In her new role as Education Secretary, Betsy Devos wants to promote democracy throughout the nation. She desires to promote many of the hallmarks that have always made our country great. In that vein, she said that freedom of speech on college campuses will always be an encouraging thing, because in the end “good ideas are always going to win.”
It was during a speaking engagement at the Conservative Political Action Conference that Devos addressed the issue, saying that there has been an alarming rise in censorship on college campuses. Devos felt this was unfortunate and hearkened back to her own college experience. She said she felt very privileged regarding her college days; she told the listeners that it was a time where she could truly “test the waters” and “explore” how she felt about any type of given issue. Devos urged the crowd to fully understand that higher education should be a place where new opinions and ideas are fully explored. The Trump administration is committed to encouraging freedom of speech on college campuses across the country, and Devos noted how she was honored to be on the ground floor of an attempted revitalization of how ideas can and should be presented on college campuses.
Devos has been working in partnership with Attorney General Jeff Sessions in addressing many different disconcerting cases where freedom of speech has been threatened on college campuses. She did not elaborate on certain cases but said it was high on their list of priorities. Conservatives at the conference were quick to realize that it was definitely a privilege to have an ally in such a significant office. That very fact alone means that young conservatives on college campuses everywhere will be bolstered in their attempts to get their points across along with their more liberal classmates.
About Betsy Devos
Betsy Devos is a former Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman who distinguished herself within the GOP early on for being a strong advocate for the charter school movement. She has fought to steer tax dollars away from public schools to charter schools for over 30 years. She has quite an amazing pedigree considering that she, along with her husband Dick, are quite the political power couple. Dick Devos’ father was a co-founder of Amway, and Mr. Devos ran unsuccessfully to become Governor of Michigan in 2006. Despite the setback, they remain active in politics and they are committed to being role models to the next generation of conservatives within the GOP.
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