Apparently, the Kansas Board of Regents doesn't think much of the First Amendment, with emphasis on doesn't think.
Last week, the Kansas Board of Regents, a nine-member governing body that controls six state universities and some 30 community and technical colleges, voted unanimously to approve a new policy that gives each institution’s “chief executive officer” discretion to discipline or terminate any faculty or staff member who uses social media “improperly.” Many in the higher education world denounce this move as a sweeping attack on academic freedom, one prompted by a tenured journalism professor writing a single (admittedly awful) tweet about the National Rifle Association.
The new Kansas policy, though, makes good and sure that any similar blunder would result in its author being permanently fired—in this case for “inciting violence” (though most believe Guth was not being literal). And that’s by far the least objectionable of the policy’s clauses. The regents seem to have milked the Guth incident for maximum possible censorship, and now the verboten also extends to statements that are “contrary to the best interests of the university” or anything that “impairs discipline by superiors or harmony among coworkers.”
At MSNBC, Joy Reid exercised her First Amendment right to be an idiot, which is done early and often on that channel. Ironic that they would question a journalist's integrity for defending Snowden while unapologetically defending Obama. Yes, I'm sure there are similar recent FoxNews tidbits out there.
If you're a Muslim Brotherhood member in Egypt, you, too, may be a terrorist.
If you're an Iowan who signed up for Obamacare, better try again.
If you're a lunatic German feminist, you'd gate-crash Christmas mass at the main cathedral in Cologne and chant things like, "My pussy rules! I am God!"
If you're in the wrong county, and there are many of them, good luck finding an affordable health plan.