The attempts to suppress free speech in the public arena of those not sharing one's views are frightening. Particularly heinous was a proposal at Clemson University to require all candidates for on-campus offices to complete a test on cultural competency. The purpose of which was purortedly to rule out sexist, racist (and likely), conservative views.
The state legislature in North Carolina now insists that state university campuses in the Old North State have a policy allowing all parties freedom of expression. However, this does not guarantee an invitation to those deemed to be politically incorrect to share their views.
Our university faculties are seemingly bereft of conservative thinkers and tenured faculty.
A recent poll on media bias reveals an even stronger leaning away from conservative thought ont he part of viewers of CNN, ABC, NBC, and MSNBC. Rather than report the news, like Fox and CNN, the news is becoming a series of opinion pieces. We don’t seem willing to let people think for themselves on what it all means. As "Dragnet's" Jack Friday used to say, "Just the facts ma’m, just the facts."
Watching the disrespect shown by students to invited speakers at Notre Dame, Bethune Cookman, and other venerable institutions of higher education, it becomes clear academia has lost its way with their belief that free speech is only free for certain elements — or views.
Coming from the protests of the 1960’s, it is appreciated that those of us who were involved in marches, organizations of black students, or efforts considered non-traditional, had dossiers compiled which kept many from government positions or better paying corporate work. By the same token, when former President Barack Obama commands $400,000 on Wall Street from firms playing with house money, the question becomes what are the shareholders' real options available to them — for protest?
Daily, it becomes clearer that protesters are trying to evolve this democratic republic of capitalism into something it was never intended to be. Civics, if taught widely, would compare and contrast capitalism, socialism, democracy, communism, fascism, and other words being bantered about in discussing today’s political environment.
Civics would illustrate how little we appreciate what our government was originally established to do; and where the responsibility of the individual must kick in.
The outrage is seemingly trying to make rights of things the government was not designed to do, nor which it can afford. Things like universal healthcare, guaranteed jobs, or even redefinition of biological markers of gender.
We should modify the adage (possibly traced to the English writer John Heywood in 1546) that "There are none so blind as those who will not see," to — there are none so blind as those who refuse to hear or listen to the truth. Kahlil Gibran notes (in part) in "The Prophet" that when you have found the truth, "Say not, “I have found the truth," but rather, "I have found a truth." For, there are many truths in the world.
Dr. Ada M. Fisher was the first black woman to serve as the Republican National Committeewoman. She was a candidate for the U.S. Senate from North Carolina, a candidate for U.S. Congress, and a candidate for the North Carolina House of Representatives. She is the author of "Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions Solutions for What Ails Us, Book I." For more of her reports, Go Here Now.
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