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Free Speech is a Right Guaranteed By The Constitution And The Bill of Rights – Even if You Are a Conservative

constitution free rights speechAmerica’s schools foster intolerance. They’ve become places where students are taught not to seek out the truth or the thoughts and opinions of others who disagree with them.

Rather, our schools – particularly our colleges and universities – have become hotbeds of “hard left fascism,” as Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass put it in an opinion article last spring.

The notion that a progressive, leftist culture is firmly entrenched in our schools came to the fore yet again recently when a Rhodes scholar complained that the prestigious scholarship program is biased against conservative viewpoints. Dan Lubrich, who represents the Rhodes Scholars for Intellectual Diversity, a group advocating for free speech and different viewpoints, went public with a letter he wrote to the Rhodes trust. In it, he accused the program of seeking to silence conservative opinion.

The group, itself, states plainly in its online mission statement that the  management of the Rhodes scholarship trustees openly oppose diversity of opinion. “Dissent is all too frequently not countered with facts and reasoned arguments, but with baseless accusations, ad hominem fallacies and outright insults. Rhodes Scholars for Intellectual Diversity aims to stand firm against the danger of an intellectual mono-culture which this entails.”

One recent report, based on a study by the Higher Education Research Institute, shows that liberal professors on our college campuses outnumber conservatives by about five to one.

The virus of leftist bigotry, meanwhile, is spreading. Across the country, institutions of higher learning are prohibiting anyone with a conservative view from lecturing on campus. And, in those instances where a conservative is invited to speak, they are likely to be met with violent opposition.

“It’s there in front of you, the thuggish mobs of the left killing free speech at American universities. The thugs call themselves antifa, for anti-fascists. They beat people up and break things and set fires and intimidate. These are not anti-fascists. These are fascists. This is what fascists do,” Kass wrote in his column.

As bad as the violence is, the suppression of free speech has potentially disastrous long-term implications for the nation. Groups such as antifa have an agenda – to take down our government. And, if our liberal educators – wittingly or unwittingly – do not stand up for the rights of those who disagree with their views, our kids will have a grim future to look forward to.

One antifa unit in Texas, the Red Guards Austin, makes no bones about the intent of their movement: to bring down our duly elected government and replace it with a Communist regime.

We must be aware of these threats against our freedom and not hesitate to stand up for our rights when necessary.


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Susan A. Condon
4 years ago

It’s disappointing that when I think I have “shared” something, it has not been shared, since I don’t see the comment, “This has been shared”.

Susan A. Condon
4 years ago

It’s disappointing when I think that what I’ve posted can’t be SHARED, because, after clicking on “share,” I don’t see the message, “This has been shared.”

Gary
4 years ago

So when are we going to put our foot down? I am so tired of hearing and reading about all this liberal crap going on, yet nothing seems to be done about any of it. I’m getting to a point of loosing faith that this country will eventually right itself.

Rich O.
4 years ago

When I visit colleges with my high school senior, the tours include a visit to one of the freshman dorms. In the dorm rooms I have seen a bumper sticker for crazy bernie (“Feel the Bern”) and in another room a poster for “Resist”. Further validation that young people are being successfully indoctrinated into the leftist viewpoint. I make it a point to educate my two girls on American values and traditions and to be aware of liberal/progressive/Marxist propaganda that they encounter at high school, college and elsewhere.

Liam
4 years ago

Maybe it’s time for a SHADOW REVOLUTION similar to the one described in Will Edwinson’s novel of the same name.

Jim Monson
4 years ago

Higher education was started to allow a wide diversity of opinion on any given subject. That does not appear to the case today. What happened? There are now those who will not allow others to tell their viewpoint on some subjects. College agenda should be to allow all to tell, and carry on their values without being threatened with bodily harm or even having their lives threatened. Why do the threats come only from the far left? Are they concerned that the right views may overwhelm their opinions? My view point is my view point. If you disagree with me on any subject, I give you that right as long as you don’t threaten me or my life. Can’t we peacefully choose to disagree without the aggression and harmful threats to life and limb? Can we choose to live and let live?

