Terrific article by American Thinker’s Jay Michaels today – one that I hope some of my friends who have given me their opinions on what happened in Charlottesville will read.
In it, Mr. Michaels hypothesizes on what would have happened if it were a statue not of Robert E. Lee, but of Theodore Herzl, considered the father of Zionism – regaining Israel as a Jewish homeland.
Is the comparison fair? On one level, no it is not: Herzl did not lead any army to maintain a slave culture. But given that Zionism is now condemned in the far-left atmosphere of many colleges and universities around the country as equivalent to racism, there is some logic to it.
In any event, here is part of Mr. Michael’s imaginary scenario:
So a group of Jewish and other students organize a rally in front of the bust to protest its removal. Leftist thugs vow that they will not let the rally take place. Racism is not protected speech.
Again, this is not inconceivable. In California alone, and just during the past year, mobs have forced the cancelation of talks by Charles Murray, Heather MacDonald, Ben Shapiro, Ann Coulter, and Milo Yiannopoulos, and on campuses across the country events sponsored by Jewish organizations have been disrupted and Jewish students intimidated.
Those demonstrating against the removal of the bust would have a right to expect that their rally would be protected by campus security and local police. They would expect to be permitted to hear what their speakers had to say. The First Amendment is still on the books. It prohibits “abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press” and guarantees “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Imagine, then, that, though a federal judge has ordered that the event proceed, less than half an hour before it’s to begin, the police declare a state of emergency and order everyone to disperse. The reason? Protestors have been trying to push their way into the park and break up the rally and some of the Jewish students have defended the entrances. The police, who have failed to secure the park or keep the counterdemonstrators behind barricades, then force the students on to a street filled with counterdemonstrators. The cops disappear and the Jewish students have to run a gauntlet of black-clad, masked fascisti armed with bats and sticks, pepper spray, flamethrowers, bottles, and balloons of urine and dye. Some of those attending the rally are injured. None of the pogromchiks are arrested.
It goes on from there – and, if you’re interested, you’ll use the link I’ve provided to read every word.
I hope you are and you do.