goal of the Soros-funded hard-Left is to show that state and local police are ineffective in controlling protests that degenerate into civil disorder and riots; this creates the need for a national police force, which the Democratic Party will use to punish “thought criminals” who commit “hate crimes” against identity politics heroes, including LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transvestite, and queer), women professing feminist values, and “people of color.”
Soros and the hard-Left activists currently in control of the Democratic Party, such as La Raza attorney Thomas Perez and Black Muslim Keith Ellison, quickly forget that national police horrors have consistently been created on the Left, with examples including the Nazi Gestapo, the Russian NKVD secret police, and the Stasi in post-war Communist East Germany.
President Obama’s many statements on race-related violence, including his comments supporting Black Lives Matter, and the campaign of identity politics run by Hillary Clinton in 2016, demonstrated once again that both were acolytes of Saul Alinsky’s politics aimed at “rubbing raw” class and race conflicts so as to create the necessary conditions for revolutionary socialist change.
State and local police, not wanting to take sides politically, are often caught in the middle, with “stand down” orders forcing them to stand by in frustration, while feckless politicians and police chiefs act as if they are paralyzed, refusing to take responsible action and afraid political repercussions could ruin their careers.
The Berkeley Antifa riots
In August of this year, around 1,000 people peacefully gathered in Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Park in a “Rally Against Hate” to protest a Patriot Prayer rally organized by Joey Gibson, an Oregon-based activist Antifa has branded as a “white supremacist.” The incident turned violent when a group of approximately 100 black-clad and bandanna-masked Antifa members joined the rally. They jumped waist-high plastic and concrete barriers placed by police and began physically attacking the protesters. As the Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies began putting on helmets and gas masks, a dispatcher crackled orders over police radios: “Please be advised – we are not deploying.”
As the police pulled out of the park, Antifa thugs overwhelmed and began severely beating the badly out-numbered Trump supporters. Videos from the event show violent Antifa criminals pouring out of the park onto the streets of Berkeley, where they attacked anyone who looked to them like a Trump supporter.
By the time the Berkeley Police Department got control of the event, 13 Antifa demonstrators had been arrested, one officer was injured, and six civilians were treated by paramedics.
In the aftermath of the riot, Berkeley Police Chief Andrew Greenwood defended how the police handled the situation, arguing that law enforcement had made a strategic decision to let the anarchists crash over the barrier. “The potential use of force became very problematic,” he told the press, insisting there was “no need for a confrontation over a patch of grass.”
Greenwood insisted the decision to order police to stand down “forestalled greater violence” that would have occurred had he ordered them to stop the Antifa-dominated riot.
The Charlottesville riots
The Charlottesville riots developed over a series of hard-Left demands, spurred on by Charlottesville’s African-American Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy’s demand that Confederate Civil War statues (including a prominent, larger-than-life statute of General Robert E. Lee astride his horse) be removed.
Tensions intensified in 2016 when someone spray-painted “Black Lives Matter” on the base of the Robert E. Lee statue.
On August 13, 2017, several groups identified as “White Nationalists” decided to hold a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, attended by nationally prominent White Nationalist Robert Spencer, to oppose the city’s decision to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee, while leftist groups ranging from the NAACP to Antifa decided to hold counter-protests.
The potential for violence escalated when 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. plowed into a crowd near the city’s downtown mall, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring at least 19. Fields was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, plus three counts of malicious wounding and fleeing the scene of a crime.
Emotions intensified when President Trump blamed “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides,” while calling for the “swift restoration of law and order” and offering a plea for unity among Americans of “all races, creeds, and colors.”
It took radio commentator Rush Limbaugh to point out that both “reactionary fringe groups” – neo-Nazi and Antifa – are actually extreme leftists, not aligned with Republicans at all.
Almost immediately, President Trump came under criticism from the Left, charging he had not responded strongly enough against racism and had failed to condemn by name the white nationalist groups involved in the protest.
A federal lawsuit filed by Robert Sanchez Turner claimed that “white supremacists” sprayed him in the eyes with pepper spray, beat him with a cane, and threw urine on him during the rally in Charlottesville, as police officers stood less than 10 feet away and did nothing.
“By commanding their subordinates to stand down while hundreds of white supremacists and their sympathizers assaulted and seriously injured counter-protesters, these defendants were essentially accessories to, and facilitators of, unconstitutional hate crime,” the lawsuit read, as reported by the Washington Times.
