The American Left’s Historical Embrace of Violence

By Colonel Mike Angley

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.” ~George Orwell, ‘1984’

In America, being left of center politically frequently involves achieving ends by whatever means necessary, to include violence and murder. The frequency and intensity of such violence is so disproportionate to anything on the right as to render it statistically significant and an immutable characteristic of the left. Those at that end of the spectrum morph together around the feature of violence regardless of whatever they call themselves on any particular day: left wing, liberal, progressive, Democrat, Democrat-Socialist, Socialist, Communist, or Marxist.

When their ideas fail to gain traction in the polling booth, the left attempts coercion in the street. This is not unique to America either. History is prolific with examples of communist and socialist regimes that come to power and remain in power by force. Body counts are difficult to know, but by most estimates more than 100 million have been slaughtered in the name of left wing governments in the last 100 years. Although liberal historians attempt to ascribe to the right the brutal Nazi Holocaust, in reality it was another left-of-center slaughter.

There’s a strange twist of irony to their embrace of violence. It is typically the left that attempts to claim the mantle of diversity, understanding, acceptance and tolerance. Yet they are the first to engage in the opposite of what they say. This sort of Orwellian doublespeak or doublethink is a hallmark of the left worldwide. Perhaps it is a testament to the nature of humanity, that we invest more in what people promise than in what they actually do.

On January 16th, this author penned a companion piece to this present article: ‘The Democrat Party’s Long, Violent History of Racism.’ In it, the author examined the Democrat Party’s deeply-entrenched racism that oftentimes includes violence. Whether it’s the party’s terror arm, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), or politicians enforcing racist Jim Crow laws, the Democrats frequently relied upon vicious and even murderous acts to maintain power.

The use of force for political means isn’t confined to racism. The Democrat Party employs it for other political ends as well. During the 1970s and 1980s labor unions in America where at their zenith. An estimated 30% of the labor force was unionized and unions were tethered politically to the Democrat Party (and still are) which managed to sell itself as the party of the common man.

It is a symbiotic relationship: unions confiscate union dues from laborers; the dues enable union bosses to live in luxury and to fatten Democrat politician campaign coffers; Democrat politicians deliver pro-union legislation when elected. The quid pro quo? Laborers who pay the dues were oftentimes expected to engage in violence to enforce work actions like strikes and walk outs. Much like the KKK, the Democrats relied upon union thugs to vandalize property (business as well as non-union member homes and cars), smash heads or break legs, among other things.

Then there’s violence against the unborn in the form of abortion. The author won’t dwell on it in this article (will save it for a future piece), but the Democrat Party is in bed with the abortion industry in much the same way as it is with labor unions. Democrat politicians funnel taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood using a sleight-of-hand accounting trick where the subsidies are deposited in an account set aside for non-abortive services (still fattens the overall bottom line). Planned Parenthood turns around and writes checks to the same politicians to get them reelected.

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) group is another terror arm of the left and the Democrat Party, masquerading as a noble ‘civil rights movement.’ Its signature chants, ‘What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want ‘em? Now!’ and ‘Pigs in a blanket. Fry ‘em like bacon,’ betray any notion of peace. Again, the left’s use of doublespeak is a hallmark. The fact that President Barack H. Obama invited BLM to the White House – twice – gave them and those sympathetic to the call for dead cops the Oval Office imprimatur. The result: lots more dead cops in 2016 than in any recent previous years.

During Election 2016 we witnessed widespread violence against Republican Candidate Donald J. Trump’s supporters at rallies and other events. We learned from James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas undercover stings that the agitation and assaults were planned by the Democrat Party apparatchik, organized by Democrats, funded by Democrats and conducted by Democrats and their paid thugs. All with the apparent blessing of the Democrat Party Candidate, Hillary Clinton. Following Trump’s election, once again the left engaged in violence throughout the country when it lost its collective mind over defeat.

Finally, as of this writing there are plenty of stories about how the left is organizing to disrupt President-Elect Trump’s inauguration as well as the handful of balls, concerts and other events surrounding the transition of power. The left may claim publicly that it supports the ‘peaceful transition of power,’ but its actions and plans (and history) suggest that’s not what it intends. Project Veritas undercover stings of left-wing groups showed they have made plans for violence and for at least one ball they intend to use butyric acid as a chemical weapon.

Has there been right wing violence? Certainly. But it is typically anecdotal, and if organized at all, it exists in fringe groups disconnected from the Republican Party. In contrast, left wing violence and extremism is organized by the Democrat Party and tethered to it directly in terms of policy, planning, organizing, funding and execution. Should Orwell’s ‘1984’ vision ever prove itself to be true in America, the boot that stamps itself on the human face will most certainly be worn by a leftist, a Democrat.


Colonel Michael (“Mike”) Angley is retired from the United States Air Force, a published thriller author, and a conservative writer who fashions himself as Attila the Hun with a laptop. Mike wrote for Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government and Big Peace blogs before the Breitbart consolidation, receiving superb feedback and kudos for typically weaving in pop culture references with his far right perspectives. He enjoys writing about military affairs, national security issues, and politics and is an avid Second Amendment advocate. When he’s not writing, he’s busy annoying liberals with FaceBook posts and Twitter tweets that point out the obvious flaws and fallacies of the left.

During his 26-year USAF career, the Colonel was a Special Agent with the Office of Special Investigations (OSI). The OSI is a sister agency to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and has an identical mission that includes felony-level criminal, fraud, and narcotics investigations as well as counterintelligence and counterterrorism operations. His USAF experiences spanned multiple regions around the globe with five command assignments and duties at foreign, regional, theater and national levels.

He is a seasoned counterintelligence and counterespionage officer from the Cold War era, and if you ask him he’ll tell you the spy-vs-spy days were indeed the heady, glory era of espionage. During the latter half of his career he focused on counterterrorism missions in the Middle East and the Far East and operationalized many of today’s concepts for this unique arena while working the sand dunes of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and a few other “choice” locations. When Colonel Angley retired in 2007, he was a Senior Supervisory Special Agent and was in command of all worldwide OSI matters at Air Force Space Command in Colorado Springs, CO.

Mike Angley is also a published, award-winning author of three thriller novels in the “Child Finder” trilogy. His debut novel, “Child Finder,” received a glowing review from the Library Journal which placed it on its Summer Reading list in 2009. “Child Finder” and its companion sequel novels all won various awards from the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) and the Public Safety Writers Association. In 2012, Mike was named MWSA’s “Author of the Year,” largely for work on his third novel, “Child Finder: Revelation.”

As an avid user of social media, Mike can be found and friended on Facebook (mike.angley) and followed on Twitter (@MikeAngley). His website is www.mikeangley.com. Following his USAF retirement, Mike and his family stayed in Colorado Springs, CO where they enjoy daily, majestic views of Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountains.

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