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Speak Up, If You Agree With Me 
by Vice President Knight Allen
Originally published on December 10, 2015 - reprinted with permission

    There sure has been a lot of ink spilled over the explosion of politically correct (PC) terrorism playing out on so many of the nations' college campuses.

I can't speak for you, but for me watching the complete abandonment and crushing destruction of Voltaire's "I disapprove of what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it" is pretty disheartening.

    There's a recurring theme that asks what these kids are going to do when they get out into the real world and are faced with the cold hard realities of day to day existence? Most seem to believe they will grow up fast. That's very comforting but what if it's wrong? After all, these kids represent the next generation of American leaders. They will come out of college and start climbing the ladders of all our political, social and economic institutions until they reach policy making positions. What then? Who's to say that adjunct professor who wanted to throw the TV reporter and his camera crew off the state university campus won't be a school president or trustee one day?

    From K-12 with its gold stars for trying, even if the answer is wrong, to participation trophies and social promotion children aretaught to believe nothing negative should ever happen to them. By the time they get to college they are ripe for the PC terrorists to turn them into the mobs we've seen all over television. All through our nationís history people have used the First Amendments' freedom of speech to address their grievances. The Abolitionists, Suffragettes, Civil Rights activists, Vietnam War Protesters and countless numbers of others all demanded their right to freedom of speech and in many cases experienced real hardship to exercise their right.

    This time however it's different. Very, very different. The PC terrorists and their behind the scenes professorial elite are not looking to exercise freedom OF speech. They are looking to impose freedom FROM speech. Only they will determine what is acceptable speech. Only they can decide who will be allowed to speak and what they can say. And what have so many administrations been doing in the face of this terrorism? They've been folding like an all-in poker player who's had his inside straight draw busted. Look at the track record of mea culpas ( admitting to errors) and even resignations. Pathetic.

    Then there are the people invited to speak at commencements who have been "disinvited" by the PC terrorists. According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (thefire.org)there have been over one hundred such incidents in the last five years.

    The fact is these kids weren't born believing the clap trap and nonsense they're spewing. They weren't born knowing the tactics they are using to shut down intellectual freedom. They had to be taught. Very carefully taught.

    Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein in "South Pacific" articulated beautifully the root cause of all the misery we have been cursed with as a species forever. So, with a grateful and appreciative nod to them, and with a bit of editorial license:

  You've got to be taught to hate and fear, 
  You've got to be taught year to year, 
  It's got to be drummed in your dear little ear, 
  You've got to be carefully taught.
     
  You've got to be taught before it's too late, 
  Before semester six, seven or eight, 
  To hate all the people your professors hate, 
  You've got to be carefully taught! 
  You've got to be carefully taught.

    In keeping in mind that great Biblical passage: "This too shall pass." I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday Season and a great 2016!

Contact Vice-President Knight Allen

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