What Went Wrong In Charlottesville: At All Levels, Government Is Still The Problem

Authored by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

Corruption. Graft. Intolerance. Greed. Incompetence. Ineptitude. Militarism. Lawlessness. Ignorance. Brutality. Deceit. Collusion. Corpulence. Bureaucracy. Immorality. Depravity. Censorship. Cruelty. Violence. Mediocrity. Tyranny.

These are the hallmarks of an institution that is rotten through and through.

We have been saddled with the wreckage of a government at all levels that no longer represents the citizenry, serves the citizenry, or is accountable to the citizenry.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about the federal government, state governments, or local governing bodies: at all ends of the spectrum and every point in between, a shift has taken place.

“We the people” are not being seen or heard.

Everything happening at the national level is playing out at the local level, as well.

Take my own hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, for instance.

In the summer of 2017, Charlottesville became ground zero for a heated war of words—and actions—over racism, “sanitizing history,” extremism (both right and left), political correctness, hate speech, partisan politics, and a growing fear that violent words will end in violent actions.

In Charlottesville, as in so many parts of the country right now, the conflict was over how to reconcile the nation’s checkered past, particularly as it relates to slavery, with the present need to sanitize the environment of anything—words and images—that might cause offense, especially if it’s a Confederate flag or monument.

That fear of offense prompted the Charlottesville City Council to get rid of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that has graced one of its public parks for 82 years.

That’s when everything went haywire.

In attempting to pacify one particularly vocal and righteously offended group while railroading over the concerns of those with alternate viewpoints, Charlottesville attracted the unwanted attention of the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and the alt-Right, all of whom descended on the little college town with the intention of exercising their First Amendment right to be disagreeable, to assemble, and to protest.

When put to the test, Charlottesville did not handle things well at all.

No one—not the armed, violent, militant protesters nor the police—gave peace a chance on August 12 when what should have been an exercise in free speech quickly became a brawl that left one dead and dozens more injured.

The police, who were supposed to uphold the law and prevent violence, failed to do either.

Indeed, a 220-page post-mortem of the protests and the Charlottesville government’s response by former U.S. attorney Timothy J. Heaphy merely corroborates our worst fears about what drives the government at all levels: power, money, ego, politics and ambition.

When presented with a situation in which the government and its agents were tasked with protecting free speech and safety, Heaphy concluded that “the City of Charlottesville protected neither free expression nor public safety.”

Read Heaphy’s report for yourself.

It’s full of drama and intrigue, plots and dueling egos, petty tyrants and ambitious politicians. (There’s even mention of a personal email account and deleted text messages.)

Not much different from what is happening on the national scene.

Commissioned by the City of Charlottesville, this Heaphy report was intended to be an independent investigation of what went right and what went wrong in the government’s handling of the protests.

Here’s what went wrong, according to the report:

1. Police failed to get input from other law enforcement agencies experienced in handling large protests.

2. Police failed to adequately train their officers in advance of the protest.

3. City officials failed to request assistance from outside agencies.

4. The City Council unduly interfered by ignoring legal advice, attempting to move the protesters elsewhere, and ignoring the concerns of law enforcement.

5. The city government failed to inform the public about their plans.

6. City officials were misguided in allowing weapons at the protest.

7. The police implemented a flawed operational plan that failed to protect public safety.

8. While police were provided with riot gear, they were never trained in how to use it, nor were they provided with any meaningful field training in how to deal with or de-escalate anticipated violence on the part of protesters.

9. Despite the input and advice of outside counsel, including The Rutherford Institute, the police failed to employ de-escalation tactics or establish clear barriers between warring factions of protesters.

10. Government officials and police leadership opted to advance their own agendas at the expense of constitutional rights and public safety.

11. For all intents and purposes, police abided by a stand down order that endangered the community and paved the way for civil unrest.

12. In failing to protect public safety, police and government officials undermined public faith in the government.

The Heaphy report focused on the events that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, but it applies to almost every branch of government that fails to serve “we the people.”

