So, what did I hear last night that brought the problem that we all know exists to the front of my mind? Well, it was a discussion by Mark Levin on his evening radio program about the events that have recently been happening at the University of California, Berkeley, the school that used to be recognized as the educational free speech capital of American colleges and universities. That title originated in the midst of the anti-Vietnam War protests and the free love era when so many young people threw reality to the wind under a haze of pot and drugs and dreamed of a future that they thought would be nirvana. "If it feels good do it" was clearly the order of the day.
But sadly in Berkeley, the free speech movement became totally subordinated to political correctness with the result being free speech alright, but only if you have a viewpoint on the Left. Today, any Leftist of any degree is free to spout their jargon across campus and in front of large audiences, just as professors can punish real free thinkers by banning them from class and grading them based on ideology, not logical thought. And while it's not just limited to Berkeley but has, in fact, run rampant across American universities in general, Berkeley has been the trendsetter for the destruction of free speech. And nothing shows the negative impact therein like the recent riots, both in the last few days as well as months, that have resulted in physical plant damage, injury to innocent people, and all because of the intolerance toward freedom of thought.
And now Levin, dubbed by his followers as "The Great One", a true constitutional expert with extensive experience in the field and a group of best selling books to his credit, has called out the Left. Last night he suggested that the President should use Berkeley as an example and stop the violence and free speech travesties of the Left with a bold step. He says the President should be called upon to nationalize the California National Guard, an action in his purview, and use it to put the campus back in order. How? By arresting rioters, opening up the campus to free speech initiated by a speech from Attorney General Sessions on the subject, and taking the masks from the black clad cowards who are fomenting physical destruction. After thinking about it, I must concur. Any college student on any campus, be he or she of the Left of Right persuasion, has the constitutional right to voice opinions and that right should never be abridged by tyranny.
Don't think this kind of policy will work? Well, look no further than an old Southern institution of higher learning for a great example of how it works. The place was Auburn University in Alabama and the action took place over this past weekend. When a small outbreak began on campus over a conservative speaker and the protestors showed up in their black attire, the police showed up and stopped their action and removed their masks. The protestors would be allowed to peacefully protest but, after being identified, most of them chose to leave. Cowards all, right to the end.
Freedom of speech is a central theme of what America is all about and it is clearly under siege everywhere. I don't care if you are of the Left or the Right or anywhere in between, if you want to express your views, you are entitled to do so provided that you don't create violence and mischief and you don't violate the personal rights of others. Disagreeing with them on a political issue is not a violation of those rights and this should be something that we should all be able to agree with. Those who don't obviously have some ulterior motive in mind; don't let them control the narrative. If we don't stand for the Constitution upon which this great land was created, we won't have it much longer.