Michael Barone warns of The Coming Obama Thugocracy:
Once upon a time, liberals prided themselves, with considerable reason, as the staunchest defenders of free speech. Union organizers in the 1930s and 1940s made the case that they should have access to employees to speak freely to them, and union leaders like George Meany and Walter Reuther were ardent defenders of the First Amendment.
Today’s liberals seem to be taking their marching orders from other quarters. Specifically, from the college and university campuses where administrators, armed with speech codes, have for years been disciplining and subjecting to sensitivity training any students who dare to utter thoughts that liberals find offensive. The campuses that used to pride themselves as zones of free expression are now the least free part of our society.
Frankly, I wouldn’t consider the latest mutation of socialists to be “liberal” at all, as they spread like wildfire from the campus to the newsrooms, to the airwaves, to the internet, and short of a major wake-up call, to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in the District of Columbia.
We are seeing only the tip of the iceberg. In a span of four to eight years, the radical left would probably make the Bolsheviks look like a weekend supper club.