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Townhall: Cal Thomas: Academic Freedom, Obama Edition

During a previous political uprising in the 1980s, academic institutions managed to fend off conservative attacks on some of the subjects taught on their campuses — from “peace studies” to kinky sexual practices, to bad history — with cries of “academic freedom.” Where are those cries now that the federal government is on the verge of regulating the content of subject matter on college campuses and changing the way these institutions are accredited?

According to the Centennial Institute, a proposed new rule by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) “would place private colleges and universities under the ultimate control of state governments, rather than independent accrediting agencies. The notice of proposed rulemaking was posted in the Federal Register on June 18 for a public comment period ending Aug. 2. It could take effect as soon as November.”

I’m not breaking any news flash here when I discuss the leftist, one-party indoctrination of the university sector across this land. It’s simply a fact. This story, however, strikes me as the Obama administration’s attempt to lock down command and control of one of its jewels before they’re forced to jettison themselves out the airlock.

We’re obviously well past the point of having to call things what they are. We passed that station a long time ago. To attempt to put colleges and universities under the government control of the states – especially given the continually blurring lines between states’ rights and federal power – makes me think of one party in particular: the Nazi Party.

Let’s not be afraid to call things what they actually are anymore.  Are they gassing people? Of course not.  Are they doing everything they can to accumulate power and control in every sector they can, and desperately doing what they can to maintain it?  You bet.



  1. Gail B. says:

    The federal government really should get out of education. No, We the People need to DEMAND that the federal government’s Dept. of Education be removed from its structure.

  2. Academia is overrated says:

    This government in the education business? Talk about an oxymoron.

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