The Three Pillars of Freedom draft

A total embarassment for the entire University of California system.

Inquiring minds are beginning to see reality set in the minds of Californians…maybe.

If California is to survive, then freedom must be protected. And freedom rests on three principles:

1) The right to private property
2) The right to protect your property
3) Free speech

The first principle is defended here at daily. We have even championed the second right, that of individual and property protection. But we haven’t brought forth an illustration and argument for the last principle, Free speech…until now.

Two days ago, the “Chronicle of Higher Ed” reported that a local district attorney charged eleven University of California, Irvine students with misdemeanors for disrupting Israeli ambassador Michael Oren’s speech at UC-Irvine last February. Hopefully this will show that the adults have regained the authoritative power since the university had already suspended the Muslim Student Association for its role in planning and executing the disruptions. David French of National Review Online writes:

For years, universities have busily erected a parallel student-conduct regime and then attempted to dispose of student disciplinary matters as if they were an independent, sovereign entity.Yet state and local laws still reach university students, and prosecutors have a responsibility to enforce those laws.

For example, it’s common for universities to adjudicate sexual assault and even rape allegations on campus as part of a student disciplinary process. Yet these “prosecutions” are both toothless and clownish. Serious charges demand serious processes, yet universities often endeavor to handle issues internally, through informal and amateurish proceedings, that deprive accused students of basic due process while denying accusers the ability to achieve real justice. After all, what can a university court do but expel a student? And while university adjudications obviously don’t foreclose independent law-enforcement action, the students themselves often see the process as a substitution for real prosecutions — thereby lowering the threshold for filing a complaint and trivializing the ultimate consequences.

If a student believes they’ve been sexually assaulted, they should call the police, not their R.A. And if protestors rush a stage or commit misdemeanor civil disobedience, then they should answer primarily to law enforcement, not a student disciplinary committee.

Here are a few of the pictures that will be pretty hard for both law enforcement and the ‘students’ to dismiss:

Maybe reality is dawning on California’s adult population…no matter what their age.


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