California, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, and Wisconsin are all considering legislation which would ban demonstrations by students on college campuses. If they violate the law, they will face expulsion. They are attempting to change a part of the first amendment and prevent criticism of hate groups, their school’s policies, and governments at all levels.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Our founding fathers considered the first amendment as the most important part of the Constitution. Our most fundamental rights as Americans are clearly defined. If the right to peacefully assemble and voice our displeasure with our government, our nation’s policies, or those of an educational institution is denied, democracy is non-existent. If not for the protests on our campuses, Lyndon Johnson would have won a third term, and the war in South Vietnam would have lasted far longer. It was the youth movement which changed America’s involvement in a war were losing, and were forced to eventually make a hasty and embarrassing retreat.
Recently, scheduled appearances by radicals approved by university administrators have received massive protests from the student body. Members of the alt-right, and extremists such as Ann Coulter had their events canceled because of demonstrations of anti-hate groups within the student body.
In Wisconsin, the legislature found this unacceptable. They passed the ‘Campus Free Speech Act,’ and any student deemed to have committed “dangerous or other disorderly conduct” at speeches or events on campus on two occasions would be suspended for a minimum of one semester. Those with three allegations of disrupting free speech would be expelled.
I must remind the old men and women who are in Wisconsin’s legislature that in a few years these students will join other millennials and be in control of our nation. Those who hate America will begin to die, and a new and improved United States of America will emerge. In time America may actually become a great nation where prejudice and bigotry is only a bad memory.
If you are an old fart, like myself, and have criticized millennials, they youth of America, you have failed to research the truth. They are less likely to have prejudices related to race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. In fact, the majority shun organized religion and any other organizations which restrict their rights to think for themselves.
Finally, in case you don’t know the truth, many of them are already old enough to replace our government employees who fail to serve the American people in Washington. The requirement to be a member of the House of Representatives is to be an American citizen who is at least 25 years of age. For the senate, the candidate must be 30 years old. A presidential candidate must be a naturally born citizen, has lived in the United States consecutively for 14 years and is at least 35 years of age.
In just a few years America could have the antitheses of old and useless Donald Trump in the White House. She could be black, 35+ years of age; a member of the LGBTQ community; and a follower of Islam, or even an atheist.
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Op-ed by James Turnage
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