Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Wednesday he would use the U.S. Department of Education to police speech on college campuses. During an interview, Glenn Beck asked Carson if he would shut down the Education Department as president. “I actually have something I would use the Department of Education to do,” Carson responded. “It would be to monitor our institutions of higher education for extreme political bias and deny federal funding if it exists.”
Carson’s plan to deny all federal funding for political bias on campus would be pretty intimidating. Nearly all colleges and universities rely on federal dollars through student loans and Pell Grants for students to attend their institutions. Many wealthy universities, like Harvard, Yale and Carson’s former employer Johns Hopkins, rely heavily on federal research grants.
However, the retired neurosurgeon also stated that if he becomes president, “not only will the Department of Education be used to identify extreme political bias on our nation’s most prestigious universities, but the U.S. Army will also be used to fight the instigators,” adding, “and all of that will happen after the colleges are deprived of federal grants.”
“I don’t really know how else to put it other than to say that the U.S. Army is not my most favorite institution in the country, but it is there to do a job. And as the commander-in-chief, it will be in my authority to use the military in any way I see fit. So make no mistake – U.S. troops will be deployed on U.S. soil,” he stated rather vigorously.
Asked whether he feels that perhaps the military had other, more pressing issues and dangers to deal with than political extremism in U.S. universities, Carson replied: “Do you remember hippies during the Vietnam War? Are you trying to tell me that was a pleasant experience for this nation? I don’t think so. And if it’s up to me, I won’t let such an internal factor disrupt everything we’ve worked for as a nation since then.”
Carson added: “Besides, what do you think Trump is going to do if he wins? Bring our troops home? Nope, he’ll send them even farther away from their motherland. Between the two of us, I’m the obvious choice. At least that way our boys won’t be stuck in some hot desert half way around the globe fighting other people’s wars.”