Tag: freedom of speech

Deciding What Makes a Protest ‘Illegal’

There is an incredible ideological gap widening here in America. Just yesterday, a dear friend sent me his new motto: “you’re either an American or a Democrat.” If anything has tended to exacerbate this philosophical divide, it has been this COVID-19 issue. It would appear that some in America have read the Constitution and understand the Bill of Rights, while others apparently have not. There can be no debate that what we are witnessing is the exploitation of a bad case of the flu to suspend individual rights, freedoms, and liberties. In some cases, what we are witnessing is an illegal implementation of martial law under the guise of the public good.

Elected officials have taken it upon themselves to determine who and what is essential. You will notice they did not ask We the People that question. Forcing people to stay in their homes, ad nauseum is a tool of tyrants and enabled by a police state.

We shared with y’all the story of the City of Laredo and their police department who ran a sting operation just to arrest two Hispanic women doing nails and eyebrows in their own home. Imagine that, elected officials are forcing the closure of small businesses and then arresting people for operating their business in their own home…oh yeah, all for the public good.

Now, if you speak out against such draconian measures, you are assailed. I have been invited to speak at an “Open Texas Back Up” rally this coming Saturday (see below). However, there are some in America who have determined such rallies, protests are illegal. Hmm, if I remember correctly, one of our First Amendment rights is the “right to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Oh yeah, and there are some other First Amendment rights that we possess, like the right to free speech, freedom of expression, and peaceable assembly. Nope, I did not forget the freedom of religion and the free exercise thereof. Never again shall we have government force the closures of our places of worship!

So, who decides what an illegal protest is?

Daniel Greenfield looks at that question and glaring hypocrisy at Sultan Knish:

“On Monday, April 21st, members of National Nurses United (NNU), a radical union that advocates for socialized medicine, gathered outside the White House to protest against President Trump. And the media celebrated the protesters.

“Nurses protest unsafe conditions in front of White House,” CBS News headlined its coverage. “We’re Beyond Angered,” the Washington Post blared.

“We’re feeling like martyrs,” MSNBC shrilled.

There wasn’t even a hint of a suggestion that a protest was inappropriate under lockdown. Especially by a group that is at far more risk of spreading the virus than any of the shuttered small businesses.

The White House protest was one of multiple NNU protests around the country, some thinly disguised as ‘vigils’ or concerns over PPE, but ultimately a larger push for a socialized medicine takeover. But it wasn’t just protests by health care workers that benefited from a political double standard.

In the same weeks as the ‘Reopen’ protests against state lockdowns and for reopening businesses were taking place, a parallel series of protests against President Trump were also happening across America.

Police cracked down on the ‘reopen’ protests, arresting an organizer in New Jersey, while the media condemned them, spun conspiracy theories trying to tie them to members of the Trump administration, and falsely accused protesters of causing an increase in coronavirus in Kentucky.

Facebook deleted protest groups in coordination with state governments, labeling the protests, illegal. Blue state governments, dot com overlords, and the media all warned that protesting in the age of the coronavirus was dangerous and illegal. Even if the protesters were in cars or maintaining social distance.

But meanwhile Refuse Fascism, a radical leftist organization created by members of the Revolutionary Communist Party, was holding its own anti-Trump protests with no interference from the authorities.

And no negative coverage from the media.

While New Jersey State cops had arrested the organizer of the ‘Reopen’ protest in Trenton, the Philadelphia Inquirer described members of Refuse Fascism Philly, at least one of them outfitted in ‘Handmaid’ garb, driving to dump fake body bags at the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey while “police officers wearing respirators monitored the peaceful demonstration” and made no arrests.”

Hmm, let me summarize this simply: if you’re a radical leftist organization holding a protest, you’re great and lauded by the liberal progressive media. But, if you’re an organization speaking out for your constitutional rights, well, you’re illegal? That is some stuck on stupid mess, but it is indicative of the ideological chasm in our America.

Think about it: the “Open Up America” protests are being denigrated as racist, run by white supremacists. Now, that is funny, so “racists” are gonna ask me, an American black man, to speak about individual rights, freedoms, and liberty? Oops, I forgot, to those progressive socialist leftists, I ain’t really “black,” you know…I think for myself.

The conclusion is simple: if you are protesting in accordance with the ideological agenda of the left, you are great…a martyr. However, if you are not, and taking the opposing stance, based upon our founding, you are illegal. Doggone, ain’t that just a hoot? The left decides that Americans protesting for their rights is illegal, but folks who come into America illegally are just fine. Now that is what you call Bizarro World, which is the world in which the progressive socialist leftists reside.

There is no reason for a “lockdown” of Americans. And that simple term, “lockdown”, should have never been deemed as an appropriate course of action to deal with this COVID-19 issue. I remember reading early on about how China had “locked down” the entire city of Wuhan. I said to myself, that would never happen here in our America. Damn, was I ever wrong. But what is even more disturbing, disconcerting, is not just the fact that it was done, it is the fact that so many accepted it and still embrace it…and demonize those who don’t.

If you want to stay locked down in your home, that is your decision. But, America is not some collective beehive where drones must obey and serve the queen bee. If in America now, dissent from the progressive socialist left’s ideological agenda is deemed illegal, then we are right back to where we were 245 years ago.

