I had to take a brief hiatus but I have returned to bore my small part of the webverse with my unasked for opinions. As usual, I have something to say! (Actually, I have quite a lot to say but will do this one subject at a time)
I have a friend who runs the debate program at the high school. These students travel all over the country to various universities for different competitions. Evidently, because of this, debaters tend to be more aware of, and sensitive to, the extreme radical philosophies and crooked thinking which is infecting our universities. One of her students lost a debate in a national competition because he did not say “herstory” instead of “history” during the course of the debate on an unrelated topic!
As absurd as it sounds, this stupidity is taken seriously by many young people. My friend just shook her head when I pointed out that “herstory” unfairly favored the female point of view over the male. So if one were to become that excruciatingly concerned with historical neutrality then we should just call history “itstory” and call IT a day!
Now I hear that some universities have begun to encourage students to turn each other in for speech that represents wrong thinking! Have we become a third world country whose citizens must worry about thought police? Isn’t it bad enough that the left tries to shut down conservative radio and conservative television. Facebook and Google demonetize and close down accounts of conservatives. Some of the Silicon Valley companies routinely fire any employee who reveals conservative sympathies. The only group of people treated with more contempt by the mainstream media, the establishment, academic professionals and Hollywood are Christians!
This cancer is leaching out into the public. It isn’t just the pervasive victim mentality, but now the NAACP wants caucasians to be tested for implicit bias and claims that white people are unconsciously prejudiced against black people. Has anyone addressed the growing problem of black racism against whites? One of the college students I work with told me that it was impossible for blacks to be racist! Because she is a friend and because I really do like her as a person, I walked away from the conversation rather than argue. But this is crooked thinking!
I have been a very strong supporter of Originalism since the early eighties. The Constitution is not a living breathing document which changes and grows with the nation. The Constitution is our rock solid foundation, our protection against tyranny and governmental overreach, it is the guarantor of our God given rights and the Congress cannot change it, neither can the courts alter it.
The biggest problem I see in all of this is in education. If we are not teaching our children to think critically, to separate fact from fiction and the dangers of group think then our republic will not last.
We need an educated electorate.
The universities we have today are not giving us graduates who can quickly and correctly analyze complicated situations, critical thinkers, listeners and accurate observers, unconventional solution seekers – instead we are getting acceptance of anything read as fact, political party over country, shutting down opinions one disagrees with, groupthink, etc.
There is always more than one point of view. One should always know AND UNDERSTAND both before claiming a position.
We need an educated electorate!!