In response or, more accurately, in reaction to the recent tragic and brutal loss of life on another American campus, The administration of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, has decided to lock itself down. Mark up another touchdown for fear.
Are the Cadets cowering in their bunks, begging for protection, fearing the worst? No. These students are, after all, learning how to effectively wage war and protect their country in addition to their academic education. We haven't seen one white flag from any Cadet's window. Who, then, is so fearful?
Certainly the administrators of many colleges are fearful not so much of an actual attack upon the school, but of the fallout, the flak, the heat they would take if something, anything went wrong now whether real or imaginary. Let's not do anything which might be a bad career move and let's not make anyone uneasy especially our insurance carriers or our lawyers.
Long ago we tossed out free speech and other inconvenient elements of the Constitution on American college campuses as we gave the forces of radical chic a free hand in funding, curriculum and campus conduct. Now, we're dealing the fear card from the bottom of the deck.
If you trade in your liberty for comfort and the illusion of safety, you make a fool's bargain. If we allow every event of terror whether great or small to drive us into hiding then we deserve neither comfort nor safety. We will have surrendered to enemies of our own making.
We can only hope that our current crop of college students will have the good sense to reject the intimidation by stylish radicals of the left or right wings and the stout heart to reject the physical fear which TV broadcasters of every bias are feeding us to fan their ratings. The State Motto of Vermont is, " LIVE FREE OR DIE." The State Motto of South Carolina is, "WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE." We could use equal measures of both.