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.”