As Alexis De Tocqueville demonstrated convincingly, sometimes a foreigner can visit these shores and see clearly aspects of our society that remain unquestioned, unexamined, and unnoticed by Americans. At Macalester College, an elite and highly selective liberal arts college (dubbed one of the "25 new elite ´Ivies´´´ according to Newsweek) in St. Paul, a junior division example of this phenomenon has appeared in the form of Bassem El-Remesh, a foreign student who shared with his fellow students his view of the state of discourse at that very liberal college
~~Out of curiosity, I went around campus searching for Republicans. I found two! One of them told me how annoying it is to be here and regretted that he came. Of course he is free to speak up, but there is a ratio of one to 100 of Republicans to Democrats. Put simply, Republicans don´t dare to speak up.~~
If you want to witness how intelligent people could march mindlessly in lock-step in an ideology as did the Germans under Hitler, visit a college campus. (In full disclosure, I am guilty of having several degrees from them.)
When Hubert Horatio Humphrey left office, he went to work for macalester college, if my memory serves me. Hubert was the straw up LBJs butt, pushing for the creation of those poverty programs...HHH also said, during the 1968 campaign, that every American is entitled to a MEANINGFUL job. Think about that one, you people! Every job has elements of boredom, overly detailed components, and wasted time. HHH didn´t understand that, because he was a career politician. HHH also evaded the draft in WWII, because he had an inguinal hernia, easily repaired, even back then. But he didn´t have it fixed, and remained 4-F, at a time when lots of famous and not so famous Americans were volunteering for military service. Jimmy Stewart, at the time of WWII was too skinny, flunked his draft physical, told the physician to wait for a couple of hours, ate a couple of big meals, and just passed, attaining minimum weight. Clark Gable served in the Army Air Corps, as a gunner, Ted Williams as a fighter pilot, who again served during the korean war, same job. Bob Feller, Cleveland Indians, enlisted in the U.S. Navy, as a gunner, and was a hero. Gerald Ford was an authentic hero in the U.S. Navy, saving his crewmates´ lives in combat. (And never talked about it, unlike the stolen valor guy, Jon Cary.) I could name many more, but I sort of got off the subject. Macalester chose a draft evader to teach for them. Too bad.
My daughter was accepted to Macalester in ´01. We told her then that it was too liberal of a college and we didn´t want to spend our money there. That was fine with her. A better value would be the University of St. Thomas, just down the street.
To me the most consistent characterization of academics (and liberals in general) is that they are perpetual adolescents. Perpetually funded by the Bank of Mom & Dad (including the State Bank of All Mom & Dads). Given lifetime tenure to freeload and mouth off. No rules to live by (but not allowing anyone around them to break their own non-rule rules). And utterly contemptuous of Mom & Dad and all the Mom & Dads who continue to fund them. Etc.
Want to know how to break the stranglehold they have on our schools and our culture? End tenure. Close the Bank of Mom & Dad and withhold payment to the State Bank of All Moms & Dads.
A boy who had aims beyond any expectations since the age of 7. 10 years later, most of the aims and dreams started to see light, i got a scholarship to study the IB Diploma in Norway for 2 years. Starting from August 2012, will be going to study on a full scholarship at Macalester college-United States, and yet more to see. My passion is politics, International relations, debating and lobbying. The word impossible does not appear in my dictionary. Proud to be Lebanese.
A further search for this young man led to his website. He does not seem like your average college student. But right now he believes the Israelis are the aggressors in Gaza and that those who are in Gaza are all victims. Not much different than the other liberals at Macalester, I´ll wager. If you read this and come up with a different conclusion, let us know.
I have a project for mark levin and other sturdy conservatives. I´m sure all these lib schools are politically correct regarding color and gender equality. How about suing lib schools who don´t maintain political balance in faculties? That would be 20 percent lib, over a third conservative, the rest Indy. Why not?
I appreciate this article. One of my kids, a straight A junior at a Catholic HS is bombarded with info from this school. I never before heard of Macalester College and knew nothing of its political leanings. Now I know and know what to do the the literature they send to us.
