When I first heard about the Emory University chalking “incident” where students were offended by reading “Trump 2016” written on the sidewalk, my first thought wasn’t, “Oh, those poor victims,” it was, “Where can I get some chalk?”

It’s not because I support Donald Trump — I don’t. But witnessing an all-out rebellion against free speech on American college campuses makes me want to taunt the Cry Bullies and if that means writing a pro-Trump message just to drive them crazy, then so be it.

It is truly frightening to witness how fast college students are willing to surrender the fundamental rights guaranteed to them in our founding documents. Five years ago, if you had told me there was a serious movement afoot that had a good chance to silence free speech in America, I’d have said you’re paranoid. But that’s exactly what is happening and I’m scared there is no way to stop it.

Forty percent of college students now say that “sensitivity” and “feelings” take precedence over the First Amendment because… well, it must be that they’ve never studied Western Civ. But whatever their reasoning, this madness has to stop.

If seeing something as simple as “Trump 2016” chalked onto a piece of public concrete is traumatizing to these extra-sensitive college students, then perhaps it’s time to outlaw chalk.

The Chalkening . . . MT @LeeWayneRyder Not a trump fan but support free speech & Americans right to such. pic.twitter.com/VrsZUTzVae

About The Author

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.

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