As the Pew Research Center revealed, public trust in the government remains near historic lows and with good reason, too.

This isn’t America, land of the free, where the government is “of the people, by the people [and] for the people.”

Rather, as I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, this is Amerika, where fascism, totalitarianism and militarism work hand in hand.

So what’s the answer?

As always, it must start with “we the people.”

I’ve always advised people to think nationally, but act locally. Yet as Charlottesville makes clear, it’s hard to make a difference locally when the local government is as deaf, dumb and blind to the needs of its constituents as the national government.

Still, it’s time to clean house at all levels of government.

You’ve got a better chance of making your displeasure seen and felt and heard within your own community. But it will take perseverance and unity and a commitment to finding common ground with your fellow citizens.

Stop tolerating corruption, graft, intolerance, greed, incompetence, ineptitude, militarism, lawlessness, ignorance, brutality, deceit, collusion, corpulence, bureaucracy, immorality, depravity, censorship, cruelty, violence, mediocrity, and tyranny.

Stop holding your nose in order to block out the stench of a rotting institution.

Stop letting the government and its agents treat you like a servant or a slave.

You’ve got rights. We’ve all got rights. This is our country. This is our government. No one can take it away from us unless we make it easy for them.

Right now, we’re making it way too easy for the police state to take over.

Stop being an accessory to the murder of the American republic.


wisehiney Thu, 12/07/2017 - 00:02 Permalink

To many peopleWhat went wrongIs the same everyday and everywhere...... Trump wins again! For less psycho damageLearn to live with itSuckers

DownWithYogaPants TBT or not TBT Thu, 12/07/2017 - 04:28 Permalink

I don't want to let this author get away with this rather naive or untruthful account.We now know that the leader of the Tiki Torch brigade was not any sort of authentic character.  He had previously been a high ranking Occupy Wall St guy.So it is pretty evident that Soros probably funded both sides with an eye towards 3 milliseconds later saying "Must be Trump's fault".If Soros was involved so then was the Deep State / CIA AgitProp script writing department ( not to be confused with the Federal Reserve script writing ) and if they were involved the ZioBankers were involve.

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Escrava Isaura DownWithYogaPants Thu, 12/07/2017 - 05:15 Permalink

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John Whitewhatever: Government Is Still The Problem You’re correct, because government is the only force that could stop corporate capitalism and proponents of American imperialism; however, both made the politicians very rich, so the politicians cannot alienate those, because the politicians need their money and support. Antifa and Alt-Right are just poster children of what I would call political immaturity and monetary ignorance within the general population. Plenty of emotional and brainwashing thinking but zero critical thinking. So, now we have on the conservative side group attachments and resentments more so than ideology. And, on the liberal side, total confusion, because what they were indoctrinated at it, which was labeled as education, it’s totally unsustainable. Now we’ll see the conservatives and liberals clinging to their holy grail with whatever lie is necessary as both religions fail.   

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BabaLooey cheka Thu, 12/07/2017 - 08:42 Permalink

"FIND ME EMPIRICAL DATA - PROOF - THROUGH AN EXPOSE, MEDIA ARTICLE(S) - SOME TYPE OF EVIDENCE THAT DONALD TRUMP IS A RACIST.....................PRE 2014"You cannot. I've looked.ONLY..when Trump announced and then ran for office, did he "magically become" - a "racist".Edward Bernays.........................................and people aren't.............manipulated................................................................................sure 

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shamus001 DownWithYogaPants Thu, 12/07/2017 - 09:02 Permalink

Correct! Also the authors position is NOT neutral, albeit striving to appear so. "The Rightous offended & thise with opposing opinions"FU leftist trash! That statue has stiod for damn neara century! Only now, after a black president and black leaders everywhere is it NOW a racist problem!? Not prior to equal rights? You SOBs wont stop until white men are shackled for offenses they neither committed, nor the living experienced. 9th generation are not liable for any offenses, percieved or proven! GET A JOB! No free checks!

