An extreme form of progressivism has seized the Democratic party and greatly harmed America. The election of a GOP president in 2016 is imperative.
Every day it seems the world gets wackier — and America weaker. The wackiness is due to a virulent brand of progressivism that has a stranglehold on the Democratic party. As media focus on the alleged extremist elements of the Republican party, the real extremism of the progressive Left is largely ignored. Its impact on our economy and culture is dramatic and ongoing.
Space does not allow a complete analysis of this formidable movement. Plenty of books will be devoted to the phenomenon over the coming years. Most will accurately credit Barack Obama as the movement’s charismatic leader. Yet some (mostly Republicans) maintain a state of denial. For those in need of additional context or, alternatively, a large bucket of ice water over the head, some introspection is in order.
Possibly the most perplexing aspect of modern progressivism is its intolerance of alternative viewpoints. And nowhere is this attitude better demonstrated than in the proliferation of speech codes on our increasingly politically correct college campuses. It seems that a new generation of our best and brightest have adopted the utopian vision of an offenseless society: a place where politically correct speech codes ensure that hypersensitive young people will not be confronted with troublesome, angst-inducing dissent.
By a margin of 51 percent to 36 percent, students favor their school having speech codes to regulate speech for students and faculty. Sixty-three percent favor requiring professors to employ “trigger warnings” to alert students to material that might be discomfiting. One-third of the students polled could not identify the First Amendment as the part of the Constitution that dealt with free speech. Thirty-five percent said that the First Amendment does not protect “hate speech,” while 30 percent of self-identified liberal students say the First Amendment is outdated.
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