Saturday, April 02, 2005

"It's only a matter of time until they start using guns"

Yet more left wing thuggery

Pat Buchannan was doused with salad dressing while delivering a speech at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo last night. Shouting, "Stop the bigotry," the attacker succeeded in silencing the speech of which he disapproved.

Regrettably, the free speech suppressor was released on a mere $100 bail, and faces only misdemeanor charges. CNN
"He could have faced a felony assault charge, but Pat Buchanan decided to not press that charge," university spokesman Matt Kurz said.

I think this is misplaced compassion on Buchannan's part. I implore him to reconsider, and press felony charges. Why is Buchannan being so soft on serious crime? Yes, serious crime.

My friend and fellow-blogger Steve Bainbridge
commented "It's only a matter of time until they start using guns" and he is entirely correct. Thuggery always escalates unless it is severely repressed. That's why we invaded Afghanistan and Iraq, isn't it?
But aside from worrying about where this will lead, there is the little matter of where it has already gotten us. Conservative speakers are obviously regarded as fair game. This is the
second attack on a prominent conservative giving a lecture in three days. And it is the latest chapter in a long and dishonorable list of supposedly "amusing" incidents directed at conservatives.
I have said
before and I will say it again. Cream pies, salad dressing, and other comestible weapons are used to humiliate and ultimately silence political opponents. It is a serious crime against free discourse. The ridiculous weapons employed mask a serious political agenda, one which is totalitarian in aim.
Pat Buchannan should step up and do the right thing. It is not just about him, it is about our freedom of speech.

Thomas Lifson 4 1 05


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