April 15, 2009
UNC: "There's No Debate"...
... video shows what was happening inside the classroom with Tancredo. The former congressman once ran for president on a platform firmly against illegal immigration. He was invited to UNC to deliver a speech opposing in-state tuition benefits to illegal immigrants. Protesters interrupted his speech, stretching out a banner in front of him that read, "No one is illegal." Tancredo grabbed the banner and confronted one of the people holding it.
Then there was the sound of glass shattering. A window was broken by more opponents outside. As the situation escalated, Tancredo left.
Those who went to hear him speak were clearly upset. ""Obviously there wasn't a point," one attendee said. "He wasn't going to be allowed to speak."
UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp responded to Tuesday night's events and said, "We're very sorry that former Congressman Tancredo wasn't able to speak. We pride ourselves on being a place where all points of view can be expressed and heard, so I'm disappointed that didn't happen tonight. I think our public safety officer appropriately handled a difficult situation."
Tancredo himself emailed a statement to Eyewitness News on Tuesday.
"There is no freedom of speech on hundreds of university campuses today for people who dare to dissent from the radical political agenda of the socialist left and the open borders agitators," he wrote.
Tancredo said he wouldn't be deterred by the incident and plans to speak at more colleges in the coming weeks.
A compelling demonstration of the superiority of the "ethic of care" over the rule of law.
Civil rights? Who needs them when you've got caring?
Update: This would be funny, if it weren't so sad:
Lopez said she had mixed emotions about how the event ended.
"We were more interested in an intellectual conversation instead of a shouting match," she said. "Ironically, the people that are trying to get our voices heard silenced us."
Welcome to our new "normal" America. A place where Latin American styled "Turbas", will soon be common place on our soil. Learn its meaning, for Turbas is soon to enter our popular lexicon.
Posted by Cassandra at April 15, 2009 12:45 PM
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I would like to know where's the money coming from. Who's the sponsor, and agitator behind these demonstrations. Follow the money, and we'd have a clearer picture on who's pulling the strings.
BTW - My apologies Cass, as I didn't know that you had posted on the same subject when I draughted an entry on today's H&I.
Posted by: Boquisucio at April 15, 2009 01:08 PM
There has to be a link between the anarchists who follow the WTO around the world and campus denial of First Ammendment rights to speakers who don't toe the liberal left party line. If I was suspicious I would point the finger at George Soros and his minions. ACORN has the financial wherewithal to pull this off through their own network. When the Tea Tax demonstrations are over it will be interesting to analyze the counter-demonstations and their pathology.
Recently, the word is out on the danger of right-wing extremists as stated in a DHS memo. As Ann Coulter's research points out, most of the targeted assassinations involved lefty loons and not so-called right wingers.
We need to give this phenomenon the scrutiny and analysis the pathology of anarchism requires. They are organized and they are committed. They have motive, opportunity, and means. They are counting on a genteel response from us. Polite parlor talk is not going to cut it!
Posted by: vet66 at April 15, 2009 02:30 PM
Linked at Chicago Boyz.
Posted by: david foster at April 15, 2009 02:58 PM
"We need to give this phenomenon the scrutiny and analysis the pathology of anarchism requires. They are organized and they are committed. They have motive, opportunity, and means. They are counting on a genteel response from us. Polite parlor talk is not going to cut it!"I agree. And I think we are fast approaching a tipping point.
Posted by: bthun at April 15, 2009 04:17 PM
Been around for a loooooonnnng time.
Posted by: Cricket at April 15, 2009 04:26 PM
The Left has been doing this since the sixties. As long as no action is taken against them they will triumph. Certainly the university authorities will do nothing so long as the Left is acting like barbarians.
Posted by: Thomas Jackson at April 16, 2009 01:55 AM
I wouldn't be interested in paying tuition at a university that couldn't figure out how to take action against all those people who were clearly caught on video.
Posted by: Texan99 at April 16, 2009 11:25 AM
Tom is debating whether to run for Gov here in CO, gosh, I will work my ass off for him if he does.
Posted by: MM at April 23, 2009 10:52 AM