Amid political assault, OC college student figuratively gagged by biased instructor

Caleb O'Neil presser Costa Mesa

The attorney for Caleb O’Neil explained rights to free expression at a presser in Costa Mesa (CA). (via Costa Mesa Brief on Facebook).

Imagine sitting in a college classroom and hearing an instructor bash the US president you voted for as the product of an “act of terrorism.”

Then imagine that same instructor, in the vein of Chairman Mao, telling students who supported Trump to stand up so other students would know whom “to watch out for and protect yourself from.” 

What happened to the “sanctity” of your vote—you know, the “sanctity” then-president Barack Obama emphasized when he gave a wink and a nod to an individual who is not legally able to vote in US elections. It was obvious Obama was encouraging people in the country illegally to vote. Media were quite fine with that, by the way.

The majority of national media have ignored Obama’s zeal for the sanctity of one’s vote when it comes to college instructor Olga Perez Stable Cox. Cox teaches students about sex at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa (CA).

Cox launched into a tirade about President Donald Trump’s victory in November, telling her students:

“We have been assaulted; it is an act of terrorism…the people…are among us.”

She likened divisiveness in our country to “civil war.”

It’s a good thing no Hillary Clinton fans came unglued as they have at public gatherings when innocent people were physically attacked.


Photo: Gag on First Amendment by Day on the Day.

Student Caleb O’Neil videotaped Cox’s remarks. The vids made their way to the Internet. Naturally, people were angry at this professor whom I consider anything but stable. To attempt to breach the “sanctity” of a US citizen’s vote by diktat  is not acceptable.

To imply that a US citizen is a “terrorist” because he didn’t vote for a Democrat or a third party spoiler is not acceptable at all, even in the unicorn universe.

The teacher went further, echoing the untenable meme of media on Hillary Clinton and the popular vote. Clinton did win the cumulative popular vote. She did not win the popular vote when it came to US states. She won far less states than Trump did. But I imagine Cox’s passionate propaganda had an impact on students who are clueless about the oppression wrought by a pure democracy. The US is a republic.

So did the college discipline that instructor? Nope. The college attacked the student who filmed the professor’s diatribe. O’Neil’s case is currently under appeal, but the state of California is known for totalitarian decisions erasing free expression

Meanwhile, the interim dean of students should be shown the nearest door. Here’s what she said to O’Neil about the incident:

“It is my hope that this experience will lead you to truly think through your actions and the consequences of those actions when making decisions in the future,” Victoria Lugo, interim dean of students, wrote in a Feb. 9 letter to O’Neil, whose video clips of instructor Olga Perez Stable Cox in December went viral.”

The school has tried to force O’Neil to write a letter of apology and an essay about this political assault. That is a tactic straight out of Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution.

Watch the video of a presser held by O’Neil’s attorney (via Facebook page Costa Mesa Brief). The presser will blow your mind.

I wish I could ask that instructor why she had no remarks about the worst mass shooting on US soil. The shooter at the gay nightclub in Orlando had been on the FBI’s radar. That lapse occurred under the administration of President Barack Obama, a Democrat.

O’Neil did his fellow Americans a public service. The instructor’s intolerance, instability, and falsehoods do not belong in a teaching environment.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Feb. 16, 2017)

About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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