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No more trigger warnings, your safe space is gone.

Donald Trump won the presidency. This is not news, it’s obvious fact now. As the Republican Party celebrates its newfound fervor and the Democrats swallow their pride, key questions linger onto how President-Elect Trump will perform.

One area of concern:  what will be done to ensure that the First Amendment of all American college students will not be trampled on. This is regardless of race, ethnicity, income level, age, sexual orientation, faith, and political belief.

Fix it at the source.

As you engage with this op-ed, students across the United States are protesting. Nearly rioting even. All because they wish to stand against the results from Tuesday’s election. Despite President Obama’s heed for a peaceful transition and other democratic leaders suddenly showing a support network of open-mindedness to his policy, progressive college students are decrying the ascension of Trump as if the four horsemen of the apocalypse rode in as the electorate shifted to the right.

The fundamental flaw with all this protesting, though 100 percent legal, is that it is proof of an apparent refusal of reality. We all must work together to end the protests and promote civil discussions on campuses all over. By this, campus officials need to understand that past censorship policies in the classroom and in campus life have failed on a massive scale. The only solution to resolving the matters of massive student walkouts and highly irrational “occupation” movements in facilities on campuses is to fashion the rights of all students as a first priority at the institutional leadership level.

University chancellors, presidents, regents, trustees, governors and other types of executive leadership must be proactive and engage with students through dialogues that challenge them. If this election has proven anything, in addition, is that safe spaces and political correctness is dead, as they properly should be. College students need the diversity of thought and differing viewpoint in an unhindered, open campus environment. Only then can all students of every walk of life experience what it means to have true diversity on campus. Discriminatory race and gender specific “social justice” initiatives must not be the answer anymore. College students must triggered without warning.

Government needs to think.

On the policy side, a Trump administration needs to work on reeling in agencies such as the Departments of Education and Justice from mandating politically correct, unconstitutional speech code regulations for colleges all over the nation. As the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education pointed out, both agencies created policy guidance and regulation that violates peoples rights.

Such an overreach goes back to the fact that under the current administration, the executive branch has become a strong executive branch. Through the usage of excessive executive orders, unconstitutional overreach, optional guidance to mandated regulation models, and discriminatory selective protection of social classes, the federal government single handedly created the current speech crisis in higher education. Trump needs to eliminate bad public policy and trade it for good public policy by shrinking, repairing and maintaining smaller, lesser government oversight in what students learn when they pay thousands for a college education.

Only then, will we be able to move on and create a sane academia.

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Michael McGrady

Michael McGrady is a political journalist and part time muckraker based in Colorado. In addition, he a is political strategist and policy analyst working with some of the foremost conservative politicians in state and national politics. He focuses predominately on conservative solutions to public policy and the art of conservative electioneering. His work has been featured, republished, or cited in several publications across the nation including The Wall Street Journal, Washington Examiner, the New York Post, The Denver Post, The Hill, The Daily Caller, The Blaze, and policy publications for one America's leading free-market, libertarian think tanks.
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  • David

    Trump can’t and doesn’t want to tell everyone what to do. But he does need to drain the swamp in education. I can see two aspects:

    (1) as the article states, regulations from the Dept. of Education need to be rolled back. Those Dear Colleague letters that require star chamber courts and violation of due process in cases of suspected sexual assault have got to be cancelled, and indeed due process should be guaranteed. Bernie had it right here. The place for criminal charges of sexual assault and rape to be handled is the police department, and only the police department. If a woman is too sensitive or scared to take her complaint to the police, she is too delicate to function in our society.

    (2) The harder one is that most of those snowflakes are in snowflake departments that bloat the university, raise costs and turn them into left-wing reeducation camps. These departments and bureaucracies have entrenched themselves over a couple generations by now. But a cure is possible, and Trump already said what it is. To align educational spending with market needs, banks should make credit assessments of student loan applicants. An engineering student in good standing will probably get a loan, because they expect he or she will pay it back. A women’s studies student probably won’t because it’s not a very employable field, and the bank won’t want to depend on that borrower.

