American universities have sadly become wastelands of radical leftism.
Campus activists around the country have made outlandish demands, such as calling for university presidents to resign.
But activists at one school went after military veterans in an appalling way.
Homosexual activists at Oregon State University wrote a petition trying to ban a veteran students association from occupying space in the school’s student center.
They said they were concerned about “a particular type of American patriotism,” further illustrating that these radical leftists despise America.
The veteran association isn’t even political; it provides a convenient place for veterans—of any ideological bent—to seek the services they need.
However, the activist group said the veterans’ presence would somehow threaten the “vulnerable” transgender community.
The school cited Donald Trump’s reversal of Barack Obama’s military policy allowing transgender people to serve in combat roles.
After an internal study, the armed forces determined that transgender individuals should not serve in that capacity.
Transgender people suffer from a medical condition labeled gender dysphoria, which carries with it a 40% increase in suicidality.
With this in mind, Trump’s decision regarding the policy position makes sense.
People are barred from service for all kinds of health concerns.
It stands to reason that a condition that makes someone far more likely to commit suicide is grounds for exclusion from highly stressful positions within the armed services.
However, far-left activists don’t see it that way.
They view any disagreement with their policies as an attack on their humanity.
This is the type of bombastic language frequently used by activists to cow their ideological opponents into submission.
But this “crybully” tactic—using victimhood as a weapon—is beginning to wear thin.
People are beginning to push back.
Trump’s executive order to uphold free speech was a big step in the right direction.
Veterans who served their country honorably shouldn’t be subjected to such baseless attacks.
But leftists can’t stand anyone who disagrees with them; they view it at as heresy.
Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt made the point that these activists—who are almost exclusively atheists—have created a religion around their leftist ideology.
They have their own tenets, their own concept of original sin, and they consider the college campus their place of worship.
When assessing these radical activists in this light, it explains why they attack any guest speaker to the right of Bernie Sanders.
They’ve been so deeply indoctrinated and insulated, they can’t fathom the concept of anyone pushing back on their ideas.
But pushing back against these leftists works.
When people stand up to the leftist mob, the mob usually relents.
In the Oregon State case, the College Republicans wrote a rebuttal response to the anti-military activists, and they backed down.
The activists were overruled, and their statement was retracted.
College radicals cannot be allowed to run amok.
Their ideas need to be challenged, and their over-the-top demands need to be disregarded.
If you give the mob what it wants, it won’t be appeased.
It will be emboldened.