Liberalism: Censoring Ray Kelly at Brown University

WASHINGTON, November 1, 2013 — The myth of the tolerant, liberty-supporting liberal belongs right next to the tooth fairy and unicorns. Liberals are supposedly tolerant.  They are believed to support unpopular ideas and the right of anyone to say what they believe. Liberals allegedly support freedom and the exchange of ideas.

Liberals showed their tolerance a few days ago at Brown University.

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Ray Kelly, the New York Police Department Commissioner came to Brown to give a talk. The left went into shocked hysterics over this politically incorrect affront.

What is the problem with Ray Kelly?

The New York Police Department has a program called “stop and frisk.” In some high-crime areas of the city, the police stop and frisk people for guns. The police may legally do this and there is some indication that it is cutting crime.

The left is emotionally distraught that the laws of the nation might be enforced and that people might be safe.

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At Brown, the left wing students first circulated a petition demanding that the speech be cancelled, that the honorarium for Kelly be given to organizations working to end the stop and frisk programs, and that the Taubman Center — the group that invited Kelly — be made more “transparent.”

Transparency is liberalspeak for banning speech by anyone to the right of Karl Marx. Brown rightly refused those demands.

The left responded by tolerantly shutting down the event. 

This isn’t the first time liberals have shut down an event where there is a conservative or a non-politically correct speaker. Fordham did that to Ann Coulter last year. In 2009, former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo was a speaker at the University of North Carolina; leftists highjacked the entire event.   

Universities rarely invite conservative speakers, and when they do, liberals often disrupt their events. Last year in Ohio, the Heritage Foundation and the Family Research Council put together the Values Bus tour. At the Ohio statehouse where they stopped, leftists who disagreed with them showed up with bullhorns that had loud sirens. This effectively stopped the conservative event.

These attacks on the simple, free exercise of speech and exchange of ideas are shocking, but not really surprising; liberals cannot stand the free exchange of ideas. They hate the free market of ideas.


Because when there is a free exchange of ideas and people get to choose, liberals lose. No one except liberals really likes liberal ideas. Most Americans believe in freedom and liberty, and they aren’t threatened by the expression of opposing viewpoints. They are confident that the better ideas will prevail, and that theirs are the better ideas.

Liberals can’t stand the idea of an opposing viewpoint. Liberalism is all about fear and control. Terrified that people might make the wrong choices, they attempt to limit our ability to choose. Not believing that Americans can be trusted to choose correctly, they fear that even if liberal ideas are right, they might be rejected when confronted by opposing views. 

Unfortunately for America, the left is being emboldened by desperation. With polls showing the nation becoming more conservative, liberals realize that Americans are turning their backs on liberalism and its ideas.

Liberals can’t win an argument and they can’t win a debate. The only way they win is when no one else is allowed to speak. 

There is a word that describes what happens when liberals get their way; that word is tyranny.

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Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet.

A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says.

Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC.   “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based.  Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville.  Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’  I did.”

The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown.   It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed.  Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker.

He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should.  He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.

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