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Dindu Nuffins wisehiney Thu, 12/07/2017 - 01:18 Permalink

The right-wing protestors had done peaceful assemblies before this event and have done so again after this event. They were pushed into the Antifa by police to instigate fighting, despite informing the police that this was about to happen when the police began herding them.James Field's car was hit by bats, and he drove into a crowd at 23 mph, much less than he could have. I can find a lot of other videos on liveleak of people doing the same thing in a bad situation.Heather Heyer was 300 lbs and a chainsmoker. She literally looked nothing like the "pretty" picture that they use from her slightly skinnier days. She had a heart attack, and maybe wasn't even hit by the car.DeAndre Harris was said to be surrounded and attacked by a group of angry white guys for no reason other than he was an innocent black kid with skittles in his pockets. In fact, he ran up behind a man and hit the white guy on the head with a mag-lite flashlight, knocking the guy out. Only then did the man's friends chase DeAndre and beat him. He raised $180K from guilty white leftists and spent it on a new car, which he showed off in a later rap video. He is now awaiting trial for assault. 

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Scanderbeg Dindu Nuffins Thu, 12/07/2017 - 03:27 Permalink

The police deliberately stood down and formented a race riot by declaring a peaceful, permited protest illegal and then herding the Alt-Right into Antifa. SonOfNewo on Youtube found film evidence showing the van involved in the crash was left empty several minutes before the "attack". A Dodge Challenger is also seen prior to the incident in the same video. The reporter named Ford Fisher curiously films both prior to the attack and then can be seen waiting a block away prior. There has been speculation that many "Unite the Right" attendees were in fact Federal Agents. We will probably never know the truth but the whole thing felt like a setup and still does. As does the Vegas shooting which is most certainly a False Flag or some kind of botched Gun/Drug deal involving the FBI. The reason they are covering it up is because Paddock was likely a Fed and was either working for or known to them. This also explains the break in of Paddocks home one week after to cover their tracks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2FbDXA3hVo

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DownWithYogaPants Ignatius Thu, 12/07/2017 - 04:33 Permalink

SJW hearts are not in the right place.  Check with Jordan Peterson on this one.  I can summarize here: They say they care about the downtrodden but what really motivates their behavior is the resentment anyone has more than them.  Peterson discovered this by studying the middle class socialists of Orwell's time.  In this case they are using the niggerians as a club to beat those they want to steal from over the head.

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VWAndy Thu, 12/07/2017 - 00:36 Permalink

 We were to smart for the BS. The government msm BS just aint flyin like it used to. Those stunt go back all thruout history. Then we started using the internet well.  See its not the tool but how its used that really matters.Take the helicopter as an example. Put guns and rockets on it. A great killing machine. Put a winch and a 100 foot of good cable and its a world class Life Saving machine. 

opport.knocks Thu, 12/07/2017 - 00:56 Permalink

Charlottesville was a DHS "staged" event, featuring agent provocateur Jason Kessler.Nothing went wrong, other than a few extra holes in a leaky script. The alt-right got discredited the left got to engage in virtue signalling and the Dem governor and mayor got to blame others.Better production values than Vegas, I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Vegas gets only 2.

Victor999 Thu, 12/07/2017 - 01:44 Permalink

The problem is not 'governmnet', it's not 'neo-nazis', it's not Antifa, it's not the welfare system.  It's the polluting power of wealth - it's the human factor of the rich and powerful grabbing for more riches and power.  It does not matter what kind of system you design, the rich and powerful and the criminally-minded will find ways to corrupt it to their benefit. There are things we can do as a society to limit the ability of these people to do their damage, but we can never eliminate the problem.