PaulE
4 years ago
Reply to  Jim Monson

The left usually doesn’t tolerate an open and honest discussion of the issues as their perspective doesn’t hold up well well to close scrutiny. The numerous flaws and inconsistencies become readily apparent. So they prefer the “shut up and ONLY listen to what we have to say” approach. The screaming and violent responses are to ensure you get the message that they are NOT interested in a free exchange of ideas and open debate. Their only interest is in imposing their views on you and me and the rest of the countty. They have no interest in an open and honest debate or a live and let live approach to peaceful co-existence. They want a country that is significantly different from what we are today. So I honestly can’t see how “peaceful co-existence” would occur. If you won’t submit to them, they want you gone. Both figuratively and literally.

AMSC
4 years ago

My previous comment should have read: “………,COMPLETELY different set of rules for everyone else”

AMSC
4 years ago

Ann Coulter said that the following is the ESSENCE of being a LIBERAL:
” The absolute conviction that there is one set of rules for you, and another, completely set of rules for everyone else.”

RiverRat58
4 years ago
Reply to  AMSC

What really terrifies me is that my grand children are all college age now & I hate the “brain washing” that goes on at almost every college these days. My grand daughter tells me she has classes where the Prof. flat out tells them “if you disagree with what I’m teaching you WILL fail this course.” We talk “politics” and American history in this family so she knows what’s right & wrong but as she says, she needs the credit for that course so all she can do is keep her head down & keep quiet. Not what we send our kids to college to learn! Both of my “grands” say they don’t dare express differing opinions on campus because people are blatently opposed to any opinion differing from the one they’re being taught (brain washed) to & violence against them is swift but goes unpunished. These are our leaders of tomorrow & unless something changes soon, we can forsee a Socialist or even Communist nation within the next few years when these poor deluded people become the law makers. NOT the country I wanted my grands & their families to live in! Breaks my heart for our future generations & for this great & glorious country. I’m all for cutting all govt. funding for any college or university that doesn’t promote & guarantee freedom of speech, encourage differing opinions open for discussion & termination of any professor who threatens students who may disagree or debate the dogma being taught!!

PaulE
4 years ago
Reply to  RiverRat58

Your grand daughters are accurately conveying the teaching / learning environment that exists on most college campuses today. The Professors are almost all ultra left-wing and tenured, so they are virtually impossible to fire unless they are convicted for some significant crime. The college administrations are themselves dominated by left-wing types, so they are very careful NOT to hire anyone who holds political views that are counter to their left-wing bias. Numerous national surveys and studies of the make-up of teaching staffs and the nature of the type of curriculum taught at typical colleges around our country have verified this has been the case for decades now. So the Deans and governing boards of these colleges are all fully aware and completely supportive of what is being taught and how it is being taught in the classrooms. There are only a small handful of colleges in this country where the left hasn’t completely taken over and actively managing the college as merely a socialist indoctrination center.

If both your grands wish to stay at the colleges they are already enrolled in, then they are both already doing what they they to do to survive in a hostile, intolerant and close-minded teaching environment: Keep their heads down, their mouths shut and just write the phony papers and wrong answers that their Professors want to see. Get the passing grades and then get the he** out of there as fast as they can. You seem to have done a good job educating them to be able to think for themselves and not fall for the socialist BS that is being shoveled at most colleges today. So once they greduate, they should be setup well to succeed in the real world. Actually given how poorly their fellow students are being taught, they should be setup to do exceptionally well in the real world. Sadly, it is clearly a waste of both time and money to attend most colleges today. The primary goal of colleges, aside from the specific major being pursured, used to be to teach people how to think and reason better. To broaden their perspectives and knowledge on a variety of subjects, so they would be better prepared for competing in the real world. That has unfortunaterly been replaced at most colleges with the left’s goal of churning out ever-more intellectually stunted and thus ignorant individuals, who would blindly conform to the narrow views they are taught to accept. As you correctly stated, they are being brain-washed with the expressed goal of creating future generations who will happily accept either socialism or communism. The Progressive movement in this country long ago realized they could NOT defeat the United States through any sort of frontal assault. So they adopted the approach used in other socialist / communist countries of re-educating the youth. That way they could gradually undermine society and the country from within, all right under the noses of a largely apathetic and indifferent public.

