Citizens’ free-speech rights came under attack in Berkeley, Calif., last weekend when about 100 protesters in black scarves jumped police barricades and reportedly attacked a group of President Trump’s supporters, injuring at least six people, including a police officer.

This, after the original “No to Marxism in America” rally was canceled. Reportedly a small group of Mr. Trump’s supporters showed up and were met by masked counter-protesters, who resorted to violence.

One group threatening another and attempting to silence dissent isn’t political discourse in America. It’s mob mentality that tears at the fabric of this nation.

Exactly how do the black scarves of the “anti-fascist” demonstrators differ from the white hoods of irredeemable racists?

“The premise of our Constitution is that when a single American’s rights are violated, it’s a big deal,” writes Michael Graham for the Boston Herald. “Our rights to speak and assemble and worship aren’t held collectively. They’re our rights as individuals.”

The “crumbling commitment to civility and basic civil rights,” as Mr. Graham describes it, is a degradation of the principles upon which this nation was founded.

Thugs who resort to violence to express themselves, and silence others, would do well to acquaint themselves with the nation’s Constitution — presuming, of course, that it is not beyond their comprehension.


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