When a white supremacist rammed his car into a crowd of people --- killing one and injuring several others --- fears ran rampant that this act of political violence was the new normal.

Neo-Nazis brazenly marched through the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia on August 11, 2017, holding tiki torches and chanting “blood and soil,” a Nazi slogan combining racial identity and national pride together. The Unite the Right rally was intended to protest the removal of a General Robert E. Lee statute, but it was more than just a protest about Confederate history. It was a march for nationalism, with all its ugly cousins --- white supremacy, racism and xenophobia --- along for the ride.

The following day was marked by violence as countless protesters and counter-protesters were injured after clashing with each other. Heather D. Heyer was killed when James Alex Fields Jr., a Nazi sympathizer, drove his car through a crowd of counter-protesters.

The rally would prove to be a PR disaster for the alt-right and its more extreme compatriots. As if their ideas weren’t abhorrent on their own, now they had a death attached to their movement. The moment marked the beginning of the downward spiral to irrelevance for the alt-right, but at the time the movement was front and center.

The moment marked the beginning of the downward spiral to irrelevance for the alt-right.

Countless articles and news segments followed Charlottesville, with many fearing more violent riots were certain to happen. The body count would continue to climb as far-right agitators grew emboldened by an indifferent White House, targeting the most vulnerable and marginalized communities.

Several media outlets from the progressive Jezebel to the British magazine, The Week, described the moment as a turning point. In January, Jonathan Greenblatt wrote in The Atlantic that, “The “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville last August was a watershed moment for the white-supremacist movement.” Greenblatt argued that white supremacist activism was visible, no longer relegated to the darkest corners of the internet.

This increased visibility might have done more harm than help the alt-right and other far-right movements. At least one participant of the Unite the Right rally was fired from his job after people identified him from photos of the rally posted online. Fields was arrested for murdering Heyer and now awaits trial.

Republicans and Democrats alike decried the vitriolic hate demonstrated by the marchers and denounced the violence. While President Trump’s response was lackluster and noncommittal, other high ranking White House officials, like Vice President Mike Pence and former national security adviser H.R. McMaster, sharply condemned what the president would not.

Now the far-right seems to be struggling to remain relevant.

Now the far-right seems to be struggling to remain relevant. Richard Spencer, perhaps the most prominent neo-Nazi around, is considering cancelling his alt-right speaking tour. Spencer announced the decision in March 2018 after his supporters clashed with protesters outside Michigan State University.

“When they become violent clashes and pitched battles, they aren’t fun,” Spencer said, as USA Today reported.

While Spencer blames the aggressive tactics of Antifa --- a far left coalition --- for canceling his tour, it is possible the cancellation is more related to his bank account than his adversaries. Spencer had to fight a legal battle to even win MSU as a venue and, after wading through the courts, only 20 people attended his speech. A previous speaking event at the University of Florida in October 2017 also saw protesters vastly outnumbering Spencer’s supporters.

“The Unite the Right rally was so toxic for the alt-right’s image that some members started arguing that in-person protests were bad publicity for the cause,” Kelly Weill wrote for the Daily Beast in late March.

Richard Spencer isn’t the only one quickly losing relevance. The Traditionalist Worker Party, a white supremacist group, is fracturing after the arrest of Matthew Heimbach, the head of the party. He was arrested after he allegedly assaulted TWP spokesperson Matthew Parrott, whose wife Heimbach was allegedly sleeping with.

“The high-profile bust was an accelerant in what had been a slow-burning feud among the alt-right,” Weill wrote.

The alt-right was never a concrete party, merely a conglomerate of various groups and activists. With all the infighting, legal woes, and disastrous media coverage, an already-shaky alliance is beginning to implode.

This doesn’t mean the threats to a free society that the alt-right promotes have vanished. White supremacist and neo-Nazis still have the potential to be dangerous. A cornered animal tends to lash out.

Threats to a free society never truly go away.

Anti-immigrant sentiments, which the alt-right proudly promotes, are still going strong. President Trump continues to rally his base on the idea of building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico border. ICE continues to violate civil liberties, ripping apart families as they pursue and deport undocumented immigrants.

Threats to a free society never truly go away. The alt-right may fracture, splinter, and fight amongst each other until whatever emerges from the other side is scarcely like the original, but the insidious ideas at the heart of the movement do not disappear. Richard Spencer may fall out of favor among his like, but another will likely take his place.

Advocates of a free society should continue to be vigilant and denounce illiberalism in whatever form it takes, whether its the brashness of the alt-right or the soft authoritarianism of the current White House administration.

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Lindsay Marchello is a Young Voices and an Associate Editor with the Carolina Journal. Follow her on Twitter @LynnMarch007.

It's not just the Twitter mobs, the Leftist extremists and the flagrant fourth-wave feminists who want ICE abolished. As we've seen, there's a growing number of politicians who want to see it as well.

Cue Alejandro Alvarez, who in his 32 years has managed to cultivate his brand as a "serial immigration violator." Alejandro has been deported 11 times. Well, he's facing deportation once again, after allegedly "slashing his wife with a chainsaw." His wife is in recovery and is expected to survive.

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Around 3:00 pm last Wednesday, police arrived at Alejandro's. When they arrived, they found Alvarez's wife suffering from "traumatic physical injuries, believed to have been inflicted by a chainsaw." The couple's three children were huddled in fear inside the home. Alejandro's wife was rushed to a nearby trauma center for an emergency surgery.

Alejandro fled the scene of the crime, but was eventually hauled in by police and booked under "suspicion of attempted murder, child endangerment, hit and run, and grand theft auto."

Sounds like the kind of guy who should be in our country illegally, right?

ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley noted that "Immigration officers have lodged a detainer against Alvarez, requesting that local authorities notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement before his release to allow them to take the man into custody."

