Fox: "Coulter said the Young America's Foundation, a conservative group, preferred a strongly-worded statement to a lawsuit against the university.
She said that such a move would effectively tell her opponents that conservatives would kick the can down the road in the fight for free speech.
"The GOP should change their motto to 'Next Time'-- We'll fight them next time."".......
How quickly we forget. The Sharon Statement, The YAF's founding charter by M. Stanton Evans and William F. Buckley, Jr., September 11, 1960:
IN THIS TIME of moral and political crisis, it is the responsibility of the youth of America to affirm certain eternal truths.Mark Steyn:
WE, as young conservatives, believe:
THAT foremost among the transcendent values is the individual's use of his God-given free will, whence derives his right to be free from the restrictions of arbitrary force;
THAT liberty is indivisible, and that political freedom cannot long exist without economic freedom;
THAT the purpose of government is to protect those freedoms through the preservation of internal order, the provision of national defense, and the administration of justice;
THAT when government ventures beyond these rightful functions, it accumulates power, which tends to diminish order and liberty;
THAT the Constitution of the United States is the best arrangement yet devised for empowering government to fulfill its proper role, while restraining it from the concentration and abuse of power;
THAT the genius of the Constitution - the division of powers - is summed up in the clause that reserves primacy to the several states, or to the people in those spheres not specifically delegated to the Federal government;
THAT the market economy, allocating resources by the free play of supply and demand, is the single economic system compatible with the requirements of personal freedom and constitutional government, and that it is at the same time the most productive supplier of human needs;
THAT when government interferes with the work of the market economy, it tends to reduce the moral and physical strength of the nation, that when it takes from one to bestow on another, it diminishes the incentive of the first, the integrity of the second, and the moral autonomy of both;
THAT we will be free only so long as the national sovereignty of the United States is secure; that history shows periods of freedom are rare, and can exist only when free citizens concertedly defend their rights against all enemies…
THAT the forces of international Communism are, at present, the greatest single threat to these liberties;
THAT the United States should stress victory over, rather than coexistence with this menace; and
THAT American foreign policy must be judged by this criterion: does it serve the just interests of the United States?"
"Faced with a law-abiding group engaging in legal activity and a bunch of thugs trying to prevent it, the police declined to maintain order. As George Jonas wrote, "Ottawa's finest exemplified Canada's definition of moral leadership by observing neutrality between lawful and lawless."I wish George had lived to see the social-justice cops of the Berkeley PD take it to the next level: As in Ottawa, the Berkeley police stand aside and let you trash the scene, but are prepared to offer you and your protest group a couple of "symbolic arrests" so the snowflakes can have the frisson of sticking it to the man and getting a nice souvenir photograph, but without any risk of getting tased or truncheoned.
The left is increasingly confident in its ideological enforcement mob. Yet, as we saw a week or two back at Berkeley, when you incentivize thuggery, it's careless to assume you'll always have a monopoly of it. That too is a free-speech lesson - because, as I always say, in a society without freedom of speech, without vigorous public debate, all you can do to express yourself is punch the other guy's lights out.
So here we are seven years on from the show not going on in Ottawa, and free speech is despised even more. I should note one other small change: in the old days, columns such as the one below used to attract emails from US readers pointing out that "We're not like you Canuck pussies/Euro-wimps/[Insert Despised Foreign Jurisdiction Here]. Americans won't put up with this nonsense." But it's 2017 and, from Middlebury to Berkeley, Americans are putting up with it. The organs of the state - from taxpayer-funded schools to law enforcement - are colluding with the thugs against the only diversity that matters: diversity of opinion. A First Amendment that doesn't extend even to public universities is in pretty poor shape. What matters is public support for the broader culture of free speech and in the US, as in Canada and Europe and Australia, the left's hostility to freedom of expression is ever more brazen.".......
In fairness, Bay Area authorities are now even censoring themselves. SF Chronicle:
"The one thing the transit agency didn’t do in the immediate aftermath of the mob robbery is announce what had happened to riders and other members of the public — and seek to enlist their help. ...BART communicates with its riders and the public at large in a number of ways, including a website, an app, email alerts, a Facebook account and Twitter feeds. But officials did not use those tools to notify the public until after The Chronicle received a tip about the crime on Monday morning. Even riders who were on the same train as the robbery victims but on different cars weren’t alerted as to why the train was stopped for so long. ...Officials declined Tuesday to release images from cameras at Coliseum Station, citing a policy of protecting the identity of juveniles...
After a 19-year-old man was shot to death on a train car as it moved through Oakland in January 2016, BART circulated clear surveillance images it captured of the suspect to other law enforcement agencies, but it waited four days to release them to the public, after The Chronicle had obtained them.
The killer remains at large.".......
Message: "YOU DON"T NEED TO KNOW, CITIZEN". The Official Censorship(tm) probably indicates the perps were minorities.
They can protect Bay Area citizens from Ann Coulter, but not being punched and robbed on the morning commute--Priorities, people! Good thing the Super-Sleuth Mayor of Berkeley is on the case. He now claims that he's not a member of the fascist BAMN. He was merely keeping an eye on the group to make sure their riots and assaults are conducted in a lawful, inclusive and nurturing way.:
Meanwhile, Tucker Carlson interviews a professor who says of course conservatives shouldn't be banned for their viewpoints--they should be banned because they don't meet our high academic Vagina Monologue standards.
Or as Democrats used to say "Of course we're not trying to stop Negroes from voting with our Literacy Test--we're just trying to make sure they meet our high intellectual standards!"
Have A Speechy Day!