Ithaca, New York, home to my noble alma mater, has long been considered a place where the 1960s never ended. Now, via William Jacobson in The American Thinker we find that the Ithaca Common Council has voted to make Ithaca a "sanctuary city" for anti-war protesters--who, frankly, don't need sanctuary anyway. But the Common Council hasn't seen it fit to apply the same standard to those who might support the Iraq war. When a member of the Council challenged the idea that "minority"--pro-war--opinion might also need protection, it was voted down. The proposed amendment read as follows:
Ithaca: Where the 1960s Never Ended.
RESOLVED, That this Resolution be a reaffirmation of our commitment to the First Amendment, which ensures the rights of the people to freedom of expression and to peaceably assemble; that we are especially cognizant of the importance of protecting this right for the minority opinion, which may or may not be in agreement with sentiments expressed in this Resolution.I covered the Ithaca Common Council myself as a reporter and, well, let's just say that I routinely called it the "People's Soviet." Even though I still consider myself a fan of the self-described socialist who served as mayor of Ithaca for much of my time there, I think that this action surely gives the place a Soviet flavor.