Another thoughtful, provocative column from Capital Research Center’s Matthew Vadum: By Matthew Vadum (originally published by FrontPageMag) It is time to hold radical ringleader George Soros to account for the growing civil unrest that he has helped to foment in this presidential election cycle and his efforts to shut down Donald Trump rallies using physical force and intimidation. Soros, the billionaire speculator, is the preeminent funder of the activist Left in America, which means he is the Number One funder of the domestic terrorism that is part and parcel of the Left. Soros makes no secret of his contempt for leading GOP candidate Trump. In January he said “Donald Trump is doing the work of ISIS.” Ideas like banning entry to the U.S. by Muslims might “convince the Muslim community that there is no alternative but terrorism.” Soros favors the decline of the U.S. and spends lavishly on activism to bring that collapse about. He has spent an estimated $7 billion or more on giving left-wing groups the resources to screw up the country. He has used his vast fortune to topple governments in Serbia, Georgia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan. He “broke” the British pound, was accused of wreaking havoc on the Malaysian ringgit, and was called an “economic war criminal” in Thailand. A French court convicted him of insider trading. America is his current target. Soros calls America “the main obstacle to a stable and just world order” and hails Communist China for having “a better-functioning government than the United States.” He says European-style socialism “is exactly what we need” and funds open-borders groups in order to corrode the nation’s culture and change its electorate. And he’s at the forefront of the Left’s push to defeat Trump by any means possible — lawful or otherwise. What do the violent mobs assaulting Donald Trump fans and supporting the Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street movements have in common? Money from Soros and the huge philanthropies he has endowed to turn America into a socialist country. Black Lives Matter and Soros-funded MoveOn have been heavily involved in hardball tactical strikes against Trump and his supporters. The morally flexible Soros works the American system from the inside and the outside, using both lawful and unlawful, illegitimate tactics. Some of the anti-Trump activism he funds consists of conventional political activities. Soros recently contributed $5 million to a new super PAC called Immigrant Voters Win. The PAC’s FEC filings indicate it is run out of the Washington, D.C. office of a Soros-funded 501(c)(4) nonprofit called Center for Community Change Action (formerly called Campaign for Community Action). ACORN alumnus Deepak Bhargava is the nonprofit’s executive director and Sixties radical Heather Booth is a member of its board. It is expected to conduct a $15 million voter-mobilization effort against Trump in Colorado, Florida, and Nevada. But when Soros funds activist groups involved in illegitimate efforts to deny Americans their right to participate in the political process he crosses a line. There is no right to riot or to silence one’s political adversaries. “Although the right to peacefully protest is enshrined in the Construction,” law professor John F. Banzhaf III writes, “there is no constitutional or other legal right to commit criminal acts to make a point.” And as legal analyst Andrew Napolitano wrote after unruly Bernie Sanders supporters and other left-wing activists forced the cancelation of the Trump rally March 11 at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the law imposes on police “an affirmative obligation to take all reasonable steps to protect the speaker’s right to speak, the audience’s right to hear and the protesters’ right to protest.” Put another way, “protest of political speech is itself protected speech, but protest cannot be so forceful or dominant that it vetoes the speaker.” Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr. added that “The First Amendment does not confer upon you or me or [Fox host] Steve Doocy the right to go to someone’s rally and try to disrupt it, or destroy it, or to pull apart posters, or to start fights, or to attempt to commit an assault on a presidential candidate.” Johnson’s comments came after admitted Bernie Sanders and Black Lives Matter supporter Tommy DiMassimo dramatically rushed the stage March 12 in Ohio when Trump was speaking. The college student, who was grabbed by security before he got to Trump, said he intended to silence the Republican candidate he accuses of having what he called “violent white supremacist ideas.” He had previously bragged on Twitter that he planned to “spit on their false king [i.e. Trump.]” What these so-called protesters do when they try to bring about a desired political result by frightening people amounts to terrorism. Terrorism isn’t always about blowing up buildings or killing people. It can also consist of activity intended to frighten, demoralize, or neutralize an enemy—in other words, a variety of psychological warfare. “Terror means make it impossible to go to the public square. Make people afraid to go to Times Square. Make them afraid to go to train stations. Make them afraid to travel. Make them afraid to go to a Donald Trump rally. Make them afraid to go to any political rally. Make them afraid they might be hurt, they might be arrested, they might be intimidated, they might get sued … ” The outrageous behavior by left-wing activists that is now routinely tolerated by police today would have quite properly landed a person in jail earlier in America’s history. But the social justice warriors of the Left, who perversely fetishize political protest as if it were the highest expression of civic responsibility, have defined deviancy down. Whatever left-wingers do for their cause cannot be bad. And if it’s violent, they find a way to excuse it and the media cheers them on, hailing them as heroic visionaries, early adopters, and trailblazing influencers. Left-wingers believe that using physical force and intimidation for the right reasons is legitimate political protest protected by the First Amendment. In the leftist worldview, which holds that the U.S. Constitution protects everything they consider to be good whether or not it’s mentioned in the actual text, this right to agitate on behalf of their twisted ideology supersedes all other rights. The right to protest