This is the new reality.

This is the new reality. The immigration agency has to ask for permission, to file requests, to have illegal immigrants who are guilty of crimes dealt with. Luckily for Alejandro, Los Angeles is a sanctuary city, so maybe he'll get another pass and be back on the streets in no time.

UPDATE: Here's how the discussion went on radio. Watch the video below.

Why is nobody talking about this?

Alabama law enforcement officials say that an illegal immigrant and an immigrant in the United States on a green card are responsible for the brutal murders of a grandmother and her 13-year-old special needs granddaughter in what investigators say is violence related to Mexican drug cartels.

The Purple Heart is reserved for those wounded or killed during battle. Awarded by the President, the medal has George Washington's image right there on the front of it. Make no mistake, it is reserved for heroes. True heroes. Men and women who've faced death and still persevered. Soldiers who fought in battle at the cost of their limbs, their lives, or their inner peace. John F. Kennedy earned a Purple Heart for his heroism as a gunboat pilot in 1944. John McCain received one for, well, we all know his horrific story. Colin Powell. Roughly one million Purple Heart medals have been awarded to veterans, all of whom were determined to have fought valiantly, with courage and heart.

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So it was a bit of a head-scratcher to hear comments from Democratic Representative Steve Cohen from Tennessee and self-appointed "Leader in Effort to #ImpeachTrump." During a House Oversight Committee hearing questioning Peter Strzok, Cohen said, perplexingly, that Strzok deserves a Purple Heart. You know, because he's injured by all those mean text messages that HE sent?

As we've seen, other than Cohen's fanboy praise, Strzok hasn't gotten off easy. Thankfully. The Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General wrote: "We did not have confidence that Strzok's decision to prioritize the Russia investigation over following up on the Midyear-related investigative lead discovered on the [Anthony] Weiner laptop was free from bias."

Lack of confidence. I believe that's one of the criteria for a different medal. Not a Purple Heart, though. Sorry, Strzok, you'll have to get your trophy elsewhere.

Time mgazine is back at it again, reporting the real news, doing the proper journalism. One of their latest articles is sure to earn them a Pulitzer. Surely. The article is titled, "Women Are Buying Up Plan B Because They're Terrified of the Future Supreme Court."

Here's how the article opens:

Within hours of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement announcement last month, Emily Hauser was standing at a drugstore counter asking a pharmacist for two packages of Plan B. At age 53, she didn't need the emergency contraception pills — in fact, she wasn't sure who would, or when. But Hauser bought them anyway.

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I like that the article sets up Kennedy's retirement as an apocalyptic event. A recurring theme in the mainstream media, now that I think of it, especially lately. Here's the gist of it:

Across the country, Americans are stockpiling emergency contraception in light of Justice Kennedy's retirement and President Donald Trump's Monday nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. The nation's highest court is on its way to having a conservative majority, making threats against Roe v. Wade seem more dire than ever.

A good article includes backstory. History. The context. Here's what Time had to say about the sudden influx—some would say panic—in birth control:

To understand the interest in buying up Plan B, you need to brush up on Roe v. Wade. Some background: The court handed down the 7-2 decision in 1973, confirming that a woman's right to terminate her pregnancy is covered by the Fourteenth Amendment. Progress has been rocky since then.

Of course they reduce the issue to a series of strawman fallacies.

Ah, yes. Of course they reduce the issue to a series of strawman fallacies. At this point, it's impossible for those inflicted with Trump Derangement Syndrome, and now Kavanaugh Derangement Syndrome, to have a civil conversation. They certainly aren't going to budge in their opinion. Our main goal, obviously, is to connect to them as fellow human beings, living in the same chaotic world, and, hey, maybe along the way they'll admit that, maybe, they're a little more biased and deranged than they previously realized.

If all you knew about American politics came from The New York Times, CNN, The Washington Post, or MSNBC, you'd think that a "Blue wave" is about to swamp the country, with hip, millennial geniuses like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez surfing the crest of the wave. In fact, you would already think Ocasio-Cortez is the greatest hope for America since Barack Obama.

America is a very large country, and reality is usually more complex than the media lets on. But, since the media already has their narrative and superstar Ocasio-Cortez set for this November, there's no room for another young, minority, female, child of immigrants, political outsider, from the ultimate blue-wave state of California, named Elizabeth Heng. Well, there probably would be room for a story like that, except that she's a conservative.

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Thirty-two-year-old Elizabeth Heng is running for Congress against Democrat Jim Costa, in California's 16th district. It's been 40 years since a Republican won in that district.

In the early 1980s, Heng's parents fled the violence in Cambodia and immigrated to the U.S. In 2008, after graduating from Stanford where she was student-body president, Heng opened several cell-phone stores with her brothers in the central San Joaquin Valley. Running her own business and managing 75 employees opened her eyes to a not-so-dirty secret about capitalism trying to survive the virus of progressivism. She says, "I saw firsthand how government regulations impacted businesses negatively. I constantly felt that from Washington, D.C., and Sacramento, they were saying that I was everything wrong with our country, when all I was doing was creating jobs."

That's when she decided to venture to Washington, D.C., where she worked for six years learning the ins and outs of legislation and campaigning. She ended up working as a director for President Trump's inauguration ceremony, a job she managed while also finishing her MBA at Yale.

Fiscal responsibility isn't quite as sexy-sounding as free college for everyone.

One of the biggest lessons she learned working in Washington became the platform she is now running for office on: fiscal responsibility. She says, "In a family or a business, we don't suddenly act surprised when a budget comes up for the year. We get it done."

What a concept.

Still, fiscal responsibility isn't quite as sexy-sounding as free college for everyone. So, don't expect Elizabeth Heng to replace Ocasio-Cortez as the media darling anytime soon.