I agree with you that the federal government should immediately terminiate all federal funding to any and all colleges who actively promote the anti-free speech, anti-constitutional teachings of the left. A few colleges going under financially would send the appropriate message to the rest, that the left-wing indoctrination mill approach practiced by so many colleges would no longer be tolerated. It is the only way to force change upon institutions who are as completely corrupted as most colleges are today. That would of course require an AG and Justice Department both ready and willing to act. The problem is to doing this, as you can plainly see daily, is that the federal administrative state in Washington, D.C. happens to like things just the way they are. Note the level of corrupt FBI and DOJ players outted this week alone. Our current AG obviously didn’t sign up for such an agressive, across the board restoration of America and its values. He likely envsioned a largely ceremonial role, as oppsed to the role President Trump wanted and expected him to take.

Nancy Roberts
4 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

BINGO Paul “The primary goal of colleges, aside from the specific major being pursured, used to be to teach people how to think and reason better. To broaden their perspectives and knowledge on a variety of subjects, so they would be better prepared for competing in the real world.”
Young people are getting jipped!! It’s exhilarating to have conversation whether likeminded or not. Even conversation is being lost to technology.
I think the “bite out of the APPLE” has a double meaning too.
Federal monies should definitely be withheld from institutions the do not promote free speech and American history (the truth in history).
Hillsdale College takes NO federal money so than can maintain their conservative curriculum. Tell your “Grands” to choose their college/university carefully.

Maria Gregory
4 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

I think it might be time for President Trump to rethink AG Sessions’ performance and look for a replacement, one who is not afraid to go after the ” big, bad wolves “, and I also question FBI DIR. Wray’s performance. At one time, I thought Pres. Trump was going to fire Sessions when it looked as if Sessions was lax in going after Hillary Clinton. That position really needs a strong-willed person who has the guts to go out and get the job done, and not stop until the last of them has been rounded up. And Judicial Watch shouldn’t have to do the AG’s job either. Perhaps it’s time for another shake-down in the Administration. Sessions, to me, seems too timid for the position.

MJ
4 years ago

Free speech? What better place to restrict it than at a college or university of higher learning, it should be noted that there aren’t too many protests at trade schools.
Now, shouldn’t students and teachers have this basic cornerstone of our society down by now?
Since liberals run the education system it’s no wonder students have been dumbed down by the very people we entrusted to educate them. They have indoctrinated students believing that they no longer have to agree with opposing views, because there are no other views possible.

Schools should educate students so they can earn a decent living, anything to contrary is a class on one sided debate. Not too many making a living doing that, except for liberals who teach on that subject.

Bruce
4 years ago

Such universities of higher education should be decertified…PERIOD!!

And if later they have a change of attitude and wish to recognize and PRACTICE the first amendment, rights of ALL students, they should first be required to submit to an interview by Tucker Carlson.

Marine68
4 years ago

One thing is certain, if the Communists do not back off in this country, they will (unlike the victims of all the other Communist regimes of the World) go down in rivers of Blood. Americans are not soft, like the fools elsewhere that grovel at the feet of the elites for maintenance.

Maria Gregory
4 years ago
Reply to  Marine68

My thinking is, why can’t we just expel them from America and let them find a country that will have them?? Why should we have to worry about foreign terrorists when we have our own home-grown idiots?

AMSC
4 years ago

Use Dr. Horowitz’ formula for changing the situation. All higher institutions funded by the government MUST comply with these standards IN ORDER to garner ANY further funding:
1. All required reading lists that apply to students in Liberal Arts curricula, MUST contain equal numbers of conservative works as well as liberal works. Referreed by a conservative think tank.
2. All lists of paid outside speakers must contain an equal number of conservatives and liberals. All lists must be pre-approved by a truly unbiased judge/judges.
3. University faculty tenure standards must be completely free of political bias. And candidates chosen are based on merit.

