Criminalizing Free Speech
David Lane and Kimberly Guilfoyle joined Sean to share their thoughts on the story of a North Carolina student who was threatened with arrest by a teach who disagreed with a young adults criticism of President Obama. “This is who is responsible for an education,” offered an angry Guilfoyle, “We should show respect to the Presidency but this is censorship.” “On the material issue,” pressed Hannity, “The kid was right and it really seemed to annoy the teacher that he had a different point of view.” “I agree that this is indoctrination,” countered Lane, “Let me flip this on you, I successfully won a lawsuit for a school who was mandating children to stand for the pledge of allegiance, we should be educating not indoctrinating.” “Oh good grief,” laughed Hannity, “Do you have a problem saying the pledge of allegiance to the greatest country on earth?” "I do," ; answered Lane, "That's indoctrination and not education." While the two cases are not very similar, the message is. Educators should be educating fairly and without bias. If you want to listen to the actual student debate that spurred this controversy, click here.
A Place of Safety
Zerlina Maxwell, contributor to Ebony Magazine, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, host of Our World and Erik Rush debate the issues surrounding the North Carolina story where a student was confronted by a liberal teacher who disagreed with a student who was speaking critically of President Obama. Just today, the North Carolina high school where the teacher made such controversial statements has announced that she will be suspended, with pay, for her remarks. “This was all really bizarre,” offered Rush, “This was pretty inappropriate.” “The danger here,” an angry Hannity mentioned, “When you have captive students it’s not your job to indoctrinate them.” “A classroom should be a place where ideas can be exchanged and opinions can be challenged,” countered Lamont Hill, “If you’re going to talk about the Romney story you also have to offer a counterpoint.” This could’ve been a really productive conversation among students who disagree,” offered Maxwell, “This sort of a shame, the teacher really should’ve facilitated a conversation.” It’s true, as Dr. Lamont Hill mentioned, that the classroom should be a place of safety where ideas and ideology can be debated in a safe and protected way, not from a position of fear but from a genuine position of curiosity. For the latest on this story, click here.
Former presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich, joined Sean to talk about his efforts to elect Governor Mitt Romney in 2012. ABC News reported yesterday that Gingrich’s last FEC filing showed roughly $4.78 million in campaign debt, however Winning our Future PAC had cash reserves over $5.6 million. “We want to crush the left this year, “ began Gingrich, “We need to win this year.” “You’re getting along with Governor Romney, I’ve heard you guys get along great,” pressed Hannity, “Would you accept?” “I’d have a very hard time turning down something that the future President of the United States presses on you,” honestly answered Gingrich, “My goal is to work for the ticket and defeat Barack Obama.” For the latest news on Speaker Gingrich’s campaign and his future, click here.
Newton Leroy "Newt" Gingrich (born Newton Leroy McPherson ; June 17, 1943) is an American politician who served as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. In 1995, Time magazine selected him as the Person of the Year for his role in leading the Republican Revolution in the House, ending 40 years of the Democratic Party being in the majority. During his tenure as Speaker, he represented the public face of the Republican opposition to Bill Clinton . A college history professor, political leader, and author, Gingrich twice ran unsuccessfully for the House before winning a seat in the election of November 1978. He was re-elected 10 times, and his activism as a member of the House's Republican minority eventually enabled him to succeed Dick Cheney as House Minority Whip in 1989. As a co-author of the 1994 Contract with America , Gingrich was in the forefront of the Republican Party's dramatic success in that... More >