Will Colleges Virtue Signal or take the Cash?

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Will Colleges Virtue Signal or take the Cash?

Those are my prin­ci­ples, and if you don’t like them, well I have others

Attrib­uted to Grou­cho Marx

Pres­i­dent Trump’s CPAC 2019 speech was very long and had many things of sig­nif­i­cance in it but the sin­gle most sig­nif­i­cant polit­i­cally was the state­ment con­cern­ing an exec­u­tive order with­hold­ing funds from col­leges that don’t pro­tect free­dom of speech.

Erick Erick­son objected saying:

He’s wrong on two accounts.

First of all the speech would not be forced, it would be free. It would be the “tol­er­ance” of that speech that would be “forced” on those insti­tu­tions, just as the civil rights act forced those who were intol­er­ant of eat­ing at the same counter as blacks, or going to the same schools or pools as black etc were “forced” to tol­er­ance their presence.

But even this would not actu­ally be the case and that’s my sec­ond point.

No col­lege is com­pelled to take fed­eral funds and a Berke­ley or a UMass Amherst or any other insti­tu­tion wishes to find a way con­sis­tent with exist­ing fed­eral law of course, to restrict speech they dis­like with­out inter­fer­ence of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment in gen­eral or the Trump admin­is­tra­tion in par­tic­u­lar, they can always choose to decline those tax­payer funds and con­duct their affairs as they see fit. In fact if these bas­tions actu­ally believe they are as vir­tu­ous as their sig­nal­ing to the world sug­gests they should be proud to do so.

Undoubt­edly they will go to court and will likely find a lib­eral judge who will side with them to stall hop­ing to stall until the end of a Trump admin­is­tra­tion but they will find that while free­dom of speech is a right pro­tected in the very 1st Amend­ment of the US con­sti­tu­tion the “right” of col­leges to receive tax­payer funds from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment is not. (at least not until old yellow-​stain says it is)

It will be inter­est­ing to see how many col­leges, if any, choose to go the Hills­dale route in order to show their inde­pen­dence from Don­ald Trump and pro­tect their right to keep all those inde­cent peo­ple at bay.

I sus­pect the count will be nearly one

Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them, well I have others

Attributed to Groucho Marx

President Trump’s CPAC 2019 speech was very long and had many things of significance in it but the single most significant politically was the statement concerning an executive order withholding funds from colleges that don’t protect freedom of speech.

Erick Erickson objected saying:

He’s wrong on two accounts.

First of all the speech would not be forced, it would be free. It would be the “tolerance” of that speech that would be “forced” on those institutions, just as the civil rights act forced those who were intolerant of eating at the same counter as blacks, or going to the same schools or pools as black etc were “forced” to tolerance their presence.

But even this would not actually be the case and that’s my second point.

No college is compelled to take federal funds and a Berkeley or a UMass Amherst or any other institution wishes to find a way consistent with existing federal law of course, to restrict speech they dislike without interference of the Federal Government in general or the Trump administration in particular, they can always choose to decline those taxpayer funds and conduct their affairs as they see fit. In fact if these bastions actually believe they are as virtuous as their signaling to the world suggests they should be proud to do so.

Undoubtedly they will go to court and will likely find a liberal judge who will side with them to stall hoping to stall until the end of a Trump administration but they will find that while freedom of speech is a right protected in the very 1st Amendment of the US constitution the “right” of colleges to receive taxpayer funds from the federal government is not. (at least not until old yellow-stain says it is)

It will be interesting to see how many colleges, if any, choose to go the Hillsdale route in order to show their independence from Donald Trump and protect their right to keep all those indecent people at bay.

I suspect the count will be nearly one