To the Left the word free should describe certain things, free healthcare, free daycare, free college, free this, free that. Basically anything the left desires should be “free” although of course someone is paying for those “free things” But actual freedoms such as freedom of speech and thought and association? Not so much
Even freedom of thought is under attack at Lawrence University in Wisconsin, where students recently proved that they cannot, in fact, take a joke.
Student Chris Wand had sought recognition from student government for a student organization called Students for Free Thought, but WBAY reports that the group’s application was rejected Monday, just days after it held a screening of the 2015 film “Can We Take a Joke?”—which some students found “triggering” because of its support for freedom of speech.
But of course, the cowardly college president, Lewis Berger, blamed technical objections. Sure, sure. The real objection? The little Totalitarian Snowflakes
In a campus-wide email two days earlier, however, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Dr. Kimberly Barrett supportively acknowledged the “understandable anger” that students felt, adding ominously that she was “certain” that the issue would affect the prospective club’s application.
Is it understandable to be angry at the idea of others having a right to express their opinions?
“We received several bias incident reports including some related to an interaction between two students which resulted in one student being asked to leave the event by a member of the sponsoring group,” she wrote. “Each of these reports will be reviewed and acted upon. I am also certain that LUCC will take all of the feedback they have received into consideration as they deliberate as to whether or not to recognize this group.”
Turns out the poor triggered student asked to leave was another social justice warrior trying to stamp out speech she does not like
Student Sabrina Conteh outlined her objections to the film, which features comedians discussing the difficulty of performing on politically correct college campuses, in a letter to the editor of The Lawrentian, calling it “sloppy white supremacist propaganda” and claiming that she was asked to leave the event after being “verbally assaulted” by a white male she suspected of being intoxicated.
“Without any regard for content warnings, these white terrorists on training wheels began their invasive claiming of a supposed community,” she recounted. “Offensive comedy is one thing but telling black and brown bodies and that our lives don’t matter under the guise of ‘free speech’ is white nationalist rhetoric.”
Oh good grief could this miscreant be any more melodramatic and over the top?
She later admits to having attempted to disrupt the screening, saying that “throughout this movie I, and others in the audience, chimed in our two-cents,” but then takes umbrage at being told to “shut up” by students wishing to view the film.
Well Sabrina, when you are being rude, and acting like a brat, you should be told to shut up! You have every right to disagree with the film, and to speak out. But do not act shocked when people call you out for your boorish and bullying behavior.
The Left redefines asinine on a daily basis. The Other McCain shows us the latest from Pam Vogel of Media
The crude propaganda of the Democrat Party’s media machine isn’t likely to become any more nuanced and subtle anytime soon:
Exposing The Anonymous Right-Wing
Billionaires Behind Campus Hate
A handful of largely anonymous right-wing billionaires are using shady funding mechanisms to spark hate on college campuses—but, armed with the facts, campus activists can fight back to expose them.
College campuses have long served as unique places for the free exchange of ideas, but increasingly they’ve also become playgrounds for ideologically driven billionaires and the dark-money groups they fund. These groups range across the ideological spectrum from mainstream conservatism to so-called “alt-right” and far-right extremism to unadulterated hate, but they have one thing in common: They’re all funded by the same handful of purposefully anonymous donors.
These groups often use DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund—anonymous funding mechanisms that pool billions from wealthy individuals and then donate the money to right-wing causes while avoiding creating any public connection back to the donors. This echo chamber may hide behind the noble ideas of free speech or individual rights, but the reality is that it’s creating a friendly environment for hateful ideas to spread—and it’s putting students in danger. . . . .
Pathetic! Consider that last line I highlighted. The truth is the Left is trying to stamp out every vestige of free speech on campuses. The groups Vogel smears are pushing back against those efforts. It is odd that Vogel, who works for a George Soros funded group like Media Marxists would play the “Dr. Evil Card”. RS McCain notes that as well
The Left deliberately encourages this simple-mind intolerance, demonizing their political opponents, even while they accuse Republicans of “extremism,” “hate” and being “ideologically driven.” But yeah, let’s talk about shady billionaires with political agendas . . .
Why do I refer to the U.N. as the Useless Nations? If you have to ask…………
Nikki Haley and the Trump administration didn’t take lightly a United Nations report co-written by a known anti-Israel scholar that accused Israel of being an apartheid state:
FOX NEWS – A United Nations report co-authored by anti-Israel scholar Richard Falk on Wednesday accused the U.S. ally of being “guilty of the crime of apartheid” – triggering a furious response from the Trump administration, which demanded the U.N. “withdraw” the study.
America’s U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley blasted the report as “anti-Israel propaganda” in a statement late Wednesday.
“The United States stands with our ally Israel and will continue to oppose biased and anti-Israel actions across the UN system and around the world,” Haley said.
The report was commissioned by the U.N Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. While apartheid originally was associated with South Africa, the report said Israel’s policies today meet the definition of “an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination” by one racial group over another.
The report inflamed already-frayed tensions between the U.N. and the Trump administration. Haley blasted Falk while urging the secretary-general to go further.
