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Constitutional Amnesia Robs US of Freedom

Constitutional Amnesia Robs US of Freedom
Demonstrators listen to speakers during a rally for free speech, last month, in Berkeley, Calif. Protesters gathered near the University of California, Berkeley campus amid a strong police presence and rallied, showing support for free speech while condemning the views of Ann Coulter and her supporters. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

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Clemson University reportedly wanted to make any student candidate for an on campus office pass an intercultural examination to make sure they are politically correct. Many "liberal, feminist, and black demonstrators" believe it is their right to decide for everyone, who can speak on campuses and who they deem politically incorrect, denying them such and censuring their right to such participation.

Confederate monuments are being questioned, followed by demands that any such statues or tributes to those deemed racist be removed from the face of public grounds. Political parties construct too many litmus tests straying from constitutional rights.

The list is mounting and the violence associated with such protest has risen unacceptable levels — under any circumstances. The right to freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, as well as the right to privacy are being usurped by too many espousing socialist tenets— in the name of that they know best.

The rapidly-evolving lack of civil discourse and the right to dissent both show no appreciation for civics, which would show how far afield we have veered from this nation’s founding principles — under the Bill of Rights.

When my mother told me about the confederacy from the vantage-point  of those who lived in its capital of Richmond, Va., or shared our ancestral connections to Andrew Jackson and Robert E. Lee, I took it for what it was.

Whether we like them or not, does not not alter the significance of historical facts. Removing tributes to their existence brings to mind the saying, those who don’t understand history are condemned to repeat it. Patrick Henry’s mantra of "Give me Liberty or Give me Death" noting "I may not agree with what you say but I will defend your right to say it," points out how poorly we undertand our own history.

The millennial generations' movement to remake history in their own image is short- sighted and will actually leave protesters at a chronic disadvantage. When Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency — as I predicted he would — I concurrently understood many would not get over it; nor would some understand how and why his victory occurred.

Listening to the blame directed at the Russians is funny to hear. For Democrats still don’t truly understand how they lost. Yet, Republicans seem to grasp why they won.

Political candidates tickle me in declaring, I’m going to vote for what is right rather than listen to my constituents, in casting my vote. I will keep it constitutional.

College campuses are becoming tone deaf to conservative views. This is demonstrated by their biases in hiring; courses taught and the type of discourse encouraged in their midst.

They forget to include the concerns of those who are paying the bills for aloof education.

Religious entities are being subjected to censure, based on  in what they sermonize, if it doesn’t fit the collective consciousness of a select non-traditional minority — rather than tell dissenters they are free to join another faith.

The confirmation, and appointment of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court is a breath of fresh air. Like him or not, Gorsuch, as a proponent of constitutional originalism. He promises to deal with the courts by keeping the nation on the path of constitutional, individual liberty, as well as the the right of states under the 10th Amendment. He is also committed to moving away from an ever-expanding federal bureaucracy.

Intolerance flourishes when disagreements aren’t permitted, and people are afraid to speak up for what they stand — for fear of reproach. Let the KKK, Black Panthers, LBGT community and others say what they may, but prohibit violence while keeping the constitution upper most in their actions.

Maybe, we can all get along despite our major disagreements. But the way it looks now, this will require a great leap of faith.

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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The millennial generations' movement to remake history is short- sighted and will actually leave protesters at a chronic disadvantage. Maybe, we can all get along despite our major disagreements. But the way it looks now, this will require a great leap of faith.
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