Wednesday’s shooting during a practice for the annual Congressional Baseball game was unique not only because it put members of Congress under fire, but that the shooter seemed to espouse anti-Trump and anti-GOP ideas.
The first thing that impressed me was the quick response from Senator Bernie Sanders distancing himself and his movement from the shooter. A far cry from the silence from Trump and the GOP about how their rhetoric may have fueled the Portland stabber.
But, perhaps on the heels of the successes of Anti-Fascist activists at the “Stand Up to Sharia” events, the media is starting to put some focus on the more radical factions of the American Left.
Now there has been an “Insurrectionist Left” for several decades. I remember the anti-war rallies of the early 2000s conducted by ANSWER that would bring groups calling for the overthrow of American Capitalism. I count among my allies several self-described anarchists and communists.
But I would still like to think we are better than the Oathkeepers, etc. We can still put our faith in the electoral system, at least for the moment. We can rally and phone bank as opposed to arming ourselves for an insurgency.
Now that is not to say that our opponents will play nice. A recent incident at a Harrisburg, PA equality rally may show that Trump has given the bigoted a sense of power and invulnerability. This still may mean a change in tactics among the left, including needing to make greater use of Anti-Fascists for protection against both reactionary allies and police that from what I see far too often as protecting the reactionaries than the affected communities.