The other night I watched Tucker Carlson interview Ann Coulter. If you are not aware, the 55-year-old very accomplished and extremely acerbic Ms. Coulter is a Conservative author, lawyer, syndicated columnist, and political commentator. As far back as November of 2015, she was one of the first pundits to predict that Donald Trump would win the presidency in an appearance on the Bill Mahre show, for which she was rudely laughed at by the panel, audience and the classless Mr. Mahre himself.
She is scheduled to speak at the University of California in Berkeley on April 27th, but the event has been cancelled due to “security concerns.” At this time, Ms. Coulter fully intends to meet her commitment to speak at the university, despite administrations attempts to block her and change various aspects of her attendance, including the date, venue, and time.
Ironically, UC-Berkeley is the home of the Free Speech Movement! Despite this, Ms. Coulter is not the first Conservative to be cancelled at Berkeley this year. Back in February, Breitbart News Senior Editor Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak, but that event was halted due to rioting by college students, with the assistance of professional rioters. The campus went on lockdown after the incident due to the obligatory fires and looting that seems to accompany left wing dogmatists. Additionally, both Yiannopoulos and Ben Shapiro were banned from Chicago’s DePaul University last year. Think about that, the Left and the cowering administration at DePaul banned a gay man and a Jewish man from a public campus.
UC-Berkeley’s actions are only a microcosm of activities being instigated across the US by angry college students whining about a myriad of issues, primarily aimed at opposing and shutting down Conservative points of view. The problem is not that they represent a differing point of view, but it is in the way they are raucously going about demonstrating. Fueled by the highly speculative doctrines of left-wing professors, which encompasses 85-90% of all college instructors, added to the youthful exuberance of young minds that rarely had to work for a living, thrown in with a few paid liberal protestors, and free speech on college campuses is literally and figuratively being shut down. The few Conservative professors on campuses are often afraid to speak out for fear of reprisal. LBJ and Nixon must be rolling over in their graves because that group is getting away with it!
And, to make matters worse, the Leftist agenda has expanded into many believing a college education should now be free, as if that is a right bestowed upon them, completely disregarding who the hell is supposed to pay for that education. That was part of the recent Bernie Sanders presidential platform that managed to gain some steam nationally and even crept into Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, although I doubt she ever had any intention of actually going through with it. And to morph off of that concept, as of this week a group at Western Kentucky University is now calling for free educations for all black students, and to include imprisoned black people, as reparations for slavery 150 years ago, regardless if they had any slaves in their family history. No mention was made of the descendants of the Irish indentured servants being included in this money grab scheme.
Why should you care about it? Because you are paying for this anarchy.
How, you ask? Through your tax dollars and tuition. Those urchins are rioting and coming up with these hackneyed socialist ideas on your dollar!
As near as I can dig up information, if a person makes $1,000 per week, a little over $11 is paid weekly to the Federal government towards higher education, which would include student loans, professor and administrative salaries, grand architectural buildings, etc. Additionally, in Illinois, to use my state, 6% of the money you pay weekly to Illinois in taxes also goes to the state’s public colleges and universities. (There is no way of knowing how much of your money is going towards a football or basketball coach/program, but know that the highest paid state employee in nearly every state either coaches basketball or football…but that is a blog for another day.) Even if my figures are off, the fact is, you still have tax money going to those programs.
So, if you think about this, we have professors being paid salaries well into six figures, encouraging and, in some cases, bullying naïve children (through their grades) with their radical notions and socialist ideals. This in turn has led to a situation in which students, along with the help of paid insurgents and looters, spill into the street, destroying property and closing schools, in an attempt to shut down Conservative thought and speakers such as Ann Coulter, thus taking away their right, as well as the rights of our children, to become exposed to Conservative thought. And we are paying for that? Am I the only one that sees a problem with this? Now the Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves!
President Trump threatened, half-heartedly, to take away the federal funding for UC-Berkeley. Call me a radical, but I believe not only should he do that immediately, but to extend penalties further. I propose that one half of the Federal money budgeted for colleges and universities be cancelled at the conclusion of the next fiscal year. (Hell, I might as well demand it as that is what the college hooligans do, and they seem to get media attention for it.)
We could use the money withheld to pay down some of the national debt for however many years it takes to turn our university problem around. If liberal professors and administrators are going to continue to push only left-wing agenda’s and allow our children to be force-fed leftist ideals, then they need to do so without Conservative money, particularly MY tax dollars. They have no right acting so licentiously on our dollars and it’s time we remind them of that. Let them exist of half of what they have.
After a few years of red ink, administrators will insist on more Conservative professors with an equal voice on campus and that what is being taught to the students becomes apolitical. The students will also be forced to act in an adult fashion, grateful for a college experience and all it entails and rioting will not be tolerated. If they do, they will be expelled from all access to a college education until they have matured into a more responsible human being, worthy of a great education. Or, they always have the option to go to a trade school, of which is sorely in need of more people willing to work.
And as a last rule change, just like I told my son often when he went to college, I propose every classroom and lecture hall must have, in addition to an American flag, a sign that states in large letters to be able to be seen from the back of the room: “Keep asking yourself, who will pay for this!”