Constitutional Protections? Not at Our Colleges

15 May

For a glimpse of where this country is headed under the Obama ideology, please read Mona Charen’s column entitled “Obama Administration Scraps Free Speech”.  You can find it at

The last few paragraphs of the column are reprinted below.  However, the first several paragraphs are well worth the reading.  This is pretty scary stuff.


A letter from the Department of Education and the Department of Justice addressed to the University of Montana but explicitly intended as a “blueprint for colleges and universities throughout the country,” the government has altered the legal meaning of the term “sexual harassment.” The new rule directly contravenes Supreme Court decisions and previous rulings from OCR that harassment “must include something beyond the mere expression of views, words, symbols or thoughts that some person finds offensive.” The Supreme Court has ruled that to meet the test of sexual harassment, behavior must be “severe, pervasive and objectively offensive.” Note the word “objectively,” meaning that a reasonable person similarly situated would be offended.

The reasonable person standard is now gone. The new definition of sexual harassment decreed by the Obama administration is “any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature,” including “verbal conduct.” The purported victim now has the power to decide whether a young man or woman (but it’s nearly always a man) is branded a sexual harasser. It’s entirely subjective.

Obama promised fundamental transformation. This is part of it. Freedom of speech is sacrificed, and a new army of sexual harassment “specialists” will descend on America’s campuses to enforce the new dispensation.

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2 Responses to “Constitutional Protections? Not at Our Colleges”

  1. Joseph Edward Wages May 16, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    In reality, under the Big O administration, there are no real constitutional protections. This coupled with a weak kneed congress signifies a path to destruction for our beloved US of A. Tipping point? We passed that last November.

    • illero May 16, 2013 at 10:14 am #

      Always appreciative of your comments, Joe.

      BTW, I still have never received notification of your new postings — I don’t know why. The only way I get there is from seeing your Facebook postings.

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