Category Archives: Protests

Wrong On So Many Other Things…


But so right…or at least correct on this:

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Our freedom of speech is not negotiable, and is not subject to the veto of a masked mob.

America was liberated from the British Empire in part because of the words of patriots. The abolitionist movement, the civil rights campaigns of the ’50’s and ’60’s. the women’s lib movement…all could have been crushed with a few armed and motivated thugs.

The words of Martin Luther King, Alexander Hamilton, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglas, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and all the other heroes you can name…could have been labeled hateful by someone somewhere. Labeled then silenced.

But we didn’t let that happen. 

The arc of American history is still toward liberty.  These Berkeley thugs are just a blip, like their fellow anarchists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 

When even the old hippies start to agree with me, I beginto be optimistic. As the philosopher John McClain once said, “Welcome to the party, pal.”

Wall Street, Sept 16, 1920.

Berkeley, Feb. 1, 2017.

Berkeley, April 14, 2017.

The anarchists will lose, as they always do, because Americans would rather have freedom. — Radio host, presidential historian and human rights advocate Dave Alexander

 

 

Hate Violence is Worse than Hate Speech, You Know


hate violence – n. The attempt to silence political speech through violence, especially as practiced by leftists who are convinced that they possess the moral authority to judge which speech is proper. (see also shutuppery, douchebaggery and peace riot)

They got away with it last time, so the peaceful old hippies of Berkeley and their black-clad storm troopers mixed it up with attendees of a pro-Trump rally. We’ll never know who started it, but it doesn’t look like the Trump supporters went looking for a fight.

SFGate:

Violence broke out and at least 20 arrests were made in Berkeley on Saturday as supporters and opponents of President Trump clashed in a public display of the deep-seated tensions still roiling the country since the November elections.

Sorry, that was a peaceful, lawful election. Please stop dating the deep-seated tensions from November 2016. In general, losers go home quietly. After this election, the whining has continued.

Lincoln Smith, a 45-year-old man who came to show solidarity against Trump, acknowledged that some of the attendees were overly intense, including a woman who had accused him of being a Trump supporter because he was wearing red shoelaces.

“I’m here to support the message that hate speech is not free speech,” Smith said.

Some people there were on hand to support the message that Trump supporters are fair game for violence. That hate violence is acceptable because they perceive hate speech might occur. Do they not understand how obviously wrong that is?

They think they are on the side of angels, and that they are justified bloodying up Trump supporters. 

In short, they’re thugs.

By now, a lot of us have seen this video.

Under some circumstances, it is acceptable to gently place the flag of your country on the ground. This guy needed both hands. 

Make no mistake. These people want your right to assemble taken away. They want the heckler’s veto against your speech. They are leftist fascists looking to take back by violence that which they lost at the ballot box.

Keep it up, Berkeley. This is how you got Trump in the first place. 

 

 

A Liberal Reacts to the Insane Liberals


Andrew Doyle, saying things the right has known for a while:

After the US election, I had hoped that we on the left would start to rethink our position, to understand that we had unwittingly contributed to Trump’s success. Studies have repeatedly shown that Trump garnered most support in those areas where the economy is weakest. But no, according to the Nation, it’s all about a ‘fear of diversity’. That’s right, we’re back to the ‘all Trump supporters are racist’ narrative. Because that strategy worked so well for Hillary Clinton, didn’t it? One wonders whether the Nation is being secretly funded by Trump’s administration to help him on his way to a second term.

And this:

It would also appear that the word ‘Nazi’ has been redefined as ‘anyone with whom the left disagrees’. I’ve never met a Nazi, although I’m assured by many of my liberal friends that you’re never more than six feet away from one.

In a way, I fear this essay.  As correct as Doyle is, I really don’t think I want the left to change it’s strategy away from name calling, violent protests and identity politics.

I really think this article could snap them back to their senses. Except for this:

It seems to me that we have two options. We could return to our traditional objectives and strive to redress social inequality and thereby improve the lives of working-class people. Or we could continue this bourgeois obsession with identity politics and see where that gets us. I know which I’d prefer, but something tells me I’m not going to get my way.

“…strive to redress social inequality and therefore improve the lives of working-class people.”  Not sure I see much of that coming out of Washington.

 

 

Not the Real President


Are judges deciding these immigration cases this way because they somehow think of Donald Trump as ‘not the real president?’ If so, the greatest threat to the United States might not be poverty, debt, Islamic radicals or the failed educational system.

The greatest threat might be from judges, protesters and elites who don’t give a damn about what is right. They care only that by raw power, violence and fear that their will be done.  

From the blog Lawfare (h/t to Eugene Volokh)

It goes, not to put too fine a point on it, to the question of whether the judiciary means to actually treat Trump as a real president or, conversely, as some kind of accident—a person who somehow ended up in the office but is not quite the President of the United States in the sense that we would previously have recognized.

