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April 21, 2017

Should President Trump Federalize CA National Guard To Protect Free Speech In Berkeley?

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By Susan Duclos - All News PipeLine

University of California, Berkeley, home of the "Free Speech Movement" in 1964, has now become synonymous with violence and rioting by groups in order to suppress "Free Speech" if it doesn't fit their liberally progressive political ideology, destroying their own 50+ year legacy.

In early February the scene of cowardly masked thugs, starting fires, breaking windows, and rioting while holding signs saying "become ungovernable," and "this is war," headlined all across the Internet, resulting in the cancellation of planned speech by Milo Yiannopoulos.



In April, another planned lecture of author David Horowitz  had to be cancelled at University of California, Berkeley, after the administration interfered with the event's planning, citing security concerns, with a spokesman for the campus chapter of the College Republicans pointing out "There is such a thing as the heckler’s veto. Basically, if they’re loud enough and violent enough, then they succeed in shutting down your event."

UC Berkeley's response claimed it had nothing to do with the "speaker's perspective" and "everything to do with what law enforcement professionals believed needed to be done to provide a safe and secure event," ironically ignoring the fact that safety was only a concern because the violent little thugs of Berkeley can't handle the "speaker's perspective," therefore believe it is their right to stifle Horowitz's free speech, and the college let them get away with it.

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ANN COULTER TAKES A STAND FOR FREE SPEECH

In late March, conservative speaker Ann Coulter was invited to speak at UC Berkeley by a non-partisan group BridgeCal, slated for April 27, 2017, meant to be a counter-point lecture to another speaker, Maria Echaveste, who the former presidential advisor to Bill Clinton and White House Deputy Chief of Staff during Clinton's second term, which was held on campus on April 17, 2017 between 6:45 pm and 8:30 pm, without any interference by the University's administration.

Three weeks before Coulter's event, a University administrator advisor met with a BridgeCal board member and informed them that the Coulter event had to be held off-campus, and would need to conclude before 3 pm.

According to a letter sent to Berkeley’s Vice Chancellor Stephen Sutton, by attorney's representing Young America’s Foundation and the Berkeley College Republicans, on April 19, 2017, the University attempted to cancel Coulter's lecture entirely claiming they could not find a "safe and suitable venue."

Read the whole letter: YAF To Berkeley: Honor first Amendment Or Face Litigation

A day later, Berkeley attempted to change the date for Coulter's appearance to May 2, 2017, at an undisclosed location, to which Coulter turned down stating "I don’t happen to be available May 2," saying she would proceed with her original plans to show up on April 27, 2017, issuing the following statement via Twitter "I'm speaking at Berkeley on April 27th, as I was invited to do and have a contract to do."

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UC Berkeley is being blasted by editorial boards saying that if " US campuses cannot protect free speech, they need new management,"  and even columnists like Piers Morgan, who states "It’s utterly outrageous that Ann Coulter was banned by Berkeley and I say that as someone who wouldn’t agree with probably anything she says in her immigration speech."

It is also worth mentioning that Antifa thugs, the people that wear those masks and start the fire bombing, vandalism and rioting, are already threatening Coulter, as Jack Posobiec, the Washington Bureau Chief for Rebel TV, highlights "Antifa: Ann Coulter "Will Pay" if she comes to Berkeley."

PROMINENT CONSERVATIVES CALL ON PRESIDENT TRUMP TO FEDERALIZE CA NATIONAL GUARD IN RESPONSE

While state Governors have control of state National Guard, the President of the United States does have the power to federalize as President Dwight D. Eisenhower did in Arkansas in 1957 to integrate public schools, according to Breitbart, and now prominent conservatives such as talk radio host Mark Levin, and writer Richard Eber, are calling on President Trump to do just that.

Below is a clip from Levin's Wednesday show, where he says "President Trump should federalize the California National Guard, he should send his Attorney General Jeff Sessions in there to walk Ann Coulter on to the Berkeley campus, so she can give her speech." He continues on to say "I'm not even a fan of Ann Coulter these days. So what? Has nothing to do with that! Either we have a Constitution or we don't."

Listen below - Mild language warning.



Richard Eber:

What to do? With the crisis of enforcing the first amendment becoming so acute, President Trump needs to federalize the National Guard and make sure individuals such as Ann Coulter are allowed to speak their views on immigration policies or any other topics they choose. This goes for college campuses and elsewhere.

Were it the other way around and Chuck Schumer or Rachael Maddow was banned from appearing on campus, do you really think the Progressive Left would tolerate this? Or for that matter if security considerations were mentioned, do you believe Jerry Brown would be OK with the two of them being delayed six months to speak.

This analogy shows ample proof that those on the right regularly have their constitutional rights trashed with no repercussions. At a certain time we have to ask why unindicted criminals such former IRS Chief Lois Lerner is running free drawing her pension while Ann Coulter struggles to appear in Berkeley.

Ironically this progressive bastion proudly proclaims to have given birth to the Free Speech Movement a half century ago. Its leader Mario Savio is sorely missed today. He once said “Freedom of speech is something that represents the very dignity of what a human being is. If you cannot speak… I mean, that’s what marks us off. That’s what marks us off from the stones and the stars."

The current state of affairs isn’t going away soon. This is why the National Guard needs to be called in when needed and stationed in Berkeley to safeguard the First Amendment. If per chance Jerry Brown doesn’t care to co-operate with the President, there is always the option to bring military troops in to “uphold and protect the Constitution of the United States.

Writer Stephen Frank from California Political Review, agrees and adds other ideas as to what needs to be done about Berkeley:

Rich Eber gives the first step—call out the National Guard—and in so doing arrest every black masked gangster burning buildings, hitting students and killing freedom on the campus.

That is the easy part. The hard part is firing every Administrator, from Janet Napolitano to the professors promoting the violence to freedom on the campus. Allow them to run hot dog stand, so they harm fewer people. The Chancellor of UC Berkley and his staff needs to go—his abuse of a taxpayer funded university, abuse of students wanting to hear differing views and his open disrespect for the Constitution show he is capable of being a double talking comedian, not an educator.

Get the National Guard on campus and show the snowflakes that freedom will be protected, not shamed.

BOTTOM LINE 

While even considering the suggestion to federalize the National Guard to prevent mass rioting and injury to students and/or participants at Berkeley is shocking, we do have to take into consideration the fact that while Berkeley is often in the spotlight,  free speech is under attack on campuses all over America, with conservative groups being attacked, conservative speakers being threatened, and in some cases attacked, as was the case in early March when a professor was assaulted and injured just for escorting a conservative speaker from campus at Middlebury.

I think the majority that have been paying attention to what is happening at universities throughout America, other than Antifa thugs and snowflakes, would agree something has to be done.

Should Berkeley be made an example of in order to start turning this pattern around?

If so, would federalizing the National Guard be going too far? Are there other options that could send the same message to colleges across America, that this this type of behavior, using violence to stifle free speech, will no longer be tolerated?

For example, the suggestion by Levin to have someone like Sessions, along with his full security detail, escort Coulter onto campus, and if Antifa and liberal snowflakes dared attack then, they would committing a federal offense, subject to federal prosecution and prison sentences.

I guess my final question here would be, how far is too far when it comes to protecting our constitutionally protected right to Free Speech?

Feel free to weigh in with your thoughts in the comment section.

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