The name Milo Yiannopoulos is, to the political left, synonymous with Donald Trump. The very existence of both men, hugely popular, boldly outspoken and obviously controversial, stirs up rage, hysterical comment and unfortunately, violence, in those who fear and hate them. Take the recent riot on the UC Berkeley campus where Yiannopoulos was to be a guest of the Berkeley College Republicans.
There’s your first hint storm clouds would form.
Those young, naive Republicans forgot to clear their choice of speaker with the intolerant and non-inclusive left who have infected academia. They also failed to anticipate the university’s equally intolerant hierarchy would demand $5,000 to cover ‘security expenses’ five days before the event, something never required on any other campus when liberals book their chosen orators.
The $5,000 was wasted the moment all hell broke loose. As confirmed by university officials, an estimated 150 masked tyrants joined a group of existing protesters. Things moved quickly from peaceful to violent well before the eeevil conservative, Milo Yiannopoulos, could take the stage to deliver what the left tiresomely calls hate speech.
If you’re having trouble defining it, hate speech is anything a conservative says that doesn’t kiss the ass of liberal failure.
The black clad, anti-free speech thugs, said to belong to the anarchist Black Bloc, threw Molotov cocktails and commercial grade fireworks igniting fires. They vandalized buildings and tore down crowd control barricades, using them to smash plate glass doors and windows. Total property damage topped $100,000. Individuals, obviously on the wrong political side, were attacked. One woman was pepper sprayed in the face while being interviewed by a local TV reporter. Her cowardly male assailant determined she deserved it. She was wearing a red Make America Great Again hat after all.
Fearing for their client’s safety, Yiannopoulos’ security detail fitted him with a bullet proof vest, bundled him into a car and hightailed it away from the campus.
Tyranny one, provocateur zip.
A campus lock down and order to disperse were ignored and police did mostly nothing to take control. Officers staying on the sidelines during riots became a typical and worrisome reality during the Obama time of tumult in America.
There are a couple of truths to take from the left’s reaction to Milo Yiannopoulos and other conservatives who speak despite risk to their personal safety. One, the limp wristed left will stand and watch as property is destroyed and fellow citizens are attacked. Many will join in the anarchistic activity. Two, a man armed only with words is denied his right to speak while those who come armed with weapons and evil intent have their voices heard.
UC Berkeley was, for decades, known for its openness to all thought and political speech. Not today. It is now the norm on campuses across America to shut down conservative speech either by cancelling the event or to respond with confrontation, violence and destruction of property.
The night following Berkeley, NYU faced its riot, again because of intolerance to a conservative invited to share his thoughts.
Since the right does not seek to quash opposing views we must be clear on who owns the anarchists, the mob mentality and the violence. It is the left. They own it all and have no problem with any of it. If the roles were reversed there would be calls for massive police intervention and federal inquiries. If liberal speakers needed security for protection from the right, the NY Times would defend the left even more than it does, if that is possible.
It is not opinion, it is fact. Free speech is under violent attack. Unless vigorously defended, it’s days are numbered.