is exalted above property rights, according to Baltimore’s joke of a mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D). While her city burned last year after black career criminal Freddie Gray died in police custody, the street gang-loving mayor consoled the rabble, implying their violent activities constituted legitimate contributions to public discourse. “I made it very clear that I work with the police and instructed them to do everything that they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech,” she said. “We also gave those who wished to destroy, space to do that as well.” Black Lives Matter organizer DeRay Mckesson describes rioting as “a cry for justice.” He told Yale students that “looting for me isn’t violent, it’s an expression of anger,” and that “The act of looting is political. Another way to dissolve consent. Pressing you to no longer keep me out of this space, by destroying it.” Prosecutors and law enforcement need to start thinking outside the proverbial box and begin using the ample tools the law provides to deal with Soros, the most dangerous man in America, because he leads a massive, well-funded effort to deny the American people their right to participate in free and fair elections. The protesters whose groups Soros pays to break up political rallies are criminal thugs little different than the brown-shirted Sturmabteiling (S.A.) of the Third Reich. If the tables were turned and a conservative billionaire were to lead and finance a violent organized insurgency against his political adversaries how long would it take before the authorities took action against him? The criminal and civil provisions of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), state racketeering statutes, and class-action lawsuits could be used to end Soros’s long-running scheme to interfere with the civil rights of Americans and fundamentally transform the country. American law protects free speech, the right of peaceable assembly, and the right to protest, but it does not protect efforts aimed at silencing people or preventing them from getting involved in the democratic process. David French argues at NRO that leftist activities like blocking roads and “every other protest tactic that violates the rights of innocents” need to be punished. He writes: “The leftist media loves to love this lawlessness, and public officials are relentlessly pressured into administering the most meaningless slaps on the wrist — sometimes even letting protesters walk without charges. The Left demands most-favored-criminal status for its social-justice warriors, and it typically gets exactly what it demands. Criminality largely goes unpunished, so-called direct action is rewarded with fawning accolades from the media and celebrities, and the rule of law is diminished.” When police refuse to combat unlawful, disruptive protest, they fail in their “basic duty to protect the law-abiding public,” while creating “waves of bitterness and resentment.” French says unspecified parties should work around “spineless local prosecutors” and sue the protesters into penury. “Answer each lawless act with a civil complaint, seek injunctions, take discovery to reveal the full extent of leftist astroturfing — do you really think these protests represent spontaneous, uncoordinated events? — and collect money damages. Protesters aren’t deterred by small fines and short detentions, but financially ruinous damage awards raise the stakes.” Professor Banzhaf explains how to do it. Protesters, he notes, broke the law in Arizona when they recently blocked a major highway leading to a Trump event and created a 10-mile backup. “The threat of arrests — only three reportedly occurred — and fines weren’t much of a deterrent.” “Effectively trapping people in cars by blocking traffic satisfies the elements of false imprisonment,” which clears the way for civil litigation, according to Banzhaf. The recent actions against Trump are just the beginning. Activists are going to become more aggressive in disrupting Republican events as the campaign heats up. He writes: “Now spreading to political campaigns is what we have unfortunately all too often tolerated on college campuses — protestors who interrupt speakers to prevent others from hearing them, who physically block attendees’ access, and who threaten violence to squelch speech. Unless we do something about it, the problem will persist — and could get worse.” Using civil legal action has been “so effective in fighting for civil rights, women’s rights, smokers rights (to obtain damages), nonsmokers’ rights (to clean air), gay rights, gun rights, and in many other areas,” that it is time to consider using lawsuits to shut down criminal disrupters. “Victims of disrupters can also sue for civil conspiracy even if their individual actions, such as yelling out at a rally, aren’t themselves criminal, but become so when done as part of a conspiracy to unlawfully cause harm.” An added benefit of civil proceedings is that they would “open the door to discovery, including those aimed at verifying concerns expressed in various media that those with even deeper pockets are involved in the planning, funding, and/or execution of these criminal disruptions.” In other words, George Soros. More trouble is on the horizon. Soros-funded groups, including MoveOn, Institute for Policy Studies, Demos, People for the American Way, and National People’s Action, have endorsed Democracy Spring, a leftist project that among other things aims to overturn the Citizens United ruling and thereby gut the free speech protections of the First Amendment. Demonstrations are scheduled to begin April 2 in Philadelphia after which participants will spend 10 days walking 140 miles to the U.S. Capitol for what is being billed as “the largest civil disobedience action of the century.” According to lead organizer Kai Newkirk, Democracy Spring is not — wink, wink — an explicitly anti-Trump event. But it is certain to become one as Newkirk more or less admits in a lie-filled screed posted online. “Trump’s statements, proposed policies, and threats of violence concerning undocumented immigrants, Muslims, the KKK, protesters exercising their First Amendment rights, and others have crossed a very serious line into the territory of fascism and hate speech.” And anyone who remembers the Arab Spring of 2011 knows that an event named after it isn’t likely to be peaceful.
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