Antifa members believe they’re the good guys. They delude themselves into thinking that fascism is right around every corner to justify any manner of (fascist) atrocity they wish to commit. Everywhere the masked activists go, some brand of mayhem follows.
The masks are pivotal to their plans. Now, a new law seeks to change that.
H.R. 6054 will enhance penalties for anyone who interferes with another’s free speech rights while wearing a disguise. Antifa activists aren’t fond of this one — how dare the government interfere with another’s free. … Oh, wait a minute:
“H.R. 6054 takes a pro-fascist stance in its very name, and doubtlessly in its enforcement,” Carmichael Monaco, a member of the Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council, a New York City-based activist group, told me Tuesday. “In the current political climate, antifascists who speak out against fascism, racism, xenophobia, etc. are routinely harassed, threatened, and attacked by the far right, often supported by the police, who are notably exempted here. Families and friends of antifascists also become targets of far right violence. The wearing of a mask is an act of self-defense often necessary to ensure one’s right to free speech.”
The fact that Monaco has the cajones to say this at a time when the Left is constantly seeking out Republican elected officials and harassing them for doing such horrible things as eating dinner shows just how deep the delusion goes with these people. Especially considering that there’s been virtually no documented cases of harassment of progressive elected officials away from work.
H.R. 6054 doesn’t interfere with free speech because it simply does not ban the wearing of masks. If Antifa were to simply counter-demonstrate while masked, this bill would have no impact. Counter-demonstrations are an established part of free speech, after all, and since they’re not interfering with anyone else’s free speech, all should be good to go.
The problem is that Antifa believes it has a moral obligation to shut down other people’s free speech. They target anyone who disagrees with them. They engage in violence by committing assault, destruction of private property, and arson. And if you’re lucky, you don’t get the business end of a bike lock.
The new bill simply adds punishment for wearing a mask while committing already illegal acts.
The speech isn’t the problem. This is about the countless crimes perpetrated by Antifa since the election of President Donald Trump in 2016, and even before.