June 19, 2017

Blogger Andrew Klavan argues that the interruption of Shakespeare in the Park’s anti-Trump “Julius Caesar” by rightwing activists was “wrong in every way.” It’s garnered some support from conservatives who are sick of being the left’s punching bag and think it was just giving them a taste of the own medicine by using their disruptive tactics against them. But Klavan argues that the protesters interfered with the leftist producers’ free speech rights, just as campus protesters do to conservative speakers. Klavan isn’t opposed to conservatives defending themselves against liberal attacks, but he argues that conservatives are supposed to defend free speech. If we shout it down, then we’re betraying our own principles. Read the entire thing at the link, and then feel free to give your opinion in the comments.

Granted, it’s tempting to lower your high ideals at least a little, particularly when the other side has sunk sooooo low. And one can’t help but be a bit amused at the booing of the crowd, upset that a classic play that had been perverted to make a cheap political point was interrupted by people making a political point -- particularly when the same liberal New York theater crowd had cheered the cast of “Hamilton” for hectoring the Vice President from the stage with their own political opinions. You have to expect that if you take off the gloves and start hitting your opponent with a baseball bat, at some point, he’ll stop following the Marquis of Queensbury rules and fight dirty back.

But personally, I believe in the principle of “I may not agree with what you say, but I’ll defend your right to say it – and then argue with you about it.” I also believe in the old saying: “Never wrestle with a pig. You just end up covered with mud, and the pig likes it.”


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  • William McNeil

    06/27/2017 08:00 PM

    I am just now reading this and agree. However, as I have also heard that Trump can't get congress to pass a health care law but they can go on vacation. Give me a break. The Dems may be guilty of the lies of commission, but because of their inaction, the GOP is almost as bad with their lies of omission. When will we get politicians who care more about the people they represent instead of only themselves. Compromising appears to be "dead".

  • Patti Sharpe

    06/23/2017 07:16 PM

    I'm so tired of the obvious liberal bias in most of the places I get my news that I can't hardly watch or listen to it any more. I'm fed up with the political nonsense that has taken the place of real governance and being treated like an mute, ignorant money well. I'm disgusted that common sense has become so uncommon that half our nation re-elected President Obama's policies and tried to re-institute them by electing Mrs. Clinton.

    That being said, it's entirely possible that the Julius Caesar play is yet one more bad-taste attack on President Trump. But if you digest the entire play, it may also be possible that it is actually a commentary on what would happen if everybody who SAYS stupid stuff about getting rid of the president through violence actually got their way. What would become of a nation who thought it was a good idea to solve their problems this way?

    "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. Who can know it?" Cain didn't need a play to convince him to kill Abel. It was in his heart. Those with a right heart, liberal or conservative, aren't going to be swayed by this play. And those with a wrong heart will just find someone else to blame if we stop it.

  • Paul Yoder

    06/23/2017 10:05 AM

    I will defend your right to speak, but that does NOT negate MY right to speak in opposition. If your speech is offensive, as this clearly is, I have the RIGHT to speak loudly in opposition. We as Conservatives must not be silent and by doing so tacitly accept their venomous actions.

  • Helen Feldman

    06/21/2017 06:50 AM

    I remember a time, not so long ago, when free speech did very well with civility at its core. I would not give my life to defend current "free speech". I prefer not to be a witness to it!

  • Dale Tuley

    06/20/2017 09:43 PM

    "... and the pig likes it."
    Excellent point. Sometimes a reminder of good ol' country wisdom is needed.

  • Chuck Depp

    06/20/2017 06:06 PM

    2 W ? 1 R

  • Cheri Swan

    06/20/2017 04:48 PM

    Fabulous, Governor Huckabee! It is very tempting to get in the mud with them, but stooping to their low, low level is beneath us. The real 'heartland' of America is starting to see the cry babies for who they are. They don't have a good argument so they believe they can win with exaggerated displays of emotion - as if their 'emotion and pain' is worse than someone else's. We need to keep acting the Right way, and Lead by Example!!! Fools eventually fail..... because of their bad choices....

  • Sue Shuford

    06/20/2017 04:39 PM

    I look forward to your emails each day and am never disappointed with your direct yet somehow humorous analysis of the mis-happenings in government! One suggestion for this article, mention the sponsor for more of us to boycott them-------=)

  • Elizabeth Honaker

    06/20/2017 03:39 PM

    With the greatest respect, Governor, I have to disagree with you. I have no idea if the person(s) who interrupted the sicko version of Shakespeare's play was/were Christian, but I have this to say: Historically, Christians have spoken out and denounced public immorality, starting with the Book of Acts, carrying on through the denunciation of gladiatorial games, slavery throughout the Middle Ages, the Muslim invasions (which meant untold death, dismemberment, and slavery of Christians)...all the way to public demonstrations against the mass-murder of unborn babies.

    There is something crucial missing from the "free speech" debate: the Founders supported the exchange of OPINIONS, not the creation of LIES and VIOLENCE. I am VERY familiar with Shakespeare's play -- I have taught it NUMEROUS times!!!! It is actually AGAINST regicide (the murder of a king/leader/president). The person(s) who interrupted the play were exactly RIGHT in their action, especially since taxpayers funded this travesty.


