Education FAIL: Ivy League Students Can’t Say What is in the First Amendment–VIDEO

Warner Todd Huston

The folks at Campus reform went to Columbia University and asked Ivy League students to recite the five freedoms protected under the First Amendment of the Constitution. Sadly, few knew any.

Oh, sure they knew all about what they might “identify as” and that people should not be “allowed” to “offend” someone but they didn’t have any idea how the First Amendment might govern that speech. Indeed, some suddenly began to realize that their hazy ideas of what shouldn’t be allowed are not justified under a doctrine of free speech.

Campus Reform’s Cabot Phillips hit up the kids at Columbia University, an Ivy League school, and at one point even offered $20 if they could name all five of the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment.

Not a single student was able to do so. One guy got three of those freedoms. Some had one or two, and many more couldn’t name a single freedom protected under the First Amendment.

Not one student knew that the amendment covered freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to assembly, freedom of the press, and the right to petition government to redress grievances.

Then these brainwashed kids began laying out a litany of liberal talking points on how people should not be allowed to “offend” anyone with their speech. Oh, they had all the left-wing talking points down pat and could reel them off with aplomb.

But when Phillips asked them how the First Amendment’s freedom of speech could be squashed to satisfy their left-wing demand that people not be “offended,” not one of these kids could explain how freedom of speech could be legally eliminated for their PC ideas.

Indeed, one woman replied, “this is all very tricky,” when she realized that her rote left-wing indoctrination clashed with our actual freedoms.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances

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Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a "target rich environment" for political news.

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