Representative Elise Stefanik, a staunch ally of Donald Trump, recently made her own MAGA move by taking aim at woke institutions turning out useless degrees and overly angry, indebted snowflakes.
Specifically, Stefanik has backed the Restoring Academic Freedom on Campus Act of 2022, noting that freedom of speech comprises a hallmark of American exceptionalism, the same exceptionalism higher education was tasked with embodying.
“I will always stand up for freedom of speech and freedom of thought on college campuses. Instead of encouraging diversity of ideas, some institutions of higher education are shamefully acting as gatekeepers to ensure their faculty, staff, and students all ascribe to Far Left woke ideology,” Stefanik declared.
Seriously. Especially since freedom of thought is precisely what has led to the innovations and advancements that have made the United States a remarkable nation in the first place.
“While this intolerant political monoculture reaches institutions across our nation, this is something that has pervaded our own SUNY system,” Stefanik continued, “this growing trend puts ideological conformity above preparing our next generation for life outside the academic bubble and fails to equip students to thoughtfully engage in the competition of ideas. I will continue to stand up against indoctrination and restore academic freedom on college campuses across our nation.”
Who could forget University of Michigan law school students needing play dough after Trump won the 2016 election?
Those are not the types of lawyers the United States needs.
Representative Glenn Grothman also concurred with Stefanik, noting that universities have effectively become the free speech police, rather than centers of critical thinking.
“Universities attempting to police the ideology of students and faculty during the admissions and hiring process is un-American and a grotesque attack on the right to free expression of our country at large,” Grothman noted.
“Academia is healthiest and most productive when students feel comfortable speaking their minds and get exposure to diverse perspectives in the classroom,” the Republican representative added pointedly.
Representative Fred Keller also emphasized the importance of freedom of expression in higher education, a freedom that Democrats apparently detest.
“America’s institutions of higher education have long committed to being places that welcome diversity and the freedom of expression. However, we have seen an alarming number of universities throw this commitment to the wayside to advance curated partisan ideologies,” Keller proclaimed.
“This type of politics first, education second approach creates an eco-chamber in academia that smothers critical thinking and diverse viewpoints,” the representative continued, “America was founded through fierce debate and ideological differences, and I thank Congresswoman Stefanik and Congressman Grothman for partnering with our team to protect the First Amendment rights of students and faculty on college campuses.”
American conservatives thank Stefanik as well, who has more than proven her mettle as a young, female Republican conservative hailing from New York State.
Her competence is especially acute when evaluating her performance against the theatrics of the Democrats’ top representative from New York … AOC.
Author: Jane Jones