I’ve written so many articles on this website about abuses of Title IX on college campuses, I can’t even begin to list them all.  Thankfully, the White House has decided to take definitive action to fix (at least some) of what ails it.  President Donald Trump’s Department of Education, led by the amazing Betsy Devos, is obliterating the kangaroo courts that demand the accused proves their innocence instead of the courts proving their guilt.

Yeah, remember “innocent until proven guilty?”  That’s apparently still a thing in the United States…  even on campus.

The new rules:

  1. Require colleges to allow defense attorneys to cross-examine witnesses (yes, even the accuser)
  2. Prohibits universities from allowing evidence from those who refuse cross-examination.
  3. Allow the accused to see the evidence given against them.

If you’re like most Americans, the above is basic common sense.  You might even be shocked that the three criteria above were not standard operation, right?  Well, guess who came out against these reforms?

The American Civil Liberties Union.  On Twitter, it stated:

We advocate for fair school disciplinary processes that uphold the rights of both parties in campus sexual assault and harassment cases. Today Secretary DeVos proposed a rule that would tip the scales against those who raise their voices. We strongly oppose it. The proposed rule would make schools less safe for survivors of sexual assault and harassment, when there is already alarmingly high rates of campus sexual assaults and harassment that go unreported. It promotes an unfair process, inappropriately favoring the accused and letting schools ignore their responsibility under Title IX to respond promptly and fairly to complaints of sexual violence. We will continue to support survivors.

Yes, the organization that tells us they exist because “freedom can’t protect itself” is turning its back on freedom.

Why?

There may be a few reasons… some of which are financial.  Chris Bieszad, on Twitter, pointed out, “Hard not to believe they have been influenced if not corrupted by money – online donations used to run in the $3-5 million range – in the year after Trump was elected, they garnered $120 million.”  Fortune magazine also points out that, “The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has seen a spike in membership in the Trump era. ACLU membership grew from 400,000 to 1.84 million in the 15 months following President Donald Trump’s election…”

Though it used to do things to help the poor and oppressed, it no longer helps the “poor and oppressed” if they aren’t the “right kind of people.”

This might be because of wokeness or it might be because of money.

Either way, now that civil liberties have taken a back seat sexual politics, I’m thankful the White House does not bow down to this outdated, antiquated organization.

 

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Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.