December 5, 2017

On the heels of a story about a pro-life protester getting punched in the face near a Planned Parenthood clinic, we now have pro-life posters being torn down in a designated “free speech” area (ha) on the University of Florida campus.

The posters were there to advertise an event called “Exposing Margaret Sanger” and were captioned with the statement “Margaret Sanger Was A Racist Eugenist.”

Now, if Margaret Sanger could rise from her mouldering grave to sue for slander and libel over being called a racist and an advocate for eugenics –- selective breeding for preferred genetic traits –- she would almost certainly lose the case.  This dear-departed darling of pro-choice progressives absolutely was those things.  And the student group Young Americans For Freedom has as much right as any other student group to have a discussion on their topic of choice and to advertise it.  But progressives are pro-choice only when it comes to abortion, leaping to restrict choice on permissible speech.

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When an unidentified student started leisurely ripping down the posters, crumpling them and throwing them into the trash, someone from YAF started recording it on video and repeatedly asked him why he was doing it.  Instead of engaging in civil discussion, the student knocked the phone out of his hand and onto the pavement.  Perhaps he resorted to lashing out because somewhere inside his little pea brain, he feared he might lose a battle of wits.  No doubt that fear was justified.

He later explained that he thought there were “too many” posters up.  If that was the case, he needed to make a complaint through proper channels, not tear the posters down and certainly not attack someone physically and damage his personal property.  Oddly, the campus police appeared to side with the vandals, but perhaps they were unclear on the concept of “free speech.”  They reportedly suggested that it means your freedom to put up a poster and someone else’s freedom to take it down.


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  • Margaret Kost

    12/07/2017 04:38 PM

    Governor, for the passed 10 years plus, I have been seeing that everyone has rights, however, as the campus police reportedly suggested, that student has 'free speech' and was permitted to take down what the YAF put up because of their 'free speech'. Therefore, no one has any rights when 'rights' are subjective and your 'right to' steps on my 'right to' and vice versa. Let's stick to the constitution and respect one another's God given 'rights' without subjective interpretations. As you, so aptly put it Governor, go through the proper channels and without violence.

  • john joseph jusko

    12/07/2017 02:50 PM

    This is a horrible example of todays generation of kids that have no clue as to why our constitution shows us freedom of speech,expression,others in this and many of our colleges campuses have men and women who are infantile and think as infantiles in this story.
    You college people need to look deep into our nations constitution and read all of these admendments and on a final not to you is this.
    ABORTION IS MURDER PERIOD(Do any of you out there think that GOD IS BLIND and doesn't see in your hearts always.?

  • Theresa Carver

    12/07/2017 01:50 PM

    You see, the whiner babies who dragged the campus police out of their venti caramel mocha latte induced comas to complain about a stupid poster....they deserved what they got and everyone can go home now. (Why isn't there a sarcasm font? ??)

  • Paul E Avizinis

    12/07/2017 12:58 PM

    I read and reread the article to see if Geraldine's comment made any sense, but the best I could come with was the she sides with the vandals - just too many signs up. Granted that, across the country, many colleges have varying standards for their local gendarme, but they are not inept. They are susceptible to political persuasion and the leanings of the people who sign their paychecks. Oh, in case it was missed, the students of the first part are students and their protection should have been regarded equally. How about this to close : colleges and universities were, in times past, considered to be schools of higher learning. Today, they are just schools of different learning .

  • bob peters

    12/07/2017 12:33 PM

    Hi Mike,
    I know this is going to upset a lot of people but...Many of these kids wish to turn the US into a European type state. So Let's give them a taste shall we. Make a mandatory 4 year military service right after High School. I believe many EU countries still have this policy. That would not only teach them discipline but they can earn money for college, lowering the need for student loans that the majority have no intention of paying back and learn a work skill. This could also be used as a means for Citizenship for Illegals

  • Geraldine F. Habitz

    12/06/2017 03:07 PM

    Campus Police are not there to protect the public. They are there to protect the students and the college's property. To be hired, they are not required to have any special qualifications other than to show up at work every day.