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Campus BDS Provokes BLM PTSD

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2024
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by Aaron Flanigan
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As college campuses across the nation continue to reel from anti-Israel protests marked by left-wing rage, violent clashes with law enforcement, and sprawling encampments resembling homeless tent cities, recent polling indicates the American people are strongly opposed to the campus chaos.

Yet in a high-stakes election year with a crisis on the southern border, ruinous inflation, and war raging on multiple continents overseas, why, one might ask, would the average voter care about campus protests? After all, the radical anti-Israel “Boycott, Divest, and Sanction” (BDS) movement has been a fixture of campus politics for years. 

The answer may be that Americans have seen this show before, with the same cast of characters. BDS is giving us BLM PTSD.

Four years ago, Americans watched as Black Lives Matter rioters laid waste to the country—many of the rioters young, white liberals coming out of the very same elite universities now in turmoil with demonstrations.

Four years ago, we saw cities and communities subjected to months of looting, street violence, and other bedlam instigated by this left-wing activist class.

Storefronts were vandalized and burned, statues toppled, law enforcement officers disparaged, slandered, assaulted, and killed, and innocent civilians beaten and robbed, all while Democrats bent the knee to the mob. Entire neighborhoods of cities—most notably Seattle—were illegally occupied as “autonomous zones” by liberal activists.

We saw how the privileged agitators were let off scot-free after causing billions of dollars in damage, destroying local businesses, and wrecking innocent lives.

We saw how their idiocy infected our government and gutted our local police forces, causing a crime wave like we had not seen in a generation. Many American cities have not recovered to this day.

We recall how the radicals took over H.R. departments, elementary schools, and every aspect of our social life. We remember their preposterous lists of “demands,” how they tyrannized us with their extreme ideology and tried to assassinate the reputations of anyone who stood in their way.

Now, Americans are watching the same class of entitled children throw temper tantrums on their campuses, make ludicrous demands, and call for revolution—and we’re not having it.

Recent polling data from Winning the Issues shows that 53 percent of voters disapprove of how college campuses have handled the protests—including 57 percent of Independents, 62 percent of Republicans, and 41 percent of Democrats.

This pattern was further evidenced by a recent YouGov poll which found that “Americans are more likely to strongly or somewhat oppose (47%) than support (28%) pro-Palestinian protesters on college campuses throughout the country.”

These numbers stand in stark contrast to the early days of the BLM protests four years ago. Bludgeoned by propaganda surrounding the death of George Floyd and rhetoric about “systemic racism” and police brutality, public support for BLM was initially strong despite the violence. In June 2020, 67 percent of Americans said they supported the movement.

But naturally, in the years since, Americans have come to see those riots with perspective. By August 2023, support for BLM had declined to 51 percent. Today it is almost certainly even lower.

Though the vast majority of Americans are not currently attending a college or university and have no direct connection to a college campus, it is not difficult to understand why voters are uncomfortable with the situation now unfolding on campuses throughout the nation.

Even Joe Biden seems aware of the shift in mood.

As this year’s Democratic National Convention in Chicago fast approaches, reports show that Democrat leaders are already preparing to shift at least parts of their convention to an online format out of concern for potential disruptions wrought by anti-Israel activists.

But growing evidence also suggests these activists are threatening more than just the DNC Convention. Recent swing state polling from the New York Times shows Donald Trump defeating Joe Biden in key swing states. And national polls show Trump beating Biden by a margin as high as six points—cementing the former president’s status as the odds-on favorite to win the White House this November.

It’s likely no coincidence that Trump’s polling edge has grown as the public has been reminded of the strain of extremism that runs through the base of the Democrat Party.

Whether or not the Biden team can manage to quell the anti-Israel protests enough to allow the issue to recede in the public mind remains to be seen. But as convention season approaches and Americans brace for a summer of even more left-wing chaos, Democrats can be certain that voters have not forgotten what happened in 2020—and that Americans’ BLM PTSD could provoke a reckoning this fall.

Aaron Flanigan is the pen name of a writer in Washington, D.C.

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Joe
Joe
9 days ago

Only 53% of voters are against the snot-nosed rich brat campus tantrums???? There’s truly something wrong with this country when nearly half of those polled aren’t in agreement that these brats need a good spanking. Get ready for summer riots after classes end, the creampuffs will get bored playing video games all day in mommy’s basement.

Max
Max
9 days ago

Amazing — new name, same antics and agenda, the continuation of corrupting the nation.

usmc7
usmc7
9 days ago

Those pukes are taking their freedom for granted, they have no idea what freedom means.

Lawrence Westen
Lawrence Westen
9 days ago

All of the protesting students should be expelled from school, permanently deported to Gaza and never allowed to return.

Elizabeth Misa
Elizabeth Misa
9 days ago

It is all about the money. The leftists are paying these people to riot. The elites have deep pockets. People are suffering financially today, but nobody seems to care! Some of the protesters are not even in the colleges they are protesting at. Why is no one talking about PEACE? We need peace today not war. The industrial military complex can’t make any money without their wars. They have had several audits, missing money and no one is held accountable!! The American people are sick and tired of the wars, the crazy protests, where they are arrested and let out of jail the next day. We only have a one-sided justice system! Americans are also sick and tired of being last in America or totally forgotten.