Maria Gregory
4 years ago
Reply to  AMSC

Rightly so! I think the colleges and universities who hire faculty members who have their own biased agenda should face some stiff consequences, and if it means losing federal funding, so be it! I think all schools should be well-balanced in the courses being taught.

Eric
4 years ago

Liberals and leftists are for freedom of speech, alright.. Just so long as it’s something they agree with. Otherrwise, one has no right.

Eric
4 years ago

Liberals and leftists are for free speech, alright. Just so long as it’s something they agree with. Otherwise, you have no such right.

KrF&ArF
4 years ago

ANTIFA = Anti First Amendment

Maria Gregory
4 years ago
Reply to  KrF&ArF

WOW! I like that!!!! And so true too!

Patrick Smith
4 years ago

All I think of when I read these articles is “what do I do about this?” We shake our heads and say what a shame, but what are we to do? That’s not an idle question- WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT THIS?! Because I’ll tell you this: I do NOT intend to do NOTHING.

Clark Kent
4 years ago
Reply to  Patrick Smith

Avoid double negatives; it is incorrect grammar. You are welcome.

Ivan Berry
4 years ago
Reply to  Clark Kent

Bull.

Bruce
4 years ago
Reply to  Clark Kent

If you’re focused on the grammar at the expense of the message, they you’ll never learn nothing from no one.

Barbara Adrianson
4 years ago
Reply to  Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith, I feel as you do about this. I am a supporter of The Leadership Institute, Steven P.J. Wood Building, 1101 North Highland Street, Arlington, Va. 22201. They are always increasing their efforts to train conservative leaders and activists. I feel that this is a way that I can make a difference. You might research it if you’d like. The president and founder is an elderly gentleman named Morton C. Blackwell.

tce
4 years ago

You mean a person in our age group?

Barbara Adrianson
4 years ago
Reply to  tce

If you are asking about the trainees age group, they are young college age people. Some have gone on to become great conservative politicians in our national government.

Maria Gregory
4 years ago
Reply to  Patrick Smith

Exercise your 1st Amendment right and speak up with truth and honesty so other people will stop and listen and perhaps the do the same thing too. That’s one way of doing SOMETHING. It will take all of us to help start making some positive changes, and complaining is not one of them. It is so easy to complain and we all know no one will listen anyway, but speaking or posting with conviction of ways that will help to eventually overcome this ugly situation will certainly gain the attention of others who might want to do their little part too. It takes a little “nudge” from one person and before you know it, you will see more and more following suit. Mr. Smith, I know you can do this! I know there are lots of others who are wanting to make their ideas and beliefs known but are probably afraid to do so, so please encourage all who read your post to tell others too. I am doing my little part here. Thank you.

Gary Bongiorni
4 years ago
Reply to  Patrick Smith

We have to get out and vote for those who hold conservative, common sense view points. If we as conservatives do not get out and vote at “every” election we will be defeated. More importantly we need to be on our knees asking God to forgive us as individuals and as a nation.

Barbara Cooper
4 years ago

I’m sick about the anti American issues for which tuition money is being used!

Randy Porterfield
4 years ago
Reply to  Barbara Cooper

So very true Barbara, also our tax money is “paying off” some immoral escapades of our elected politicians. The corruption needs to do time in Washington D.C. also

rocky
4 years ago

It is so true that the left has captured the minds of university students to a very high degree. The students are largely incapable of sensibly considering an issue of any kind and are totally against giving any attention at all to the opinions or views of others.