Manipuflation Thu, 12/07/2017 - 02:01 Permalink

So I decided to do a spy run on my World's Largest Retailer just to observe what is going.  Remember, none of these people know who I am yet.  I will managing this shitshow but now is the perfect to start taking names.  I'm just another dickhead customer.  I am photo-documenting this shit.  I know what is fuck is going on now.So, running the subterfuge, is part of the game.  I saw some numbers for my store today for the first time.  I changed clothes from Manager type into Harley type and loaded the wife and son in the van and went to my Wal-mart where I will be at rather then the Academy WLR perfect store.  I have "not born here" East African cashiers and front end all the way across the board.  My store that I will be responsible for is losing over a million a year in inventory shrink and it is only making 6.5 mil gross.  WHAT?  I knew this going in that something was wrong.  I was in there at 6:30 P.M. tonight and no customers.  That's primetime for any retail outlet.  I noticed in the numbers that electronics LOST money in November.  How the fuck do you do that?  As I toured the store I made to make a pass by electronics and four East Africans all standing around blabbing and not doing but one of them was wearing a yellow WLR vest.  Electronics is always at the rear of the store and there is no reason for anyone in a yellow vest to ever be at the back of a store standing around chatting with his fellow East Africans who are running electronics.  Do you know why?  Yellow vest is front of store ONLY.  They are supposed be the ones that make sure the cashiers don't fuck up.  They are running right out the front door. You see what I am saying because you are ZHers.  They are mobsters.  It's a racket.  The big yellow light is not even on on the face of the building and the building is only six or seven years old.  They have female manager whom I have not met.  She is going to be my boss.  You have to be carefull where you tread these days.  The best I can do is just photograph it for now and be in the shadows.  As long as no one knows who I am, why not?I don't want to hear about low pay.  I worked for $3.35 an hour at my first job.  You have to earn it.  I never worked for WLR before and it took me three days to figure at least one major issue.  I have to document as best I can so I can initiate some firings.  Even if I have to do the shit jobs that's fine with me.  That is why they pay what they do.  The real money is the bonuses and if someone is ripping the store off that then is the same as stealing from me.  You are fired.You watch how I get rid of these fuckers and not get sued.  Aren't I calculating?  No one at the WGR knows that I am doing this.  I won't say anything for a while. But hey, even in this pic the fucking lights work.  There was bomb threat at my store in MN two weeks ago. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-walmart-bomb-threat-orlando-20150306-story.html

AurorusBorealus Thu, 12/07/2017 - 02:49 Permalink

The U.S. is doomed.  The corruption at every level of the government is a reflection of a people riven by pure, vicious hatred for one another.  On the one hand, there are the blacks.  The teachers in the schools do not teach them to read or to do math.  Instead, they teach them that they are victims of oppression and that "whitey" is to blaim.On the other hand, there are the whites.  A glance through the comments on Zerohedge shows that many whites think that blacks, Latinos, Mexicans, or anyone who is not living in a U.S. trailer park are third-world savages.  These "enlightened" folk also attribute mystical powers to the Jews, whom they believe are engaged in a global conspiracy to do... something... even everything... .  Again, this simple-minded bigotry and hatred is directly attributable to a failure of families, schools, and communities to develop any factulties of reason or perception in the native population: forever emphaszing only tribal identity politics.To make matters even worse, there is the "feminist movement," which is now responsible for the deaths of 60 million babies.  They have taught women to abandon their husbands, destroyed the family life, forced hundreds of millions of American children to be raised without their fathers or with strange men living in or marching through their homes every night.  They have tried to criminalize most male behavior such that every awkward attempt to flirt with American women is now "harassing" them. As a result, the women hate the men, and the men hate the women.This social fabric is shattered, and the demons of hatred that have been unleashed in this nation will not be exorcised by "protesting" the government or "draining the swamp."  The entire nation is a swamp, and the people have been given over to a reprobate mind.  It is not time to protest, it is time to repent: on a personal level.

LyLo cheka Thu, 12/07/2017 - 08:49 Permalink

Hahaha.  I'm from the Cincinnati region, so it took me a second.  Mike Brown immediately brought to mind someone completely different than who you meant.  (Owner of the goddamn Bengals, for those that don't know.)It tickled me deeply because it still stands. 

