Especially lately, we’ve heard of conservative groups being harassed at venues, sometimes to the point of being forced to cancel.
The DeploraBall in Washington, DC, celebrating Trump’s victory, was surrounded by rabid leftist demonstrators who’d even threatened to set off gas in the ballroom, but it carried on mostly without incident.
On the other hand, a scheduled talk by Milo Yiannopolous at the University of California at Berkeley had to be cancelled after a riot broke out and Milo fans were attacked. Thankfully he’s getting some amazing payback for that.
The list of similar incidents is getting longer every day.
The following rather sad story is typical of our times. The only thing unusual about it is the location. Who knew there were enough conservatives in the San Francisco East Bay area to hold meetings?
Robert Ward is coming out conservative, but in a place he says is risky for those who share his beliefs. (…)
Robert says several Bay Area conservatives have secret meet ups like the one KPIX 5 was invited to visit in the East Bay.
“If you witness what happened in Berkeley, actually they are so violent on top of it. I mean being a conservative in the Bay Area is like being a heretic,” says Ward. “You lead a double life. You can never tell your friends and co-workers.”
“They seem to pride themselves on being diverse, and they are diverse about everything but their ideology,” says Ward. “I hope that in the future when people see Trump isn’t as scary as they think he is and a lot of the good things that happen and the prosperity comes back and the jobs come back, every one calms down a little bit.”
Of course, keeping all conservative-minded meetings secret isn’t a long term strategy. Besides making it impossible to grow a movement, living under this kind of cloud isn’t realistic or even healthy.
While it is tempting to try to “keep your head down,” eventually most Americans who want to be politically active and conservative may have to grit their teeth and go public. Hire security guards for events, and have them in venues with “bulletproof” contracts so the owners won’t cancel out of intimidation.
The Constitution champions freedom of association. Any conservative Americans being denied a place to meet legally and peacefully are having their civil riots violated and should act accordingly.
Source: CBC Local (San Francisco)