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Colleges and universities: places of tolerance and diversity of ideas?

Attending college is an opportunity to grow, both personally and professionally. It allows for the chance to experience different ideas, concepts and beliefs, marinate on them and then either accept or reject them based on their merits and viability. Groupthink is totally and completely unacceptable and no idea or person is silenced simply because of a simple disagreement. A college campus is a place for the free exchange of ideas, where disagreement is allowed and even encouraged.

Well, not so much. Just look at some of the open-mindedness coming from some of our country’s colleges and universities.

Conservative speakers and writers, Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos, were recently kept from speaking at UC-Berkeley. In the case of Yiannopoulos, his presence on campus was so triggering that it led to actual riots.

Another recent instance in which the open-mindedness of today’s colleges and universities was on full display was during Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ commencement address at the Bethune-Cookman.

Disagree with her all you want. Think her ideas are wrong? Fine. Think she’s unqualified for her position? Great. But, apparently, it’s too much to ask 22 and 23-year-olds to actually listen to what the woman has to say. No, instead the scholars audibly booed her and even stood up and turned their back to her. Let me give you a little word of advice, if you’re actually attempting to drown out someone speaking and physically turning your back on them, you’re not really being the tolerant, opened-minded individual you profess to be.

Yet, another example of the diversity of opinion allowed on college campuses, is the planned silent walkout during Vice President Pence’s commencement address at the University of Notre Dame.  Again, disagree with the man, fine. But to be unable to sit and listen to a speaker says a whole lot more about your mental inflexibility and fear of new ideas than the speaker.

Even worse, the Indiana Democratic Party is apparently 100 percent supportive of this childish response.

This is coming from the party that purports to be the party of tolerance and diversity of ideas. This may be why they only hold one statewide office and are in grave danger of losing that one.

And here’s another example of the open-mindedness on college, this one from Butler University. The school is offering a class called “Trumpism and U.S. Democracy,” which initially described the president as spreading ““sexism, white supremacy, xenophobia, nationalism, nativism and imperialism.” Also, in the course students will apparently learn how to fight against the President Trump and his racism, sexism and utter depravity.

If colleges and universities want to push a left-wing agenda, they should be able to do so. At least it’s honest. The problem arises when they want to appear to play it down the middle, when they so clearly are not. Don’t talk about the diversity of ideas or the welcoming of friendly disagreement when it doesn’t exist.

The only people who get hurt in this scenario are the students, who are used to safe spaces and ideas that don’t force them to confront their own biases, their own preexisting notions.

But then again, why should college be the place to hear new ideas, right?

 

 

 

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Another day, another march

Ever since Donald Trump became president, the left has become obsessed with exercise. However, their choice workout is without question, walking. More specifically, marching. They continually ignore their upper body, and instead choose to exert physical stamina marching here, there and everywhere. Their arms, chest and most importantly, brain are completely ignored.

But seriously, the women have marched, the “scientists” have marched, those concerned about global warning and the geniuses worried about worker and immigrant rights have marched. These boots were made for marchin’ and they are gonna march all over you, until you completely agree with me and give me what I want!

Now, unlike conservative speakers on state-funded college campuses, liberals have every right to exercise their First Amendment rights. They can yell, stomp, shout and carry all the signs they want to their hearts’ content. That’s America. We may not like or agree with what they say, but stifling free speech anywhere is a danger to free speech everywhere.

But, they should probably better organize these things, and pace them out, they’re going to wear themselves out. Seriously, was it necessary to have both a march for science and a march for the climate? Also, Sunday there was a march for the climate and then the very next day, there was a march for “workers’ and immigrants’ rights.” Never mind, the march intended to secure workers’ rights was held on…. a Monday afternoon, when most people are at work. Is irony lost on these people?

Well, I for one just can’t wait for the next one. Oh, what will it be? The march to save the Pandas? The march for vegan, overweight, transexuals and their right to scratch themselves like a cat? The march to change the smurfs from blue to fuchsia? The possibilities are literally endless.

Pace yourselves liberals, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

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.

Trigger Warning

Just a few generations ago, young men were shipping off to fight in World War II and the women were stepping out in to the workforce to keep things running back at home. Now, college aged individuals are crying, rioting and retreating to their safe spaces whenever a speaker comes to campus that they don’t ideologically see eye to eye with.

The University of California, Berkeley has seen its share of melt-downs recently. Just yesterday it was announced that Ann Coulter’s scheduled appearance was canceled due to safety concerns. EDIT: Coulter’s event is now back on but being moved to a later date. And earlier this year, former Brietbart provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos  got the plug pulled on his event at Berkeley after protesters and rioters caused $100,000 worth of damage to the campus a few hours before his speech.

What is wrong with millennials? And what is wrong with Berkeley? The university has long been a champion and leader for free speech and it’s extremely embarrassing that a beacon for the First Amendment can’t even teach its own students what that means.

Unfortunately, Berkeley is not the only university to see a push back from students when bringing speakers to campus. Christina Hoff Sommers, known as the Factual Feminist, often “causes trauma” to students with her lectures about the myth of rape culture and the toxicity of third wave feminism. When she spoke at Georgetown University and Oberlin back in 2015, campus representatives felt the need to issue “trigger warnings” to their students and Oberlin even went so far as to create a safe space for students to gather after the lecture to discuss what they were feeling after hearing the “offensive words.”

Sommers responded by pushing back against trigger warnings on her Vlog, saying that classrooms are not “feelings circles” – they’re supposed to prepare students for life and trigger warnings are an embarrassment to women by demeaning them and conveying that they are too delicate to handle certain topics. She’s 100% right.

Popular Blaze blogger Matt Walsh recently caught some flak at Notre Dame, which you would think would welcome him with open arms since both he and the school are Catholic. After all, the school hosted pro-abortionist Wendy Davis and put her in a large auditorium where she stumped for Planned Parenthood and a woman’s right to choose. But for Matt, that was not the case.

And according to some who attended his talk, he was so offensive that a student began yelling that he was a bigot, decided to leave and as she was walking out the door, yelled “I’d rather go to hell than be in heaven with him!”

There’s always going to be people we disagree with – heck you might not even agree with everything we write on this site – but that’s the beauty of America. The Constitution grants you the right to have any opinion you want and to speak about anything you want, even if it’s offensive and hateful.

Maybe instead of burning things down or throwing things through windows, the safe space loving millennials should instead utilize THEIR Constitutional right to free speech and speak out against what they find troubling. A well thought out argument against ideas they disagree with is a whole lot more powerful than rioting or retreating somewhere to cry about how they feel “triggered.”

Real life isn’t all sunshine and roses. You’re probably going to get your feelings hurt more than once. Man (or woman) up. Don’t be this girl.

-K