Saturday, July 1, 2017

Governor Vetoes Campus Free Speech Bill

The deep red state of Louisiana is not known for college campus radicalism, outside of the bigots who believe a Tiger mascot is racist. But considering the left's war on free speech, shouting, intimidation, or violence, shutting down people expressing ideas they don't like, the Louisiana legislature decided to head off what many believe is coming sooner or later.

Governor John Bel Edwards(D), decried House Bill 269, previously passed the Louisiana Senate by a 30-3 vote, and the State House of Representatives with a unanimous vote, as a “solution in search of a problem”. The bill would have ensured that universities afforded “any person lawfully present on a campus” the right to political speech, so long as it was not disruptive. HB 269 also mandated a disciplinary hearing and allowed for potential punishment for those who impeded 1st amendment protected free speech.
“This bill is a solution in search of a problem that creates a long, detailed structure for the evaluation of the freedom of expression on college campuses. However, this bill is unnecessary and overly burdensome to our colleges and universities as the freedoms this bill attempts to protect are already well-established by the bedrock principles” in both the state and national constitution." - Gov. John Bel Edwards
Perhaps Gov. Edwards doesn't pay attention to the news, or maybe he just doesn't care because Democrats aren't being intimidated and attacked. Despite all the examples of violence, speakers being blocked, and the overwhelming atmosphere of intimidation on campuses across the country towards non-Leftist thought, Edwards doesn't seem to feel there's a problem. 

The truth is that an alarming number now feel completely justified in denying someone's opportunity to speak in a public venue by any means necessary. In a state struggling to balance a budget, damaged economically by Obamacare regulation, and Feral Travons shooting up sections of the three largest cities in the state, the last thing Louisiana needs is outsiders coming in and causing trouble and violating anyone's rights with out consequences.

You can bet if it were queers, muslims, blacks or just women targeted for intimidation and violent anti-free speech protest, you know what would happen. The left would be going ape-shit and congressional Dems would be calling for FBI and Civil Rights investigations

There shouldn't be a need for free speech laws beyond the Constitution, but here we are.