It is hard to think about UC Berkeley without associating it with protests and riots. In fact, I was surprised to learn that UC Berkeley is an institution of higher education. I thought the name stood for, "You See Berkeley rioting?" The mere fact that anyone graduates, from Berkeley, is a minor miracle because I don't know when the students have time to study. I mean proper rioting takes a lot of practice and energy.
When thinking of many universities n the United States it is easy to associate them with engineering, law, medicine, marine biology, aero space or mathematics. Not Berkeley, the violence can be so common at times; it could be considered a law enforcement no go zone. Running with the Bulls in Pamplona would be much safer than walking through campus with a Men For Trump lapel pin. First responders should take their time until the protesters are tear gassed, tasered or safely incarcerated. In fact, that campus can be so dangerous, that it could be the final test for Navy Seals graduation. The perimeter of the campus should be designed like a maximum security prison complete with ornery guards and sniper towers.
And this behavior by Berkeley students is not new. Beginning in the 1960's the campus became enraged over issues such as the Viet Nam War to defying the travel ban to Cuba and from IHOP hiring practices to the absence of Clark Bars in the Student Union vending machines. In all reality, the Berkeley students never saw a cause unworthy of protesting, unless it was something to do with the principles, values, and virtues of our founding fathers and framers ( aka slave owners).
Was there any sign of patriotism to be found? Yes, if you consider the burning and desecrating the American flag such a display. It would have been far safer for Ted "Unabomber" Kazinsky, to walk across the campus carrying a suspicious package than some poor ROTC student. The hypocrisy of the "freedom fighters" would have been humorous if it had not been so often violent. The same students that were destroying property, blocking traffic and scaring the daylights out of anybody commuting to work were often the same time declaring slogans such as "Kiss, don't hit" or the worn out "Make love not war."
I don't know who raised those two face barbarians, but they probably would have been better off raised by wolves.
And the parents of these spoiled tantrum throwers are not the only ones to blame, not in the least. Up until the present day, the administration, facility, campus security and even the local police departments are either afraid to intervene and restore order or instructed to stand down and watch the chaos escalate. Now I am very aware that not all the trouble was caused by Berkeley students. There were certainly some outsiders who believed in the current Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel's famous words, "Never let a crisis go to waste."
Now one of the worst enablers has been the UC Berkeley alumni. I mean what are these people thinking when writing checks to fatten the endowment? And they have been writing the checks very generously to a tune of approximately $3 billion. If I saw my alma mater wreaking havoc on the campus surrounding neighborhoods, I'd cut them off. I'd even organize a donor protest until our demands were made to stop allowing the inmates to run the asylum. Cutting off donations would get the administration's attention better than anything else. But why would the alumni do that when they probably acted out in a way that made the current students look as disciplined as Swiss Guards or rank amateurs.
What a year it's been in the wild, wild west that is U.C. Berkeley. So far in this calendar year, there have been several violent protests including February 1, March 4, April 15, April 27 and the most recent on August 27.
Berkeley rioting has been in rare form in 2017, beginning last February when the student/mob decided to stop conservative speaker Milo Yiannopoulos from a speaking engagement on campus.
The "students" caused over $100 thousand in damage to property. The reaction from the administration was priceless. They claimed that 150 masked agitators caused the ruckus and those 150 had nothing to do with the student body. Huh? And they knew that just how? Were they wearing "We're not students" tee shirts, or when asked, they couldn't recite the school fight song? No Berkeley riot would be complete without the obligatory assault on the police who tried to restore order.
All they faced were a bombardment of commercial grade fireworks and a flurry of Molotov cocktails that would have warmed the heart of Vladimir Lenin.
And I'm sure that the alums must have been bursting with pride when, last April, a Free Speech rally held by conservatives was broken up by leftist protesters that apparently only felt that only liberals have first amendment rights. As soon as the counter protesters arrived, fists began flying, and the protesters and counter protesters alike were oozing blood. The cops only arrested 21 in that fracas (probably because they ran out of handcuffs), but the police confiscated an assortment of weapons such as bats, knives, and soda cans filled with weights to use as projectiles.
But also scheduled in April, was what could have been the granddaddy of all protests. A "Say No To Marxism" rally had been planned and would have resembled a Christians versus lions, tigers, and bears (oh my) but thankfully never happened. Why? They canceled the march due to security risks to the anti-Marx protesters. So much for free speech.
What to do about these dangerous, tantrum throwing collegians, here's an idea. Starting today, adopt a zero tolerance policy for any acts of violence or destruction of public or private property. The punishment would include a "one strike, and you're out" automatic expulsion and vigorous prosecution for destruction of property and assault and battery. And another question, how did these delinquents matriculate to Berkeley in the first place? Who screened them, Kim Jung-un?
Also, I'd enlist the aid of Dominican and Franciscan nuns as the faculty. They will be free to have ill mannered students kneel on pointers, be paddled, have their hair pulled and slapped across the face. And second, to set a new tone from day one in freshmen orientation, the local police should put on display on the campus quad, how they'll use ill tempered police dogs, water cannons, tasers, flash grenades, tear gas and of course rubber bullets. And finally, if all else fails, place a dunk tank in the middle of the quad and fill it with warm glue, blue jay feathers, and whatever animal excrement that is readily available.
I know that there are those that would hesitate to use these somewhat draconian methods, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Something must be done and soon, or else someday, a Berkeley alum will be called a Stalin Grad.
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