“Anarchy Reins Supreme at ASU”
We hear about it, read about it and we view it on TV. It has become so frequent an occurrence that many, who would normally be alarmed, are now resigned to complacency. The frequent stories and images of agitators hiding behind face masks and shutting down Conservative speakers at Liberal universities by intimidation and violence has become all too commonplace.
I remember the indelibly imprinted image in my mind of former Communist dictator Nikita Khrushchev at a 1960 UN conference. He had taken his shoe and was vigorously banging it on the podium from which he was speaking and shouting, “We will bury you”! It was an overt threat to “bury” our Western culture under the iron fisted rule of Communism; a vow to “tear asunder” the hard fought for Freedoms and Liberties as guaranteed by our Constitution.
What is concerning to me is the tolerance and encouragement of anti-American Communist inspired groups at our State Universities. For instance, at Arizona State University, just miles away from where RidersUSA holds its bi-monthly meetings, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) representative was forced into canceling his speaking engagement there. He had been invited by ASU College Republicans United (CRU), an on-campus Conservative student group to speak about the myriad of problems associated with Illegal Immigration.
The story unfolds when certain left of center “organizations” were upset about the presence of I.C.E. on campus in April of 2019. The Federal Law Enforcement Agency was sponsoring a career fair. These “organizations” claimed that the presence of I.C.E. was “intimidating to students because of aggressive immigration policies as promoted by the Trump administration”.
University officials caved to demands and promised these organizations that if I.C.E. or Border Patrol were to ever set foot on ASU property in the future that these leftist organizations would be “notified”. We already know what the purpose of this “notification” would be. It is a “heads up” for the Anarchists to organize and be “at the ready” when Conservative speakers and officials set foot on campus. The University was treating these law enforcement agencies as “the enemy” and the Anarchist groups as no more than concerned PTA members. Outrageous!
As I understand it, the I.C.E. official invited to the November 13 speaking engagement backed off because of Twitter threats and when he was informed that the route to the auditorium where he was to speak was lined with about 75 to 100 masked “Antifa” agitators. The unruly agitators were in the process of harassing and assaulting the students trying to make their way to the auditorium. One of those students was spat upon. Another had his backpack pulled from off his shoulders and thrown to the ground. Other incidents went unreported.
More importantly, University officials did nothing to prevent the harassment and assaults on these students who only wished to listen to an invited speaker. The masked thugs were being treated as if they were legitimate protestors exercising their 1st Amendment Rights! The pandering to these Communist inspired punks is beyond the pale and university officials need to be held accountable!
The “leadership” at ASU is either in sympathy with these Anarchists or they are being intimidated into cooperation. Regardless of the excuse, the asylum is being run by the inmates and needs to be turned back over to responsible handlers! So…. the question remains: What are we going to do about the assault on free speech at AZ State Universities???
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Vince Ansel from Phoenix, Arizona joined RidersUSA in 2010. He is Politically Conservative, a Military Combat Vet, Husband, Father and Grandpa. Being relentless in preserving traditional values and our God given Constitutional Rights is core to his values. He accepts life's many challenges with grace, dignity and determination. Rides a 2005 Harley Davidson Fatboy.