Let’s put aside the fact that I will never vote for Trump. Ever.
Let’s put aside his ignorance of policy, economics, diplomacy, and national security.
Let’s ignore his delusional claims that he would defeat Hillary if he got the nomination. He wouldn’t just lose. He would lose in a Mondale-Reagan type landslide.
Let’s put all that aside and look at the events of last night.
Trump was supposed to have spoken at a rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The usual conglomeration of loud, angry supporters gathered there last night (probably to raise their right paws and swear allegiance to the Hemorrhoid) to have him tell them how his administration would be tremendous, how our economic growth was going to be YUUUGE, how he would force sovereign nations to pay for our national security, and how he would force manufacturing back to the United States by threatening high tariffs.
I expected the usual garbage, but instead what we saw as we watched horrified on CNN, was a bunch of protesters literally shut down the rally by causing so many security concerns, it was no longer safe to allow Trump to speak to the crowds.
I watched Occutard savages rip up campaign signs. I watched BLM thugs block attendees from passage. I watched Bernie supporters yell in the faces of Trump supporters. I saw fist fights break out.
To be sure, I saw a few peaceful, quiet protesters as well, but they were outshrieked by the angry mobs on both sides.
After the event was canceled, many of these cretinous loons took to the streets to celebrate the fact that they shut down a Trump event.
What is it, exactly, they were celebrating?
The fact that they prevented thousands from exercising their constitutionally protected right to assemble?
The fact that they prevented a presidential candidate – no matter how abhorrent – from addressing potential voters?
The fact that they prevented thousands of people from getting more informed about a candidate firsthand?
The fact that they prevented those with whom they disagree – even vehemently so – from exercising their right to free speech?
To be sure, last night was a victory for no one but Trump and his frothing supporters.
By using violence, rhetoric, threats, and bullying to shut down his event, they have shown themselves just as ignorant as the Trumpanzees who physically assaulted protesters at Trump rallies.
By preventing the rally from taking place, they have given Trump the media attention on which he thrives and probably pushed thousands of angry, on the fence voters to Trump – not away from him.
And their threatening, in your face tactics have proven they’re willing to use force to shut down opposing views and speech.
This is the scariest part of all.
I blogged yesterday about Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski assaulting a reporter, then lying about it, then assassinating her character publicly, and then denying a scheduled interview to a Washington Post reporter who witnessed the incident.
I expressed my concern that a Trump Administration would use similar tactics on a grander and more powerful scale to shut down media scrutiny and cast out reporters whom it felt were adversarial or not friendly enough, endangering the freedom of the press enshrined in the First Amendment.
This is no different. This is no better. These “protesters” used violence, threats, and aggression to shut up those with whom they disagreed. They forcibly gagged those whose views they find abhorrent. They celebrated publicly their “victory” over those with opposing views – not victory over hate, and certainly not victory over ignorance, for their goal was not to change minds, but to close them – to bar access to opposing thought and to shut down WrongThink with force.
Think about it. Is this the kind of country we want?
Freedom of speech is for everyone – not just for those with whom we agree.
There are a lot of policies – most, in fact – with which I disagree in the movie “The American President,” but there’s one quote I use that is superlative in expressing my views on freedom.
America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.
That is America, and that is what these protesters – and really, the safe space demanders and Special Snowflakes who have taken over our universities lately don’t understand.
Freedom of speech is for everyone, their precious feelings be damned.
They seem to have forgotten that little fact in their zeal to shut down speech they don’t like. And I guarantee you they will be the first to complain and demand action when it invariably happens to them.
How much of a tyrannical asshole do you have to be to make me defend Trump?
Last night we got he answer to that question.