Campos Has An Assassination Problem Of His Own
It’s important to understand what Paul Campos is really about in this piece taking Instapundit to task. Campos uses the word fascist, yet facts suggest as regards fascism, Campos has one shoe on the wrong foot, and the other foot in his mouth. There’s more besides this below being false.
Glenn Reynolds, the well-known University of Tennessee law professor who authors one of the Internet’s most popular blogs, recently advocated the murder of Iranian scientists and clerics.
Let’s assume Campos qualifies as something of a legal scholar, given his having been the director of the Byron White Center for American Constitutional Study at the University of Colorado. Why then would he not be able to do what Powerline has done – and prove that Reynold’s comments were well within the law?
Obviously he could have, but a legal discussion isn’t what Campos has in mind.
Why does right-wing extremism in our universities, as represented by such things as law professors calling on the Bush administration to commit murder, get so much less attention?
Putting Campos’ debunked hyperbole aside, perhaps we hear less about libertarian and conservative viewpoints in academe because there are so few individuals in academe willing to express them – precisely because of liberals like Campos. How else can he explain this:
Certainly, it’s worth asking Reynolds’ administrative superiors at the University of Tennessee what limits, if any, the terms and conditions of Reynolds’ employment put on his behavior.
Campos isn’t attempting to make a legal point. He wants a discussion within the mostly liberal-leaning administrative hallways of the academy where such things as the rule of law, or perhaps even fairness, don’t always exist.
In short, Campos tries to make himself look like he’s on the higher ground, while embarking on a lowly witch hunt through a political world of ideas with which he disagrees. That isn’t journalism or even opinion – it’s trash.
Campos and the Rocky Mountain News deserve to be taken to task for printing rubbish contaminated with the type of political speech that can’t stand up to argument, so it invariably opts to try and shut any opposition, or valid argument down.
So, just who is the fascist here, Mr. Campos? From where I sit, it looks as if it’s actually you. Assassinating free speech is far more dangerous to America than killing some Iranian nuclear scientist, though I’ll just assume you’d disagree.