The Democratic Party’s National Committee is chaired by Tom Perez. The Deputy Chair is Keith Ellison. It is Ellison tweet on January 3, 2018: ” At
@MoonPalaceBooks and I just found the book that strike fear in the heart of @realDonaldTrump.” that prompts this article because it makes me despair.
He posted a photograph of himself, shown here, holding a book: “Antifa, Anti-Fascist Handbook,” by Mark Gray. I’ve not read the book but have read reviews. I am though familiar with Antifa. They are the people who dress in black, cover their faces with masks, and commit violence against those whose speeches or protests they do not like. It has been reported that “US Security officials have classified the left-wing group Antifa as “domestic terrorists.” Yet here we have the second in command of the Democratic Party’s base operation and a member of Congress endorsing that group.
According to Wikipedia, “The principal feature of antifa groups is their opposition to fascism through the use of direct action.” Direct action is another way anarchist groups define violence. The Urban Dictionary defines antifa as: “Short for militant leftists, or occasionally far leftists and radical leftists, often used as a generalization of people who commit to acts of violence against those on the Right side of the political spectrum” The justification for their violence is that those they oppose are fascists. That recalls the statement made by Huey Long from Louisiana a long time ago in 1935. He said: “When fascism comes to America, it will come under the guise of “anti-fascism.”
Antifa is just another anarchist group that sticks its ugly face into the democratic process from time to time. Since its arrival in America as far back as the late 19th century it has been rejected by Americans. It has never been nor in my opinion ever will be the type of group welcome in America by most Americans. You can be sure Ellison’s support of Antifa is already being made part of the Republican future attack on Democrats.
The chairman of the party won election to that post beating out Ellison by a few votes. The voters showed substantial support for the ideas of Ellison. In Perez, who appointed Ellison Deputy, they also put in charge of the party a man I suggest is out of step with most Americans. For one thing, his unkempt appearance as if he needs a shave seems to me will be a big turnoff to many voters.
Among Perez’s other first action aside from appointing Ellison was to do a unity tour. His fellow traveler was Bernie Sanders who is not a Democrat but a Socialist. Perez’s idea was that going around with Bernie would allow the Democrats to bridge the gap between the Clinton wing and Sanders’ progressive wing. Just thinking that was possible showed Perez’s naiveté. The only way Socialists bridge anything is if you come over to their side which is the Ellison/Antifa side, a group opposed to the capitalistic system.
A New Republic article noted during the unity tour Sanders said he did not consider himself a Democrat. It noted a news article that said, “So much for unity: the Democrats are falling apart on the ‘come together’ tour.” It pointed out Sanders “made clear that he doesn’t care about Democratic unity so much as transforming the party in his progressive image.” Harry Jaffe who wrote a biography of Sanders said: “I think the oddity here is to get your head around the fact that Democrats think he’s on their side.”
If the Democratic Party lets candidate Sanders who isn’t a Democrat into its tent and into its primary then it is doomed. If it continues to be led by obtuse leaders who believe the future of the Democratic Party is with Sanders or Antifa it is likewise doomed. Sadly, it looks like the Democratic Party is on the road to self-destruction. It’s only hope is to clear the Ellisons and Perez type people and come back to its traditional moderate base. Other than that the Trump clown show will continue until America is a shadow of its former self.