UNIVERSITIES: TYRANNY'S BREEDING GROUNDS
The pall of political correctness has settled over university campuses across the land and is suffocating independent thinking. One of the collateral casualties is erosion of support for the Bill of Rights and for limited government.
Liberty, of course, is not to be confused with libertinism, something which the politically correct crowd does all the time. As Professor Mike Adams reports from deep inside the PC monster (University of North Carolina at Wilmington - UNCW), one is free to have a pornographic web site linked to the university's own web site. This same freedom does not extend to a non-PC web site.
Adams has authored a book relating his experiences in the halls of PC. Welcome to the Ivory Tower of Babel: Confessions of a Conservative College Professor is written with a great deal of humor. No doubt much of the humor is lost on most of Adams' colleagues.
For the PC police (i.e., most college professors and administrators), disagreement is offensive. Anything that is offensive is to be ridden out of town on a rail, if not tarred and feathered first. The First Amendment on the nation's campuses has become a protection of your right to agree with the PC party line. Anything short of that agreement is offensive and not to be tolerated. If you are not tolerated by the PC, it is proof that you are not tolerant, which is considered a major shortcoming (the word "sin", of course, is not used because it is not a PC word).
Adams was hired and became tenured as a liberal atheist Democrat. Although he was not on a religious pilgrimage, he ended up becoming a Christian, and eventually a conservative Republican. There went the neighborhood!
Adams had an epiphany on the gun issue while he was still a card carrying PC non-thinker. Some college friends of his were murdered and he had to travel past that spot every day on his way to the job that put him through school. While still a socialist in good standing, he bought a gun and joined the NRA.
When I interviewed Adams on my talk show, Live Fire (www.gunowners.org/radio.htm), I asked him if buying a gun might not have been the door through which later came a world view that opposed the PC world of socialism. Adams said that in fact, looking back, it would be fair to say that the decision to buy a gun was a decision to rely on himself for his own safety, and not to rely on the government.
Self-reliance, in the very important area of self defense, was the beginning of the end of his socialist views. Ultimately, Mike Adams ended up poking fun at those still mired in all the enslaving and impoverishing views he used to hold.
Moral of the story? Buy a gun and become a conservative. If you already are a conservative, buy another gun to make a liberal mad. Adams does. He has told the PC crowd on the campus that every time they rain on his parade, he is going to buy another gun. He has a lot of guns, thanks to his PC colleagues.
© 2004 Larry Pratt - All Rights Reserved
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Larry Pratt has been Executive Director of Gun Owners of America for 27 years. GOA is a national membership organization of 300,000 Americans dedicated to promoting their second amendment freedom to keep and bear arms.
GOA lobbies for the pro-gun position in Washington and is involved in firearm issues in the states. GOA's work includes providing legal assistance to those involved in lawsuits with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the federal firearms law enforcement agency.
Pratt has appeared on numerous national radio and TV programs such as NBC's Today Show, CBS' Good Morning America, CNN's Crossfire and Larry King Live, Fox's Hannity & Colmes, MSNBC's Phil Donahue show and many others. He has debated Congressmen James Traficant, Jr. (D-OH), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Vice President Al Gore, among others. His columns have appeared in newspapers across the country.
He published a book, Armed People Victorious, in 1990 and was editor of a book, Safeguarding Liberty: The Constitution & Militias, 1995. His latest book, On the Firing Line: Essays in the Defense of Liberty was published in 2001.
Pratt has held elective office in the state legislature of Virginia, serving in the House of Delegates. Pratt directs a number of other public interest organizations and serves as the Vice-Chairman of the American Institute for Cancer Research.