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1007, 28 Apr 17

Free Speech Bill Proposed for UW

Wording is important in this bill.

The bill, authored by Rep. Jesse Kremer, R-Kewaskum, would require UW campuses to suspend or expel students who violate the policy twice. Kremer said the bill is needed to ensure people on campuses can listen to constitutionally protected speech, no matter how offensive or unpopular it may be.

“It just so happens that right now, it’s conservative voices on college campuses who feel that they are being suppressed and censored,” Kremer said. “And in the future, that could change, so we want to make sure that this is enshrined in law.”


Kremer’s co-authors are Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, Rep. Dave Murphy and Sen. Sheila Harsdorf. The latter two chair the Legislature’s higher education committees.

The intent of this bill is good. There is a clearly an issue with liberal fascists using any means necessary to silence opposing viewpoints and the administrations of many universities are not creating an environment of academic freedom on campus where all voices can be heard. In an ideal world, this bill would not be necessary because university administrators and faculty would champion free speech and crack down on people who seek to deny others their rights. But we don’t live in a perfect world and the state government is within its area of responsibilities to protect people’s rights. The key will be making sure that everyone’s free speech rights are protected.


1007, 28 April 2017


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    “Liberal fascists” is spot on!

    This bill is long overdue.

    UW needs to be sent a message that free speech is a fundamental right…not optional because some delicate snowflake has his feelings hurt.

    Personally, I am for immediate termination of any UW administrator that violates free speech under this bill.


  2. Le Roi du Nord

    An interesting oxymoron you guys have cooked up, “Liberal fascists”.

    “Opposed to liberalism, Marxism, and anarchism, fascism is usually placed on the far-right within the traditional left-right spectrum”.  From Griffin, Fascism , Oxford University Press.


  3. Kevin Scheunemann

    oh Nord,

    The “traditional left-right” spectrum is crap.

    Try the Nolan chart.


  4. Le Roi du Nord

    Perhaps it is in your mind, but the Nolan Chart has it’s own set of bias and flaws (see Mitchell, Rupe, and Reason Magazine).  And the term Fascist/Fascism isn’t used in the Nolan Chart, so you are just blowing smoke again.

  5. Kevin Scheunemann


    Nolan chart has “authoritarians”, that is where most liberals reside….in the pit as a “downwinger” tearing down civil society in favor of a North Korean style social structure.

  6. Le Roi du Nord

    So you admit that your “Liberal fascists” claim was incorrect, correct?  And the rest of your new claim doesn’t correspond to Nolan’s work at all.  Guess you are just making stuff up on the fly.

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