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I think if student loan money isn't targeted then it's clear that this EO has nothing to do with free speech
originally posted by: Fallingdown
a reply to: Byrd
If Republicans are targeting free-speech. They should be disciplined by the schools too. That’s what the First Amendment is all about.
“Today, I am proud to announce that I will be very soon signing an executive order requiring colleges and universities to support free speech if they want federal research funds.”
The Golden Rule: He who has the gold makes the rules.
Any time one receives money, it comes with strings attached.
We have a system of government that allows for free speech. Many colleges have openly prevented speakers from giving speeches, even when invited by student organizations, even when more progressive speakers have been wholeheartedly embraced.
Our phony king doesn't own the gold
Again - does he not have the guts to have this legislated? It seems like he's not speaking for the government - the rules he wants them to follow are his rules
Tough noogies. Free speech is not what you think it is - apparently
Are these private institutionS? Are they obligated to dole out platforms? Will his highness now establish quotas?
I tried... I tried to make a cognizant argument.
First, this, good sir, is the United States of America. We do not have a king. We have a President who is allowed certain powers by virtue ofthat title.
Free speech is the right to state one's opinions without fear of repercussions validated by a government.
I do not appreciate your lame attempts to suppress my voting rights, nor the voting rights of millions of other Americans. Figure out where you are and what you are.
originally posted by: Xcalibur254
a reply to: Fallingdown
I never said that all private universities are Conservative. What I said is that most Conservative universities are private.
Do you disagree with that statement?
Not a sir
He behaves like a king - ruling by decree. Congress owns the purse. Or they used to...
Exactly - the government. Not a college
On the other hand Billie Joe Dinkel who climbs down off her mountain in Kentucky Barefooted, Bucktooth and pregnant with absolutely no credit or any family proof of income
I have studied history.
You do not know what a king is.
Any contractor who is awarded a contract for the government is also required to follow certain government policies in hiring and personnel management, such as maintaining EEOC compliance and providing benefits to employees.
What I do not support is asking the government to fund it.
Third among the ironies is that while First Amendment protection is binding on public colleges, it does not equally apply to private institutions. Nonetheless, most private colleges profess to be bastions of free speech, promising staff and students that freedom of expression will be protected.
The second irony is the notion that Donald Trump is a defender of free speech. As to the president’s record on the First Amendment, recall that he:
Called the New York Times “a true ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE;”
Threatened the press credentials of reporters who criticize him;
Tweeted “With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their license? Bad for country!”
Demanded that NFL owners fire players who protested during the playing of the national anthem;
Ranted that it was “disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write and people should look into it.”
Blocked critics from following his Twitter account.
The American citizens must support and provide for complete and unfettered freedom of speech, regardless of the platform.
Will the president’s executive order apply to private colleges who restrict speakers from campus? Or will they be allowed to privilege their moral or religious beliefs above protection of free expression? Can Liberty University continue its “tradition of not allowing uninvited demonstrations or protests on campus”? Will Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute finally be required to permit students to protest policies governing its Student Union? Should Fordham (the president’s alma mater) be forced to recognize Students For Justice In Palestine (a group it's previously rejected) or face the loss of federal funds?
Campus policies on free speech are again stirring strong emotions, and clearly institutions don’t always get them right (speech codes being one example). However, over the long haul, American colleges have vigorously protected free speech, embracing it as one of their defining values. They don’t need political grandstanding in the form of Trump’s threatened executive order to continue that vigilance.