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U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner: College kids not ‘developed’ enough for free speech
Campus Reform ^ | August 5, 2014 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn

Posted on 08/05/2014 8:08:34 PM PDT by bamahead

The U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner claims campus speech codes need to be tightened as college students are still “developing” and cannot yet handle certain information.

Speaking during a U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) briefing on sexual harassment law in education, Democrat Michael Yaki likened restricting free speech on college campuses to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2005 decision to ban the death penalty for minors.

During the briefing, Yaki said hostile environments on college campuses can occur from fraternities holding “slave auction[s]” or celebrating Latino culture by “making everyone dress as janitors and mop floors.”

“Certain factors in how the juvenile or adolescent or young adult brain processes information is vastly different from the way that we adults do,” Yaki said according to a transcript from Eugene Volokh, a law professor and publisher of the blog, The Volokh Conspiracy, who also testified at the briefing. “So when we sit back and talk about what is right or wrong in terms of First Amendment jurisprudence from a reasonable person’s standpoint, we are really not looking into the same referential viewpoint of these people, of an adolescent or young adult, including those in universities.”

Yaki made these claims while questioning Greg Lukianoff, the president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a nonprofit organization advocating for civil liberties in higher education nationwide.

A spokesperson from FIRE declined to comment to Campus Reform as the USCCR has requested the organization wait to make any media comment until after the official transcript from the briefing is released.

“In the meantime, I would point you to the Twenty-Sixth Amendment, which extended the franchise to 18-year-olds. FIRE has long argued that if college students can vote and can even be sent off to fight in wars, we must grant them full political rights—and that prominently includes their First Amendment rights,” Robert Shibley, senior vice president at FIRE, did tell Campus Reform.

During the briefing, Yaki said hostile environments on college campuses can occur from fraternities holding “slave auction[s]” or celebrating Latino culture by “making everyone dress as janitors and mop floors.” Yaki also decried campus pageants and other activities in which women “parade around in skimpy clothing and turn in some show or something.”

“[B]ecause of the unique nature of a university campus setting, I think that there are very good and compelling reasons why broader policies and prohibitions on conduct in activities and in some instances speech are acceptable on a college campus level that might not be acceptably say in an adult work environment or in an adult situation,” he said.

Yaki told Campus Reform in an email that he uses briefings as “opportunities to pose questions that help me understand the challenges of the issue” as it “helps clarify—or solidify—or highlight—the difficulty of grappling with a particular issue.”

Yaki also told Campus Reform that he has considered himself a “First Amendment absolutist” for much of his life.

“If there is a way to strike a balance between First and Fourteenth Amendment rights, it will have to [be] done with great restraint and narrowly tailored to pass constitutional muster,” he said. “Frankly, I haven't seen one, and imposing a prior restraint policy w [sic] punishment plainly violates the First Amendment.”

“[H]ow do we work to increase the safety and security, both mental and physical, of all our students in a way that doesn't require infringing on the First Amendment,” Yaki said. “That is the million dollar question that, to me, the briefing was intended, and which more thought and work needs to be done.”

Prior to working as the Civil Rights Commissioner, Yaki was a senior advisor to Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and also served on San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors where he was subsequently sued by the city for around 70 instances of illegal lobbying.


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1 posted on 08/05/2014 8:08:34 PM PDT by bamahead
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To: Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; albertp; Alexander Rubin; Allosaurs_r_us; amchugh; ...
(Commissioner) Yaki also told Campus Reform that he has considered himself a “First Amendment absolutist” for much of his life.



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2 posted on 08/05/2014 8:09:25 PM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: bamahead

“But some are MORE equal than others”

And the animals peered in through the window into the farmhouse, looking from face to face, and in time they found they could no longer distinguish pig from man, and man from pig.


3 posted on 08/05/2014 8:10:34 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: bamahead

Oh, heck. Let’s just take him down into dog-fightin’ pits and throw him in.


4 posted on 08/05/2014 8:10:49 PM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: bamahead

The night of the long knives approaches because the useful idiots are no longer useful.


5 posted on 08/05/2014 8:11:24 PM PDT by cripplecreek ("Moderates" are lying manipulative bottom feeding scum.)
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To: bamahead

Ping


6 posted on 08/05/2014 8:13:33 PM PDT by CriticalJ (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.. But then I repeat myself. MT)
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To: bamahead

This assclown is nothing but a goose stepping turd for the left. Worked for rubber face Pelosi, he has no credability.
Just want to control those that can threaten the leftist society.


