“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery,” said Thomas Jefferson. But Thomas Jefferson is a dead white male thought criminal slated for the memory hole. The more intellectually fashionable will avoid dangerous freedom at any cost — even when the danger is trivial, as when a resolution defending free speech was voted down by the student government of University of Michigan:
Some students who voted against the measure cited concerns that, if approved, it’s essentially “legitimizing certain hate speech,” “delegitimizing minorities on campus” and “putting people at risk,” according to the minutes of the March 28 Central Student Government meeting.
At risk? Seriously?
Realizing that it is an essential component of any healthy, dignified society, people used to risk their lives for free speech. Now they won’t risk having their feelings hurt, or their adolescent worldview challenged.
University of Michigan isn’t alone:
In November, a similar measure was rejected by Tufts University’s student government, whose members called the effort to broaden and clarify students’ First Amendment rights “unsafe.”
Other examples abound of students at campuses across the country rejecting the notions underpinning the First Amendment.
Those who are not worthy of freedom will not have it for long. The words of Ronald Reagan ring true once again:
If they don’t do the same, the chain is broken. The ensuing darkness will swallow up our accomplishments and those of our ancestors.
But at least no snowflakes will be forced into a painful confrontation with the idiocy of their politically correct ideology.
On a tip from Torcer.