Monday, November 14, 2016
The scorn and contempt for the working class voter by the wealthy politicians, bureaucrats and journalists were obvious in almost all the coverage I saw of the 2016 campaign, whether in the Washington Post or the digital Slate and Daily Beast. But among academics it was apparent even when I was on the faculty at Ohio State University in the 1980s and 1990s.
I was a Democrat then and thought it was just isolated incidents when my student employee would come to work and tell me how the rabid feminist literature instructor was treating him for wearing an ROTC uniform. I didn’t see it as systemic then. But the most open minded faculty from those days when Democrat to Republican was about 2:1 are now emeritus, like me, and now it’s about 27:1. It’s not that lopsided in the ACLU. It would be difficult to even get hired let alone promoted if a young college graduate student weren’t far left of center. So conservatives will just select a different career, further adding to the imbalance. No conservative (of working age) with dreams of a career in academe should ever be on social media, send a letter to the editor, speak out at a town hall, run for school board or library board, or register as anything other than Independent. Being a Catholic or a Baptist could probably kill a promising career because it might cause delicate freshmen in 2017 to need a safe place.
It isn’t enough to charge contemporary conservatives with racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. Academics have made those charges retroactive, reaching back ten centuries to include the perpetrators of European colonialism and holding all American history in contempt. The role of Arab Muslims in the Atlantic slave trade or slave raids into Europe will be overlooked in history classes. That the sex slave and labor slave trades are bigger in the 21st century won’t be covered unless it’s some way to tear down capitalism. The rate of slave ownership by freed blacks in the U.S. before the Civil War will also not be mentioned (it was higher than whites). In literature they are toppling Shakespeare and demanding queer studies after years of elevating some really poor women authors. But famous, accomplished women can be disinvited from open forums and speeches if they are conservatives, even if they are Muslim or black. All actual diversity of thought or ideology must be destroyed by the diversophiles and campus thought police.
The Republicans now control both houses in Congress, the White House, and are awaiting a decent Supreme Court appointment. They control the majority of state legislatures and governorships. Almost every office of importance above the municipal level has gone to Republicans--and that's Obama's legacy because it's happened in the last 8 years. There has been a revolution, but it's been through the ballot box not marching in the streets being bussed in by professional agitators. However, it will take years to straighten out academe and they've had a lock on the brightest and best for the last 25-30 years.