7 posted on 08/05/2014 8:13:42 PM PDT by Busko (One thing is certain, nothing is certain.)
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To: bamahead

The Baby-boomers are funny:

As yutes they screamed themselves illy about the dastardly CIA, the treachery of United Fruit, and the shocking speech oppression on campus.

Now as rulers they very easily orchestrate Fast & Furious, sic the IRS on people, and here they are, coaxing the wayward young away from the frightful perils of speaking their minds.

VERY INSTRUCTIVE.


8 posted on 08/05/2014 8:13:52 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: bamahead

This biased SOB needs to be terminated immediately

Eff him and his cronies that try to deny our most basic Constitutional rights

GTH B******


9 posted on 08/05/2014 8:14:13 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Get rid of "birthright citizenship" Out of room . . . no mas)
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To: bamahead

And college kids will say, “anybody who disagrees with whatever the majority says is racist”.


10 posted on 08/05/2014 8:14:26 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: bamahead

” - - - also served on San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors where he was subsequently sued by the city for around 70 instances of illegal lobbying. - - - “

Yup.

Yaki meets the minimum qualifications to be a card-carrying member of the DEMOCRAT BROTHERHOOD.


11 posted on 08/05/2014 8:14:33 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: bamahead
So the Ohio National Guard was correct all along. Who knew?


12 posted on 08/05/2014 8:16:21 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: gaijin

Michael Yaki:

He’s a dem lawyer of mixed Asian ancestry from UC Berkeley then Yale Law School, and as Civil Rights Commish his first big deal was stepping in and screaming about how the Chicago Black Panthers carrying clubs in combat boots at the Polls on Obama’s first Immaculation was, like, ok, or something.

Because of, like, racism, and all that kind of stuff, and stuff.

You know?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Yaki


13 posted on 08/05/2014 8:22:29 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: bamahead

“During the briefing, Yaki said hostile environments on college campuses can occur from fraternities holding “slave auction[s]” or celebrating Latino culture by “making everyone dress as janitors and mop floors.”

The most damaging thing about college is that white and Asian male students are in classes (at least as freshmen) with preferred minorities like blacks, Hispanics, and women that are held to much lower standards than them. No reason for college students to treat people as equals when the government and universities refuse to do so...

At least in my time (20 years ago) nature took its course within a semester or two; token students realized they were so far behind the real students (and would never catch up), and simply dropped out. Such humiliation undoubtedly contributes to their rage & hatred...


14 posted on 08/05/2014 8:22:44 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: bamahead

I am absolutely flabbergasted at what I am reading here from someone in a position such as Yakity Yak has.

He’s definitely a Democrat.


15 posted on 08/05/2014 8:24:47 PM PDT by rockinqsranch ((Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.))
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To: bamahead

He runs his own consulting firm.

http://www.michaelyaki.com/contact_us

He’s pretty sure you won’t call up cuz your mom is ugly and your dad was super weak.


16 posted on 08/05/2014 8:30:03 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: bamahead

left wing totalitarianism everywhere you look.


17 posted on 08/05/2014 8:32:37 PM PDT by Cubs Fan (Orwell's writings were meant as warnings, but to the left they are instruction manuals.)
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To: Busko

This is their testing ground for the New America. College is nothing more than a social experiment. Look at his words about protecting students both physically and mentally. I’m sure he and his liberal cohorts would love to codify those beliefs into federal law and use the legal system to stifle any thought or behavior the elite deem offensive or unnecessary. Free thought can be dangerous both mentally and physically.

The elite and their snobbish conspirators are convinced those under them aren’t worthy of freedom and treat everyone as ignorant and infantalized. They see themselves as benevolent social architects who’s overly burdensome and intrusive nanny state will bring harmony and utopia. Totally ignorant of the nature of man and the evils of reality, they are fools.


18 posted on 08/05/2014 8:34:06 PM PDT by drunknsage
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To: yorkiemom; null and void; laplata; Gluteus Maximus; Salvavida; Foundahardheadedwoman; baddog 219; ..
CWII Spark — Apparently a right has an age qualifier… and how much do you want to bet that the age is always “when you’re older”?
19 posted on 08/05/2014 8:34:06 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: drunknsage

“Visions of swastikas in my head, plans for everyone”

David Bowie - Little China Girl


20 posted on 08/05/2014 8:36:31 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: bamahead

If they are not developed enough for free speech, then they are not developed enough to vote. Maybe we should move the voting age back up to twenty- one.


