The First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
The assembly in Charlottesville, VA was anything but peaceful. It wasn’t meant to be peaceful. It was meant to celebrate white supremacy.
The Villages Democratic Club deplores the violence and hate perpetrated by the Nazis, White Supremacists and White Nationalists in Charlottesville.
We have members who lost family in the Holocaust. We have members who were young children in pre- and post- war Berlin. We have members who wore United States military uniforms to defeat fascism. We all have family members who served this country in some way during WWII.
The three days America waited to hear a statement unequivocally denouncing the sickening display of violence were three days too long. And one day after the statement was finally written and loaded into a teleprompter, it was made weak by trying to blame those who were patriotic enough and American enough to stand toe to toe with the faces of hate and evil.
We are Democrats and we are proud Americans. We will call out fascism, racism and every other idea that weakens and demoralizes this country. We call on you all to do the same.
The Villages Democratic Club