The left is eating its own, and it’s simultaneously fascinating, hilarious, and frightening to watch. We’d love to sit back and enjoy watching traditional Democrats reap the fruit of their reckless pandering to the fringe, but we can’t help but worry that with the destruction of so-called “normal” liberal politics, we’ll be treated to a mainstream left-wing that is so outrageous and so bereft of sanity that it sends our entire political system careening off a cliff.
We have a feeling that groups like Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and other Communist-inspired anarchist organizations are going to do nothing more or less than ruin Democrats’ chances for a couple of election cycles, but there’s always that chance that they will actually usurp the party and take over. And even if they don’t – especially if they don’t – it’s only a matter of time before their unhinged rhetoric turns into widespread, manic violence.
For the time being, though, they are little more than a semi-dangerous nuisance that is showing us how fundamentally weak mainstream liberals are in the face of a revolt.
This week, students aligned with Black Lives Matter cut off a speaker at the College of William & Mary – an ACLU representative named Claire Castanaga, who just happened to be delivering a speech on “Students and the First Amendment.” The BLM protesters did not care to hear what this constitutional defender had to say on the topic of free speech, of course. And they were determined to make sure that no one else could hear her, either.
“I’m going to talk to you about knowing your rights, and protests and demonstrations, which this illustrates very well,” Castanaga said as the protesters began filing in and making noise at the start of her speech. “Then I’m going to respond to questions from the moderators, and then questions from the audience.”
That was the entirety of Castanaga’s speech, as it happened. Protesters drowned her out and drove her from the stage with more than 20 minutes of chants like “ACLU, You Protect Hitler Too!”, “The revolution will not uphold the Constitution!,” and, best of all, “Liberalism is white supremacy!”
The Black Lives Matter morons are apparently aggrieved that the ACLU had the audacity to defend the rights of white nationalists in Charlottesville, seeing as how that organization – for all of its flaws – does actually have a working understanding of the First Amendment. But to BLM, there should be no free speech, unless it has been cleared and vetted by an oppressed black, lesbian, transgender Communist.
“Silencing certain voices in order to advance the cause of others is not acceptable in our community,” the college said in a statement. “This stifles debate and prevents those who’ve come to hear a speaker, our students in particular, from asking questions, often hard questions, and from engaging in debate where the strength of ideas, not the power of shouting, is the currency. William & Mary must be a campus that welcomes difficult conversations, honest debate and civil dialogue.”
Absent from the statement was any mention of how the BLM students would be punished for their civil disruptions. These colleges are terrified to stand up to these far-left movements. Until someone in academia grows a backbone and says the obvious – that being black and angry doesn’t give you the right to shut down free speech – this inane spectacle will continue.