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UB chooses First Amendment over liberal tears

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Betsy DeVos

The University of Baltimore has invited Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, to be the fall commencement speaker. Secretary DeVos accepted the invitation which sadly but predictably triggered a lot of social justice warriors. As soon as the news went public many people voiced their objections. While it is sad that people get so angry over Betsy DeVos speaking at their graduation it’s refreshing to see a university disregard the controversy to have a qualified person speak. The University of Baltimore President, Kurt Schmoke issued a statement regarding the controversy:

First, I extended the invitation to Secretary DeVos in January of this year, and she accepted shortly thereafter.  In my letter of invitation I afforded her the opportunity to use the event to not only congratulate our graduates but to also present her views on higher education issues of her choice.  Second, I anticipated the reaction both pro and con to my decision to invite her.  It is the type of reaction that one would expect to have in a vibrant university community.  Third, after reading about events at other universities where persons were denied the right to speak because some on campus opposed the views of the speaker, I became convinced that the University of Baltimore was the right institution to affirm the academy’s commitment to freedom of speech.

 There are a number of notable details in this statement. First of all, this was an intentional choice. DeVos was a controversial nomination at the time given the divide in our country. The second was the freedom of allowing her to speak freely on relevant topics. And the third was the anticipation of such controversy. No doubt this was a predictable controversy. Free speech is under attack at universities all around the country. From Berkeley to Missouri and North Carolina, liberals are suppressing the free flow of ideas necessary for the betterment of the university system. In business management classes, one should learn that groupthink is bad for decision making and teamwork. The University of Baltimore seems to have applied this lesson when so many colleges disregard what they teach. This statement embodies what a university should be: people who are passionate about some controversy but still standing up for the First Amendment.

I understand students getting upset if this was Bill Cosby, Woody Allen, or Hillary Clinton. The first two have performed shady and unacceptable behavior. The other would take at least four kids worth of tuition to deliver the speech. While one can argue that it might have been tasteless for Liberty University, a Christian university, to have Trump do the commencement speech, Betsy DeVos delivering a commencement speech at a public university is a well-qualified honor. For some reason, liberals fear her, and this irrational fear causes them to go crazy with the idea of her giving a speech. We should not let the liberal whines determine who is and isn’t an acceptable commencement speaker. College should be an open forum of ideas, not a forum for liberal groupthink dogma. Well done, UB!

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College snowflakes love Antifa

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College Students Support Antifa

These videos are rarely appealing. They’re produced by interviewing enough people to get a short burst of sound bites to stitch together in order to verify and justify the original premise of the producer. This is no exception, but we’re running it for one reason: the answers were terrifying.

Listen for two-and-a-half minutes as these students, the future of America, the innocent snowflakes who will lead this nation someday, have exceptionally ignorant answers to basic questions.

H/T: Moonbattery

 

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It’s time for conservatives to stop being offended by liberals being offended

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Changing Declaration of Independent

Doublespeak is not in play in this brief article. It’s going to be so brief, let’s just call it a rant.

Conservatives are very aware that liberals have a tendency to find offense in anything and everything. We’ve seen things changed for the sake of diversity, political correctness, social justice, or even just to keep snowflakes from fainting and spilling their soy lattes. I get it. It’s annoying.

There’s a flip side to this coin. Here’s an article by Frank Camp over at the DailyWire that tells of liberal silliness in our schools striking once again. Keep in mind, it’s not the article that bothers me; Frank wrote it up perfectly. It’s the comments. The outrage. The disgust.

Report: 4th Grade Teacher Changed The Word ‘Men’ In Declaration Of Independence To ‘Humans’; Had Students Recite It | Daily Wire

http://www.dailywire.com/news/21424/report-4th-grade-teacher-changed-word-men-frank-campA spokesperson for Mesa Public Schools issued a statement on Wednesday, which reads in part: “It should be recited as written, and not modified in any way…School administration, when learning of the alteration to the text, provided feedback and guidance to the teacher to restore the document to its original format.

Fellow conservatives, there are plenty of things we can get upset about. This isn’t one. It’s an annoyance. I like to turn annoyances into teaching moments. In this case, because of the teacher’s idiocy, this particular section of the Declaration will be forever embedded in these students’ minds.

We need to chill out a bit and save our real anger for things that matter. This is insulting to a sacred document and annoying to those who cherish it. Let’s not be like liberals who get so offended by the small stuff.

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James Comey’s speech at Howard University hit by protesters

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James Comey Howard

If former FBI Director James Comey’s first day on his new job is any indication, he may want to call President Trump and ask him for a second chance.

While trying to deliver a speech at Howard University, Comey was instantly met by loud protesters. They continued on for several minutes before Comey tried to go ahead and give his speech. He made it through very little that could be heard easily. Ironically, a good part of his speech was about “noise” taking away our attention.

Comey has joined the staff at Howard as a lecturer.

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Howard University Students Protest Former FBI Director James Comey’s Keynote Speech | Daily Wire

http://www.dailywire.com/news/21418/howard-university-students-protest-former-fbi-emily-zanottiFormer FBI Director James Comey’s new $100,000-per-year job at Howard University didn’t exactly get off to a great start today, as Howard students protested the event and shouted down Comey’s convocation speech.

Comey convocation address derailed by angry protesters at Howard University | Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/09/22/comey-convocation-address-derailed-by-angry-protesters-at-howard-university.htmlComey, who was fired by President Trump earlier this year amid tensions over the Russia probe, has also been in the headlines lately – as Hillary Clinton criticizes him in her newly released campaign memoir, and Republicans on Capitol Hill look to drag him back to Capitol Hill amid concerns over possible discrepancies in his testimony concerning the Clinton email case.

Protesters disrupt James Comey’s Howard University convocation speech – POLITICO

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/22/protesters-james-comey-howard-university-speech-243023At one point, Comey sought to quiet the protesters by saying that “I hope you’ll stay to listen to what I have to say, and I just listened to you for five minutes.” The effort was unsuccessful, and after several more minutes of waiting out the protesters, and one administrator’s unsuccessful admonitions for the protesters to be seated, Comey offered his speech as the chants and slogans continued to pour from the back of the auditorium.

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