“The first amendment is not and cannot be contingent on time, location, and what the people in power feel about what is being said.”
Countless times in the past weeks, I have informed my students of this very fact as Turning Point USA stood as a bastion against censorship, an overly Politically Correct culture, and absurd policies of university administrations. When we stand on campuses and tell students “Your censorship offends me” or “Free speech has to include hate speech” or “No one has the right to tell me what I can and cannot say,” we are showing people what the first amendment to our Constitution really means.
Whether we were stomping on and ISIS flag at Western Michigan University or rolling a free speech ball around Saginaw Valley State University or telling students that Socialism Sucks across the state or handing out Constitutions at Grand Valley State University—an activity for which my students and I were threatened with arrest for the second time in our activism record—we were telling people that we would not give into people attempting to silence speech.
In the past few weeks, freedom has hit Michigan like a rock by the name of Turning Point USA faculty and students. We have protected the rights of students to practice their Constitutionally protected freedoms, we have stood up against free speech codes and free speech zones, we have told universities that we will not back down because they don’t like what we’re doing or because they don’t like what we’re saying. We have told them that the first amendment is not and cannot be contingent on time, location, and what the people in power feel about what is being said, and we have shown them what it means to stand up and fight to protect it.
As we build chapters around the state and around the country, as we build activist bases, and as we stand up against a culture of regressive leftism supported by repressive university administrations and a movement of people who do not believe that we have the right to speak freely, we are showing students what freedom means. We are telling students what they are capable of doing. We are showing students that they don’t have to be afraid of standing up against it. We are inspiring students to bring freedom to their own campuses. Whatever hatred, vitriol, harassment, and attacks we are dealt for sharing our messages, we will continue to fight.
We will not back down or give up, the fight continues to take back our generation and take back our culture. The first amendment is not and cannot be contingent on time, location, and what the people in power feel about what is being said.