How Liberals Ruined College – Kirsten Powers

1431359490423.cachedKirsten Powers has written a book. So what? I hear many of you say, still another liberal writing a book about how bad things are. Well, yes and yes, Powers is by any American appraisal, a liberal, and she does think a lot of things are bad. If you had asked me back in 2008 if I would ever have praised her, well the answer would have been “NO!” and maybe more emphatic than that.

I would have been wrong. Because Powers is a real liberal, who has an innate respect for freedom and America. Her liberalism reminds me greatly of my youth, in northern Indiana and especially in Minnesota, where people really did believe in good faith that the government could effect changes in the environment, business and such, for the better. And, if we’re honest, working with people like them it did. A lot of us had, even then, philosophical problems with it but it worked amongst people of good will, and still likely would.

The trouble is that her kind of liberalism got swamped by what we see today. The strident, divisive kind that can only really be described as fascist, and Powers, like many others got left behind. And that’s very sad because it is no longer possible to, ‘Come, let us reason together’ for the best for the American people. Because for many that is not even a minor goal for them. They want money and power, without regard of who gets hurt along the way, and they will use the power of the state to silence anybody who gets in their way.

And so, I think Kirsten Powers is making a journey, one that many, including Ronald Reagan, made before her, from liberal to classically liberal, and she has written a book. It’s called The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech. While I won’t recommend it (because I haven’t read it) it is on my wish list and I think you likely should.

She published an excerpt in The Daily Beast yesterday, and here is some of it. I am impressed with what she says.

The root of nearly every free-speech infringement on campuses across the country is that someone—almost always a liberal—has been offended or has sniffed out a potential offense in the making. Then, the silencing campaign begins. The offender must be punished, not just for justice’s sake, but also to send the message to anyone else on campus that should he or she stray off the leftist script, they too might find themselves investigated, harassed, ostracized, or even expelled. If the illiberal left can preemptively silence opposing speakers or opposing groups— such as getting a speech or event canceled, or denying campus recognition for a group—even better.

In a 2014 interview with New York magazine, comedian Chris Rock told journalist Frank Rich that he had stopped playing college campuses because of how easily the audiences were offended. Rock said he realized some time around 2006 that “This is not as much fun as it used to be” and noted George Carlin had felt the same way before he died. Rock attributed it to “Kids raised on a culture of ‘We’re not going to keep score in the game because we don’t want anybody to lose.’ Or just ignoring race to a fault. You can’t say ‘the black kid over there.’ No, it’s ‘the guy with the red shoes.’ You can’t even be offensive on your way to being inoffensive.” Sadly, Rock admitted that the climate of hypersensitivity had forced him and other comedians into self-censorship.

This Orwellian climate of intimidation and fear chills free speech and thought. On college campuses it is particularly insidious. Higher education should provide an environment to test new ideas, debate theories, encounter challenging information, and figure out what one believes. Campuses should be places where students are able to make mistakes without fear of retribution. If there is no margin for error, it is impossible to receive a meaningful education.

Instead, the politically correct university is a world of land mines, where faculty and students have no idea what innocuous comment might be seen as an offense. In December 2014, the president of Smith College, Kathleen McCartney, sent an email to the student body in the wake of the outcry over two different grand juries failing to indict police officers who killed African-American men. The subject heading read “All Lives Matter” and the email opened with, “As members of the Smith community we are struggling, and we are hurting.” She wrote, “We raise our voices in protest.” She outlined campus actions that would be taken to “heal those in pain” and to “teach, learn and share what we know” and to “work for equity and justice.”

Shortly thereafter, McCartney sent another email. This one was to apologize for the first. What had she done? She explained she had been informed by students “the phrase/hashtag ‘all lives matter’ has been used by some to draw attention away from the focus on institutional violence against black people.” She quoted two students, one of whom said, “The black students at this school deserve to have their specific struggles and pain recognized, not dissolved into the larger student body.” The Daily Hampshire Gazette reported that a Smith sophomore complained that by writing “All Lives Matter,” “It felt like [McCartney] was invalidating the experience of black lives.” Another Smith sophomore told the Gazette, “A lot of my news feed was negative remarks about her as a person.” In her apology email McCartney closed by affirming her commitment to “working as a white ally.”

