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Friday, December 15, 2017
Red Notes From a Blue State - Victory for On-Campus Free Speech
Lucian Wintrich is the intolerable conservative nuisance –
and victim – who was arrested by UConn police and charged with breach of peace
for having made an unsuccessful attempt to exercise his First Amendment rights
at Connecticut’s flagship university. Wintrich had been invited to speak by the
University of Connecticut Young Republican Club on campus.
The speech, which no one appears to have read, is a defense
of a slogan launched by 4chan, the anonymous meme center of the internet, “It’s
OK To Be White,” the title of Wintrich’s address. It contains one screamingly
offensive, intentionally provocative line – “There are currently two Americas,
one full of cherry-trees, apple pie capitalism and pragmatism and another,
bizarro, America run by illegal immigrant tranny communists" – that Wintrich’s
Mom, had he consulted her, probably would have edited out. But otherwise, the
address is an attack on leftist identity politics.
Wintrich closed his speech on an anti-alt-right note: “Now I
don’t want you running off and joining the alt-right. As conservatives, we
should all reject white nationalism on principle. It’s collectivist for all the
wrong reasons and it’s anti-capitalist. It says race is more important than the
individual and doesn’t want competition from other races.” The speech was ended
by fascists in the crowd before this declaration. Wintrich’s preferred slogan,
“It’s OK to be White,” the speaker noted, “is not a white nationalist one.
Don’t let the media fool you. It can’t tell racism from anti-racist.”
The fascists were successful in preventing the speaker from
delivering his remarks, later
printed in full by the Gateway Pundit. And when a woman, disputing
with Wintrich at the lectern, stole his speech and ran up the aisle with it,
Wintrich pursued her in an attempt to recover his property. A struggle ensued,
UConn police intervened, Wintrich was arrested and hustled by police to a “safe
space,” away from disruptive fascists who were prepared to make life difficult
for the departing Wintrich when he exited the building, a common tactic among
Antifa fascists at other universities. Why does no one consider it odd that
universities these days should provide “safe spaces” for disrupters of the
peace, but not for speakers whom the disrupters successfully shout down? And
why must speakers be arrested to protect them from fascists? Why not arrest the
A fair-minded prosecutor last Tuesday dropped all charges
against Wintrich who, accompanied by his lawyer, Norm Pattis, met the media
outside the Vernon Superior Courthouse in which Wintrich and First Amendments
rights were vindicated. Charges have been brought against the thief, Catherine
Gregory, a student adviser at Quinebaug Valley Community College.
"I think it’s wonderful that finally the system
corrected itself," Wintrich said. "We don’t want to set a
precedent where people can walk up to speeches they find disagreeable and steal
them. I mean that’s really not what America is about.”
possibly the most effective counter puncherwithin
Connecticut’s legal community, added , “I’m happy to report that the young
woman who stole my client’s notes has been arrested by way of a warrant over
the weekend. We will be asking the court to impose some brief period of
incarceration in this case.”
Author Don Pesci
This is precisely what the Greek tragedians used to call “a
reversal of fortune.” One may wonder how it will figure in President of UConn
Susan Herbst’s moral and constitutional calculations.
Managing Editor of the Journal Inquirer Chis Powell provides
a disturbing gloss on a letter written by Herbst to UConn Students and faculty:
“So, Herbst says, UConn will make rules about the people student groups can
invite to speak . . .
To read the rest of Don's commentary, visit his web site.