That is exactly what the rest of the shadow government – the bureaucracy – has been doing. Just to reiterate: Donald J. Trump is the Commander in Chief, and folks who don’t get that are living in a fantasy world.

During the election, many folks doubted Trump’s candidacy, even after he secured the nomination. There were many formerly rational people who supposed the Republican Party was prepared to ‘step in’ and prevent his candidacy. Later, others figured an Electoral College revolt could correct this ‘mistake.’justice_SRB 1

Similar fantasy scenarios also played out with Hillary Clinton.

Fact is, votes matter.  

He’s in the White House, and yes there is a fellow trailing him with a nuclear football. Folks gotta deal with the reality.

Perhaps everything [Judges] Blackman and Margulies and Bybee are saying is right as a matter of law in the regular order, but there’s an unexpressed legal principle functionally at work here: That President Trump is a crazy person whose oath of office large numbers of judges simply don’t trust and to whom, therefore, a whole lot of normal rules of judicial conduct do not apply.

If that’s what they think, they’re no longer serving the Constitution. They are undermining the framework of the country in a way in which Donald Trump has not.

Imagine if the military took that position.

The judiciary actually has greater domestic influence. Frankly, I fear the judges more.

(Update:typo fixed.)

New Lynch Mobs


Once again, violence is apparently the answer if a college speaker is “controversial.”

Eugene Volokh quotes a Vermont paper:

Middlebury College Professor Allison Stanger was injured by protesters Thursday evening as she was escorting a controversial speaker from campus. She was treated at Porter Hospital and released….

As Stanger, [Charles] Murray and a college administrator left McCullough Student Center last evening following [Murray’s speech] they were “physically and violently confronted by a group of protestors,” according to Bill Burger, the college’s vice president for communications and marketing.

Burger said college public safety officers managed to get Stanger and Murray into the administrator’s car.

“The protestors then violently set upon the car, rocking it, pounding on it, jumping on and try to prevent it from leaving campus,” he said. “At one point a large traffic sign was thrown in front of the car. Public Safety officers were able, finally, to clear the way to allow the vehicle to leave campus.

“During this confrontation outside McCullough, one of the demonstrators pulled Prof. Stanger’s hair and twisted her neck,” Burger continued. “She was attended to at Porter Hospital later and (on Friday) is wearing a neck brace.”

Murray wrote The Bell Curve, a book which suggested there may be differences in intelligence between racial groups. Which is to say, he actually studied a topic which he knew would get him branded as a heretic, then published a book of his findings. I have no idea if he’s right.

As folks know, I teach. I know brilliant kids of all races, and children who are given lesser academic skill. That second category includes all races as well. Murray might be all wet, but apparently he wasn’t even planning to talk about this at Middlebury. 

Volokh:

He might have been right or he might have been wrong in that book, or in whatever else he was going to speak about; I don’t know enough about those questions to speak confidently about that. But the point of universities, of public debate more broadly, and especially of debate about science is to discuss whether these sorts of scientific assertions are right and wrong, not to assume that one view is right and then shout down or physically attack those who disagree with it.

A note to the campus idiots who did this:

You overpriveledged, arrogant twits have no reason to resort to violence to shut down a speaker. You’ve made yourselves the fascists, jackbooted thugs in the service of orthodoxy. If someone strays from the path, proposes a notion which you cannot process, then apparently you figure beating them, pulling their hair and sending them to the emergency room is the answer.

Have your teachers never taught you to listen to opposing views? Have your parents not taught you compassion? Does it not occur to you that a huge number of people in this world disagree with your ideas, and that one day you might be targeted with violence just for holding a controversial view? Are you prepared for that kind of world?

You are the lynch mobs. You are now Bull Connor, ordering water hoses to be used against those who hold opposing views. You are one step away from being James Earl Ray, aiming a weapon at someone whose ideas scare you. You’re wearing the brown shirts now, hoisting a beer and planning to break a few windows.

Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy, Rosa Parks and all of your supposed heroes would have opposed this. I oppose it. You should be ashamed, but in your life you’ve been sheltered from that notion.

You are wrong. 

Righteous Riots and the Heckler’s Veto


From a fairly left-wing blog:

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Don’t blame your lawlessness on others.

 

Even in our politically-correct, ultra-sensitive-to-verbiage times, folks have every right to express their feelings and beliefs about others, even the nasty ones, but only if they don’t trigger violence. Absolutely a paper-thin difference at times, right?

My response:
Wrong. The threshold is not speech that triggers violence, but speech which encourages violence. The right will not allow the left to target Milo or Trump w/violence, then turn around and say their supposed hate speech caused it.

The majority of the violence in the post-election America has been by progressives, angry because they did not get their way…or convinced that their righteous riots are justified somehow. It’s called the heckler’s veto, and the right is correct to oppose you on this. People who figure they are anti-fascists have become fascists…hoping the government, Twitter, Google or some adult organization starts shutting people up.

Be careful what you wish for.