    06/20/2017 03:17 PM

    We are in the midst of a Civil War, a war of words , matter of fact a flood of words. We conservatives must do all we can without the obstructionist lying democrats. It is a shame they won t work for the country. Pass everything possible with or without them. Special counsel is a waste of time and money, TAXPAYER MONEY. Thanks for standing for TRUTH .

  • Joy Bonde

    06/20/2017 02:31 PM

    I don't know why I continue to be surprised every time I read things like this. The level of hypocrisy is astounding. The left will not allow a single word out of a conservative's mouth (if they allow them to appear at all), they routinely disrupt any type of Trump rally, with violence and weapons and the basest foul behavior, but the Right wing conservatives who peacefully protested this abhorrent "play" are the ones not upholding their own values of free speech. Really??? And they have already spent months trying to dig up some evidence (anything!) of Trump's supposed collusion with Russia, but HRC, whose treasonous offenses are out in the open for all to see, are ignored and denied! Unbelievable! Yes, the media are all completely honest... right.

  • Donna Yates

    06/20/2017 11:15 AM

    I agree with you on the defending of the freedom of speech, but where are the morals that go with it. Children are being raised to be desensitized of their surroundings. They have nothing to believe in and no one to look up too anymore. It is truly a shame that these people are using the 1st amendment to stage a play in which a look alike President gets stabbed not just once but numerous times. And 50% of the audience cheers at the killing of a fake President Trump. This play should not be allowed as it is a form of terrorism. No different than Madonna saying she many times has dreamed of blowing up the WH and Kathy Griffin holding up the bloodied fake head of Trump. If anyone had done this when Obama was in office they'd been tried for treason. This is no different.

  • Ken Schoonmaker

    06/20/2017 11:14 AM

    Sometimes you have to fight fire with fire especially now when our Democracy is at stake.
    we will still be way ahead of the Far left because we will feel remorse for the lowering
    of our principles. We can apologize later. I agree with your Pig analogy, however the pig will not enjoy it if you take off the Kid gloves. In this case the far left pigs have eyes like glowing coals and they are Hell bent to destroy us. There are no rules when your survival is at stake.

  • Bette solomon

    06/20/2017 11:04 AM

    I love it that they crashed Shakespeare. Refreshing to see someone DO something to fight back. 'Stooping low'? Not in my books. Fighting fire with fire. The whole thing with the Republicans, frankly, is that they seem to think they are too pure to fight. No! On the contrary, you fight hard for what you believe is right. President Trump is not a guy you'd bring to Grandma's tea. He's Patton on the front lines. The battle is now and fight we must.

  • Renee Randolph

    06/20/2017 11:01 AM

    Love your articles/blogs/comments (whatever you call them). I agree that this theatre would have quickly diffused itself from lack of coverage if these well meaning conservatives had just left it alone. Keep up the good work.

  • Michael Smith

    06/20/2017 10:59 AM

    The battle for lowest common denominator continues. This action does remind me of the joke about two people running from a bear. One said to the other "I don't have to run faster than the bear, I simply have to run faster than you."
    The moral imperative for the righteous is being diluted and rationalized into "I need only be more correct than you."

  • David M. Kirby

    06/20/2017 10:51 AM

    We have to keep the high ground, because the Left has abandoned it. That being said, the right to protest is foundational, so conservatives can peacefully protest. We can also refuse to support performances that attack us. Don't buy an over-priced ticket to HAMILTON, etc.

  • Gary Letchford

    06/20/2017 10:15 AM

    Enjoy your daily observation very much. The insights are usually spot on and stated in an entertaining way. Don't stop!

  • Joseph Ganhs

    06/20/2017 10:04 AM

    I spent 28 years in the military so US citizens maintained the right to voice their opinions whether I liked them or not. But, in today’s world it sickens me to see how we have become so one sided and self-centered. Why anybody would think that if you don’t believe in what I believe in you are less then human and I can do or say whatever I want and it is right is beyond me. I do believe we have brought a lot of this on ourselves by removing God and Jesus from our lives. We took Them out of our schools and started teaching tolerance for everything but what is Righteousness. Then we removed it from our government. We have elected lost citizens to govern us and allowed them to believe they are above us instead of one of us. I sometimes believe the only fix for all this is for Jesus to return and take over the rule and the sooner the better. But, my heart goes out to all those that are lost still and I pray to God for a little more time and help in finding and guiding them back to him. Sorry I will get off my soapbox now. I just wish folks would practice what they preach (Tolerance.)

  • Charles P.Foley Sr.

    06/20/2017 09:56 AM

    During the election I was told by several liberals that they feared for their lives because the conservatives would rise up with all their guns and start another civil war. These sob's that shout down any speech a conservative tries to make, but cry foul when they get a taste of their own medicine, make me sick. If they are going to dish it out, they better be ready to take. There are a lot of good conservative folks out here that are fed right up with this double standard. If the law breakers don't start paying for their infractions, we may see tar and feathers vigilantism again. We can start with a couple of tax miscreant reverend riot instigators and a presidental candidate loser.