It’s hard to think of an ideal more American than the freedom of speech. When people say our soldiers fight and die for our values, what they mean is our freedom to say what we think is true. That’s our birthright. It’s the most important thing we have, that we have ever had.

And so for generations, there was a bipartisan consensus about this. In fact, liberals were among the most stalwart defenders of the First Amendment and good for them.

But then the left took control of this country’s institutions. Liberals became the establishment they had one opposed, and suddenly free speech seemed like a challenge to the highly profitable existing order, the one they were getting so rich from.


So our schools began to teach our children that freedom of speech is a threat. In fact, it’s immoral. And over time the kids started to believe it. Why wouldn’t they?



At this point, nearly 60 percent of young people believe we should change the First Amendment to ban speech they don’t like. Now changing amendments is hard. Two-thirds of Congress would have to approve a change like that.

But on campuses, many students aren’t waiting for Congress to act. They’ve decided to impose censorship right now. Recently, kids at the purportedly impressive Northwestern University try to ban Jeff Sessions from speaking out loud.


It’s funny, you know, if you’re a middle-aged parent, sometimes you’re at dinner parties with other middle-aged parents and they’re talking about — bragging really — about what schools their kids go to and got into. You know, “Cody got into Northwestern. It’s really the Harvard of the Middle West.”

And you think, yes, that’s probably pretty impressive, right? No, that’s actually what it looks like. It’s not impressive at all! It’s pathetic.

A lot of these shallow neurotic narcissists that we’re making fun of will, in the end, wind up running this country. Those people writhing on the floor about how they’re so “threatened” — they’re going to be in charge.

Northwestern, by the way, is home to what they claim is a prestigious journalism school. And yet the student newspaper there apologized for daring to cover the Jeff Sessions event.

“Nothing is more important than ensuring that our fellow students feel safe,” the editors later explained, as if reporting was somehow a threat to student safety.

Meanwhile, over at Harvard, the student government association on campus — which, not incidentally, is the single most overrated collection of people on planet Earth — passed a statement condemning the student newspaper on campus because — listen to this — it had dared to ask the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) to comment on a story.

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