Students fight back
If you read nothing else today, don't miss this wonderful (and long) editorial in todays WSJ, detailing not only the abominable domination of our campuses by left-wing idiots, BUT also the predictable, though long-in-coming backlash from conservative students. At last, students are doing what they have always done, bucking the establishment and rebelling, only this time the establishment is made up of left-wing agitprop, post-modernist, feminist, racially obsessed, America hating, Western Civ loathing, sandal clad, bearded and -- have I missed anything? -- professors and administrators.
There's nothing a young person hates more than being forced to conform -- as we all well remember, and what better way to fight back than to resist the PC nonsense and brainwashing propaganda of college courses and take it right back to the professors with an abundance of wit and pluck and courage.
I vividly remember my own experience with this same phenomenon when as a freshman in a college English class I received an "F" on an otherwise excellently written and argued essay on why we were right to get involved with the Vietnam war and fight it to a successful conclusion. Imagine my shock when it was the SUBSTANCE of my argument (which was, of course, flawless -- ahem), and my point of view which brought the failing grade, and not my lack of logic, facts, and cogent presentation. I naturally refused to rewrite the essay to state the opposite of what I believed. Thus began a lifetime career in fighting back and refusing to knuckle under to these noodniks of PC.
Now I see that a whole new generation of refuseniks has grown up and is fighting the same fight. The young always rebel against the old, and now the old -- who used to be the rebels -- ARE the establishment. DOWN WITH THE RULING CLASSES! The only true revolutionary anymore is a conservative.
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Here are the opening paragraphs:
Right on Campus
Conservatives begin to infiltrate the left's last redoubt.
BY BRIAN C. ANDERSON
Friday, January 14, 2005 12:01 a.m.
Throughout 2003 and into 2004, a surge of protests roiled American campuses. You probably think the kids were agitating against war in Iraq, right? Well, no. Students at UCLA, Michigan and many other schools were sponsoring bake sales to protest�.�.�. affirmative action. For white students and faculty, a cookie cost (depending on the school) $1; blacks and Hispanics could buy one for a lot less.
The principle, the protesters observed, was just that governing university admission practices: rewarding people differently based on race. Indignant school officials charged the bake-sale organizers with "creating a hostile climate" for minority students, oblivious to the incoherence of their position. On what grounds could they favor race preferences in one area (admissions) and condemn them in the other (selling cookies) as racist? Several schools banned the sales, on flimsy pretexts, such as the organizers' lack of school food permits.
The protests shocked the mainstream press, but to close observers of America's college scene lately they came as no surprise. For decades, conservative critics have bemoaned academe's monolithically liberal culture. Parents, critics note, spend fortunes to send their kids to top colleges, and then watch helplessly as the schools cram them with a diet of politically correct leftism often wholly opposed to mom and dad's own values.
But the left's long dominion over the university--the last place on earth that lefty power would break up, conservatives believed--is showing its first signs of weakening. The change isn't coming from the schools' faculty lounges and administrative offices, of course. It's coming from self-organizing right-of-center students and several innovative outside groups working to bypass the academy's elite gatekeepers.