By J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief
(NationalSentinel) Free Speech: In case you weren’t aware, the First Amendment is officially dead on most of America’s college and university campuses.
If you’re a conservative constitutionalist, that is. If you’re a Left-wing Marxist robot, well, then, you can pretty much say anything you want.
Conservative lawyer, author and pundit Ann Coulter was invited by a Republican group to speak at the University of California-Berkeley, even agreeing to ridiculous pre-conditions like giving her speech during the day and the university announcing the location of the speech at the last minute.
But even those conditions weren’t enough for the cowardly administrators at Berkeley: For “safety” reasons, they ended up canceling her speech anyway. The New York Times reports:
University administrators said in a statement that they could not let Ms. Coulter speak because of active security threats. In a letter to the Berkeley College Republicans, which was sponsoring the speech, two vice chancellors said the university had been “unable to find a safe and suitable venue for your planned April 27 event featuring Ann Coulter.”
The letter, written by Scott Biddy, the vice chancellor, and Stephen Sutton, the vice chancellor for student affairs, said it was “not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully — or that the safety of Ms. Coulter, the event sponsors, audience and bystanders could be adequately protected.”
After the cancellation, Coulter remained defiant, telling the Times in an email two groups had invited her and she planned to “definitely” speak there next week.
“I was invited to speak by two groups on campus, so I intend to speak,” she said.
But the larger issue is constitutional: Either Americans are guaranteed the right to speak freely, or we aren’t. And no group of far-Left hooligan thugs, to which the university is obviously acquiescing to, should ever be able to shut down any speech, anywhere.
Otherwise, the First Amendment – and liberty – dies.
There is one way that Coulter’s safety can be assured. Mark Levin, talk radio giant, attorney and former chief of staff for the Reagan Justice Department suggested in on his program Wednesday evening: President Donald J. Trump should federalize elements of the California National Guard, deploy them to the university, and have Attorney General Jeff Sessions personally escort Coulter onto the stage so she can give her speech.
Sounds like a plan.
Extreme? No more so than the extreme measures the Marxist Left is using to shut down speech.
It’s time to meet force with force. We either protect our Constitution, or we let it die.