21 posted on 08/05/2014 8:36:42 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: bamahead

As Justice Black was always fond of saying: “ ‘No law” means no law.”

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”


22 posted on 08/05/2014 8:41:42 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: reg45
Maybe we should move the voting age back up to twenty- one.

How about altering it to Head of Household?

23 posted on 08/05/2014 8:42:13 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: cripplecreek
If you're suggesting what I think you are, I saw a documentary of an ex-KGB agent talking about useful idiots. He said that when the idiots finally find out they've been played, they get extremely angry and potentially violent.

That is why when the jig is up they are all the first ones to be shot.

24 posted on 08/05/2014 8:46:51 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: bamahead

Hmmmm.....

Well, that fine. Just repeal the 26th amendment and voila’! Everyone’s a child til you say otherwise...


25 posted on 08/05/2014 8:47:21 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: reg45
If they are not developed enough for free speech, then they are not developed enough to vote. Maybe we should move the voting age back up to twenty- one.

That was my thought.

Maybe you should only be able to vote for a candidate for an office you're eligible to run for yourself: 25 congressman, 30 senator, 35 president.

26 posted on 08/05/2014 8:47:28 PM PDT by seowulf (Cogito cogito, ergo cogito sum. Cogito.---Ambrose Bierce)
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To: reg45

Good post.


27 posted on 08/05/2014 8:48:29 PM PDT by rockinqsranch ((Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.))
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To: bamahead

Then why the hell can they vote?


28 posted on 08/05/2014 8:49:22 PM PDT by MortMan (All those in favor of gun control raise both hands!)
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To: bamahead

Since Voting is the ultimate example of Free Speech, I guess the Rat is recommending that 18-20 Year Olds shouldn’t be able to Vote.

I’m all for it, unless those same 18-20 Year Olds are serving in the Military.

Just think, without that Voting Block, Obama would still be Community Organizing back in Chicago.


29 posted on 08/05/2014 8:55:19 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Things can always be worse and the Democrat Party is here to prove it.)
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To: OneWingedShark
and how much do you want to bet that the age is always “when you’re older”?

Not always. In a microsecond it can transition to "you're too old!"

30 posted on 08/05/2014 9:10:18 PM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: Bratch

I can’t look at that photo from Ohio State without remembering my mother saying, what trash - the dead girl wasn’t wearing underwear.


31 posted on 08/05/2014 9:18:54 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: bamahead

They think 10 year olds are mature enough for sex but not to think for themselves


32 posted on 08/05/2014 9:22:14 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: bamahead

Yaki’s a wacky Nanzi lackey.
And a cheater, apparently.
He’s a real Obamanite.


33 posted on 08/05/2014 9:52:19 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives.)
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To: bamahead

>The U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner claims campus speech codes need to be tightened as college students are still “developing” and cannot yet handle certain information.

So 18 to 25 year old young adults can’t handle their 1st Amendment right yet they can vote? Astounding.

CC


34 posted on 08/05/2014 10:16:17 PM PDT by Captain Compassion
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To: gaijin

Hey, I’m a baby-boomer and did not of the above...


35 posted on 08/05/2014 10:29:04 PM PDT by DB
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To: bamahead

“Certain factors in how the juvenile or adolescent or young adult brain processes information is vastly different from the way that we adults do,” Yaki said according to a transcript from Eugene Volokh, a law professor and publisher of the blog, The Volokh Conspiracy, who also testified at the briefing. “So when we sit back and talk about what is right or wrong in terms of First Amendment jurisprudence from a reasonable person’s standpoint, we are really not looking into the same referential viewpoint of these people, of an adolescent or young adult, including those in universities.”

Ladies and gentlemen, Liberal Condescension at it’s best/worst...

Next thing it will Liberals telling black people they are not developed enough to own guns to protect themselves, so we need to ban gun ownership for their own good... wait they already do that in Chicago...

Of Course when you can stay on your Parent’s health plan till you are in your late 20’s, the left seems to be the party of ENFORCING arrested development because they need Naive Dupes to vote for them, so they need to keep people infantile and on the “teat” both monetarily and informationally....


36 posted on 08/05/2014 10:35:46 PM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: bamahead
The article mentions Greg Lukianoff and his organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).

