Over the past few years, colleges have been on a runaway train to politically-correct Crazytown–and even Barack Obama is fed up with it.
At a town hall meeting on college affordability, Obama responded to a question about Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s proposal that federal funding gets cut off to schools with a political bias.
Obama disagrees with Carson’s proposals, essentially saying that having government decide what can be taught at college campuses essentially just creates more censorship on the free exchange of ideas. “That might work in the Soviet Union, but that doesn’t work here,” he said. “That’s not who we are.”
But the liberal President took it one step further, saying that, while the government shouldn’t be involved in deciding what gets taught, liberal college students need to stop expecting to have their insular world views coddled.
“Sometimes there are folks on college campuses who are liberal, and maybe even agree with me on a bunch of issues, who sometimes aren’t listening to the other side, and that’s a problem too,” Obama explained.
“I’ve heard some college campuses where they don’t want to have a guest speaker who is too conservative or they don’t want to read a book if it has language that is offensive to African-Americans or somehow sends a demeaning signal towards women. I gotta tell you, I don’t agree with that either. I don’t agree that you, when you become students at colleges, have to be coddled and protected from different points of view.”
He added: “Anybody who comes to speak to you and you disagree with, you should have an argument with them. But you shouldn’t silence them by saying, ‘You can’t come because I’m too sensitive to hear what you have to say.’ That’s not the way we learn either.”
Whether or not Obama’s walked the walked on listening to ideas from across the aisle is debatable. But, at the very least, it’s clear that colleges have gotten so liberal that they’re actually making Obama look practically conservative on the state of discourse in our country.