Left-Winged Chickens Come Home to Roost at Liberal Colleges

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Left Winged Chickens

Most people agree that, with a few notable exceptions, university campuses are the redoubts of liberals—faculty, staff, and students.  And that seems to create an incubator for left wing violent and disruptive protests, seen by the college administrators and national media as a justifiable if boisterous outcry against obvious injustice; i.e. any conservative person or idea.

HardWired News has written before that conservatives are people who believe a nation based upon market capitalism, a socio-economic system of rewards and consequences, limited government, and personal freedom has been and will continue to be the best road to America’s success for her people.  They also believe in a strong social safety net for those people needing help.  Conservatives are correctly most frequently associated with the center-right wings of the Republican Party and Libertarians, although many so-called political independents fit the bill.  Despite the bigoted beliefs of some on the left, groups such as the Neo-Nazis, KKK, skinheads or other white supremacist groups find no harbor among the conservative establishment.  The left’s view of conservatives as haters is as politically self-serving and ironic as it is bogus. (See HardWired News: The Ascent of Bigotry)

MissouBut more and more the tolerance shown the extreme left by liberal colleges is turning back against them.  At the University of Missouri, between 2010 and 2015 a few isolated and in some cases unsubstantiated racial confrontations led to a series of increasingly unruly (and arguably baseless) protests.  Emboldened by the lack of restraints from the University or local law enforcement, the protests became increasingly frequent, threatening and demanding.  While the school had done nothing to cause or condone the alleged racial incidents and had Missou protestbent over backward to placate the protesters, nonetheless the administration acceded to the demands with the president and chancellor resigning as de facto racists.  At Evergreen State College in the uberliberal state of Washington, violent protests erupted after the college would not agree to demands that white students be banned from campus during a planned event on racism.  The Washington Post said

“The public university in Washington state has attracted national attention in recent days after protests over race erupted and video of the unrest on campus went viral. Last week, students of color confronted a professor who had objected to a request by school officials that white people consider avoiding campus on a day of discussions about race. They called him racist and angrily demanded that he be fired. Demonstrations continued the next day with a standoff with the college’s president and other officials.”

But now both universities are facing a backlash.  Alumni financial support is declining.  Applications from incoming students are dropping.  The University of Missouri has been forced to slash budgets and implement layoffs.  Fox News explained:

“Now Evergreen State has experienced a decline in enrollment that has resulted in a $2.1 million budget shortfall, forcing the liberal arts school to announce layoffs…

(At Missouri), freshman enrollment has plunged by 35 percent, and donations to the athletic department have dropped 72 percent over the year before…The University of Missouri had to temporarily close seven dormitories – renting them out for special events, such as homecoming games – and planned to cut 400 jobs.”

The left, as one would expect, blames the problems on public reaction to the universities’ racism, while others (more reasonably, it seems to us) cite public disgust with the schools’ coddling of disruptive students, acquiescing to preposterous demands, and general inability to maintain a wholesome learning environment.

Either way, it seems poetic justice of sorts for the maudlin, liberal schools and their weak-kneed administrations.  We’ll see if the university community can learn from its mistakes.

The Ascent of Bigotry

How the Left is Fomenting Hate and Violence

charlottesville 4Just about everyone has heard the news of the sad events in Charlottesville over the past weekend.   A violent clash of protesters from the political left and radical right occurred over the display of a Confederate statue.  The events culminated in the death of a young woman and injury of many others.  The deadly violence was perpetrated by a young man identified with white supremacists who intentionally rammed his speeding car into a group he believed represented the left, leaving the woman dead and others in critical condition.

The collective American consciousness could not but be horrified by this kind of murderous cruelty.  But the aftermath of politically motivated and misplaced recrimination is symptomatic of a more pervasive and deeply rooted problem in our country.  A problem of rampant bigotry perpetrated increasingly by the left.

The term bigotry is generally understood as the deep dislike or even hate of a group because of a belief, often self-serving and always false, that they universally share despicable characteristics.  The most infamous case may be the persecution of the Jews by Nazi Germany.  But its targets have also included other peoples including African-Americans, Muslims, LGBT, and those with a particular ancestry or national origin viewed as problematic by the bigots.  Of course, science and common sense tell us all such large groups include people of various abilities, morals and the like.  It is patently false to characterize all or even most members in a particularly negative way.

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Unfortunately, the extreme political left element is climbing on the bigotry train big-time.  And they are doing it with violence.  Conservatives—who usually believe that market capitalism and personal freedom advance the well being of most everyone—are labeled as haters and as such, fundamentally evil.  Right leaning speakers invited to the University of California at Berkeley have been met with clubs, mace and firebombs in the interest of assuring peace and kindness on the campus.  Hollywood griffin-trum-head.jpgis doing an excellent job of fanning the flames, as Johnny Depp asks if it is time for an actor to (again: John Wilkes Booth) assassinate a president (Trump) while Madonna declares to a gathered cheering throng she seriously considers blowing up the White House.  And who can forget so-called comedian Kathy Griffin posing with a faux severed Trump head?

Institutional bigotry on the left has risen to a new high with the recent Charlottesville events.  Donald Trump, seen by the media as the poster-child of the right, is being falsely accused of siding with the far right extremists.  Anyone who has seen the film footage of the events knows that both sides came looking for trouble, donning helmets and wielding clubs.  Violence between the groups quickly occurred, instigated in many instances by those demonstrators on the political left.  Nothing justifies the horrible deadly assault with the automobile, and no one has even implied as much.  But because President Trump said there was blame for the unrest due to the conduct of both sides, the left and their mouthpieces in the liberal media have branded him an apologist for the white supremacists.

It is noteworthy that Trump has consistently condemned and disavowed racism and associated groups, while speaking up for the rights of people of color and vowing to unite America.  His concern with terrorism originating from the radical Muslim world, and illegal entry over our southern border is equated by the liberal media to racism, while his policies are clearly anti-crime, and not anti-people.

The constant and increasingly violent condemnation by the left of people with a more egalitarian political view on the right is nothing short of bigotry.  And one of the problems with this type of institutionalized bigotry is that it legitimizes it, giving a sort of permission to those who would characterize other groups who they in turn hate, such African-Americans or gay people.  In this way, the extreme element on the left is fanning the flames of division, hatred and violence in the country.  And it seems to be spreading. Let’s hope and pray that bigotry can be ended on all fronts, or we face a very grim future.