Authored By Spencer Brown
April 30, 2018
“Resist Dick Cheney & U.S. Imperialism” proclaims the event page for a protest being organized by several leftist groups at Cornell in response to this week’s lecture by the 46th Vice President of the United States, part of Young America’s Foundation’s nationwide campus lecture program.
“When [Cheney] comes to campus this week, it is our job to resist,” read the details for the event. “We must be willing to showcase that the Cornell community stands firmly against and to condemn the militarism, xenophobia, islamophobia, racism, torture, and war crimes that Cheney has made possible. We will gather at 6:00 OUTSIDE of Kennedy [H]all where he will be speaking. COME OUT BE LOUD,” it concludes.
The groups hosting this feelings-over-facts protest include Cornell Welcomes Refugees, Climate Justice Cornell, Cornell Students for Justice in Palestine (a national organization with ties to Hamas terrorists), and Cornell Organization for Labor Action.
Posts by event organizers claim their protest is to “show solidarity against war crime.”
Another leftist event titled “Cheney’s place of arrest” is asking for attendees to “participate in a citizens arrest” of Vice President Cheney.
One of the conservative students YAF is working with to host Vice President Cheney, Austin McLaughlin, reports leftist students have been requesting tickets, then posting videos of themselves flushing tickets down toilets or burning them.
It’s worth noting that when the 47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden spoke at Cornell’s 2017 senior convocation, these same student groups were nowhere to be found, despite Senator Biden’s vote in favor of the 2002 invasion of Iraq and Vice President Biden standing by Obama’s side as 542 drone strikes–at times killing US citizens extra-judiciously and claiming the lives of 324 civilians–were launched over eight years in power. “Turns out I’m really good at killing people,” Obama said of his use of the government’s targeted killing program.