Remember these guys?
They were charged with crossing state lines to incite a riot. Subsequently formal investigations determined that the riot had actually been caused and perpetrated by the Chicago Police Department at the bequest of warlord and Mayor Richard Daley. But the trial went forward — though without the sole black defendant – Bobby Seale – who was bound and gagged in the courtroom and removed for a separate trial later.
I mention this piece of most unpleasant history to wonder aloud why there is not talk this morning of alt-right, white supremacist, neo-nazi leaders from around the country being brought up on the charge of crossing state lines to incite riot – an actual appropriate use of that law. And beyond that, being charged as co-conspirators in the death of 32 year-old Heather Heyer.
You know who else needs to be charged as a co-conspirator in her senseless death?
My wife Susan and I traveled across the country to be married in Virginia in 2010. We stayed and were married in a little town a few miles from the Skyline Drive and spent one of our honeymoon days in Charlottesville, walking around UVA, strolling through the beautiful center of town and having a hot dog dinner there, earlier making our way a few miles south and east to Monticello and the home of Thomas Jefferson. Charlottesville is a beautiful place.
I weep for Charlottesville and Virginia this morning, and for my Country run by morons and bigots and spewers of hate, the soundbites of whom cross state lines every day. Every hour.
The leaders and instigators of these torch-carriers and Hitler slogan-screamers and violence-encourage-rs and murderers should be charged and prosecuted and sent away to prison.
God damn them – each and every one.