Trump has a ‘pen and a phone’, too. But his priorities look just a little different from Obama’s.
He’s just signed an Executive Order demanding Free Speech on campus. As wonderful as that sounds, some people are NOT going to like it.
In particular, the ‘some speech is violence’ crowd are going to have a lot to say about it. (Irony noted.)
The problem with big government is that the bigger it gets, the more it bleeds into other parts of our lives. Nowhere is that more influence evident than when money changes hands.
That is where strings get attached, and political demands can be made by our allegedly ‘representative’ government.
In many cases we see those demands cloaked in ‘progressive’ language that end up infringing on the rights of other groups or individuals.
It was because of government funding that religious expression (with the exception of recent accommodations made to Muslim-specific religious obligations) have been systematically suppressed among both staff and students. A coach gets fired for praying on a field while open mockery of traditional faith is just peachy.
Government: Federal funding was used as both the carrot and the stick in getting States to comply with Obamacare, as Bobby Jindal explained here.
The law also expanded Medicaid benefits to a wider range of needy individuals. The money for about 90% of that expansion would come from the federal government. But it would come with a strict condition: If states did not broaden their programs as dictated they would lose all Medicaid funds. — CNN
Trump, on the other hand isn’t using his authority to limit the rights of citizens. He’s saying that any college or university that is looking for a government handout will be expected to defend the same rights of the citizen that the government itself is obligated to defend.
In particular, free speech.
Today @realDonaldTrump signed an executive order to protect free speech on college campuses
He brought on stage with him a @TPUSA activist who was harassed and bullied on campus by university faculty because of her beliefs
This is not uncommon. But it ends today! pic.twitter.com/Yxa25pIj9S
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) March 21, 2019
Trump favors MORE individual freedom, not less.
Unlike the last president who took Nuns to the Supreme Court over Birth Control, and tried to revoke Religious Asylum that our courts had awarded to one family of Christian refugees, Trump is also pleased to see that schools are no longer quite so hostile to Christian faith as they used to be: Trump Thanks These States For Making Schools Offer ‘BIBLE LITERACY’ Classes
After the viral video showing a Conservative sucker-punched at Berkley for the ‘crime’ of being conservative on campus and a long history of Conservative audiences being denied access to hear speakers they booked with the hopes of hearing what they had to say, Trump is making them choose.
Are they committed to American principles of free speech or not?
If they aren’t, that’s fine, go ahead and knock yourselves out, but don’t come cap-in-hand to the taxpayer expecting sometimes hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars in research grants.
Is that a reasonable expectation to put on any government handout? Or does the libertarian streak in our readers fear that might start us down the road of being ‘coercive’?
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