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May 2, 2008

Liberals limiting the Constitutional right to Free Speech?

Big h/t to W.W. over at Vulcan's Hammer for alerting me to this story. Do you want proof that Liberals are only for the Freedom of Speech as long as it is only their speech? I'm sure you are all aware of, or at least remember, the story this past winter where the Berkeley City Council tried to shut down the Marine Recruiting center? You may also recall that due to the backlash, they decided to allow the recruiting center to stay, but gave a permit to those assholes over at Code Pink to set up shop outside the recruiting center and protest all day long!

Well, it looks like the Berkeley College Republicans are attempting to mount a counter protest! Let's hope they are successful! Apparently, according to this article, they have submitted a request to the Berkeley City Council to get a permit "for sound waiver permits and a parking spot reservation outside the center on Wednesdays from 12 to 4 p.m., the same time Code Pink protests outside the center."

So..what has the city council said regarding this request?

Councilmember Dona Spring said many organizations approach the council to get permits, but the council gets to make the final decision.

"They have every right to apply for it, but the City Council has every right to grant it or not grant it," she said.

Sounds like a set-up or prelude to a denial right there! But, there's a little hitch right now. Apparently, our college friends couldn't get organized properly so they haven't exactly filed the request just yet. Instead, they are sending a petition around to get Code Pink removed from the premises and place a 1 mile ban around the Marine Recruiting Center because the protestors are hurting business in general.

Well, I can tell you right now, unless the surrounding businesses make this request themselves, the College Republicans have no ground to stand on with their petition. They are not hurt by the protestors. The businesses who are harmed by the protestors (no, not physically, but financially) are the only ones who have standing in a court of law. So, to my College Republican friends, you might want to get back into the classroom and take a basic law class or government class. Your petition is going to fail.

You were on the right track with the permit request. Organize yourselves again and push that permit through. Let's see how the city council reacts to it. Let's hope that they grant your request. If they don't grant your request, lets hope we can get the media involved again to whip the country into a fervor again and have the entire nation come down on Berkeley again!!!

In pushing for the petition, the campus representative had this to say:

If the City Council does not grant them a permit, the Berkeley College Republicans will circulate another petition that calls for the re-evaluation of Code Pink's permits, Wagner said.
Okay, seriously...you need to stop with this petition stuff. It isn't going to work. A petition will not get the city council to overturn a permit denial. What you need to do if they deny your petition is to get on the national airwaves at FoxNews, FoxRadio, and all the Conservative Talk Show hosts and state your case! Get the nation on board with you. Here's what the city council rep said to your statement:

"I think it's a crock, and I don't think they're going to get far with that," she said. " ... They're just barking up a dead tree."
I hope you College Republicans have the fortitude to see this through...it looks like your petition will be dead on arrival! You have a good fight on your hands...get the rest of us involved!

UPDATE! Apparently, Michelle Malkin also picked up on this story..check out what she has to say as well!

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