Huey Long, the legendary populist from Louisiana, said “The time has come for all good men to rise above principle.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, 19th century transcendentalist, said, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” Both aphorisms are much in play lately.
Republican Sen. Tim Neville, R-Littleton, is sponsoring a bill, SB17-062, on free speech. The bill “prohibits institutions of higher education from restricting a student's constitutional right to speak in any way in a public forum …”
Anyone who supports the First Amendment should support this bill. Public institutions should not set aside special areas or "zones" for "free speech” to protect students from any ridiculous thing that someone may say in a public place.