May 30, 2014

The New McCarthyism

Big Gulp says the darndest things.

Guess – just guess – who said this during his college commencement speech: “There is an idea floating around college campuses – including here at Harvard – that scholars should be funded only if their work conforms to a particular view of justice. There’s a word for that idea: censorship. And it is just a modern-day form of McCarthyism. Think about the irony: In the 1950s, the right wing was attempting to repress left wing ideas. Today, on many college campuses, it is liberals trying to repress conservative ideas even as conservative faculty members are at risk of becoming an endangered species. And perhaps nowhere is that more true than here in the Ivy League. In the 2012 presidential race, according to Federal Election Commission data, 96% of all campaign contributions from Ivy League faculty and employees went to Barack Obama. Ninety-six percent. There was more disagreement among the old Soviet Politburo than there is among Ivy League donors. … When 96% of Ivy League donors prefer one candidate to another, you really have to wonder whether students are being exposed to the diversity of views that a great university should offer.” Any ideas? Condoleezza Rice? George Bush? The ghost of Ronald Reagan? Wrong, wrong and wrong. Graduates from Harvard University heard these words come from the mouth of Michael Bloomberg, the former New York Nanny Mayor who likes to control guns, salt and soda-cup sizes. Who woulda thunk it? More…

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