Earlier this summer, I gave a speech about fighting ideological bigotry and restoring free speech on college campuses. The mood of the speech was upbeat and filled with practical advice for campus activists. Afterwards, a college student walked up to me and said “You can’t beat these people (campus leftists).” Then he asked “Just what are you thinking, anyway?” In today’s column, I intend to provide him (and others) with a full explanation of what I am thinking.
I am thinking about the brave teenage kid who agreed to sue Appalachian State University in February over the school’s unconstitutional speech code. I am thinking about how the ACLU and the FIRE and the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy all teamed up on ASU and how they changed the speech code before the suit was ever filed. I am also thinking about how much money this saved the taxpayers of North Carolina.
I am thinking about the hippies at the University of Oregon who came out to heckle and disrupt my speech about free speech in May. I am thinking about how they started to laugh, smile, and applaud in agreement before the speech was halfway over.
I am thinking about three of my colleagues (all registered Democrats) who took a stand against starting a new graduate “Social Justice” program in our department. They argued respectfully and intelligently that it should be given a different name to be more ideologically inclusive. I am thinking how they did the right thing and I didn’t even have to say a word.
I am thinking about the night I walked into a packed auditorium at the University of New Hampshire with an armed police entourage. I am thinking about how the audience applauded at the end of the speech and how most of the dissenters became supporters within the hour.
I am thinking about how my four year fight to get myself cleared of a false felony charge ended this spring. I am thinking about how the university’s thorough and professional investigation cleared the name of the accused and tarnished the name of the lying accuser. I am thinking that patience is a virtue and the righteous always prevail.
I am thinking about the law students at the University of Wisconsin who, after one of my speeches, said “we came to protest your appearance tonight but, actually, we agreed with everything you said.”
I am thinking about all of the veterans fighting in Iraq to preserve our freedoms. I think about them every time an atheist bigot tries to deny the religious rights of a Christian student in a way that would make Saddam Hussein proud.
I am thinking back to 2002 when I started writing about the occasional inappropriate use of political and religious factors in hiring decisions in my department. I am thinking that I haven’t seen any such inappropriate activity in four years.
I am thinking about the students at UNC-Greensboro who challenged the university’s unconstitutional “speech zone” policy by waving “UNCG hates free speech” signs at school officials. I am thinking how the administrators ran away with their tails between their legs after all was said and done. I am thinking about how they no longer have speech zones at UNCG.
I am thinking about Pennsylvania State University’s recent decision to modify its speech codes because of a suit in federal court (thanks to the Alliance Defense Fund). I am thinking this decision to modify the speech codes came shortly after school officials were denying they had a speech code.
I am thinking about the feminist who demanded and received a pay-raise because she knew was going to have to put up with criticism from Mike Adams and his readers in the coming year. I am thinking they should have just hired me to head the Women’s Resource Center.
I am thinking about homosexuals at Georgia Tech who made racist attacks against a student who was mounting a legal challenge against a speech code originally designed to fight racism before it was hi-jacked by racist homosexuals. I am thinking how I duped them into handing out my columns for me on the Georgia Tech campus.
I am also thinking about the time I advised students to post 1000 pictures of a man sodomizing another man all over campus - with the words “celebrate diversity” superimposed above their heads – just two hours before parents’ weekend. I am thinking about how they should have taken pictures of the university employees frantically ripping the pictures down before the parents saw them. I am thinking that they could have mailed them to gay rights groups and started a war between the university and the homosexual community.
I am thinking about my public threat of a lawsuit against my employer for an overly broad speech code. I am thinking about the phone call from a lawyer two weeks later saying the school had modified the policy.
I am thinking about the feminist who lost her job as a Woman’s Studies Director after she convinced students to vandalize a pro-life display.
I am thinking about the time I recommended that anti-feminist students sponsor “The Penis Monologues” to make fun of campus feminists. I am thinking about the students who actually did it.
I am thinking about a kid who flunked English four years in a row in high school and later gave speeches around the nation - speeches televised during prime time on CSPAN, and occasionally introduced by United States Congressmen. I am thinking it was Winston Churchill who said something about never, never, never, never, never, never giving up.
I am thinking about all the guns I have bought with money I earned making fun of feminists.
I am thinking that the people at www.cafepress.com have entirely too much time on their hands. Click here and I’m sure you’ll agree with my thinking.
I am thinking that the kid who was saying “You can’t beat these people” needs to read about a man named Ronald Reagan. And, finally, I am thinking that I will spend the rest of my days thinking about all the great things life has brought me and all the great things left to come.