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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Wilting Ivy

As our universities move further left in their teachings, with some professors spending more time with anti-Bush rhetoric and delivery of false impressions of history, it's notable how actions are speaking louder than words.
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Lawrence Summers, Harvard's embattled president resigned over comments that didn't mix well with left-wing faculty members, so off with his head! In essence, Mr. Summers is being run out of Cambridge.
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Next we have the anti-Military establishment refusing recruitment on their ivy covered campuses. The recent Supreme Court 8-0 decision upheld a federal law that says universities must give the military the same access as other recruiters or forfeit federal money in Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights, 04-1152. xxx Justices ruled even more broadly, saying that Congress could directly demand military access on campus without linking the requirement to federal money. Some campuses decline the money so they can avoid compliance.
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Today Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi will speak by video to a conference at Columbia University that his regime is co-sponsoring. The school is not discussing the funding Mr. Gadhafi will provide Columbia for his effort and their forum.
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We have Yales "Taliban Man", Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, former deputy foreign secretary of the Taliban, now a student, at the same time the school continues to block ROTC training from its campus and argues for the right of its law school to exclude military recruiters. Mr. Hashemi has a fourth grade education and a high school equivalency certificate, while he takes up space at Yale.
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In the spring of 2001. Hashemi defended the Taliban's treatment of women and said he hadn't seen any evidence that their "guest" Osama bin Laden was a terrorist. As John Fund (WSJ) states, "Hashemi calls the Taliban 'an evil and macabre terrorist group'. . . . The fact that Hashemi didn't do actual killing does not absolve him. Goebbels didn't shoot anyone either.'"
xxx "Universities are places where free inquiry, debate and information sharing are supposed to be guiding lights. In reality, the ivory towers too often now resemble dark castles, which raise their drawbridges at the first hint of criticism or scrutiny. Never has the moat separating elite universities from the rest of America been wider than in the case of Yale's Taliban Man."
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Mr. Fund points out, Natalie Healy lost her Navy SEAL son Dan in Afghanistan when a Taliban rocket hit his helicopter. Dan had four children of his own, and Ms. Healy is appalled at Yale's new student. "Lots of people could benefit from a Yale education, so why reward this man who was part of the group that killed Dan? I want to tell [Yale President] Richard Levin that his not allowing ROTC on campus is one thing, but welcoming a former member of the Taliban is deeply insulting to families who have children fighting them right now," states Ms. Healy.
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Hashemi compares Taliban soccer stadium executions of women to executions in Texas. He fails to reconcile the fact that we have court systems and rule of law in America, with an appeals process, something Afghan women never received.
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Richard Shaw, Yale's former dean of undergraduate admissions, now at Stanford, told the New York Times that Yale had another foreigner of Mr. Hashemi's caliber apply but "we lost him to Harvard" and "I didn't want that to happen again."
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Same "caliber" as what? Are we talking about the size of a bullet or a potential students academic qualifications? The basis for these student admissions is unavailable, surprise, surprise!
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In "Pundits use Hashemi to unfairly attack Yale" Roger Low, a junior in Yale’s Branford College, puts on a full assault against anyone protesting Hashemi's presence on campus. He claims opinion and comment constitutes "hating Yale." Maybe the thin-skinned Mr. Low needs a lesson in U.S. Constitutional Law!
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Mr. Low admits he has never met Hashemi and can't judge if it's appropriate to have him as a Yale student. But it's appropriate for Low to write an op-ed in the Yale Daily News about so-called "pundits" he has never met, but have substantial qualifications as John Fund and other professionals. Yale's reputation, along with other "Ivy League" schools are determining their own image while appearing sympathetic to terrorists and anti-Military, anti-establishment.
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To Mr. Low, conservatives are bottom dwellers, enamored by symbolism, yet lacking substance. "Republicans may lose on the substance, but when it comes to the images they conjure into voters' imaginations on Election Day -- an American flag burning, or two grooms walking down the aisle or a sinister picture of Osama bin Laden -- they win every time. Good symbolism overrides reason with irrationality, drowning thoughtful discourse in a flash flood of patriotism, religious fervor or raw terror. Conservatives have no idea how to win the actual debate, but they know how to distract everyone from it," Low writes.
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Really? Mr. Low, I will debate you on the merits of patriotism as well as substantive affairs concerning government, terrorism, religion and any other thougtful discourse you so desire. You simply must answer your email and take the challenge! We might also discuss freedom of speech.
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Admitting to having no knowledge about Hashemi personally, Low sarcastically states, "He [Hashemi] is a stark reminder of the superiority of the heartland's common sense values over the East Coast's stuffy intellectualism. He is all these things, even though the rest of the country has no idea who he actually is and doesn't seem to care." Low doesn't know who Hashemi is but blasts anyone questioning his admittance to a university without the qualifications.
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Low doesn't, or is unable to provide any reasoning for his comments except to insult anyone not covered in Ivy. My apologies, I did my graduate studies at Northwestern University, surrounded by liberal thesis, yet enriched by Midwest values. The term "intellectual" lacks modesty for my taste, but Liberals enjoy describing themselves by this term to enhance their inadequacies of logic and realism, while covering for their low self esteem. It's their way of saying "we're smarter than everyone else." If only in their ego.
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Low continues, "By and large, the conservative pundit class does not care about what is really happening on our campus or on Ivy League campuses in general. They are interested only in bashing us and, to bash us more effectively, they are willing to distort the truth in extraordinary ways."
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Still no reasoning or material fact, only Low's own assault, with failure to provide any expertise. Where are the distortion's? Yale won't discuss the matter, but John Fund has personally met Hashemi, researched his background and heard his pro-terrorist words in person. Low goes as far as calling Mr. Fund a liar, based on a proposed speaking engagement at Yale.
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Low concludes, "I don't know whether Yale was right to allow Hashemi to attend class here, but I do know the University is right to ignore the indignant howling of Fund and his ilk. Hashemi is also a different kind of symbol -- an emblem of the problem with modern political discourse in America, in which buzzwords trump careful analysis, and indignant pundits bloviate even when they should know better."
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It seems Low has a distaste for John Fund, Conservatives and any disagreement with policies set for by Yale or other universities. He talks about debate but challenges anyone who questions his so-called values.
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Mr. Hashemi told the New York Times that he will apply next month for sophomore status in Yale's full-degree program starting next fall. An admissions official claims Yale's plan all along was to do just that, if his grades were acceptable.
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Yale will mail out 19,300 rejection letters to those who applied to be in its class of 2010. How difficult will it be for Yale to convince those it rejects that the Taliban student isn't taking a place they could have had?
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How does the Yalie, Mr. Low, reconcile this?

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