Are We Out of Our Cotton-Pickin’ Minds?

Barb Wire

Further proof that there are too many colleges/universities in America, too many people are attending them, and they have way too much money.

The latest thing in this bizarre neo-Stalinist landscape is the “Bias Response Team” (BRT), a panel of inquisitors who “investigate” any piffling complaint of incorrect speech or hurt feelings. The complaint doesn’t have to make any sense: a sign in a lunchroom admonishing people to clean up after themselves was taken down for being “sexist.”

Anyone can make a complaint–anonymously: which makes it really tough for the accused to defend himself. There are no rules of evidence–in fact, no rules at all. Anyone can rat you out for any reason. And then the BRT can sentence you to sensitivity training, or even get you kicked out of school. It’s sort of like a Canadian “human rights” tribunal, only more so (if that were possible).

The question is–are we out of our cotton-pickin’ minds? Do we really, truly want to train up a generation to live in fear and mistrust, knowing that anyone can sic the BRT on him at any time? Can we believe, even for a moment, even in our wildest dreams, that we can simultaneously have a republic of free citizens and these PC hit squads?

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This is only one ingredient of the weird, toxic, strange brew being cooked up by our colleges.

This has to stop, before someone finally succeeds in turning our country into Venezuela. I do not mean that as a figure of speech. This business is very, very dangerous.

But of course, as busy as our leaders are at tearing down God’s laws, they will certainly not hesitate a moment to tear down our country’s heritage of liberty and good order.

Man’s laws will not protect us, if God’s laws are not honored.

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Lee Duigon
Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on

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