To think that years ago I used to be envious of those who lived through the civil rights and civil liberties battles of the ’60s. Is it too late to take it back? I had no idea how exhausting living in a time of relentless attacks on our freedoms could be.
Speaking of the ’60s, even those hotbeds of ’60s rebellion, university campuses, aren’t safe anymore. (Although perhaps that’s no coincidence.) Yesterday’s news was full of revelations that the UCLA Bruin Alumni Group is offering students $100 to record and report on “radical” statements made in the classroom by “leftist” professors. Check out the Bruin Alumni Association website, which has a special “expose” on all the “radical petitions” that UCLA professors have signed. Last time I checked the right to petition the government and the right to free speech were covered by the Bill of Rights. But maybe they took it out while I wasn’t looking. (And don’t think they’re above trying it.) At least several members of the Alumni Association had the sense to resign when it became clear what the association was doing.
Well, rest up this weekend, my fellow weary civil libertarians. Next week brings us anti-gay marriage amendment proposals in the Pennsylvania House and likely the Senate as well, along with a bad bill on mental retardation and the death penalty in the House Judiciary Committee. More on those next week.
Sara in Philly