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Mike Pompeo Saw America's Biggest Issues, But Campus Clampdowns Chill Him to the Bone More Than Anything Else

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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had plenty to say about college leftist clampdowns during an interview Sunday on American entrepreneur and radio host John Catsimadidis’ program, “The Cats Roundtable.”

Pompeo told Catsimadidis, “I get asked all the time, what keeps you up at night? What’s the thing that worries you the most? What’s the thing that’s most on your mind?”

Before being tapped to lead the Trump State Department, Pompeo served for over a year as CIA director. In other words, he has been at the forefront of solving many of America’s most dire and critical problems and has seen it all.

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Surprisingly, it wasn’t North Korean nukes, biological agents or a terrorist attack that scares Pompeo most, but rather the silencing of different opinions on college campuses. The same people instituting this silencing and going along with it will be our nation’s next generation of leaders, and if they are taught to aggressively silence dissent, that’s a very big problem.

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“None of that scares me as much as what’s happening in our universities and on our campuses today,” Pompeo said.

“The inability for us to speak our mind, the fact that folks want to just put pressure on people who are, have a conservative mindset and just deny them the space to go speak, the fact that we now are accusing people who are just saying things that are common sense about how to treat everyone equally and fairly — are being accused of being racist — those are dangerous things in our democracy, in our republic.”

Pompeo continued, “They pose a staggering risk that if you cross that Rubicon, and we don’t push back, if we don’t fight for those values that we all care about — our founders knew this. These were a set of founders that created a nation that depended on people with virtue and character and faith, and if we lose those things, if we lose the bubble on those, you could send diplomats to 180 countries in the world and none of it will matter.

“Because if America’s weak at home, our capacity to influence the world is diminished.”

It’s been clear for decades that universities are hotbeds of liberalism.

But I think what Pompeo is driving at is the more recent phenomenon of the left’s absolute intolerance of those who disagree with them. They refuse to allow conservative students an opportunity to voice their opinions.

The overwhelmingly left-wing bias of university faculties has had an impact on a whole generation of college graduates. But over the past few years, something more sinister has been happening.

Their attempts to “influence” students to adopt a liberal worldview have hardened into outright indoctrination. Dissenting ideas are no longer permissible. Students with conservative views are being silenced, even punished.

While liberalism once dominated the political discourse on college campuses, it has become the only acceptable political ideology.

Worse, this far-left ideology has now begun to infiltrate the entire U.S. educational system. Elementary school students are being introduced to critical race theory. They’re being exposed to concepts such as transgenderism and sexuality.

The left is trying to shape the thinking of the next generation of Americans, a job once left to parents. If they succeed in turning these children into social justice warriors, it will guarantee Democratic rule in the U.S. for years to come.

Last week, a Chinese-American woman who grew up during the Chinese Cultural Revolution sounded the alarm at a Loudoun County, Virginia, Public Schools board meeting.

Xi Van Fleet warned board members and parents of the striking similarities between the left’s fevered campaign to force critical race theory into the U.S. educational system and her own childhood experiences.

She told the group she is watching a replay of the Maoist Revolution, and she is concerned.

“I’ve been very alarmed about what’s going on in our schools. You are now teaching, turning our children into social justice warriors and to loathe our country and our history. Growing up in Mao’s China, all this seems very familiar. The Communist regime used the same critical theory to divide people. The only difference is they used class instead of race,” she said.

“This is indeed the American version of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. The critical race theory has its roots in cultural Marxism. It should have no place in our school.”

Pompeo zeroed in on the problem — as many of us have. The children of today will be the voters and the leaders of tomorrow. They will set U.S. policy and decide America’s future. If they are being led astray, we barely stand a chance.

Fortunately, parents are starting to take notice and fight back. Their voices are growing louder.

Indeed, this is one of the most urgent issues facing Americans today.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Off-Duty Firefighter Jumped by Mob Who Tell Him It's 'Fight Night' Before Brutal Beating

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Asking for a little old-fashioned respect can be the prelude to a beatdown in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s New York City. The New York Post has released video of a Friday night incident in which a rabid mob of teenagers surrounded and then attacked an off-duty firefighter as he walked his dog near his home in the borough of Queens. Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa, who founded the civic protection group the Guardian Angels in 1979, posted the video to Twitter. Warning: The following video contains graphic images and language that some readers will find disturbing. Last night in Middle Village a mob of kids attacked a man who asked them to stop blasting fireworks. #NYPD from the 104th precinct were there but did nothing. The community reached out to #NYC Mayoral candidate #CurtisSliwa & the #GuardianAngels to find these vicious teens pic.twitter.com/uVJkBUJ0L1 — Curtis Sliwa for NYC Mayor (@CurtisSliwa) July 24, 2021 The 44-year-old victim, whose name was not released by the Post, said he is among those who have objected to the deterioration of his community,  and taken the dangerous stand of telling teenagers to behave as if rules really mattered. Retribution for preaching civility arrived Friday night. “There were at least 100 kids … I was walking my dog. They just picked me out and approached me,” the firefighter told the Post in a Saturday interview. “One kid took his shirt off and said, ‘it’s fight night!’ He said he was 19 and said, ‘I could fight you.’ Everyone took their cell phones out. There were cell phones everywhere,” the victim said. “They all came at me…A kid came up behind me and hit me in the back of the head with a bottle and I let go of the dog,” he said. With the dog barking…

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Olympic Cyclist Celebrates Victory as She Crosses the Finish Line, Then Learns a Gold Medal Isn't Coming

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Neither the gold medal winner nor the woman who celebrated when she thought she had won could quite believe the results of the women’s Olympic bicycle road race on Sunday. Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten put on a massive gold medal-worthy display of victory as she crossed the finish line. But there was one catch. Anna Keisenhofer of Austria had been so far ahead of the rest of the pack that two minutes before van Vleuten had celebrated her finish, Keisenhofer had already had won the race,  according to Cycling News. Van Vleuten waved her arms in triumph and embraced members of her team, only to learn the truth after someone knowing the facts poured cold water on the celebration. Olympics: Van Vleuten celebrates but mistakes silver for goldhttps://t.co/2twUgBGbht #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/fV1qpmtfiw — Cyclingnews.com (@Cyclingnewsfeed) July 25, 2021 “I didn’t know. I was wrong. I didn’t know,” she said. “This is an example (of what happens) if you ride an important race like this without communication. All World Tour races have communication, and now it’s the three of us standing here and wondering who has actually won,” van Vleuten said, referring to teammates Marianne Vos and Anna van der Breggen, according to CNN. In most races, cyclists are in radio communication with their teams, but that is not allowed in the Olympics. “I’m gutted about that, of course,” she said. Although the realization that she had not won a gold medal hurt, van Vleuten said winning a silver medal remained an achievement. “I’m really proud of the medal, because I did not have an Olympic medal. It’s also a silver medal with a shine on it, because I felt super good today,” said van Vleuten. “My goal was to be at my best-ever level here, and I think I nailed that. It’s…

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