Joe Mathews, Desert Sun - October 15
Do you trust your state officials more than feds, dream of California independence, or support breaking the U.S. into regional republics?
Then you’re a traditional American patriot.
Or do you cling to hopes of national unity, or believe in compromise to preserve our union of 330 million?
Then you’re part of the problem.
The frightening 2020 election is disrupting how we think about America and California’s place in it — and thank goodness for that. Perhaps now, Americans might come to see national unity as a dangerous pursuit, and embracing our divisions as our best hope for protecting our rights and building a better future.
This powerful argument fuels two smart new books. One is an American history, "Break It Up: Secession, Division, and the Secret History of America’s Imperfect Union" by "The Nation" writer Richard Kreitner. The other is a deep, California-inspired analysis of the present and future, "Citizenship Reimagined: A New Framework for States’ Rights in the United States," by Arizona State University political scientist Allan Colbern and UC Riverside Center for Social Innovation director S. Karthick Ramakrishnan.
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Debra Heine, American Greatness - October 14
Both Facebook and Twitter are censoring a bombshell story in the New York Postthat implicates Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his ne’er-do-well son Hunter Biden in major corruption involving Ukraine.
Blockbuster emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop reveal that he introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a Ukrainian energy executive.
Sohrab Ahmari, the op-ed editor for the Post expressed outrage on Twitter over the censorship, calling it a “Big Tech information coup” and a “digital civil war.”
“I, an editor at The New York Post, one of the nation’s largest papers by circulation, can’t post one of our own stories that details corruption by a major-party presidential candidate, Biden,” said Ahmari.
Facebook’s communication’s director Andy Stone announced earlier Wednesday that Facebook was “reducing distribution” of Hunter Biden bombshell while it is being “fact checked” by their “fact-checking partners.”
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Mike Usery, The Dundalk Eagle - October 12
A Dundalk man who is described by federal authorities as a member of the anti-government “boogaloo” movement was arrested at his significant other’s home last week.
Frank Perry was taken into custody on Oct. 7 after authorities served a criminal complaint related to the illegal possession of a firearm. He is currently incarcerated and has a detention hearing set for Oct. 19.
According to Michael Kunzelman of the Associated Press, Perry was identified last September by the FBI as a member of the “boogaloo” movement, a loosely organized pro-gun, anti-government extremist political movement.
The word “boogaloo” is often used as slang for a violent uprising against the government, and even has been used to describe a second civil war in the United States.
Perry was living with his girlfriend in Dundalk at the time he was arrested.
According to local media reports, federal authorities executed a search warrant at the girlfriend’s home on Quentin Road around 7:08 p.m. on Oct. 7.
Several items were seized from the home, including a black tactical vest containing two ballistic plates located on the interior of the vest, two loaded rifle magazines located in pouches affixed to the exterior of the vest, a third loaded rifle magazine located on top of the vest and an Anderson Manufacturing rifle model AM-15.
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Jace Harper, WILX10 - October 17
LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - There was a lot of attention directed at the Michigan State Capitol on Saturday as the Unity Coalition belonging to the Boogaloo Bois invited social justice groups, such as Black Lives Matter, to mingle.
The Boogaloo Bois had members at the event who had travelled from as far as Pennsylvania.
“We’re here today because we want to put people before politics,” said Unity Coalition spokesman who goes by the name of “Soap”.
While many in attendance claimed to be a part of the Unity Coalition, their Hawaiian shirts and flags suggested they were associated with the Boogaloo Bois who have been accused of trying to start a second civil war in America.
“We are trying to prevent a second civil war. That’s the point of the event today is to get people to talk to each other so we can rationalize our positions so we’re not at each other’s throat wanting war to hurt people,” Soap said.
When asked about the Boogaloo members who conspired to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Soap denounced their association.
“Those guys weren’t with us,” explained Soap. “They might have followed pages and liked some of the stuff we posted but by no means do they speak as a group for us as a whole.”
Social Justice For Us representatives from Marquette, MI attended the rally. When asked what they disagreed with as it pertained to the Boogaloo Bois, they responded with put the guns away.
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Roberto Zanini, il manifesto - October 12
“Snatch and grab, man. Grab the fuckin’ Governor. Just grab the bitch. Because at that point, we do that, dude — it’s over.”
These were the words of Adam Fox, a white militiaman at the head of a group with a ridiculous name, the Wolverine Watchmen, who had been planning a very serious project for months: to kidnap the Democratic Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer.
They planned to kidnap her, subject her to a mock trial and probably kill her, while an allied group would storm the state parliament and take hostages, starting a civil revolt. This was planned to take place three weeks before the elections. Fox was recorded by an FBI infiltrator, and on Thursday a raid took place: 13 arrests, six militiamen and the rest accomplices, a complicated plan to blow up a bridge and distract the police, a taser to stun the governor with electric shocks, an underground lair hidden under a carpet as a meeting room and place to keep the hostage, drills, inspections, weapons and explosives. In short, the accoutrements of terrorism.
They believed Governor Whitmer was guilty of implementing a partial anti-Covid lockdown in April: a crime against liberty, according to the many “patriots” armed to the teeth making up the base of Trumpism, and whom Donald Trump is giving political cover with bursts of tweets.
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Brett Shipp, Spectrum News1 - October 15
TEXAS — It was July 25. A peaceful protest on Congress Avenue in downtown Austin, just blocks from the state capitol. Suddenly the demonstration turned deadly.
Black Lives Matter demonstrator 28-year-old Garrett Foster was shot and killed as he is walking down the street along with other marchers.
According to police, the shooter, Daniel Perry, was driving his car, attempting to turn through the crowd of protesters when he felt threatened and fired from his vehicle.
Perry told police he shot Foster in self-defense. Perry has never been charged with a crime. Why? Because Foster came to the demonstration with a semi-automatic rifle.
It marked a tragic, but perhaps predictable end to a violent day in Texas. A violent demonstration in Weatherford, Texas, resulted in multiple injuries and two arrests as demonstrators against, and supporters of a Confederate monument clashed near the courthouse square. Days earlier, protests and clashes with police resulted in looting and violence in Dallas. Two days later, more injuries were suffered when two groups of demonstrators clashed in downtown Tyler.
For those old enough to remember, the scenes were reminiscent of what we saw on the news in the '60s.
But even those who remember don’t recall seeing this, especially between Texans.
“But this time is really different in the level of polarization that pre-exists in America today” said Eric Folkerth, pastor of Kessler Park United Methodist Church in Dallas. “We are more polarized, and political scientists have documented this, that we are more polarized than we have ever been in modern times.”
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