For the second time in as many weeks the domestic terror group Antifa has violently lashed out, this time in a deadly firebomb attack of federal law enforcement. In a series of coordinated attacks in the West, protests have steadily escalated to vandalism, assault and now an attack on a detention center in Tacoma, Wash., that put lives of law enforcement and detainees in danger.

In a separate protest in Colorado, protesters stormed a private detention center, tearing down the American and Colorado state flags replacing them with the Mexico flag and an upside down Blue Line flag spray painted with the message “Abolish ICE”. Both flags flew over the building until armed guards could safely remove them and secure the area.

This escalation over the last few months, both in rhetoric and action, should concern all Americans. It is dangerous and subversive to everything America stands for.

The man who attacked the center in Washington was a long time Antifa member, and communist. He had been pictured in Antifa protest videos captured by independent journalist Andy Ngo, who was himself a victim of Antifa violence a few weeks ago because of his exposure of this group. His “manifesto” specifically laid out his call to action against “the concentration camps” as detention centers had been framed by more than a few in Congress. 

The action against a federal building was meant to culminate in the shooting of the attacker, who by the way, was glorified by CNN in a recently-aired pro-antifa documentary on these terrorist groups.

Other group leaders that coordinate and work with Antifa were quoted in news stories, at least the few that were published, mourning his death and claiming the attack as evidence of just how dangerous the detention centers are. Funny how that works.

We have a growing problem with Marxism disguised with a “Progressive” label. Democratic socialists, not too different from any other brand of socialism, are the political and vocal arm complementing Antifa’s militant actions. The use of emotionally charged language, like calling ICE officers Nazis and detention centers concentration camps, is intentional to elicit an emotional response from Americans.

All of this occurs as the same voices decry every facet of our constitutional republic.

The replacement? A mob democracy where the two wolves and a sheep take a vote on what’s for lunch. Guess the sheep is out of luck this time. Maybe it will have a better chance on the next vote.

The push for a national popular vote, open borders, free healthcare and college, automatic citizenship and ending the Department of Homeland Security are all more of the same..... a concerted effort to move America ever leftward and ever closer to socialism. These ideas, scoffed at not that long ago by both the left and right of the political spectrum, are now mainstream and part of the platform for every Democratic candidate for president.

Individual freedoms, the cornerstone of America, must be erased in favor of collective justice. My truth supersedes the truth and objective facts. Oppressor versus oppressed, colonizer versus colonized, privileged versus marginalized.

These are the words of Marx and Lenin. These are the words of Antifa. And they are being spoken in the halls of Congress.

When all and sundry is viewed through the lens of Marxism, and identity is everything, don’t be surprised when the “privileged” discover that they too have an identity.

The hyphenation of America has brought nothing but divisiveness, intentionally. No longer E Pluribus Unum - out of many, one - we now have a congresswoman saying “If you’re not prepared to come to that table and represent that voice, don’t come, because we don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice. We don’t need black faces that don’t want to be a black voice,” she said. “We don’t need Muslims that don’t want to be a Muslim voice. We don’t need queers that don’t want to be a queer voice.”

How about American voices? What about the cries of judgment not by the color of one’s skin, but the content of one’s character? Those old paradigms are, sadly, no longer applicable. And if you disagree they don’t want to hear your voice.

This is about more than immigration, the economy or any other national policy that has become a flash point for protest. It is about American culture and society. It is about the very foundations of our nation. They are worth saving and defending. Vocally.

After decades of gaslighting, marginalizing and attacking Americans and our social fabric we are reaching a tipping point. It is definitely a time for choosing.

Staff columnist Toni Butero can be reached at tbutero@mattosnews.com or by calling (209) 862-2222.