Saturday, August 20, 2011

More Ways The Obama Administration Is Destroying Society!

They just keep coming!

Today we have a brilliant deconstruction of yet another subspecies of smothering over-regulation, by Peter Berkowitz in the WSJ.

But don't worry.  It's only freedom of speech and protections for the accused at risk this time. Nothing serious!

Here's Berkowitz on the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights' new overbearing threats directed at colleges, directing them to stack the decks against those accused of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape on campus:

"Where are the professors of literature who will patiently point out that, particularly where erotic desire is involved, intentions can be obscure, passions conflicting, the heart murky and the soul divided?

"Where are the professors of natural science who will declare that OCR-dictated hearings are antithetical to the spirit of the scientific method, which depends on respect for the facts and testing claims through rational procedures?

"Where are the professors of history, political science and law who will insist clearly and in public that due process is a fundamental component of American political institutions and culture, a cornerstone of our legal system, and indispensable in a free society to the fair administration of justice?

"Where are the professors of moral philosophy and practical ethics who will stand up and declare that the presumption of innocence rightly gives expression to both the belief in the dignity of the individual and the awareness of human fallibility?

"And where are the deans, provosts and university presidents who will explain in no uncertain terms to their campus communities and to the wider public that weakening due process and freedom of speech protections erodes the framework within which free inquiry flourishes?

"So far such professors and high university officials are nowhere to be found."