Of all the people I would have expected to speak out on the subject of campus coddling — that new trend of protecting our precious little butterflies, who are legally adults but psychologically stunted, from any opinion that dares to disagree with their own — it would not have been President Obama.
After all, campus coddling favors liberals by insisting that nothing that so much as tarnishes the closed, American, college student mind with potential disagreement, and that anything that prevents a competing worldview to the progressive is systematically eliminated from public discourse, thus rendering every last rising adult a ward of the public university they pay thousands to for education.
“It’s not just sometimes folks who are mad that colleges are too liberal that have a problem. Sometimes there are folks on college campuses who are liberal and maybe even agree with me on a bunch of issues who sometimes aren’t listening to the other side. And that’s a problem, too,” Obama said during a town hall on Monday in Des Moines, Iowa.
“I’ve heard of some college campuses where they don’t want to have a guest speaker who is too conservative. Or they don’t want to read a book if it has language that is offensive to African-Americans, or somehow sends a demeaning signal towards women,” Obama continued.
“I’ve got to tell you, I don’t agree with that either. I don’t agree that you, when you become students at colleges, have to be coddled and protected from different points of views,” he said.
Debate over sensitivity on college campuses has garnered increased attention recently, including over trigger warnings for course material, safe spaces on campuses and boycotts of prospective campus speakers such as Condoleezza Rice.
I suppose, though, Barack Obama understands that, if he intends to give more people free college educations, he’s at least going to have to acknowledge how little they do for their degrees. A couple of econ lectures on the Laffer Curve can’t be that hard to sit through, right? After all, Liberty University students were required to sit through a Bernie Sanders lecture that made about as much sense as his economic policies, and liberals are at least as smart as conservatives, right?
Unfortunately for Obama, he’s more likely to be criticised for his open-minded view of intellectual disagreement than he thinks. Social justice warriors don’t just reserve their ire for people who are obviously on the opposite side of the ideological spectrum; they’re just as likely to attack people who agree with them on most things but part ways on the issue of whether students who are mentally-anguished by the mere presence of a speaker on campus should be allowed to ditch class to cuddle with puppies of indiscriminate gender and cut out happily diverse construction paper families. Damn it, Mr. President, a trigger warning is a real thing! Don’t you see why they need to nap? This world is simply too difficult to navigate.
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