Recognizing Enemies of the State

As if the current COVID-19 pandemic hadn’t created enough chaos in our lives yet another outrageous, race-based police brutality case emerged to engulf the nation in its terrifying aftermath.
Righteous street protests were infiltrated by agitators whose sole goal was to create mayhem, destroy property and upset the delicate balance of a society just getting back on its feet.

It seems enemies of the state are lurking in every corner these days. It is clear we are being manipulated by adversaries both domestic and foreign.
Of course, it started with the sickening scene of Minneapolis police officer Dereck Chauvin’s takedown of George Floyd on suspicion of passing a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill.

As officer Chauvin crushed Floyd’s neck with his knee, grinding his face into the pavement for nearly 9 minutes – and the handcuffed, immobilized suspect could barely squeeze out the words, “I can’t breathe”— three fellow MPD cops stood by and took no action to stop Chauvin. It escaped no one’s attention that Floyd was black and the officers were not.

Chavin and Three Other Minneapolis Cops Charged in Floyd’s Murder

We all know what happened next. Justifiably angry citizens of all colors took to American streets to exercise their constitutionally protected right to assemble and protest.
But lurking within their ranks, according to law enforcement officials across the country, were vicious extremists who were determined to create pandemonium. They stoked outrage, facilitated violence by smashing store windows and encouraging looters, they set fires and then watched from the sidelines as cities burned and outnumbered and exhausted police tried to quell the chaos.

Antifa purports to fight fascism. The group sees the Trump administration as fascist, Nazi-like. This is the group's logo.
Antifa Believes the Trump Administration is Fascist

The worst of the lot were identified as left-wing radical members of Antifa – short for Anti-fascist. Members protest anything they see as authoritarian, potentially racist, homophobic or discriminatory against foreigners. They despise conservative philosophies, especially capitalism. Many in this pro-anarchy movement want to dismantle governmental authorities, including police forces. They communicate via encrypted internet messages and typically wear black, some sport ominous white plastic face masks. After Antifa members staged violent protests at a “Rally Against Hate” demonstration in Berkeley, California in 2017, democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized, “the violent actions of people calling themselves Antifa,” and said they should be arrested.

Virginia 2nd Amendment Rally, Richmond, Virginia, 20 January 2020, Author: Anthony Crider
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Boogaloo Boys at a 2nd Amendment Rally in Richmond, Va. Photo: Wikimedia

During the recent protests over state’s pandemic stay-at-home orders a completely different type of disruptive group hit the streets to sow their own revolution. They are ultra-conservatives, including a growing organization with the unlikely name Boogaloo. This group seems to be a collaboration of white supremacists, former and current military members and overly aggressive gun owners who rage against, “politically correct” ideology. They condemn government policies and police departments thought to be too liberal. They organize protests via private Facebook accounts. Many of their members dress in camouflage adorned with Hawaiian shirts. According to a recent study of internet misinformation and hate speech the goal of these militants is another civil war to establish an all-white society.
But sadistic police officers and domestic revolutionaries are not the only enemy the nation faces.

Sen. Marco Rubio, right, speaks during a hearing in Washington, D.C, April 23, 2013.
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Author: Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley
Senator Rubio Warns of Foreign Propaganda Designed to Divide Americans

Senator Marco Rubio, acting chairman of the Intelligence Committee, recently tweeted that, “At least 3 foreign adversaries” are “actively stoking & promoting violence & confrontation from multiple angles.”
In other words, internet trolls in three countries (thought to be Russia, China and Iran) are flooding cyberspace with propaganda designed to stoke further flames of discontent in the United States. They want the world’s superpower brought to its knees. Why? Because they see an unstable America as a chance to advance themselves on the world stage.
National security advisor Robert O’Brien told ABC News foreign countries, specifically China, are trying to exploit America’s racial tensions and “taking some sort of pleasure” in seeing scenes of turmoil on U.S. streets.
I say let’s stop giving them the satisfaction.
Look, there are fewer of them than there are of us. Why are we allowing domestic dissidents and cyber terrorists based overseas to dominate our public conversation and jeopardize the safety of so many? The vast majority of law-abiding Americans simply want to work hard, raise their families, save a little money for retirement, and live a peaceful life.
We outnumber the bad actors. Let’s recognize their sinister manipulations and shun their destructive messages. While they push for another American civil war we can push back by rejecting their hateful propaganda.



  1. Diane Dimond on June 8, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    Reader Kurt K Guy writes:

    Isn’t it ironic both groups (Antifa and Boogaloo) want the destruction of our system of government?

