– News covered by Quincy Quarry News with commentary added.
Trump: A new executive order could strip colleges of funding if they don’t “support free speech”
The announcement, during Trump’s address to the conservative conference CPAC, appeared to focus on complaints by some university critics that institutions of higher education stifle right-wing viewpoints.
“If they want our dollars, and we give it to them by the billions, they’ve got to allow people like Hayden and many great young people, and old people, to speak,” Trump said, bringing onstage a young conservative, Hayden Williams, who was physically attacked last month while tabling for a conservative organization at the University of California at Berkeley.
The executive order, Trump said, would “require colleges to support free speech if they want federal research” money.
Spokespeople for the White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Trump said he planned to sign the order “very soon” but did not provide specifics or say whether a draft has already been prepared.
Needless to say, Trump is poking a stick into the tukases of liberal colleges and universities.
Regardless, Quincy Quincy agrees with the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Louis Brandeis that in the case of disquieting speech “… the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.”
The Quarry also concurs with applicable law as regards what is responsible speech as exemplified by the also late Supreme Court Associate Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.’s pronouncement that (even, ed.) “(t)he most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic.”
Further, under no circumstances is responding with violence an acceptable course of action to someone’s endeavoring to exercise allowed conveyances of free speech.