“That it was drafted by Richard Falk, a man who has repeatedly made biased and deeply offensive comments about Israel and espoused ridiculous conspiracy theories, including about the 9/11 terrorist attacks, is equally unsurprising,” Haley said. “The United Nations Secretariat was right to distance itself from this report, but it must go further and withdraw the report altogether.”
The Left has been losing elections on state levels since 2012. Largely because their big government, big taxes approach to governance has been deemed unacceptable by most American voters. In 2016, the Left was convinced it would elect Hillary Clinton, after all it was “her turn”, and take back control of the United States Senate. They were ecstatic, thinking that the “social justice” work of President Obama would roll on. But then, something happened. Tens of millions of Americans said, in a very clear voice, enough is enough! Hillary went down to defeat, the Senate stayed Republican, and a president was elected that does not shy away from a fight. The Left started to go Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs, but then, President Trump took office and they dove headlong into the Pit of Batshit Crazy. Then, it got really scary for the Left. The new president started keeping his campaign promises. Conservatives were pleased, and the Left? Well, they went completely nuts.
Now, their true colors are showing. After their tried and true Race card failed, and their usual rhetoric about sexism failed, they gave in to their true nature. And now, America is seeing just how depraved the Left truly is. They are not just intense on their ideology, they are savage and fanatical. Consider the riots, yes, riots, not protests, riots. Consider the rhetoric, the meltdowns we are seeing. The Left is putting on a carnival of extremism. The Other McCain has some useful thoughts on just how deep in the Pit of Crazy the Left has dug now that they see the “fundamental changing of America” threatened
Thursday night, there was a near-riot at New York University when self-declared “anti-fascists” disrupted an event with Gavin McInnes hosted by the College Republicans. Although it was not as violent as the riot Wednesday in Berkeley that shut down Milo Yiannopoulos’s speech, the NYU event highlighted just how extreme the Left has become.
First, Gavin McInnes is not actually a “right-wing” figure, and he certainly is not a “fascist” in any meaningful sense of that word. He was co-founder of Vice magazine and is known as the “Godfather of Hipsterdom.” He is a comedian, really, a sort of “shock jock” a la Howard Stern, who appeals to a fan base of mostly Gen-X and Millennial guys. McInnes is a libertarian who despises political correctness. The idea that protesting his appearance at NYU was “anti-fascism” is absurd, reminiscent of George Orwell’s quote from Politics and the English Language, “The word Fascism has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies ‘something not desirable’.” Yet the fact that the accusation is absurd does not make it any less dangerous, because if people act as if it were true, what might they do to the person falsely labeled “fascist”? And what happens to our political discourse if substantial arguments can be disqualified by this kind of pejorative labeling? So even if you don’t like Gavin McInnes, the fact that self-described “anti-fascists” are attacking him is cause for alarm.
Amen! Shutting down debate has been a goal of the Left forever. Slowly, but surely they have been accomplishing that goal through intimidation, and accusations of RAAAAACISM, or Sexism, or Homophobia, etc. Now, though, there is serious pushback against them, and they are allowing the truly radical nature of Marxism to show. As McCain explains, these “protests” are organized by Marxist-Leninists. Radicalism anyone?
Second, these protests were organized by Marxist-Leninist radicals. The pre-printed signs with slogans like “Smash Fascism & White Supremacy” were supplied by the Workers World Party, a notorious neo-Stalinist cult. These people are advocates of totalitarianism, and their presence in the anti-McInnes mob was not coincidental. One of the lessons of the 1960s, is that radical movements must either exclude Communists or else they will be controlled by Communists. The story of how the SDS was taken over and destroyed by Marxist revolutionaries, giving rise to the terrorist Weather Underground, is sufficient proof of this rule. (See David Horowitz, Radical Son, also Destructive Generation, by Horowitz and Peter Collier.) Communism is “The Worst Idea in the World,” and whenever I see Commie protesters, it makes me nostalgic for Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Loan, a man who knew how to deal with them effectively.
Third, the problems in academia are exacerbated by the kind of faculty Roger Kimball identified as Tenured Radicals. There was a woman who said she is a professor (although she has not yet been identified) who made a spectacle of herself during the NYU mob scene, screaming at the police: “How dare you, how dare you f–king a–holes protect neo-Nazis. F–k you, f–k you, f–k you. . . . F–k you, NYPD.” How could a professor be so intolerant? NYU Professor Michael Rectenwald, who defended McInnes’s right to speak, said this woman’s attitude represents “a political and historical illiteracy” that is “emblematic of a dogmatic SJW assertion that wants to shut down all expression that they fear.” The claim that McInnes and the College Republicans are “neo-Nazis” is so clearly false that no rational person could believe it, yet some allegedly “educated” people evidently do believe it, and indeed there are professors who act as if “Republican” and “Nazi” are synonyms. This is dangerous.
McCain concludes, as have I, that the Democratic party has devolved into Marxists, intent on, well, doing what Marxists do, controlling everything you can say. Conform or else! Please go read it all. Those intent on keeping liberty must know the face, and the aims of the enemies of liberty. McCain does a masterful job of bringing it all together for us. The Left is showing its true face. A face twisted in rage and hatred. Do not forget that face