An entry titled "Forget About the Price Tag" has won the HHS video contest for promoting Obamacare. (snip)McDonald received the $2,000 grand prize and a $3,000 prize for having the top song. McDonald, a resident of Chicago, signed up for Cook County´s Medicaid program. She has type 1 diabetes. Did someone tell the state of IL that the $5,000 she won in the contest might make her inelgible for Medicaid? The huge irony is that she won by posting a video urging her fellow youth not to worry about the price tag, when she herself is getting her insurance paid for by
In his first term, Obama managed to get his paws on health care, banking, energy, student loans, the auto business, and more. Now he has his sights set on your 401(k). The left has had its eye on retirement savings for years, but so far takeover attempts have been rebuffed. (snip)Once it is established that mutual funds pose a risk to financial stability, government will likely proceed on its merry way, with thousands of pages of regulations bringing those funds, and the savings they manage, under the thumb of government. It is only a short step from regulation to appropriation,
In Michael Agar´s book entitled Language Shock: Understanding the Culture of Conversation, he asks "[h]ow do you speak and act a lie at the same time?" Agar maintains that there are three characteristics of an act that tell ... whether a lie occurred or not: I. The sentence is false; 2. The person knows it´s false; 3. The person intends to deceive. A lie isn´t just what´s in the discourse; it´s also what´s in the circumstances of the act of speaking, like the knowledge and intentions of the speaker. Furthermore, "the thing that most people would say makes a lie
Organizing for Action (OFA), which lives at the web address barackobama.com because it is an outgrowth of the Obama presidential campaigns, is shamelessly seeking to exploit the deaths of school children at the hands of a maniac in Newtown, CT. I am beyond words. How low can you go?
Global warming hysterics at the BBC warned us in 2007 that by summer 2013, the Arctic would be ice-free. As with so many other doomsday predictions by warmists, the results turn out to be quite the opposite. The UK Daily Mail reports: A chilly Arctic summer has left 533,000 more square miles of ocean covered with ice than at the same time last year - an increase of 29 per cent. (snip) The Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific has remained blocked by pack-ice all year. More than 20 yachts that had planned to sail it have been left
Barack Obama is a man with only one core conviction. He has, as the basic foundation of his otherwise disorganized and uncertain belief system, the irrefutable tenet that the United States, because of its European roots, has been the epitome of oppression and arrogance throughout its history. Therefore, he is able to rationalize the need to say or do anything as the transformation of American society and the end of the pre-eminent status of the United States are his sole objectives. He has, thus, adopted a pre-meditated schizophrenic personality wherein he comports himself as an apologist and appeaser on the
Liberal media bon pensants are in a huff over remarks delivered by London´s Mayor Boris Johnson suggesting that IQ and effort have something to do with income. (snip) Britain´s Guardian, which regards itself as the leading organ of the left wing intelligentsia, busied itself ginning up an editorial pretending that Johnson is probably a racist: [Johnson used] a bizarre metaphor - "The harder you shake the pack, the easier it will be for some cornflakes to get to the top" - which was likely designed to confuse with colour, and make sure that this ambitious politician didn´t say too much.
I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
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Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
One of President Obama´s chief political assets has been his ability to excite young people like almost no politician in history. But the days of America´s youth fawning over the president are over. A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday confirms what other surveys have shown in recent months: Millennials have soured on Obama so much this year that their opinion of him largely mirrors the American public´s. Even though Obama does not ever have to face another election, he should be worried about the findings for a couple of reasons, which we will dive into momentarily.
During a presentation at the White House in which President Barack Obama touted the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, the president declared that his signature health care reform law was not going to be repealed. This assertion led his administration members, his staff, and audience members to rise from their seats and give the president a standing ovation. Obama said that ACA opponents’ alternative to the health care reform law is to champion repeal and going back to the health care delivery system status quo ante. He specifically cited Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who he said was asked directly for
A woman has revealed how difficult it is to eat healthily and stay full when living off an average food stamp budget. Melinda Moulton, from Huntington, Vermont, was one of 200 people to take part in the 3Squares Challenge, which saw her living for a week on just $36 worth of food, or around $1.71 a meal. Opting to try and eat as healthily as possible, Ms Moulton resorted to cheap foods like yogurt for breakfast, two handfuls of peanuts for lunch and lentil stew for dinner, all of which left her unsatisfied.´I don´t know how people do it,´ said
[Video] President Obama on Wednesday declared that addressing income inequality would be the focus of “all” of the White House’s efforts “for the rest of my presidency.” In a sweeping address that touched on raising the minimum wage, investing in infrastructure and ending tax breaks for the wealthy, Obama warned that the American economy has become “profoundly unequal,” declaring economic mobility the “challenge of our time.” “The combined trends of increasing inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe,” he said in an hour-long