To the chagrin of people who value stability over chaos and the rule of law over anarchy, participants in this year’s “peaceful protests” haven’t been held accountable for their actions or even chastised for being out in large crowds and not socially distancing during a pandemic – because they’re participating in an “Approved Social Justice Activity.” Um, right.
For years leftists have held “rallies “or marches at which they verbally and sometimes physically harassed people who disagreed with them or outright banned dissenting thought and the media have dismissed any thought of holding people accountable for their actions or upholding the rule of law. That trend worsened during Donald Trump’s presidency courtesy of Antifa, with “protesters” showing up as if they’re going to battle and physically assaulting those who don’t agree with them or even just senior citizens who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Still, people in the leftist media and in academia refuse to condemn the lawless, un-American assaults.
As it has in almost every area of life, 2020 has taken that trend to a new level and it seems that the only “crime” leftists want to prosecute is the crime of wanting to charge “protesters” with crimes – making us wonder how society has fallen so far.
It turns out that this excuse of “you can’t prosecute them because they were protesting social injustice!” is a holdover from the 1960’s. As Governor of California, Ronald Reagan dealt with the ongoing protests at UC Berkeley and even with professors who stood up for students/hangers-on who tried to take over state-owned land through adverse possession and turn it into a People’s Park.
When Berkeley officials gave the students and protesters a few days’ notice that construction would begin on the university’s planned sports facility at the site (so they could get their s**t out of the way), the protest leaders vowed to “physically destroy the university” if construction moved forward.
Reagan wasn’t having any of that.
In the early morning hours of May 15, 1969, Reagan sent California Highway Patrol and Berkeley police officers to secure an 8-block perimeter around the park while a chain-link fence was constructed. Around noon that day, during a protest at another area of campus, the topic of the People’s Park came up and the Student Body President shouted, “Let’s take the park!” The crowd then stormed toward the park chanting, “We want the park!”
Eventually, over 6,000 rioters jammed the area. Law enforcement officers were outnumbered at the start and were forced to retreat; the rioters set their patrol cars ablaze. Additional officers were called in from adjacent areas, and when all was said and done one rioter was killed and 128 injured in the melee, and 111 law enforcement officers were injured (one of whom was stabbed in the chest).
A week later the group of Berkeley professors met with Gov. Reagan in Sacramento, acting as if he and the police officers were in the wrong. His message is more pertinent today than ever, as the state of our national media has only grown more rotten, biased, and disconnected over the years.
Here’s how he dealt with them.