I will not live under the yoke of tyranny. My constitutional rights are not illegal. I shall not surrender them to an intrusive, onerous government, and its acolytes of servitude, who prefer economic enslavement for the American people. That dog don’t hunt.

Rally information:

Poster that says, "Open Texas Back Up - Peaceful Protest" Tyler City Hall, 212 N Bonner, Tyler, TX 75703, 2-5pm

Der Kampus Kommissars . . . Right Here in Texas

There are still those in Texas who believe “Turning Texas Blue” is a fantasy, something that will never happen. However, consider that the capital of Texas more resembles San Francisco than Texas. There is a reason why the last Democrat (socialist) Party presidential debate was held in Houston, where, in 2018, every Republican elected official was defeated. Who would have ever thought the Lone Star State would produce people like Robert Francis O’Rourke, or the Castro brothers, Julian and Joaquin?

Yes, things are changing here in Texas, and anyone denying this is a little delusional, setting this State up for a bad turn. It is imperative that here in Texas we see the infiltration of progressive socialism, and develop a focused strategy to defeat, stem its tide of absurdity. And if we are to be successful, we must look to our schools. I have and always will advocate for the most important elected position in America, school Board. As well, we must do a better job of restoring our once-venerable system of education, instead of this insidious system of indoctrination. And yes, that has infiltrated the colleges and universities here in Texas.

As reported by the Washington Examiner:

“Baylor University, a Baptist university in Texas, has arranged to have an “equity officer” investigate the motivations behind Young Americans for Freedom’s decision to host conservative commentator Ben Shapiro on campus in November. According to a press release from the Baylor chapter of YAF, Gamma Alpha Ypsilon (GAY), an unofficial gay rights student group, is responsible for pushing the university to hold meetings about campus speakers. 

GAY was denied official charter status earlier this year following a May decision by the Board of Regents to uphold a ban on “advocacy groups which promote understandings of sexuality that are contrary to biblical teaching.”
The Baylor chapter of YAF claimed that the school’s president, Dr. Linda Livingstone, approached GAY to say that she was on its side — a contradiction of the ruling by the Board of Regents. Shortly after this meeting, YAF says, they were contacted by the school’s director of student activities to arrange meetings with GAY.

YAF Chair Zachary Miller said he was told the meetings would be “co-facilitated” by Brittney Wardlaw, Baylor’s manager of equity and civil rights. According to the faculty profile for Wardlaw, she “conducts investigations for claims related to discrimination and harassment around protected characteristics such as gender, race, ethnicity, disability, and veteran status. She also educates faculty, staff, and students on topics including implicit bias, explicit bias, and diversity.”

Miller told the Washington Examiner that Wardlaw was employed by Baylor’s Equity Office and not the Division of Student Life, which had planned the meetings between YAF and GAY.

Though GAY has not commented on Shapiro, several students associated with the group shared their displeasure at Shapiro’s campus appearance.”

I have been a speaker for YAF events quite often, most recently this summer in DC. There have been a number of vignettes of my campus appearances that have become popular videos. But, if there is one thing I despise it is this growing fascism on our college and university campuses, supported by these administrators and professors.

College campuses are supposed to be a place where there is a free flow and exchange of thoughts, perspectives, and ideals. It is a place where critical thinking should be developed by way of strenuous debate and meticulous analysis of facts, truth.

Speaking of which, some 500 scientists signed onto a letter debunking the so-called climate change models. Yet, we have kids skipping schools, taking to the streets, and admitting to depression over something that is a political, ideological agenda. That is what happens when our schools become centers of indoctrination.

Now, at Baylor University, we have a Kommissar, an “Equity Officer,” to adjudicate why a campus organization of young Conservatives should have their preferred speaker on campus. Heck, if young leftists wanted to have Bob Frank O’Rourke speak at Baylor University, does anyone believe that an “Equity Officer” would be called upon? I remember the foolishness I went through at St. Louis University, where even the school president took a denigrating cheap shot at me, a retired Army officer and former US Congress member.

This is what is happening all over America, and yes, here in Texas. You can bet that if any conservative student organization asked me to come and speak at certain campuses here in Texas, there would be an uproar. As a matter of fact, Charlie Kirk, head of Turning Point USA, disclosed to me recently that he was seriously concerned about his welfare when he spoke on the campus of the University of Texas.

How did we get to this point? When did we stop teaching, and embarked upon indoctrinating our children? And just know, this is not something new in the progressive socialist left handbook. But ask yourself, why is college tuition so high? It is simple: because we have to pay for equity and diversity officers, who do what? They do not teach, that is for sure. How much is being wasted, by way of tuition, to ensure the leftist strangleholds on our campuses remain?

Leftism is being grown, like cancer cells in Petri dishes, in our schools, and certainly on our college and university campuses. Equity officers are safeguarding these cancer cells, and eventually, the cancer is released into the greater American society.

Yes, there are young conservatives on these campuses doing their best to stay disease-free, and we need to make sure we are inoculated from this pestilence. Ladies and gents, nowhere is safe from this cancer, not even in Texas . . . not even on the campus of a Baptist university . . . Baylor.