As explained in a handout my son received in his college Political Science class (I have not copied it here because I'm not sure on any copyright or restrictions, and don't want my son to get in Dutch, just in case). So here they are, those five big threats to freedom as outlined for my son and his classmates:
1. The Senate.
Yep. The Senate is a threat to democracy and freedom. Why? Because it skews the wishes of the many for the radicalism of a few. Basically that's its point. Which is odd, since the entire post-Civil Rights era mantra of liberalism was that a nation has no right to exist based on the majority. But in this case, it lamented a disproportionate level of representation from states where radical ideas that threaten democracy can hold equal time with enlightened views, and thus block legalization that guarantees our freedoms and rights. No particular example was given.
2. The Electoral College
Not a shock. Not that I'm not willing to take a second look at things. An electoral system that gives me the choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton can certainly do with some tweaking. The odd thing is, that both in 2000 and 2016, by the eve of the elections, leftwing pundits/journalists (but I repeat myself) were setting the stage for electoral victories by the Democrats. In the case of Al Gore, I remember specifically being told by the election night round tables that the Electoral College was the smart way, so obviously it would be how stiff as a board Gore would beat likeable but stupid hayseed Bush. In both cases they were wrong. In both cases, they screamed for the rules to be changed because they lost in horrible, stolen, illegal and fraudulent elections. Apparently, they're still screaming.
A vague word, presented vaguely in the paper. Basically a term best defined as 'anything challenging the Left.' There is plenty of misinformation to go around of course. But I get where the handout is coming from. It means things that challenge the Left's take on Climate Change, or Covid mandates, or BLM, or abortion rights, or gender, or any one of a million leftwing dogmas. The cases of Covid were the ones mentioned, but I get the feeling you could replace those examples with any non-leftwing narrative as an example of misinformation and not miss a syllable.
Judges? Yes, judges. Judges who succumb to ideology and radicalism to curtail our clear and obvious rights. Also judges who have an obsession with holding to antiquated ideals and concepts from periods in our past where bigotry and prejudice were rife is also a problem. That is, holding to the Constitution is the point I think it was trying to make. The contemporary example was the Texas abortion law decision by the SCOTUS (obviously a recent emergency handout). I have a feeling, like misinformation or the Electoral college, it could be summed up by saying 'any time judges don't give liberals what they want.'
5. Voter Suppression
I've heard this bad boy since I majored in political science in college. It almost always means anything that adds a regulation to voting procedures. Despite being the ones who scream fraud and fake voting results the loudest when they lose, the Democrats and liberals seem otherwise to despise any attempts to shore up the system to make sure such fraud doesn't happen. The handout references the GOP's attempts to limit voting rights and access to our Constitutionally (old bigoted document, see above) guaranteed right to take part in our democratic systems. Not much unexpected there.
That's what he's being taught in his fine institution of higher education. As of now there has been no counter point given out. That's not to say they won't present the class with an alternative set of threats from, say, a more conservative or traditional perspective. We'll see. Nonetheless I won't hold my breath, since two and a half months is a tough amount of time to go without breathing.