Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Missouri and the craziness taking over our college campuses

There was a time that college administrators and professors were generally kind, fair, supportive of freedom of speech and assembly, and truly believed in American exceptionalism.

Too many of these folks have been replaced by the products of the 1960s -- intolerant, leftist, entitled, and self-centered.  Their students largely reflect and magnify these qualities.

This disgusting circus act at the University of Missouri is almost unbelievable.  There are emerging similarities with the McCarthy era, when incorrect opinions literally got people fired from their jobs.

However, the difference from the 1950s is stark: today's crowd seem to generally hate America, especially white males, and have lowered themselves to standards of tolerance that would have shocked even Joe McCarthy.

Kirsten Powers told Bill O'Reilly that she read about a student who said she is "tired of people using the first amendment to create an unsafe environment." She explained that an unsafe environment is one they are not comfortable with, say, like Condoleezza Rice speaking of her experience and ideas.

It's a new low when students in a university are afraid of learning new and different ideas.

Let's be honest about what is happening at the University of Missouri. In this particular case it's a small group of African-Americans who have been brought up under the influence of leaders like Al Sharpton who have made them believe they are victims.

Yes, there are remnants of discrimination, and yes, there are bad cops, but that is not the norm. It is just isolated bad behavior that loud mouths like Al Sharpton take advantage of to get their 15 minutes of fame at the expense of young impressionable minds who they hurt. What's even worse is that the president validates and empowers those behaviors.

"Black Lives Matter" and its white Left supporters are one of the biggest threats to our nation's well-being since the anti-Communist witch hunts of the early 1950s.

The Mizzou leaders are cowards who caved to know-nothing activists and an abominably arrogant football team.

Frankly I have no sympathy for them.  A real man would have stood his ground and called these folks out on their hypocrisy and strong-arm tactics.  So what if they didn't play their damned game?  Eventually things would have calmed down; the football department could recruit a new team, the hunger strike idiot would have gone back to eating his Twinkies and reading Facebook.

But to blame U-of-Missouri's President for the despicable behavior of blacks in Henderson?  A sick joke.

Spoiling children never works out well for anyone, particularly the children. "Uncle Sam" has encouraged these children to take on student debt, which he guarantees, albeit without having the money to cover the loans.  Cash has streamed into colleges and universities, driving up tuition prices, just like he did with home loans.  The only think we know for sure is that this is not sustainable.

When the loans slow up, liberal administrators, faculty and students will find that they are in a real bind. The volume of students / children on the free ride will suddenly discover its not free anymore.

The temper tantrums of today will be mild in comparison to what is coming.  It will all work out, but the entire university system,  administrators, faculty and students are going to get a crash course in basic economics. They won't like it, but in the end, it will be good for them.

Regarding the craziness  that has taken over our campuses, for most of my life I've been trying to understand why some societies function better than others, particularly the United States In the process I developed a theory about social change. My theory attempts to explain what and how it is about Protestantism that makes it work better and I think the growing chaos in American colleges provides an insight.

At the core is freedom with responsibility. From the beginning, I was taught that we are each responsible for our destiny, that we shouldn't expect someone else to save or do for us, but it was a passive message, if we are good we will be saved. I think the great leap forward came with the responsibility of each individual to read and interpret the Bible for themselves. This turned us into active pursuers of our own salvation and, of particular earthly relevance, our betterment.

Far and away the most important two things I was taught were unqualified respect for others, and personal responsibility. I was taught never ever to blame anything or anybody for whatever happens to me, that I alone made my own destiny and luck. I was literally belted on my behind whenever I broke these rules but otherwise I was given incredible freedom to do anything I wanted.

That is no longer the case. Too many kids are not taught that with freedom comes responsibility, except in the most innocuous and meaningless ways. Small wonder that so many students today have a sense of entitlement. That inner drive for personal responsibility for one's self improvement that was a defining characteristic is being lost.

I worry that the damage goes beyond how each individual wastes opportunities to better themselves, in the case of students by learning more from their college experience, and that on a larger scale it is weakening the moral fiber of society.

Why are universities "struggling to balance the free exchange of ideas with students’ growing desire to be shielded from offensive views" in the first place? What they should be doing is teaching these pampered, coddled kids about the Constitution and about what happens in places like Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, and theocratic Iran when speech is throttled.

This generation of kids has been coddled like none before, yet also has been manipulated with fervent leftist narratives about injustice. They have no experience nor understanding of what it means to protest against real injustice, so they revert to the form of protesting as a fashion statement.

Close down the colleges. Send them all home to find jobs. See how they like that.

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