Susan A. Condon
4 years ago
Reply to  rocky

Rocky, what is so disappointing, is, conservative professors are NOT ALLOWED to teach on these liberal campuses. NOR are any CONSERVATIVE “guest speakers” allowed on these liberal campuses. Conservative parents should NOT send their conservative children to these liberal universities as long as “free speech”‘ is NOT ALLOWED, ON BOTH SIDES! These students who attend there are brainwashed into “liberal thinking”. And, IF CONSERVATIVE CHILDREN LEAVE HOME, AS CONSERVATIVES, within FOUR YEARS, they will become “LIBERAL THINKERS”! And, when these campuses, taught by liberal professors, don’t allow “descenting views” to be debated, then, there’s only ONE SIDE presented. THAT IS NOT FREE SPEECH! THAT’S TOTALITARIAN THINKING! AND THAT’S WHERE AMERICA IS HEADED UNLESS “free speech is allowed on BOTH sides of the aisle”! AND, CONSERVATIVE PROFESSORS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE HIRED ON THESE liberal campuses! And there are SO MANY liberal colleges and universities, across the nation, INFLUENCING MILLIONS OF STUDENTS, EVERY YEAR! IT’S FRIGHTENING TO THINK WHAT America’s leaders will be like, as “they have been brainwashed with liberal thinking their whole academic lives”! WHAT KIND OF CONGRESSMEN AND WOMEN (LAWMAKERS) WILL THEY BECOME? THEY WOULD RIP UP THE CONSTITUTION OF our Founding Fathers! And “REVISE” it the way “they see things”. THIS IS THE REAL DANGER OF THIS LIBERAL IDEOLOGY, FOR AMERICA, “DOWN THE ROAD”! “You have ‘your truth.’ I have ‘my truth.’ There IS no ‘absolute truth’!”

Bob Bean
4 years ago

Ever since the election campaign and election of President Trump I have become sick to my stomach where “double standards” and open obstructionism are concerned. My preferences have always been to vote for those I felt might have “citizen interest” in mind no matter their political affiliation. HA!! The corruption and self interests by members of congress, and the Presidency, is unbelievable and downright sickening. It has even spread to our higher education…which is the last place I thought I’d ever see such behavior. Where’s our FREE SPEECH folks ? Where’s our belief in serving our country and protecting our citizens ? Lots of changes have taken and are taking place now…but I fear the focus of all this change has split our nation rather than create a stronger bond for survival of our freedom. The open disallowing of
free speech is a definite red flag that we need to heed and do so sooner than later. –

Maria Gregory
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob Bean

First, you must go back to where and when the “split in our nation” started…….it didn’t start with Trump that’s for sure but he sure is being blamed for everything anyway, no matter which way he turns, he’s being met with opposition from all sides. That isn’t fair. Too, there are many still-sitting politicians in Washington who have been there for years who should be have been gone by now and many of them are the obstructionists because their “comfort zone” is now being disturbed. And look at all the ugly things they’ve kept secret from the public that are now being exposed. And, “political correctness.” Those two words are the crux of free speech today! I don’t know who, what or when political correctness came about, but it sure made a big debut in our language and how things are perceived.
Our colleges and universities need to reassess their hiring procedures and stop hiring professors who have their own leftist agendas they’d like to instill in the young students’ minds, simply because they are still young and fresh and easily swayed. Are they really teaching what the students need to know so they could go out and become successful people instead of graduating them to “brain-wash” other young students who think they are going to college to get a good education? This seems to be the trend today, isn’t it? And are parents paying attention to their children’s curriculum especially since they are paying out thousands of dollars for their education?
There are many other areas where one must start to look for ” the split in our nation”…..another one is the MSM. Unfortunately, I took that you were blaming President Trump in your post and I hope I am wrong. I think he is trying to clean up the mess after years of allowing our country to get to where it is today. The job is huge and will take all of us to pitch in and help in our own small way. Let’s all learn to start speaking up against the bias,racism, hatred and bigotry and show we have the guts to do so and exercise our 1st Amendment right. If we just complain, nothing good will come from it as no one will listen anyway, but if we speak up with honesty, that might get people to stop and listen.

Charles E. Hughes
4 years ago

Anyone interested in the Constitution Learning should belong to or at least support Hillsdale College here in Michigan. If you don’t already know of them, they are the only college that refuses to accept Federal monies because of the requirements of the many mandates the Gov. has put on free speech and teaching our youth the true Constitution of the United States, and therefore survive on only Donations to further the conservative views to free speech and smaller government.
Here is their information: Hillsdale College, 33 E. College St., Hillsdale,MI. 49242–also you can call (800) 437-2268 or E-mail them
[email protected] …get the free education of the Constitution into the hands and minds of our youth before all is lost.
Thanks for your time, Charles E. Hughes

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