Naturally, “free speech” involves liberal invocation of the “F” word. Everybody knows that by now.
But it also entails shrieking incoherently and waving your arms around like an escapee from a mental ward.
Come to think of it, I think most people have picked up on that aspect of “free speech” too, by now.
What it does not entail is being Christina Hoff Sommers, Milo Yiannopoulos, or Steven Crowder. If you’re one of them, you can’t, by definition, engage in “free speech.” Your only possible output is “hate speech.” Q.E.D., dude. (Not that we at LU in any way endorse a dead-white-male concept like using Latin abbreviations as rhetorical shorthand. It’s just sometimes so convenient.)
If you’re interested, Campus Reform has some of the deathless declamations in this video clip transcribed. (H/t: Matt Vespa, Townhall) But, really, who cares? Does the script ever change? Here America is, spending tens of thousands of dollars per year each to get its kids a baccalaureate education, and the level of dialogue would shame an MS-13 gang-banger.
You may enjoy the moment when the snowflake hollers “Stop talking to us like children!” and Sommers responds, “Then stop acting like a child.” But such moments have become too common to savor now. Far more enjoyable today is the rarer event at which everyone behaves like a grown-up, there is an actual exchange of ideas, and true free speech happens.
I’ve said it before. I’ll have to say it again. Cut this tumor out. The only way to kill this cancer of psychotic-incubating non-education is to stop feeding it. It’s that bad. The emergency is here. If it takes six or twelve months for the people who want a real education to make other arrangements, and if it’s necessary to help them out, that cost is still much lower than letting this continue. As long as we leave the same people in charge, and keep letting them have a budget funded by the taxpayer, we’ll keep getting the same result.