April 3, 2016 v.1.2.
The Daily Collegian issue of January 17, 1964 has a familiar-sounding headline emanating from a college staff writer: Speaker Warns of Radical Right. This student newspaper of Wayne State University (Detroit) engaged in political alarmism when it stirred up fears that “these radicals would change America so completely as to be a revolution”. Did we have such a revolution? We have had Obama’s “fundamental transformation” revolution and now Bernie Sanders is openly promoting another socialist revolution. The student writer quotes an Anti-Defamation League spokesman as saying: “their methods to beat the Communists are to establish little, big and middle-sized fronts, the way Communists do, because they say it will be a fight to the death”. Why does this sound familiar? The 1964 article takes recourse to “science” claiming that “the people who get involved in the radical right … included …those of fundamentalist religions who feel a drastically changing world is causing their old power to slip, victims of status discrepancy…”. The same spokesperson is also quoted as saying that “the radical right sees a complete communist infiltration of the federal government, business, labor organizations and religious groups“. Today’s news media are writing similar stories, except that today’s political right would claim that it is progressive-liberals that have taken the place of Communists and infiltrated our federal government, our universities, our labor organizations, mass media and Hollywood. The most disturbing infiltration perhaps occurred in education at all levels. A majority of educators no longer claim neutrality as they permit, if not encourage radical-left students to disrupt academic life, and even call for “muscle” to remove students that might demonstrate in opposition. Earlier generations appreciated their professors who were multi-dimensional. My philosophy professor matched his persona to the particular author, without revealing his personal philosophical or political convictions. Alas. There is often a lack of tolerance of free-speech and of academic freedom unless it is left-wing. Conservatives are simply intimidated into silence or, worse, get physically abused and denied their right to speak. The radical chickens have come home to roost. One-dimensional teachers beget one-dimensional students under the deceitful name of “progressive liberal”. It is false advertising. There is not much progressive or liberal about this movement, unless progress means the lowest common denominator. Liberal is supposed to mean “liberty” of thought and action. Tolerance and civility are not virtues anymore. Student newspapers seem only to reflect liberal views that tend to ridicule Conservatives. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon” reads rule #5 which is part of the 13 Rules for Radicals authored by Saul Alinsky, Dean of the virtual Chicago school of left-wing ideology. It was taught by none other than Barack Obama to community organizing groups such as the pro-Democrat ACORN voter-registration network. No wonder then, that our institutions are populated by radicals that have been oozing onto the stage since President Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican. Progressivism in both major US political parties is turning America into a nation in distress, one-dimensional, intolerant and deeply polarized. Diversity everywhere, except in thought.