Spencer is himself a problem, a man who preaches hate and claims to represent white nationalism, a cause with only minimal support by people who either don't know better or are angry with their plight, yet I personally think he is a plant for anarchy. Think about it, it takes two to tango in a fight, and what better way than the instigator fomenting problems on both the Left and Right. There is even some evidence of Spencer having previously been associated with Occupy Wall Street, but true or not, most Americans and particularly Conservatives have little use for him. He's an embarrassment, yet in our form of society with free speech, he does have the right to speak. And the University finds itself in a precarious situation, damned if they do and damned if they don't, and they finally relented and agreed to let him speak to avoid a nasty lawsuit.
Now let's look at the other side of the problem, Antifa. Antifa gets its name by saying it is anti-Fascist, yet it is anything but. Its prime goal is chaos and violence, ultimately desiring the overthrow of American governance. They've played havoc to many cities in their path, including Berkeley (home of the University of California), downtown Seattle (the G20), Ferguson and Baltimore (supporting Black Lives Matter protests and riots), to name just a few. They've also been destructive and violent in Europe as well, used particularly in places that desire to maintain their national identity and independence despite the push for a common Europe controlled by non-elected bureaucrats. In fact, many of the activists are full-time protesters, available on quick notice to join a group heading to the latest action. They are bought and paid for and you can expect large numbers in Gainesville on Thursday as they answer the call on social media and even in some newspaper adds to be there.
So, what's Alachua County to do? Well, Sheriff Sadie Darnell asked Governor Scott to declare a state of emergency in Alachua County and he has done so. This allows additional law enforcement and other support personnel to become involved and gives them some additional protection from legal action. It's quite possible that the National Guard might be involved as well. And here's the thing, Sheriff Darnell and the Governor both know that they are also damned if they do and damned if they don't. If they do nothing and violence erupts and turns into a bloodbath like Charlottesville, they will face the same fate as those Virginia politicians, local and state, who sat silently by. On the other hand, if the police have to use extensive force, we'll never hear the end of the complaints of those who wanted trouble in the first place. I can already hear Joe and Mika blaming it all on Trump.
While I am a huge supporter of free speech and don't like massive police action, I don't think the Sheriff or the Governor have any choice. Public safety is a principal responsibility of government and on a huge complex like the UF campus, unbridled violence would be a true disaster. I would also suggest that it is a good place to stay away from Thursday and I hope that anyone wearing masks, or carrying anything that can be used as a weapons is not allowed entrance. Sign poles make a great weapon, by the way, for those intent on hurting others; many women and children were hurt in Charlottesville by just such a weapon.
And think about this question, if you will. If Antifa is fulfilling a just purpose as they try and claim, then why are their minions afraid to show their faces? But that's an easy one because they know what they will be doing is illegal and criminal and they don't want to pay the price.
Let's just pray that common decency prevails and the University doesn't end up with a blackeye to be exploited by the media that is always looking for a sensational story. After all, the media and its push to create the story plays a major role in the outcome in the first place. Let there be peace in the Swamp on Thursday.