Bill Clinton’s surprisingly sane take on free speech

If he and his wife ever cross paths again, maybe former President Bill Clinton could share some of his more rational ideas with her. His brief remarks at a recent university speech don’t sound like anything that appears in the Hillary Clinton campaign playbook.

Clinton, in Lawrence, Kansas to receive the Dole Leadership Prize, said in his acceptance speech that it is up to America to continue to advance principles that bring out the good side of human nature – a daunting challenge that’s immensely complicated by a highly-polarized social culture.

“The polarization of American politics is present not just in Washington, but in American life,” Clinton said, according to The Topeka Capital-Journal.

“You just look at how many of our collective bigotries we have overcome in America in the last 100 years. We are less racist than we used to be, we are less sexist than we used to be. We are less religiously bigoted than we used to be. We are less homophobic than we used to be. We have one remaining bigotry: We don’t want to be around anybody that disagrees with us.”

Though he didn’t explicitly link his remarks to recent events, Clinton’s observation lands with a heavy thud on the backs of censorious protestors on college campuses nationwide.

“American universities in some ways epitomize the trends Clinton has described,” noted The American Interest. “They pursue aggressive affirmative action, they are saturated with centers for race and gender and LGBT students, their brochures are shot through with paeans to diversity and tolerance—and yet they are now cementing their reputations as the most ideologically intolerant institutions in the country.”


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Ben Bullard
Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.