    When the students dry up in these phony departments, many even tenured faculty members will find their positions eliminated. And right-sizing the university will cure a lot of problems at once. But boy will they scream and fight against this!

    • All of your post is right on, but #2 is brilliant! An actual, logical, workable solution to a problem that should never have been allowed to develop to begin with.

      • David

        Trump has also said we should re-emphasize vocational education. Many of the students in snowflake departments are there because they lack the academic ability to succeed in other departments. For them, university is probably not the right place. Society is not willing to provide that for them because we get no benefit back, just a lot of grief. Perhaps they have the ability to learn a trade that is valued in the market, and such training should be suggested instead of college.

        • Grandma_of_Four

          YES! AS A RETIRED TEACHER=PARENT-GRANDPARENT-IT IS ESSENTIAL TO BRING VOCATIONAL EDUCATION-SHOP-AUTOMOTIVE-HOME ED-IF YOU WILL ALONG WITH DRAFTING-PHOTOGRAPHY-ETC. PLUS EMPHASIZE THE ARTS THROUGH COMPUTER ED. SORELY LOST TO OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM.

        • When I went to school (graduated HS in 1967), Shop was a big deal, almost all the boys took it. The HS aso offered extended after-hour classes in Auto Repair and Maintenance (my father got in on that one) and other Blue Collar vocations such as Carpentry. Blue Collar built this nation, and Blue Collar can save it. Well, that and the Red Necks, a much maligned designation that simply means someone who works in the sun (tanning their necks red), usually farming or ranching, both very honorable, always critical occupations. ITT Tech is a long-standing technical training institution that no one pays much attention to these days, with the clamor for college education (with its questionable job viability) eclipsing vocational training (that offers immediate viable job prospects).

  • FrancesEve Drake

    Fully agree with the article.

  • Black Eagle

    no, these infected schools need to die. then we make new schools with real education. and keep the crazies out.

    • Samerica

      black eagle flying high with your comment!

  • Samerica

    BRAINWASHED SPOILED LAZY BRATS! F YOU! I’M NOT PAYING FOR YOUR
    FREE COLLEGE PARTY YEARS AND THEN YOU GOT GET SOME 6 FIGURE
    JOB THAT PRODUCES NOTHING! F YOU! I BEEN WORKING SINCE I WAS 13
    AND NOBODY GAVE ME NOTHING! I LOST ALL MY SAVINGS WHEN I WAS
    LAID OFF DURING OBOMBA’S GREAT RECOVERY AND LOST MY INSURANCE
    TO PAY FOR YOU LAZY BRATS AND LEFT WING VOTERS WHO WANT AND
    THINK THEY DESERVE EVERYTHING FREE! I SAY AGAIN F YOU! TRUMPED!

    • Connie

      Bravo!!!! DAMNED RIGHT! The same happened to me. I am college educated. A baby boomer who was making a damn good salary. I lost it all. The lazy s….ts should go F themselves.

  • Connie

    These so called “educated” people are LOW INFORMATION VOTERS. They need to be reined in by a strong President Trump and a Congress with a Spine. They are at college to learn and study. Not demonstrate, riot and destroy private property. Maybe a mandated year in Iran or Saudi Arabia would make them appreciate The U.S.A.!!!!!

  • Lord Seraph

    Add social media platforms into the mix as well, they’re just as broken as campuses are.
    There needs to be laws that enforces free speech, punishes censorship.

    • If we get laws into the mix, it will allow the passing of laws against it as well.

  • ivca56

    This is the behavior of brainwashed students over the last generation, may be two. Quietly socialist agendas were pushed and the parents!!!!! obviously slept through it! Anyone saying ‘socialism” needs to go live in a socialist country for a year. No money from mommy and daddy–just go try to survive. See how they’d like being a part of the working masses–faceless and right-less. Bunch of pansies, too!

  • honestynow

    How do we get the radical profs out? Stopping their indoctrination?