Were they REALLY dumb enough to pull this in Texas? Alright, everyone… Let’s make ’em famous!
With all the excitement surrounding the idea of freedom these days, it seems a strange time to step in opposition to it.
It wasn’t so long ago that a single tweet in support of the Hong Kong students threw the NBA into a firestorm of controversy, pitting their profit motive against standing with students wanting freedom.
Students wanting freedom. What could possibly be more American than that, right?
That’s what the group of students starting up a local chapter of YAF thought on the day their guest speaker showed up to headline the launch.
Who was their guest speaker? None other than Col. Allen B. West.
The school officials had other ideas.
Clearly they found Xi’s views on ‘free’ speech more to their liking than that of the Framers or even the Protesters in Hong Kong.
Here it is in Col. West’s own words:
As you know, I reside in Garland, Texas, and was looking forward to the opportunity to speak at Garland High School yesterday after class. The young people there were starting a chapter of the Young America’s Foundation (YAF) at their school. This was to be their kickoff and first chapter meeting. If there is one thing I love, it is talking about individual liberty and freedom with our young people. That is why I have been a speaker for YAF for almost four years now, most recently in Washington, DC at their annual summer leadership summit. I am also honored to be an Honorary Advisory Board Member for Turning Point USA and will be speaking on several Texas college and university campuses for them.
When I watch the TV and see the young people in Hong Kong marching in the street singing our national anthem and carrying our flag — because of what America represents — it is breathtaking. Those young people are standing up to a brutal and repressive communist regime on one hand, and individual liberty, freedom on the other. Yet, here in America, we have young people who are protesting as they seek to embrace the very thing that those brave young people in Hong Kong are standing against, progressive socialism. Make no mistake, it was Vladimir Lenin who asserted that “the goal of socialism is communism.”
So, consider this: how much time in a day do you spend with your child or grandchild as opposed to a teacher or professor? It is imperative that our students are educated, objectively, and not subjected to a certain partisan ideological indoctrination. I suppose that is why the progressive socialist left goes apoplectic — I mean pure nuts — when any constitutional conservative seeks to speak on campus, or in a school. That is why I was stoked about coming to Garland High School, right here where I live, to christen a new YAF Chapter.
Or so I thought.
As I awaited entry into the school, I was met by the parent of the senior student who was going to be the YAF chapter leader. He sadly told me about what had happened. His son received an email from the principal of Garland Hight School denying the chapter under the premise that is was not “neutral.” Yes, the principal made a decision about what is “neutral.” The dad went on to tell me that there would not be the group they expected, but ya know what, there were five young men with whom I spoke, and that was fine by me. Great movements have begun with small starts.
Not ‘neutral’ eh? Is their LGBT group ‘neutral’?
What isn’t ‘neutral’ enough about a group built on these 4 premises:
“Young America’s Foundation is committed to ensuring that increasing numbers of young Americans understand and are inspired by the ideas of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values.
As the principal outreach organization of the Conservative Movement, the Foundation introduces thousands of American youth to these principles. We accomplish our mission by providing essential conferences, seminars, educational materials, internships, and speakers to young people across the country.
He went on…
So, I have to ask the principal of Garland High School, what needs to be neutralized about YAFs mission?
Am I to believe that any discussion about the ideals of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values are not welcomed at Garland High School? I found it interesting that there is a LGBTQ club for students at Garland High School. I don’t think that is neutral. So why is it that a constitutional conservative organization needs to be “neutral,” or shall I better say it, “neutralized?”
If there is one thing I care little for are the academic elites whose objective is to impose a fascist idea of suppressing any and all opposing political thought, perspectives, views, principles, and insights. If there is one thing that should happen in our system of education, it is a fair and equitable presentation of ideas.