Last Tuesday, the Stanford University College Republicans posted this on Facebook:
[D]uring a “Change My Mind” tabling event regarding the presumption of innocence and the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation, SCR’s President was assaulted by Melinda Hernandez. A sophomore at Stanford, Hernandez approached our President, hit him in chest and forcefully pushed him back.
It was just another incident showing that the Left, bereft of intellectual defenses, is starting to hit. The Stanford College Republicans added:
Throughout the day, our signs were vandalized and destroyed.
The president of the Stanford College Republicans is a young man named John Rice-Cameron, whom I had the honor of meeting when I tried to speak there last year. John Rice-Cameron is a courageous man and unusually independent thinker: He is a stalwart conservative who also happens to be the son of Susan Rice. That he would be assaulted while standing up for due process and the presumption of innocence is one of many recent indications that the authoritarian Left — having comprehensively lost the public debate — is instead resorting to violence. Those guilty of the tactic, and its supporters, intend to intimidate those whom they hate into silence.
Taking a page from their jihadist allies, Leftist thugs are also claiming victimhood afterwards. Just read the predictable piece about the incident in the student paper, the Stanford Daily: “Change My Mind: SCR’s Only Concern With Violence Is How To Use It,” by Justin Wilck. Wilck claims that the Stanford College Republicans — despite the fact that the violence was directed against them, and the additional fact that they have never called for violence or approved of violence — are the real violent ones. Just recently, Stanford Daily pushed this same theme when Stanford student Hamzeh Daoud vowed to physically assault supporters of Israel on campus.
This argument is a total inversion of reality, and ideologically based. These Stanford Leftists are so thoroughly indoctrinated: They believe that a victim of a crime is the perpetrator when the victim is an ideological enemy and the perpetrator is a comrade. No matter what happens to John Rice-Cameron on the Stanford campus, the Stanford Daily will portray the offenders as the real victims, and Rice-Cameron as the guilty one.
Instead of being taught how to think for themselves, evaluate evidence, and determine the truth and falsehood of an assertion, Stanford students are being taught that adherence to the Leftist ideology is the determinant of truth. Those who dare to dissent can justifiably be physically assaulted as well as libeled.
Justin Wilck, in the time-honored fashion of the Stanford Daily, couldn’t talk about the Stanford College Republicans without including a lie about me:
Did SCR care last November when Robert Spencer published students’ personal information and his followers sent them threatening emails?
I did not, of course, publish any students’ personal information. In reality, I responded point-by-point to attack pieces, most of them loaded with libels about my work and my character, which were written and signed by Stanford students. If these students had not wanted their names known, they should have written the pieces anonymously. In a civilized world of genuine rational discourse, which is, of course, quite far from what takes place at Stanford today, those who disagree have discussions based on evidence. One side doesn’t simply whine that “personal information” was published if the other side responds to attacks. This is, however, the level of discourse that one would expect from Stanford students today.
My event at Stamford last November was forcibly disrupted by administrators and fascist students. The Leftists there still crow about destroying the possibility of genuine discussion and free discourse.
The Left doesn’t want discussion or debate. Leftists want to silence their foes, by violence if necessary. We see that in arenas small and large, from Melinda Hernandez’s assault of John Rice-Cameron all the way to the Stalinist gulags. In Stanford, the next generation of gulag guards is being trained now.