Ok you’re Berkeley, you imposed strict expensive conditions on conservatives to speak, they still come, when leftist Antifa thugs come to riot you’ve given them free reign to throw rocks, explosives and pepper spray at conservatives, they still come and eventually overpower and drive the thugs from the field, what can you do to keep conservatives away.
Why you ban them outright:
I acceded to Berkeley’s every silly demand (never made of lib speakers). Called their bluff & they canceled anyway. https://t.co/EQsiAEWPpW
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) April 19, 2017
From the linked article:
“Yes, it was officially banned,” Coulter said of her planned April 27 appearance. “But they can’t stop me. I’m an American. I have constitutional rights.”
Coulter had accepted an invitation from two campus groups — the Berkeley College Republicans and BridgeUSA — to deliver a speech about immigration, the topic of one of her 12 New York Times best-selling books.
“If that’s banned, then no conservative can speak,” Coulter told THR on Wednesday. “Meanwhile, corrupt banana republic leaders like Vicente Fox have the red carpet rolled out for them on the taxpayer’s dime.”
Or put simply you don’t need Antifa when the administration will silence conservatives for you, yet they are still claiming they defend free speech:
“It has nothing to do with anyone’s political views,” said Mogulof, the school’s spokesman. “We believe in unqualified support to the First Amendment. But we also have an unqualified focus on safety of our students.” He claims they’re trying to reschedule her for sometime in September, which is the smart thing to say if you’re a public university. Admitting that they’re shutting down Coulter because of her views would be unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination under the First Amendment; insisting that she’s welcome eventually, just not next week, is more defensible as a time, place, and manner restriction. Problem is, there’s no reason to think campus will be any safer in September than it will be eight days from now. The idea that administrators can suspend basic liberties in the name of “safety” is a farcical campus mini-version of the rationale used by states like Egypt, which maintained a state of emergency for decades after Sadat’s death so that it could bypass civil rights. If the school can bar Coulter indefinitely in the name of the “safety of our students” then it has a de facto license to ban all right-wingers from speaking.
How is this anything other than an incentive for leftists to continue to make threats concerning conservative speakers and given this incentive system give me one reason why the right should not start following suit when leftist speakers come to campus to put them in the same spot?
Now I strongly suspect that if a right wing mob did show up and threatened violence if Vincente Fox or other left wing speakers came the university would have no problems providing all the security needed to make sure the speech went on as planned but one has to remember that like all totalitarians leftists demand tolerance when they are out of power then demand obedience once they have it.
I fear it will come to that because history shows that as long as such things do not affect the left the leftists who run college administrations and media will not consider it a crisis, but once their own are placed at risk then it will become a national crisis that needs to be handled.
Of course none of this would be necessary if the principles of free speech were upheld on the grounds of upholding speech, but then again power has always been the only principle of the left, not freedom of speech.