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Pasadena Phil AurorusBorealus Thu, 12/07/2017 - 07:41 Permalink

We are ALL making excuses for not being good people. Our problems are always someone else's fault. We are always powerless to do anything about it. How about BEING a good person first and then finding other good people. That is what makes good families, communities and societies. If we can't even do that part ourselves, particularly the "me' part, then and only then are we truly doomed. We are surrounded by evil because we tolerate it. Don't be afraid to choose your friends carefully and don't be afraid to tell those who don't meet your standards why you are ending the "friendship". Don't be afraid to be the person you wish everyone else would be.

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Peanut Butter … AurorusBorealus Thu, 12/07/2017 - 08:40 Permalink

"abandon their husbands"

Lmfao, they are independent men, not some underage brats that need women to take care of their shits. When men can't hand over pay check to women in household then it's time for women to work outside of them home for her own paycheck and it's time for men to take care of household works themselves. We each get what we wanted, but men on other hand wants all, as in money wealth and recognition without doing any work for household. What a fucking hypocrite.

Btw some of those ex-husband just become stalkers as they refuse to be "abandoned".

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Socratic Dog AurorusBorealus Thu, 12/07/2017 - 12:18 Permalink

These mystical powers we attribute to the jews...it doesn't take much research to see that jews are behind everything you have listed.  Feminism, abortion, .gov corruption, the failure of schools, black resentment, family breakdown, the widescale embracing of whoredom, criminalizing normal male behavior, war of the sexes....all those social movements came from jews.  As I say, it's easily verified.But that's just a coincidence, right?  As is the fact that jews control ALL the legacy media.  Sure, just a fucking coincidence.  Another coincidence would be that all the above just happen to be listed in the Protocols.Wake up, wanker.

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MickV Thu, 12/07/2017 - 02:53 Permalink

McAuliff and the agent provacateur Jason Kessler (once "Occupy" now "Neo Nazi") staged this "event". Police tpld to stand down.The pic of the guy being Flipped in the air as the vehicle speeds by is FAKE/ Staged. One lie means the whole thing is a lie.

Tapeworm Thu, 12/07/2017 - 03:06 Permalink

Stand up against "corpulence"? Do you mean the fat fuck creeps and cops that are on the downside slope of their 'roids abuse? Those assholes that shave their heads and go apeshit on peaceable "citizens" need to be sent back to the DoD's theater of operations, and go cultivate their papaver somniferum.

John_Coltrane Thu, 12/07/2017 - 03:11 Permalink

I wish these authors would do a little background research into their subject instead of spouting platitudes about how both left and right are equally to blame. The alt-right had a permit and were there to exercise their first amendment right to explain how well-known effort of terrorist jewish organizations like SPLC and their sponsors like Soros are undermining Western White Culture and attempting to alter history. For example, detailed video analysis shows that fat slob Heather Heyer was never hit by the car and its driver. She had a heart attack and of course, her fat fuck leftist parents refused to have an autopsy. However, the car was attacked by Antifa with bats and bricks and was attempting to get away from these thugs.

The police herded the demonstrators from the park in which they were to hear speakers to another location deliberately passing them by the paid Antifa agitators. Some were forced to defend themselves as the police under orders from the leftist Mayor and governor did nothing to prevent the violence. This mess is entirely planned and left is TOTALLY RESPONSIBLE. One person who defended himself was placed in jail without bail.

I'm pleased to see from the comments that many ZHer's already realize many of these facts and aren't buying the MSM propaganda as parroted by the author.

Removing a monument to a great general and patriot like Robert E. Lee is disgusting. Antifa is the dregs of the earth. They are the fascists. So, you fascists, you have found the enemy of freedom and it is you!

And of course, when StormFront made fun of Heather Heyer and her fat induced heart attack the Jewish terrorist organization SPLC made sure they were banned from the internet. That's precisely when I and many others I'm sure got interested in the site to find out why they were banned. What was so terrible? Nothing, of course, but an attempt to get at the truth. The article in question was funny satire. I'm sure their readership was enhanced by the ban.