I would strongly recommend, in this regard, Mr. Lukianoff's book, Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate.

What makes this book all the more impactful is the fact that it was authored, not by a conservative or a Republican, but by a self-described liberal Democrat.

37 posted on 08/05/2014 11:03:21 PM PDT by AmericanExceptionalist (Democrats believe in discussing the full spectrum of ideas, all the way from far left to center-left)
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To: Busko

Now y’all just hold on there folks; best remember that this guy is highly educated, very experienced and used to work for Nazi Pelousy (not misspelled, she is a parasite).
Just remember he is the US Civil Rights Commissar (oops), so he gets to tell all the rest of us what RIGHTS we have, and you had damn well better be CIVIL when you speak or write of him.


38 posted on 08/05/2014 11:45:26 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: reg45

Make that 41 and a land owner.


39 posted on 08/05/2014 11:45:26 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: bamahead

Then they’re not “developed” enough to vote.


40 posted on 08/06/2014 12:49:07 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: bamahead

The average five year old is smarter than this bureaucrat jerk.


41 posted on 08/06/2014 12:51:33 AM PDT by cgbg (HLM--"Democracy is the theory that people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.")
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To: kearnyirish2

There’s a purpose for two-year community colleges where an occupational theme would help the lesser of society’s public education system achieve something of value.

Pushing the same crowd of lessers into a four-year college program....dumbing the program down to meet the lesser capability....and just accepting this as normal is a bogus attitude.

This is why we now have four-year graduates working as the rental car franchise manager at various airports....a job which until the early 1990s was simply a high school graduate guy in his forties or fifties. Such managers now utilize their college skills to note the trend with Fords or Chevys....or just making schedules for the crew to clean the cars when they are turned in.


42 posted on 08/06/2014 1:39:36 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: bamahead

I’m pretty sure college kids are evolved enough for free speech , but I am absolutely certain a sizable percentage of the faculty and administrative staffs of most of our Universities are not evolved enough for free speech


43 posted on 08/06/2014 2:30:37 AM PDT by rdcbn
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To: Vendome

Free speech for mer, but not for thee


44 posted on 08/06/2014 2:35:24 AM PDT by rdcbn
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To: pepsionice

Even worse, four-year schools have a whole array of “remedial classes” that the tokens are required to take to bring them up to a high-school graduate level (white guys aren’t in those classes because they are rejected outright); they don’t count as credits, and are an indistry unto themselves.

When I was in school people I knew that went to community colleges often did so briefly because their state schools of choice had initially rejected them; after a semester or two they could transfer into a four-year school. Nowadays I see community colleges getting renewed life from 1) people who can’t afford state schools, but are college-oriented, and 2) people looking for work in a field that requires college - like police officers - but an associates degree will fulfill the requirement.

Lowering the standards for preferred minorities to enter four-year schools is just a business decision; whether by grants, financial aid, or loans, the schools are “selling” seats. Private schools end up with the least-qualified, as they’re forced at this point to take anyone willing to pay.


45 posted on 08/06/2014 2:56:39 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: bamahead
How would Yaki enforce such a speech code? There would be campus riots of a ferocity not seen since Vietnam with Obama being burned in effigy.
46 posted on 08/06/2014 3:36:54 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: bamahead; GeronL

But they are smart enough to vote multiple times (at home and school) for Democrats, right?


47 posted on 08/06/2014 4:00:35 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (CNN suppressed news to maintain their Baghdad bureau under Saddam; they just did the same for Hamas.)
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To: bamahead

Revolt is coming.


48 posted on 08/06/2014 5:05:23 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: bamahead

An argument for returning voting age to 21.


49 posted on 08/06/2014 5:19:07 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: gaijin

> As yutes they screamed themselves illy about the dastardly
> CIA, the treachery of United Fruit, and the shocking speech
> oppression on campus.

Yep, I was one of them. I’m still fighting the same battles. The favoring of one identity group over another. The tendency towards totalitarianism on the Federal and State level. The limitations imposed on the right of free expression. The encroachments on the right to defend oneself. Burgeoning and unaccountable government bureaucracies. Police brutality. Corruption in the courts, the legislatures, and the executive, of both the states and the feds.

Nothing’s changed in these 50 years except the names and faces of the oppressors and their ostentatious political orientation.


50 posted on 08/06/2014 5:38:54 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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