U.C. Crybully was the site of yet another Leftista meltdown this week over a possible April 27 appearance by Ann Coulter. University brave hearts cancelled her appearance last week, citing “security threats.”
Coulter said she was coming anyway. But on Wednesday, Coulter said she was forced to cancel her Thursday speaking event amid concerns of violence. Basically, it went like this: Trump critics calling themselves “anti-fascists” deployed fascist tactics reminiscent of Kristallnacht to protest “fascism.”
Let me know when you figure that out.
Meanwhile, back at Beserkeley (still not a typo), lawless, cowardly thugs were essentially rewarded for being lawless, cowardly thugs. They got their way. Now all Antifa and its mommy basement dwellers need to do to stop the next conservative speaker who dares to challenge their safe spaces and coloring books is dress up like Snape look-alikes, make lots of noise, and act scary. Or stupid.
And university administrations all across the fruited plain will roll over and play dead.
While we’re on the subject – sort of – some of you know that C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien are two long-time favorites. (So are Gary Larson and Charles Schulz. But let’s not get technical.)
Anyway, two great scenes from Tolkien’s epic Lord of the Rings trilogy come into play here. Both are from the second novel in the trilogy, The Two Towers. They revolve around Aragorn and King Theoden of Rohan (You’ll get that if you know Tolkien. If not, study up.)
In the first, Aragorn confronts King Theoden as Saruman, the Dark Lord Sauron and their minions (insert Antifa & Co.) close in. Gandalf the White also urges Theoden to stand and fight.
Theoden is indecisive, uncertain. “I would not risk open war,” he says.
Aragorn – who’s as fearless as they come with the possible exception of my favorite LOTR character, Samwise Gamgee the Gardener – responds:
“Open war is upon you whether you would risk it or not.”
Here’s a little newsflash for First Amendment advocates and constitutional conservatives: Open war is upon you, whether you would risk it or not.
The answer to Antifa & Co. isn’t less free speech. It’s more free speech. It’s vigorous, open debate in the market place of ideas. Not restricting or curtailing free speech because it might offend thy tender sensibilities. Besides, who decides what is or isn’t “acceptable” free speech? Based on what?
Later, King Theoden asks what many have asked as events have unfolded at Berkeley and elsewhere, post January 20:
What can men do against such reckless hate?
Aragorn poses The Answer. The only answer, whether at UC Beserkeley or Middle Earth (at about 0:12. Best scene in the whole movie):
Now is not the time to turn tail and run. Hoist the white flag. Sit down and shut up. Or retreat to Helm’s Deep.
Now is the time to “Ride out with me. Ride out and meet them!”
Like this, a la Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen in To Try Men’s Souls: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom:
“There have been unique moments in history where the written and spoken word has indeed proven to be mightier than the sword: Lincoln at Gettysburg redefined the Civil War as a conflict about the meaning of the word ‘equality’; Churchill in the summer of 1940 roused a nation to fight what many thought would be a hopeless last stand against totalitarianism, but for which at least he and his stout English comrades would have died standing on their feet rather than submit on their knees; and Thomas Paine, who with but one short essay, starting, ‘These are the times that try men’s souls…,’ fanned back to life the dying embers of a revolution.
They show us that no matter how dark the hour, then or now, all that is required is a few gallant men and women who refuse to surrender.”