Helena’s Carroll College is big on football — but absolutely terrified by Constitutional law (and free speech).
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Chris Shipp tried his best, but Trebon wouldn’t allow Montana’s only Constitutional law professor and the campus Republicans the use of an empty and waiting room with seating for 120. A good thing, perhaps, for the speech was moved to an off campus location where over 200 showed up!
Natelson gave a great speech and answered diverse and sundry questions on constitutional law with an emphasis on original intent. He made two points (among many) that I appreciated. One, that when the Constitution was written and adopted, it was intended that ALL people be involved in understanding and interpreting it, not just the self-appointed experts. Two, that representatives at the time were far more honor-bound to represent the people—-as opposed to today’s representatives, who consider themselves our betters and dictators of what is best for us (e.g., Pelosi, Trebon).
For the next few weeks, Shipp’s publicly stated intent is to lie low and making certain he graduates. He’s learned firsthand that liberals won’t hesitate to tighten the raw fist of power, even in the most trivial of affairs. He was visibly shaken and upset at the events. Welcome to the real world of real power, Mr. Shipp.
And President Trebon and his hive will have an amusing anecdote to chortle over at the next conference of college administrators in Hawaii or Vegas or Aspen.
A FOOTNOTE: In 2004, after teaching at the University of Montana Law School for 17 years, Natelson requested to teach a course in Constitutional law, of which there was none. The hive at the law school refused him. Only as the result of outside influence and legal maneuvering did the powers relent and allow Constitutional law to be taught at the law school! Natelson retires this year and will take a a position at Independence Institute, a Colorado-based think tank that promotes free-market solutions to public policy issues.
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