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President Trump Comes Out Swinging for Free Speech at CPAC

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on March 3, 2019 17:26

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President Trump took a strong public stand on behalf of free speech on campus in his March 2nd speech to the Conservative Political Action Coalition, making it an issue for the upcoming 2020 elections.

 

 

President Trump's March 2nd CPAC speech raised the issue of campus violence to a national level when he called UC Berkeley punching victim Hayden Williams to the podium following a vicious February 19th assault captured on video.

He put the administration on record against Political Correctness, making it an issue for the 2020 elections, adding Williams "took a hard punch in the face. For all of us. He took a punch for all of us. And we could never allow that to happen."

After expressing solidarity, the President announced "an executive order requiring colleges and universities to support free speech" by conditioning federal funding upon it.

While details remain to be clarified, it was welcome news some two years after Berkeley rioters prevented Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking on February 2nd, 2017.

Then, President Trump tweeted:

"If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view - NO FEDERAL FUNDS?"

But nothing happened.

Berkeley continued to receive taxpayer dollars, despite suppression of diverse viewpoints in favor of Politically Correct dogma.

The tragic situation was not new even then, for Scott Adams had referred to it when he announced his endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President in 2016, "for my personal safety."

At the time, I thought he was exaggerating for comic effect, when he explained:

"Clinton supporters have convinced me – and here I am being 100% serious – that my safety is at risk if I am seen as supportive of Trump. So I’m taking the safe way out and endorsing Hillary Clinton for president."

Subsequent events sadly proved Adams fears were not exaggerated, as unbelievable as such bullying may have seemed at the time.

Such oppression is personally painful for this author, a UC Berkeley alumnus ashamed of the descent of Alma Mater into a cesspool of political persecution

Hopefully, President Trump's declaration at CPAC will lead to more effective measures to fix UC Berkeley--and American higher education in general--than his February 2, 2017 tweet.

If federal funds are to be conditioned upon any criteria, surely protection of free speech must be given the highest priority--for without it, the marketplace of ideas ceases to function and intellectual progress becomes impossible, a well-established principle since publication of Milton's Areopagitica in 1643.

As Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1779: "...truth is great and will prevail if left to herself; that she is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate; errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them."

Sadly, UC Berkeley faculty and administration created an environment hostile to free speech and the mission of the university.

Therefore, it is past time for the UC Board of Regents to demand the resignation of UC President Janet Napolitano, who has destroyed a once-great institution through Political Correctness and violent political persecution of dissidents on campus.


 

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on March 3, 2019 17:26

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