Our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances are populating their on-line social networks and protest marches with Hitler/Trump references. But, so far as we know, neither Trump nor his supporters have injured police, smashed windows, burned automobiles, or shut down anyone’s free speech.
The unhinged Left is intent on converting more Americans to Trump. What happened Wednesday night on the campus of the University of California-Berkeley is shameful.
Black-clad protesters wearing masks threw commercial-grade fireworks and rocks at police. Some even hurled Molotov cocktails that ignited fires. They also smashed windows of the student union center on the Berkeley campus where the [Milo] Yiannopoulos [speech] was to be held. At least six people were injured. Some were attacked by the agitators. — CNN.
Ironically, many of the protestors held “Fascist Free” placards. O.K., Yiannopoulos, editor of Breitbart, is provocative. But so is Angela Davis, the old Stalinist and Black Panther terrorist.
Angela Davis keeps getting invited to college campuses, most recently at Lawrence U, in Appleton, where she was heralded as a “social justice icon.” (George Orwell lives!) The mainstream press defends her appearances as prompting healthy debate. They contend that Ms. Davis and her ilk provoke more speech. Fair enough. Where’s the same consideration for Yiannopoulos?
Will The Wisconsin State Journal use its editorial page to urge that the contagion of UC-Berkeley spare UW-Madison? Not likely. Will The Capital Times defend freedom of speech on our college campuses? (Why start now?) Will old Neil Heinen drone on about free sifting and winnowing? Are you kidding?
How about U.S. House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, who represents nearby San Francisco? Speechless? (Really?) Senator Feinstein? Awaiting your statement. Governor Moonbeam, your press conference.
By contrast, elected officials who complain about the imbalance of intellectual inquiry on our campuses, who object to junk science courses like UW’s “The Problem of Whiteness” are branded as troglodytes.
‘Clueless in their rabid frenzy’
On the other side of San Francisco lies Stanford University. That renowned college has something UW-Madison needs so badly: a conservative think tank. This is what Victor Davis Hanson of Stanford’s Hoover Institution has to say about the progenitor of the Berkeley anti-speech riots:
Democratic-party strategists are doubling down on boutique environmentalism and race/gender victimhood, while hoping that Donald Trump implodes in scandal, war, or depression. They are clueless that their present rabid frenzy is doing as much political damage to their cause as is the object of their outrage.
The race/class/gender agenda so favored by coastal elites and promulgated by media, Hollywood, and popular culture is an anathema to Middle America … Moralistic lectures from wealthy people are not a way to win over the working classes. Rants by Hollywood celebrities and racialist sermons by would-be DNC chairs will not win over 51 percent of the voters in swing states. — “The Democratic Patient” in the National Review.
“Do Eric Holder and Colin Kaepernick know more about poverty and hardship than a West Virginian miner or an out-of-work fabricator in southern Ohio?”
Or, for that matter, Angela Davis.