UC, Berkeley: Not so free speech
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Free speech is a cornerstone, an invaluable component upon which our nation and our democracy are built. The First Amendment guarantees us this ability to express ourselves without fear of repercussion from the government. Without free speech and the ability to fully live out ones beliefs what do we really have?
Spoiler: Not much.
Instead, what we end up with is a government body deciding which opinions are valid, deserved to be heard and which ones must be silenced. Essentially, what we end up with is the University of California, Berkeley. The historically liberal institution refused to provide access to a room for conservative commentator and author, Ann Coulter to speak, despite the fact that she was invited by the school’s College Republican group.
Now, Ms. Coulter some may say she expresses extremely provocative and outrageous opinions at times. And those of you probably wouldn’t be wrong either. However, to attempt to silence someone simply because they hold a differing opinion on a given topic, or even hold a different worldview is absurd and to have it done by a government-funded institution, like the University of California, Berkeley, is downright chilling.
The school says their main concern was safety and any riots that may occur due to Ms. Coulter’s presence on campus. If her giving a speech on a college campus is threatening and harmful, then we’re in a rather sorry state. To think college students would be so ill-equipped and unable to mentally process an idea contradictory to their sheltered worldview is laughable beyond measure.
Quite frankly, such mentally inferior students should probably grow up and grow a pair. Instead of formulating a coherent rebuttal to an argument or an idea that challenges their preconceived worldview, they respond like this.
In the clip below, comedian Bill Maher holds nothing back on the situation.
And then there’s former Democratic National Chair and presidential candidate Howard Dean on the subject.
How is it that a comedian can grasp this concept and a former governor can’t? Even the ACLU gets it.
I wholeheartedly disagree with Bernie Sanders, but that crazy socialist, who apparently has never heard of the comb, has every right to spout his nonsense. Howard Dean wants to continue to showcase how ill-informed he is on the First Amendment? Fine, go for it, Howie. Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren can pollute bookshelves with her literary works all she wants, I don’t care.
The big question remains: How free is free speech if we’re only willing to tolerate speech we agree with?
Spoiler: Not at all.