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First, it was Modesto Junior College. Now it's the University of Hawaii. What is it, exactly, that these “institutions of higher learning” and others like them fear or dislike about the U.S. Constitution?

Students Merritt Burch and Anthony Vizzone, members of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at UH-Hilo, are suing the university for preventing them from handing out copies of the Constitution at a recruitment event in January.

Burch and Vizzone were told by the university's administrator that their First Amendment-protected activities were in violation of school policy, and that they could only distribute “literature” in the university's “free-speech zone,” a small area on the edge of campus.

Hold the bus. Free-speech zone? In American now, we need to be in a specified zone if we wish to practice our Constitutional rights?

Administrators insist that university policy takes precedent over Constitutional rights, as articulated by Ellen Kusano, director of Student Affairs:

“It’s not about your rights in this case; it’s about the university policy that you can’t approach people.” 

Okay, now I get it: it's not so much that we must only practice our Constitutional rights in free-speech zone; it's that universities in America have the right to implement policies that supersede the Constitution. No, wait- no, I don't get it. Do you?

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