McCartney clearly was trying to support the students and was sympathetic to their concerns and issues. Despite the best of intentions, she caused grievous offense. The result of a simple mistake was personal condemnation by students. If nefarious motives are imputed in this situation, it’s not hard to extrapolate what would, and does, happen to actual critics who are not obsequiously affirming the illiberal left.

 

Keep reading How Liberals Ruined College – The Daily Beast.

Seems to me that the time approaches swiftly for us to welcome another refugee from the illiberal left to ‘The Dark Side’. Smart, easy on the eyes, and thinks for herself, my kind of woman!

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10 Responses to How Liberals Ruined College – Kirsten Powers

  1. Sorry, I’ll pass on Kirsten Powers myself, really a true liberal at heart! Though she does have nice legs!

    Here’s a piece from the Wiki… “Powers was raised as an Episcopalian but spent much of her early adult life as an atheist. In her mid-30s, she became an evangelical Christian. The process of conversion began when she dated a religious Christian man, who introduced her to the Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and the teachings of its pastor, Tim Keller, and culminated in an experience in 2006 when, during a trip to Taiwan – she believes that she was visited by Jesus.[5] She has called her conversion “a bit of a mind bender” due to her political beliefs and former atheism, and prefers the term “orthodox Christian” over “evangelical” to describe herself, given the “cultural baggage” around the word “evangelical”.[20] She has said that the biggest impact her new-found faith had on her political beliefs was that she came to “view everyone as God’s child and that means everyone deserves grace and respect.”[4] [8]

    Another liberal so-called “evangelical Christian”! “Visited by Jesus”, literally? Born in Alaska btw, and of American-Irish descent.

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    • the unit says:

      As I mentioned before tough to always know the truth from internet. And when she stands before God on judgment day, God will be reading about her from Wiki. It’ll be on C-Span. then we’ll know. Really know! 🙂

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      • Of course GOD alone gets to judge the heart and soul! But as NEO writes, “this” kind of “fascist” and one party liberal Christianity does exist, (2 Tim. 3: 5)…”denying the power (Dunamis) thereof”. But the great question remains, what is the might & power here? I would maintain it is the doctrine of God HIMSELF! (God the Sovereign) And here this world-age quite denies! As Luther said, ‘Let God BE God’!

        *Unit: Don’t be blinded by them pretty legs! 😉 (Of course I am kidding! Rock on with them pretty legs!)

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        • But indeed let’s hope Ms Powers is on her way towards the more true “Dunamis” and power/authority of God In Christ! And again, this is much more than a mere “Common Grace”!

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  2. the unit says:

    Hello Muddah Hello Fadduh Robert, I know you’re speaking of the spiritual and real true relationship with Jesus we need.
    But anyway …Everything in physical nowness has to be weighed. We’ve been a family who lived within our means. Ideology? Not so much. Have and have had a pool while kids grew up. I knew so much that I took care of it, vacuum, scrub walls daily in season for 22 years. Then due to health problems for me, wife had to take over. She bought a Polaris and did water testing and balancing. No more scrubbing and vacuuming needed like during my years of care. Yard work is catching up to both of us. Also my 97 Chevy truck is on it’s last leg, or wheel. She says I don’t need to buy another, she’ll (in her new car) take me where I think I need to go, if she thinks I need to go there. I hear older folks are getting divorced these days. 🙂 Just kidding, I two older trucks I can start up with a little work.

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    • Yes, I have always been one of those conservative ideologue’s, though always too within more of the British aspect, though I do like the American Constitution, and especially the first two Amendments, but also the 4th and 5th, etc. And surely too the 10th! These are the heart of true Americanism!

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      • the unit says:

        Yeah. I just mean sometimes you don’t know who, where, and when Rosie the Riveter is going to show up. Maybe journalism too.

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        • Yes, “of the people, by the people, for the people”! It almost seems lost now?

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        • the unit says:

          Yeah. Seems to be now…
          What was the old maxim/tenet of communism?
          From each according to his ability, to each according to his need and his ability to steal it from each who had the ability in the first place. And nobody did it(the making or the stealing) by themselves. 🙂

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