Rock: You are the survivors. The others have run off. It would seem that evil retreats when forcibly confronted.
Star Trek: The Savage Curtain 1969
On April 19th in response to the Battle of Berkeley I asked this question:
So it’s time for administrators to decide, are they going to continue to sit back watch while the left gets beaten the same way the right was, or are they, now that their ox is being gored, finally going to decide the free speech and assembly are things that are going to be enforced in their cities and on their campuses?
Yesterday in Berkeley we got the answer. Both the left and the right showed up (without Ann Coulter) as did people ready to record the actions of the authorities and suddenly the rule of law was prevailed.
Police showed up in force
Empty leftist threats were laughed off
The laws concerning wearing a mask were being enforced:
The reading of Ann Coulter’s speech by Gavin McInnes didn’t result in a riot
Just read @AnnCoulter speech at Berkeley. It went great. Heading back to the airport now.
— Gavin McInnes (@Gavin_McInnes) April 27, 2017
And Lauren Southern spoke without harm to herself and others
We had a successful win for Freedom Of Speech in Berkeley! We got to speak despite threats of violence, all went smoothly thanks to Police. pic.twitter.com/kRZs5zkrak
— Irma Hinojosa 🇺🇸 (@irmahinojosa_) April 27, 2017
In other words all went as it should, people spoke, other people who didn’t like the speech either didn’t show up or protested or went to their empathy tents and everyone went home without any bloodshed because the police enforced the law.
The question is why? What was the difference, why were the police enforcing the law instead of hanging back? Why did Antifa choose “Narp” instead of “Yarp“? Simple
The people in danger of being beaten were not the conservatives who were speaking but the ANTIFA thugs who wanted to stop them.
Once it became clear that it was the hired thugs of the left and not the conservatives that they loathed in danger suddenly Berkeley decided that the rule of law was worth enforcing to make sure nobody got hurt. It was Lexington Green all over again, only this time the Redcoats declined to start a war.
And the fact that the right is learning this lesson is making all the right people angry:
Strange, is it now, how the SPLC never seems to take notice of antifa or any other violent left-wing group no matter how many people they assault. But when people merely begin to plan to start defending themselves against the violent left that is attacking them, well, it’s THE SHOAH ALL OVAH AGAIN, again.
So let me congratulate the left, which has taught the right that showing up ready to fight is the best way to stay safe and and to show up and be aware that from this point on when the right sees something like this:
The Seattle City Council passed a unanimous resolution this week which declares May 1 a “day of action” on which city employees are encouraged to attend planned anti-Trump protests instead of going to work.
The resolution—drafted by Councilmember Kshama Sawant, a member of the Socialist Alternative party—instructs supervisors of city government departments to remind their workers that they are entitled to take two days of unpaid leave for “days of faith and conscience,” and that attending Monday’s protests is a legitimate use of this leave.
“If we truly want to build a summer of resistance against Trump and the billionaire class,” Sawant said in a Tuesday interview on King5, an NBC affiliate, “then we will need disruptive action like shutting down airports, and shutting down highways.”
Other Seattle government officials, while eager to sign on to this “day of action,” are less keen about Sawant’s call for “disruptive action.” Mayor Ed Murray provided some rather impotent pushback saying, “We need to keep our freeways and our on and off ramps…the state, of course, needs to keep our on and off ramps open.”
Directed against them, rest assured they will not only be ready to answer speech with speech, but show up with enough muscle to make sure they can safely make said speech.
May you enjoy the incentive system you have created.
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