The voters elect representatives to make decisions for them. That's the system we have under the Constitution. When the City Council of Charlottesville voted to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee, they were performing their proper task. Suddenly, that's not legitimate for protofascists. No, representative government in Charlottesville must be replaced with a plebiscite. The "people" must decide. Of course, that is just rhetoric designed to undermine the system. Where have we see this before? The Fascists in Italy and the Nazis in Germany employed it in their grab for power in the 1920's and 30's. The Communists employed it in postwar Eastern Europe. Of course, by the time the plebiscite is held, the "people" are intimidated by the secret police and the voting is a farce. Is this really what you want? It is certainly what the neo-Nazis want.
Why were the streets not blocked to prevent the deadly car attack? Police assumed that this was a peaceful protest. But, the right wing extremists did not come in peace. They came to cause violence. Hitler's Brown Shirts are their model. The purpose of the rally is to create an opportunity to physically beat, intimidate, and subdue the opposition. They look upon debate and deliberation as a weak strategy. Bluster and bullying are the means to power. They mock law and order while claiming the desire to restore it. By creating chaos, they can demand the authority to restore peace. It is the peace of the "ovens" as I quoted one of the Nazis. They aim to use the Bill of Rights to take those rights away from others. Do not be deceived.
Witnessing this, I think we can begin to get some clue about how the Nazis were able to take power in Germany. People who defend and excuse the tactics used by the Nazis may disassociate themselves from the blatant racism and the harsh rhetoric of the ovens. After all, they just want to take back the country from the Jews and socialists...or blacks and Hispanics. They are really on our side. Unfortunately, these defenders have fallen into the trap of moral ambiguity. They are fellow travelers who undermine the Constitution while claiming to defend it.
The racial hatred spouted by the organizers of this right wing rally are easily denounced and condemned. They are evil. Likewise, we must have the moral clarity to oppose the tactics they employ. The danger of being co-opted is the most insidious threat of all.
The photos of the event show the right wing fascists with helmets, clubs, guns, and shields. They did not come prepared for peaceful protest. See for yourself.https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/13/us/charlottesville-protests-unite-the-right.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=nytmm_FadingSlideShow_item&module=b-lede-package-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news