It’s no secret that radical Democrats hate free speech. If your speech differs from their speech, then yours is hate speech and any option available to stop it is entirely justified. We see incidents around college campuses all the time where some over-privileged asswipe decides he is going to stop a room full of people from hearing a speaker they came to see, just because he doesn’t like what the speaker has to say. And what happens to said asswipe after they disrupt the event? Usually nothing. Scared silly administrations (or actively rooting for the shut down side!) usually shut the event down ‘for the safety of all involved’. Hecklers win. And since they faced no punishment, they do it again. And again. And again.
SUNY Binghamton is the nation’s latest free-speech flashpoint, with far-left student mobs skreeching about and trying to decide who gets to speak on campus — or even set up a table to hand out literature.
Last Thursday, a group of College Republicans and a new campus chapter of the righty group Turning Point USA were “tabling” on the campus square. (I never used to know what that was until the last few years. Didn’t have that at my school) The CRs were advertising a coming lecture by economist Art Laffer. Turning Point was offering some brochures, including one on gun rights.
Cue social-media chatter on “Trump supporters advocating for Trump and for gun violence” on campus. “Join us at 2pm” to confront them, ran one post; “It doesn’t matter how many are out there … f - - - ’em up anyways.” Now, this right here would seem to be an admission of guilt. “f’em up anyways”!
Soon the tables were surrounded by students brimming with rage. Video shows generalized shrieking on various issues, until one student pushes over one of the tables and tries to break it over her knee. The mob then tosses buttons, posters and pamphlets on the ground while chanting “Pack this up” and “Get out.” So, campus police show up. Do they arrest the people threatening and breaking the stuff? Silly you for thinking they would do their actual JOB and arrest people. No, they tell the victims of this assault to leave as the crowd chants, “You’ll never table here again.” Brian Rose, the VP for student affairs, then announced the assholes would face no charges, lest it escalate “an already volatile situation” because the kids who got bullied “intended to be provocative.” They were asking for it! I would so be arrested if I were a kid today. Grab my stuff, threaten me like that you will be eating soup for a month.
Move up to Monday. With ZERO punishment handed out for the blatant abuses of the law earlier, they went full throttle to stop Laffer from speaking. Before he could finish his first sentence an asshole stood up with a megaphone and never shut up. This time the campus idiots intervened (there was supposedly a small skirmish between the popo and the heckler), but all they did was remove the speaker, cancelling the event. Oh, just what radical, dangerous thoughts was Laffer to be talking about that night? Supply side economics.
After that, the absent college President Rose showed some shame, calling out the law-breaking and insisting that “freedom of speech is fundamental” to Binghamton University’s “core mission.” But will even the two students arrested that night see real penalties? Yeah, right. They got away with it. Now they are emboldened to do it again.
Let’s be clear here: The kids that shut down the “tablers” should face suspension. Those who stopped an invited guest from delivering his speech, and fought with campus police, should face expulsion. And Binghamton urgently needs to educate its entire student body and its administration in the basics of the First Amendment: The only proper response to “provocative” speech is to answer it with more speech. Violence, however morally smug its authors, has no place on campus. You wanna know how protesters get shot? But enabling them to be more and more violent, that’s how. One day they are going to push the line with the wrong person. Like Barney Fife used to say “Gotta nip it in the bud, Andy! Nip it in the bud!”