How is possible that one man — the premier — can get up one morning and decide he doesn’t like the people who you’ve elected to run your city, disrupt an election that has already started, and do it without any limitations from anyone or any institution? How is it defensible that this one man could, if he chooses, wipe out your entire city council, abolish the mayor’s office and take control of your city?
Today, WGBH (Boston’s public radio station) is releasing a national survey of adults (conducted with ABT Associates) that generally finds a more positive outlook among the more than 1,000 people surveyed. But in key areas, such as the use of affirmative action, the public does not support the policies favored by most higher education leaders.
Several free-speech groups have cried foul. A central purpose of a public university is “to engage students and the community in the issues of our time,” Ed Yohnka, communications and public-policy director for the Illinois chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said in a written statement.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.