Via Robert Gehl:
Barack Obama is missing the point.
He spoke up about the rash of protests hitting America’s college campuses – from riots about race, to “gender equality,” gay rights and “microaggressions,” nitwit students are always complaining about something.
And most of the time, they’re not interested in hearing anything that challenges that nitwitty world view.
They’ve demanded conservative speakers be banned from campus, they’ve insisted that professors be fired who don’t embrace their agenda. Hell, they’ve even protested racist fried chicken. They’ve even had the nerve to demand they get PAID for protesting.
And Barack Obama insists this is all great. It’s a good thing!
In a long NPR interview, the President talked about the student rioters.
“I think it’s a healthy thing for young people to be engaged and to question authority and to ask why this instead of that, to ask tough questions about social justice,” he said. “So I don’t want to discourage kids from doing that.”
But here, Obama veers off, clearly not understanding the intentions of these protesters.
As I’ve said before, I do think that there have been times on college campuses where I get concerned that the unwillingness to hear other points of view can be as unhealthy on the left as on the right, and that, you know … there have been times where you start seeing on college campuses students protesting somebody like the director of the IMF or Condi Rice speaking on a campus because they don’t like what they stand for. Well, feel free to disagree with somebody, but don’t try to just shut them up.
If somebody doesn’t believe in affirmative action, they may disagree — you may disagree with them. I disagree with them, but have an argument with them. It is possible for somebody not to be racist and want a just society but believe that that is something that is inconsistent with the Constitution. And you should engage.
So my concern is not whether there is campus activism. I think that’s a good thing. But let kids ask questions and let universities respond. What I don’t want is a situation in which particular points of view that are presented respectfully and reasonably are shut down, and we have seen that sometimes happen.
That sounds great, Mr. President. But these are your youth soldiers. You and your liberal self-obsessed, feelings-obsessed ideology made these little monsters.
We’re going to have to fix this mess long after you’ve left office and the cultural pendulum swing back to something resembling sanity.
The pendulum will swing back, won’t it?