VIDEO: Prominent communists ratchet up rhetoric in Ferguson

At least 47 protesters were arrested in Ferguson, Missouri on Tuesday night and three handguns were seized, according to Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol. Despite the several dozen arrests, Tuesday proved to be a relatively calm for the embattled town that TheBlaze’s Dana Loesch has described as a “war zone.”

As The Hill reported, Johnson said the protest crowds were “smaller” and dissipated “earlier” on Tuesday despite the dozens of arrests. Furthermore, the Molotov cocktails and violence that plagued Monday night’s protests was nowhere to be found.

Hopefully, Tuesday represents a pivot point for the protests and riots that have raged on since the August 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. But, as TheBlaze reports, new videos show radical communist revolutionaries from the likes of New York and Chicago have made their way to Ferguson to ratchet up rhetoric.

“New problem – or maybe not so new – in Ferguson,” Pat said on radio this morning. “These communist, piece of crap agitators are trying to incite rioting, and are trying to fire up the crowd, and are trying to stoke the flames of hate and discontent to make this thing last longer.”

A video uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday shows Gregory Lee Johnson, a veteran member of the Revolutionary Communist Party, riling up a crowd in Ferguson.

Watch that video below (Content Warning: Strong language):

Johnson’s fellow Revolutionary Communist Party member Travis Morales has also been seen at the protests. St. Louis Alderman Antonio French uploaded a video that reportedly shows Morales arguing in the streets.

According to the Missouri Torch, the man speaking with Morales is Brother Anthony Shahid – a black community leader.

“You’re not gonna hurt our kids,” Shahid said.

“No, they’re hurting our kids,” Morales replies. “They’re hurting our kids, everyday.”

“So there's your white communist agitator yelling into… a megaphone trying to get people fired up to continue the violence. Revolutionaries like [them] are trying to use chaos and unrest to further their own radical agenda,” Pat concluded. “They hate the United States of America. They hate capitalism. They're training to bring about radical change. And this is the means with which they're trying to do it. So you know, the people in Ferguson should be absolutely disgusted by what's going on there.”

What did Glenn have to say about the news?

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The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

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