Even some Democrats who might not make it on a Republican voter’s list of favorite politicians seem irritated at campus leftists working hard to prevent the free expression of ideas in the very venues where most believe the sharing of such ideas should be most welcome.
Take former Vice President Joe Biden, for example. According to a report over at Reason.com, Biden revealed his own frustration with the efforts to suppress free speech on university campuses during a recent appearance he made at the University of Delaware with Governor John Kasich. When asked how people might be encouraged “to be more accepting of opposing viewpoints,” Biden answered this way:
“It's interesting,” Biden replied, “When I was coming up through college and graduate school, free speech was the big issue but it was the opposite. It was liberals who were shouted down when they spoke. And liberals have very short memories. I mean that sincerely.”
“You should be able to listen to another point of view, as virulent as it may be, and reject it, expose it,” he added. “The best thing to do is let this stuff be exposed. Don’t be like these other people. Don’t give the Trumps of the world the ability to compare you to the Nazis or you to the racists because you’re doing the same thing. You’re silencing.”
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large