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2018-03-19

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  • The Proverbialist displays (once again) his oral fixation in Proverbs 14:3:

    3 A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride,
        but the lips of the wise protect them.

    President Donald J. Trump, this Proverb is for you.


  • J. D. Tuccille notes that the concept of free speech is not getting a lot of love these days: Trump's Anti-Speech Agenda Gets a Boost From Lefty Lawyers and Academics.

    It may not yet be "the end of free speech," but that particular fundamental right is probably a bad candidate for a new life-insurance policy.

    We have an environment in which the president of the United States is dismissive of the free speech rights of his opponents, prominent constitutional scholars sniff at free speech unless it's used by the "right" people for their favored goals, and the country's leading civil liberties organization is suffering an internal revolt by staffers who oppose "rigid" support for free speech protections.

    RTWT, of course. The anti-Constitutional babblings of Georgetown Law prof Louis Michael Seidman are criticized, as well as the suddenly weak-kneed ACLU, which has been chided by its own staff for its "rigid stance" on the First Amendment. Rigidity is … frowned upon these days.


  • Cathy Young hits the same theme in USA Today. You may have heard about some earnest young adults denying there's a war on free speech on college campuses. Are they right? Cathy saith nay: Deniers of the war on free speech on college campuses are dead wrong.

    Does leftist zealotry on American college campuses imperil freedom of speech and liberal values, or is this a largely made-up issue that distracts from far more serious threats on the right? The latest polemics about this have been ignited by an incident at Lewis & Clark College law school in Portland, Ore., where protesters tried to shut down a talk by author, scholar and feminism critic Christina Hoff Sommers.

    After a failed attempt to get her disinvited, the students repeatedly disrupted her talk with chanting and loud music. To opponents of “political correctness,” this is a sign of chilling authoritarianism. Skeptical progressives argue that, despite a few highly publicized conflicts, actual data show free expression on college campuses is alive and well — and supported by most students, especially political liberals.

    But there is plenty of evidence that the problem of left-wing intolerance in the universities is real and damaging.

    The "don't worry" Progressives cite polling data showing (mostly) growing support for abstract free-speech cases. Fine, but the people responding to polls are not in charge, and most of them would be unwilling to stick their necks out to defend controversial speakers against a vocal and vicious minority.


  • Did we say we were going to stop talking about the Children's Gun-Grabbing Crusade? Oops, sorry. The Independent Journal Review reports: Ohio Student Suspended for Refusing to Leave Classroom During Gun Control Walkout.

    A high school student in Hilliard, Ohio, didn’t want to pick sides in the contentious gun debate surrounding Wednesday’s “National Walkout,” so he stayed in class instead of joining the largely anti-gun protest or an alternative “study hall.”

    Hilliard Davidson High School senior Jacob Shoemaker was then reportedly slapped with a suspension.

    Good news, Jacob. I'm sure the University Near Here will let you in. As they say in a pinned tweet:

    Or at least I would hope so. I'm not sure declining to join in "peaceful protests" is considered a legitimate exercise of First Amendment rights at UNH.

    Also, the out-of-state tuition is brutal.


  • Back here in New Hampshire, the Google LFOD News Alert siren sounded for the musings of Plymouth State Teaching Lecturer Bonnie J. Toomey, writing in the Fitchburg, Massachusetts Sentinel & Enterprise: We should be shooting for more love and less hate.

    Yes, she's writing about guns. You see what she did there with "shooting"?

    But never mind that, because Ms. Toomey is actually a sane voice of reason:

    We all know that when firearms get into the hands of people who are mentally unstable and are obtained illegally by criminals, that is where the problem lies. To own a gun, to live free or die as they say in New Hampshire, is not going away anytime soon, and I do not want it to. I rather like the idea that I am surrounded by good, law-abiding people who know how to respect and use firearms responsibly and properly. That does not make them insensitive people who don't care about gun violence. I rather like being a sheep who lives with sheepdogs who'd quickly protect us from the wolves out there.

    So good on Ms. Toomey.


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