Nicholas Fandos of the NY Times briefly seems to forget which side his readers are on as they sift through Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch's columns from his days as a student at Columbia:
In His Own Words: Gorsuch’s Lively Writings at Columbia
WASHINGTON — Decades before he began writing legal opinions, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, was a student columnist at Columbia University. And he had no shortage of opinions.
His topics ranged broadly, from life on campus to the Iran-contra affair. His conservatism was a constant. And he had a lively writing style that persists to this day.
And their first example of that constant conservatism? Brace yourself:
‘Free speech works’
While mounting an ultimately unsuccessful bid for a seat on the university Senate as a freshman in 1986, Judge Gorsuch was asked by The Columbia Daily Spectator for his views on hot-button issues, including the question of whether the Marines should be allowed to recruit on campus.
“The question here is not whether ‘the Marines should be allowed to recruit on campus’ but whether a University and its community, so devoted to the freedom of individuals to pursue their own chosen lifestyles and to speak freely, has the right or obligation to determine who may speak on campus or what may be said. To fulfill an immediate end, we are likely to forget the underlying principle that every human being, according to our nation’s proclamations, and reinforced by our University’s standards, has an inalienable right to express himself or herself — whether we agree or not. Free speech works; it works better than any form of censorship or suppression; and in exercising vigorously, the truth is bound to emerge.”
Hmm. And the proper progressive position is that free speech doesn't work? Well, actually, yes, as we recently saw at Berkeley and NYU, not to mention other campuses for years, but is this how the left wants to frame it?
And ROTC is back at the Ivies, so Gorsuch was simply ahead of his times.
His other excerpts seem similarly unobjectionable. In defending gender-segregated fraternities and sororities, Gorsuch noted freedom of association and explained the Columbia easily allows the formation of new, more inclusive fraternities and sororities. Radical stuff! But do read it all. If this is what they've got, it's less than nothing.