A.C. Thompson, a left-leaning journalist known for his coverage of “hate crimes,” reported that White Nationalist groups came to Charlottesville helmeted, armed with shields, and ready to cause violence:
At about 10 a.m. today, at one of countless such confrontations, an angry mob of white supremacists formed a battle line across from a group of counter-protesters, many of them older and gray-haired, who had gathered near a church parking lot. On command from their leader, the young men charged and pummeled their ideological foes with abandon. One woman was hurled to the pavement, and the blood from her bruised head was instantly visible.
Thompson noted that standing nearby were Virginia State police troopers and Charlottesville police wearing protective gear, who watched silently from behind an array of metal barricades — and did nothing:
It was a scene that played out over and over in Charlottesville as law enforcement confronted the largest public gathering of white supremacists in decades. We walked the streets beginning in the early morning hours and repeatedly witnessed instances in which authorities took a largely laissez faire approach, allowing white supremacists and counter-protesters to physically battle.
But the violence in Charlottesville was hardly one-sided. New York Times reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg admitted in several Twitter postings that along with the abhorrent and violent white supremacists that terrorized Charlottesville, many Antifa protesters were also enacting “hate-filled” violence. She noted that the “hard Left seemed as hate-filled as the alt-Right,” citing “club wielding Antifa beating white nationalists” being led out of Emancipation Park.
Soros pushes for national police force
George Soros’ Open Society Foundation, at its annual U.S. programs board meeting held in New York City on February 11-12, 2016, called for a $3.5 million investment in police reform programs designed to advance the following three policy goals:
1. Create a national intermediary organization with significant expertise to engage with and support local campaigns and offer new ideas for police reform.
2. Engage progressive police unions and leaders of national police associations serving officers of color and ethnic minorities to support police accountability and transparency.
3. Improve the impact of federal intervention to address local policing practices.
Under the rubric of supporting “community policing,” Soros is pushing an agenda that identifies state and local police as “racist” unless they conform to the aggressive anti-discrimination agenda – the agenda Thomas Perez pushed within the Obama administration’s Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice.
Under Perez’s direction, the Civil Rights Division sought to impose federal standards on state and local police by seeking to bring discrimination lawsuits in federal court, with the goal of forcing federal and state law enforcement to be administered by federal court-appointed DOJ monitors.
“The current national ‘movement moment’ demanding greater accountability to and respect for Black communities is a critical development that has the potential to catapult U.S. police reform forward,” the Foundation annual board meeting report noted.
It is an exceptional moment, as previous calls for police reform have not captured the public imagination and attention at such scale, over such a sustained period, and with such legitimacy. The final report of President Obama’s Task force on 21 Century Policing, which made 59 specific recommendations across six pillars to comprehensively address improvement of policing practices across the nation, has been widely endorsed and embraced as a mandate and blueprint for reform.
The report lamented that a major barrier to creating a national standard for state and local police was the overwhelming “decentralization of law enforcement with over 18,000 law enforcement jurisdictions ranging in size from the large ‘Major Cities’ to smaller entities.”
The Open Society Foundation sought to overcome this obstacle with the development of “national capacity to strengthen the expertise and execution of sophisticated local reforms, break through perceived monolithic union opposition by engaging rank and file officers willing to join in reform efforts, and equip local activists to take better advantage of the power of the federal government to intervene and use its authority to propel and sustain reform.”
The danger of a national police force
As National Socialists in the Weimar Republic of Germany pursued eugenics, their movement created the basis upon which “white supremacists” in modern U.S. politics can be rightly seen as one version of hard-Left politics, with the Antifa anarchists deriving from the communists rioting in the streets.
In the U.S., the mission of police has been to act as public servants who protect the public against violent and fraudulent criminal elements.
To the extent that mission transforms in the direction favored by the hard-Left, the police would change to become the enforcers of state-ordered definitions of “hate crimes” as defined by the rubrics of identity politics.
When the accountability of police changes from the citizens to the federal government, they could be charged with ensuring the maintenance of power for a leftist state by employing tactics of terror and brute force.
Statist national police typically use violence to stifle dissent, to spy upon the citizenry, and to maintain lists of “enemies” deemed dangerous to the regime.
We have been warned repeatedly by history that a national police force will ultimately result in the abrogation of our constitutional rights, specifically the First, Second, Fourth and Fifth amendments.
History also shows us that a national police force (Gestapo, a NKVD, or a Stasi) will end up engaged “in wholesale slaughter of peaceful demonstrators in an attempt to terrorize its citizenries into submission.”
“Stand down” orders restrain law enforcement from fulfilling its duty to protect peaceful demonstrators and innocent civilian bystanders from the political violence of leftist groups, including “white supremacists,” Black Lives Matter, and Antifa.
This is the first step toward the development of a national police force, one that would not hesitate to employ force to punish any person or group the Left feels is an enemy of their “politically correct” agenda.