From President Obama’s speech to the commencement crowd at Howard University:

“There’s been a trend around the country of trying to get colleges to disinvite speakers with a different point of view or disrupt a political rally,” Obama said at his commencement addresses at Howard University.

“Don’t do that, no matter how ridiculous or offensive you might find the things that come out of their mouths,” the president said. “Because as my grandmother used to tell me, every time a fool speaks, they are just advertising their own ignorance. Let them talk.

“Listen, engage, if the other side has a point, learn from them. If they’re wrong, rebut them, teach them, beat them on the battlefield of ideas.”

I doubt that his words will have any real effect with Leftist or Rightist opponents of free speech and ideas. Their world of swirling snowflakes and gleaming trophies is too precious and fragile to allow even one edgewise word that might hurt someone’s feelings. It’s a bubble bound to burst when the real world of relationships, bills, and careers come closing in.

And while we’re at it, let’s bring Ed Snowden home and thank him for revealing secrets that never should have been kept.


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