  2. Diane Dimond on June 8, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    eader Jesse Angelo writes:

    (and sends a photo of the landing at Normandy Beach)


  3. Diane Dimond on June 8, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    Reader Claudia LaPlaca George writes:

    On Antifa site they explain why they use the term anti fascist—— to throw the public off. They ARE the enemy.

  4. Diane Dimond on June 8, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    Reader Reckon31 writes:

    I’m a Navy Vet. This reporter tried to imply ex military are part of the problem. I believe Proud Boys are just trying to insure that the Antifa commies leave people alone. Seems The Dem politicians like to order the local Police not to interfere with Antifa at all.

    • Diane Dimond on June 8, 2020 at 12:33 pm

      Reader marineimaging1 replies to Reckon31:

      I am a vet also and I can say that there have been agitators inside and coming out of the military services who are dissatisfied if they didn’t get the warrior experience they wanted. Again, they are FEW but real and should not get the satisfaction of recognition, but be met head on and shut down. Just my humble opinion.

  5. Diane Dimond on June 8, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    Reader Patricia Wilkinson writes:

    Thank you..I can only pray that the basic good essays and intelligence of our people will see what is being done to us thru social media and mainstream media..wake up everyone …we can overcome them.

  6. Diane Dimond on June 8, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    Reader NavyVet writes:

    “We outnumber the bad actors. Let’s recognize their sinister manipulations and shun their destructive messages.”
    Yes, we outnumber them, but they control the media, so they have a megaphone the size of America, and all we can do is squeak up. The media is in league with our enemies, as are the democrats, they have the shared goal of destroying capitalism.

  7. Diane Dimond on June 8, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    Reader Shelby Mustang writes:

    Their goal is a globalist coup. They are using capitalism to fund it. They are capitalists by method, totalitarians by ideology.

  8. Diane Dimond on June 8, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    Reader Joel Thatcher writes:

    Propaganda in our msm is one of our biggest threats. Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s I remember news being reported much more objectively. Those days are long gone. And unlike the Propaganda of the 20’s 30’s & 40‘s, today you have many Joseph Goebbels Repeating the same lies 24⁄7.

  9. Diane Dimond on June 8, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    Reader Jennifer Hauge writes:

    It’s TIME to start fighting back !!!

  10. Diane Dimond on June 8, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    Reader barchen36 writes:

    AND no one wants to say that: ALL LIVES MATTER! It might disrupt the mass.

  11. Diane Dimond on June 8, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    Reader Robin Dorian writes:

    Antifa is not an organization. There are no members, there are no leaders. It is just an idea and Trump and white extremists are using this so-called group to create an enemy.…/09e17610-a5bb-

    “’Antifa’ as Trump imagines it only exists in the conservative mind.”…/antifa-anti-fascist-explained…

    • Diane Dimond on June 9, 2020 at 2:22 pm

      Reader Cliff Darnell replies to Robin:

      Geez they have been around before Trumpet ….
      probably an offshoot of Edward Abbey’s the monkey wrench gang……

      • Diane Dimond on June 9, 2020 at 2:22 pm

        Steve Robel replies to Robin:

        They are definitely an organization and a terrorist group. As mentioned earlier, they were around with their ideologies long before Trump.

  12. Jimmy Reynolds on June 9, 2020 at 6:13 am

    As always, you provide a perspective that needs to be seen and understood by the common man. One downside of freedom of speech is that it allows seeds of discontent to be sewn by radicals. Thank you for sharing that perspective.

  13. Diane Dimond on June 9, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    Reader Bobbie60 writes:

    I think you’re part of the problem, not the solution. Telling lies in order to stoke tensions(while claiming to be doing the opposite) is not helpful.
    “… As Chauvin crushed Floyd’s neck with his knee, grinding his face into the pavement for nearly 9 minutes…”
    Floyd’s neck was not crushed, as was proved at both of the autopsies that were done after his death, and neither was his face ‘ground into the pavement.’ Weren’t the brutal facts(that he was held down with a knee on his neck until he died) enough, without deliberately stoking anger by making them sound even worse?

    • Diane Dimond on June 9, 2020 at 2:19 pm

      Diane Dimond replies to Bobbi60

      I respectfully disagree that his neck was not “crushed” into the pavement along with his face. Would you prefer the word smashed? Or smooshed?
      Describe it anyway you’d like, the act was despicable and truly indescribable by any measure.

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