Sunday, October 08, 2006

Columbia unbecoming, again

Ah, free speech. One of the things most lauded about our wonderful country. Anyone can say anything they want, as long as it's not yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theater, or saying, "Hi, Jack!" on a plane. Yes, it's really wonderful how the Bill of Rights permits us to live freely without fear of getting lynched for our beliefs.

Unless, of course, those beliefs happen to contravene the mainstream. Funny, isn't it, how mainstream is such a relative term. Perhaps being against illegal immigration is a view commonly espoused here in the USA, but apparently those up in their ivory tower at Columbia are in favor of illegal immigration. And really, why not? When they leave, most will go work for major corporations or go to law school, and the illegals will never challenge their job at Goldman Sachs. They are safe from their own beliefs, insulated in their own privilege. Eventually, though, they will lose the liberal thing, probably once they have to pay their own bills. But before that, they get to believe in whatever they want. It's beautiful, really.

It's beautiful unless you are opposed to assault and/or battery. Because the way I was taught about free speech in my civics classes, all viewpoints were supposed to be fair game. People were supposed to listen to each other. At a minimum, people were supposed to let each other speak without fear of physical violence.

I may or may not approve of what the Minutemen do - but I think it's a huge disgrace that the people who are supposed to believe in our basic rights would behave this way when confronted with viewpoints that differ from their own. But I guess it's not news that free speech isn't really what it was cracked up to be. It's always been used as a way to keep opposing viewpoints down, and I think it's kind of funny that the liberals at Columbia are now the oppressors.

I guess those impossibly high admissions standards aren't high enough.


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