A popular tactic on the left today, and for the past several decades in this country for that matter, is to strong arm adversaries and shout them down. Faithful readers of this blog will recall the “feminist studies” professor Miller-Young who went berserk when confronted with a group of young pro-life women peacefully presenting information on abortion at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Go here, here and here to read about it. The following is an account by one of the pro-lifers present, Mairead McArdle, a student at Saint Thomas Aquinas College:
When the incident began I was using the sign in the “free-speech zone” to start conversations with people passing by. I began a calm, rational conversation with Professor Young, asking her what her thoughts were on our position and our sign.
Each time I tried to speak to Miller-Young, she would interrupt to yell at me. I also talked to at least three of the students who had gathered around. Because the situation was already hostile, however, and they threw insults me.
Go here to read the rest at The College Fix. A democracy works so long as people believe they can present their views to the public and be heard. When that is no longer the case, democracies break down. Colleges and Universities are frequently doing their worst to convince everyone to the right of Joseph Stalin that they will not be allowed to present their views without being subject to abuse, harassment and violence. A totalitarian mindset is developing on much of the left in this country, and that bodes ill for civic peace in the future.