Bernard
Bernard
9 days ago

Expel them; arrest them for trespassing; ban them from the campus forever. Do the very same thing to the professors who encouraged this, and damn the consequences, even if they are tenured.

anna hubert
anna hubert
9 days ago

A little discipline and firm hand is all the outraged students need Two years in the marine boot camp like it or not Make men out of these boys they are legally adults not kids as they are constantly called .They need to serve their country and learn what duty is

Thinking
Thinking
9 days ago

Anarchy has been allowed by ole Joe. And he likes it fine. Till now since an election is coming up. Totalitarianism is being attacked by the American people. Joe puts it still in the reps column but the love the people have for Trump is killing ole Joe. That is why he agreed to the debate only with conditions. His conditions. Dictator.

harry
harry
9 days ago

Need to clean out the teachers that are instigating this demonic behavior.

John Bass
John Bass
9 days ago

What was wrong with the summer of love 2020, other than riots and burning down of entire city blocks? It finally showed us what the Democratic party is really about, no if’s and’s or but’s about it.
The problem was the American public lay still while the Government did absolutely nothing about it…you reap what you sow America. Somewhere along the line we dropped the ball, we’ve become complacent and too lazy.
Enough said…I’ll be here all week, and don’t forget to tip your waitress.

MariaRose
MariaRose
9 days ago

Most of these protesters are not affected by the destruction they are making. They don’t actually live in those areas at all and think their rhetoric combined with their actions gets results but they leave and don’t ever get to see and deal with the aftermath of their actions. At this point the only way to show them what they are doing is to put them physically in the areas they are complaining about and leave them there in the full reality of the situation and let them deal with it. Rhetoric and destruction is just a physical adult version of a child’s tantrum.

tina
tina
9 days ago

These people would never survive in the near East. Iran would never put up with these protestors. The women aren’t wearing the proper dress, the gays would not be tolerated. If these people are so upset with the U.S., why don’t they go to the far East? BECAUSE the factions they are showing support for, would whip, Hang and imprison them for being U.S. citizens! Grow up you childish adults!!!

phoenix
phoenix
9 days ago

In Portland, t After they could not longer get close to the federal building ( that they were trying to burn down)they moved to mobs going into neighborhoods. When they started that Whoever was funding them shut them down quick. Because after a few got beat pretty badly they were seen in a very bad light. Turns out when you go try to burn down a man’s house that contains everything and everyone he loves and holds dear in it. He reacts violently to threats to it. I’ve no idea why they expected different.
Then they simply started lighting the country on fire. Turns out people don’t like that as well.
Funding dried up after that, and they went back to wherever.
Expect things to accelerate a lot faster this time.
Where I live there is a huge set of law that protects me and puts all blame (statutorily) on the aggressor, So if anything turns up where I live I am free to take care of it and pretty much assured I will not be charged. My state is not a good place to riot because of this.
If you don’t live in a place like that. Move Because your place is a good place to riot.

R Anthony Botti
R Anthony Botti
9 days ago

Back in May 1970, the Ohio National Guard had the answer to this.

David Campbell
David Campbell
9 days ago

And let’s not forget the massive effort to jail, and with significant sentinces, as many Jan 6th protesters as possible for mostly trivial offenses at the same time.

Mohave50
Mohave50
9 days ago

I also am sick of rich spoiled brats destroying stuff over truly stupid ideology. If I went out and set a building on fire, I would go to jail. Why are these coddled little darlings getting away with this? It will NEVER stop until these campuses and cities start jailing EVERYONE who breaks stuff, sets fires or keeps normal students from doing what they came to these elite schools to do. Please round them up and send them all on a nice, fun-filled school class trip to GAZA where they can really help HAMAS. Tell the Gay/Bi/Trans ones to be sure to tell HAMAS fighters who and what they are. That will work. Please take photos for the folks back home as LGBTQXYZ folks go flying off rooftops.
All this destruction being caused? All of it will be paid for by we the taxpayers. I am not OK with that.

Tim Toroian
Tim Toroian
9 days ago

41% of Democrats? They are nuts. Or plain frigging stupid. Another summer of riots may call for the Old West citizens method of handling problems.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
9 days ago

TG I live in a saner part of the country. Barely.

snert
snert
9 days ago

“Law and Order” NOW!!!

Jeannie Huppert
Jeannie Huppert
8 days ago

90-some percent of emails I get are Christian. 90% of those are “watch-dogs”: AMAC, Family Research Council, American Center for Law & Justice, My Faith Votes, etc. I would seriously appreciate articles from ALL these who, not only tell the craps going on, but give suggestions w/research how to FIX things, not just report them. I don’t *blame* my watchdogs; I blame the anti-God, anti-American, anti-Israel jerks who follow devils. But their gross MISbehaviours have made tons of us “worn out”; PTSD seriously, literally; beyond fed up. We need strategies to eliminate bads, repair what we can, & the like. “Help”.

Stukahna Sandbahr
Stukahna Sandbahr
8 days ago

And we’re supposed to be OK with our tax dollars going for “free” college tuition?

Howard
Howard
8 days ago

As I stated in an earlier post, the National Guard should be called in to clear all the protesters, students and nonstudents alike, and their encampments off the campuses.

LGS
LGS
8 days ago

Are the rioters being paid? By Soros? He seems to be involved in many schemes to create chaos & stupidity.
Maybe they should get jobs so they don’t have time to raise a ruckus.

Randy
Randy
9 days ago

We need to be looking for college professors common to both groups.

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