Presidential candidate Ben Carson says he will use the Department of Education to police and punish liberal speech on college campuses if elected president.
Carson says he will cut federal funding from colleges and universities found to show “extreme political bias,” but promises he will only target liberal speech while protecting conservative speech.
During a recent interview, Glenn Beck asked Carson if he would shut down the Education Department as president. Carson responded:
I actually have something I would use the Department of Education to do. It would be to monitor our institutions of higher education for extreme political bias and deny federal funding if it exists.
And in an interview with conservative talk radio host Dana Loesch last week, Carson repeated his plan to have the federal government monitor college campuses for “extreme bias,” explaining that he would have “very strict guidelines” that would ensure that his plan wouldn’t hurt conservatives.
What I would do is I would solicit examples of extreme bias and I would use those as the basis for helping to determine which places need to have their federal funding cut.
There are some who would say that it’s kind of like monitoring political speech. Do you agree with their assessment of that?
No, I don’t, I think it’s a very big difference. But, of course, that would be the first thing that the left would claim because they want to be able to continue to do this, and it’s not appropriate for public funding to be used to indoctrinate students in one direction.
Loesch pressed on:
I just worry whether or not the pendulum would swing the other way and we would see sort of like monitoring of political speech for conservatives.
I think we would have to put in very strict guidelines for the way that that was done. And that’s why I used the word ‘extreme.’ I didn’t just say ‘political bias,’ I said ‘extreme political biases.’
Did you catch that? For Carson, a liberal has “extreme” political bias, while a conservative does not.
The Atlantic says this about Carson’s policy proposal:
This proposal is constitutionally suspect, hypocritical, poorly conceived, and laughably naive.
Carson’s proposal is ignorant and obnoxious, and demonstrates a profound failure to respect or even understand the U.S. Constitution and the secular values upon which this nation was founded.
Bottom line: The desire to censor speech on college campuses is un-American, and speaks to Carson’s intellectual and moral failure as both a presidential candidate, and a human being.
(H/T Right Wing Watch – Listen to Carson’s conversation with Loesch below)