There’s a term that tends to fly around whenever we are in an election cycle. That term is “low-information voter”. Unfortunately, this is a pretty accurate assessment of a significant proportion of America today. An idealist might say everyone should be fully aware of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the political environment, and the issues of the day. An optimist might say that most should have some general awareness and understanding of the same.
I’d like to think that our younger generation, especially those who attend Ivy League schools would satisfy the viewpoint of the optimist. After all, this group represents our future and we would expect anyone who is accepted into an Ivy League school to have above average intellect.
Sadly, I am mistaken. US political satirist and filmmaker Ami Horowitz approached the students at Yale University (one of the most prestigious universities in the world) asking its attendees to sign a petition in favor of repealing the First Amendment.
With minimal coaxing and in about one hour’s time, Horowitz is able to easily persuade 50 students to sign this petition. One might think that students at Yale would be a bit more critical and challenge Horowitz on the petition. On the contrary. Without asking a single question, many who approached him spoke in favor of what he was doing and said they agreed with his actions.
The First Amendment states:
- 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.
Ironically, by signing a petition to repeal the First Amendment, the students have essentially signed away their right to freedom of expression (but I’m sure you’ve got that figured out by now).
So what has become of our younger generation? Why aren’t they aware of the First Amendment? Is it their fault? Has education at all levels become nothing more than indoctrination? I think these are fair questions. It certainly leads one to wonder how this could happen, especially at such a prestigious university.
If you haven’t yet seen this video, here it is: