Testifying before Congress Thursday on the state of free speech on college campuses, comedian and filmmaker Adam Carolla made a profound observation that will doubtlessly please social conservatives.
Asked by Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., what Washington D.C. can do to help stand up for free speech, Carolla described the root of our free speech and intolerance problems and said intact families are the best guarantor of a peaceful and happy civil society.
“I hosted a show called Loveline for over a decade, and I had a very unique perspective because I was able to talk to troubled kids, teenagers, two hours a night for a decade. And I really got to learn something about young people and how they work, and what works and what doesn’t work,” Carolla began.
“And I learned that all of these problems that we’re talking about – free speech, discrimination, hatred toward other people, and drug addiction, violence, crime – it all stems from the family. And when the family is intact, much of this stuff just goes away, you don’t have to legislate it away. It just goes away because people are brought up in intact families with decent caring parents, whatever their color, whatever their background is, and then they produce little decent individuals who go off to college or a job, place of work, and they don’t need to be coached up, and they don’t need to be legislated, and they don’t need bloviated by people like us. They grew up in an intact family.”
“My feeling is all the stuff we’re talking about is at the outside of the rim, the hub is the family. And the discussions should center around the family and who is creating these people who think it’d be a good idea to take a baseball bat to the window of a Starbucks in their community,” he concluded.
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