A Wrong Against the Right

Once again, graduation time is upon us, and a new study by the Los Angeles Times says plenty about the state of higher education in America. The paper looked at the invited commencement speakers for 150 colleges and universities. There are just four conservative speakers, as opposed to at least 69 liberal ones.

In fact, Newark, New Jersey mayor Cory Booker, a very liberal guy, has as many campus addresses as all elected Republicans combined.

There is no shortage of intellect or accomplishment on the right. The reason few conservative speakers are invited is that college administrators are frightened by radical left students and faculty. Last month, Karl Rove's speech at the University of Massachusetts was disrupted, and so was one by Senator Rand Paul at Howard University. Nobody wants a graduation ceremony turned into an ideological circus – and that's what often happens when perceived conservatives are invited to speak on many campuses.

Last year, I headed up a benefit for the "It Happened to Alexa" foundation at Boston University, where I received a Master's Degree in Broadcast Journalism. As a freshman, Alexa Branchini had been raped in a BU dorm, had to withdraw from the school, and eventually founded, with her parents, an organization to help victims of violent crime. I felt the campus of Boston University would be the perfect place to hold a fundraiser for this fine charity. How wrong I was.

A number of far-left professors and administrators, including a university vice-president, boycotted the event. The school did little to promote it and essentially folded under the pressure of the zealots. It was an absolute disgrace, and an insult to Alexa and her family. That tells you all you need to know about the mentality of fanatical college professors and the cowardly administrators who enable them.

There is no question that liberal indoctrination is a fact of life on most American college campuses. Tenure means never having to say you're sorry or you're wrong. And, overwhelmingly, tenured college teachers are left wing. They dominate and intimidate the students. If you go up against them, your grade often suffers. There is a tyranny in higher education that is gravely harming this nation.

When a distinguished medical doctor and author like Ben Carson has to withdraw as a commencement speaker at Johns Hopkins University because some loons don't like his conservative point of view, you know there is trouble in River City. And little is being done about it.

It is long past time to call out America's colleges, especially those funded by taxpayers, and demand that they be fair in their hiring practices and speaking forums. I give a nice annual donation to Marist College where I obtained a degree in History because it is fair. But I've stopped giving to Boston U. and to Harvard (where I received a Master's in Public Administration) because those schools are not fair. All college grads should evaluate their contributions.

That's the only way the liberal higher-education stranglehold will be broken. Many of those pinhead professors may espouse socialistic tenets, but believe me, they want the money. The goal of higher education should be to champion the airing of all honest viewpoints. Nothing less is acceptable.

  • Drew Page

    College professors should not be preaching any particular ideology other than the pursuit of knowledge and how to acquire it. University administrations should insist upon this. Unfortunately, many universities rely on government funding and grants and if those in charge of making those grants espouse certain points of view, it behooves those universities to support those points of view.

    When people go to trade or technical schools to become skilled tradesmen, there is little political or ideological preaching happening. Becoming a computer programmer, or a systems analyst, or a computer technician, a mechanical or electrical or chemical engineer doesn’t require any sort of political indoctrination. Similarly, it shouldn’t be necessary when learning history, political science, philosophy and/or sociology. University educations should expose students to various points of view and perspectives, allowing students to formulate their own opinions as opposed to requiring students to accept and adopt the ideas, opinions and philosophies of their professors.

  • TarHeel456

    There were many, but the single most important lesson taught by my father was “Think for yourself.” Seems to be one that many parents of those in school today have failed to teach their children.

  • Wheels55

    Yet parents spend 10’s of thousands of dollars on their child’s college. Only to find out their minds have not expanded much at all except for liberal thinking.

  • http://www.facebook.com/darren.perkins.942 Darren Perkins

    Another even bigger problem is parents who do not teach their children to think critically and independently or really anything at all beyond how to tie their shoes

  • JohnInMA

    Why can’t prospective donors assign their money to be used for balancing ideology, say by sponsoring non-liberal academics for one example? Especially big money endowments.

  • NJNuke

    Alumnae not giving is not the only way to calibrate these colleges. Transferring or not enrolling students will hit them harder. Parents need to think hard about where they send their children to school and what their tuition is funding.

  • Wil
    • Daniel

      If you want to see a real pinhead look in a mirror.

    • http://www.facebook.com/darren.perkins.942 Darren Perkins

      It just kills me how most every lib response always goes toward attacking the messenger and not the message. Why even comment at all? Do you think you will sway peoples opinions? Your ‘comment’ does indeed make YOU look like a ‘pinhead’.

      • PeterFitzwell

        Liberals have no rational or intelligent argument to add so name calling is always involved.

        • Wil

          Bill O’Reilly calls everyone who disagrees with him a pinhead.

          • Drew Page

            This is not true. O’Reilly does not call everyone who disagrees with him a “pinhead”. I have heard him argue with people like Megan Kelly, Charles Krauthammer, Carl Rove and Marc Lamont Hill and have never heard him call any of them a “pinhead”. I have heard him call some people “pinheads” when in his opinion they make stupid comments or do stupid things. You might want to avoid saying “always”, “never”, “everyone”, “no one” because it is a generalization and even one exception makes you wrong and damages your credibility.

      • Wil

        Thank you for your attack on me.

      • Brian_Bayless

        Please, attacking someone is not exclusive to one political party.
        With that being said, Bill is spot-on about universities and colleges wanting your money. They are never happy with the donations they receive and the high tuition costs those pay.

    • Drew Page

      Why do you say this about O’Reilly? what is it, in your opinion, that makes him a “pinhead”? I watch his show every evening. I find him entertaining and well versed in most subjects. I disagree with his opinions on certain things, but typically his analysis of events are supported by facts.

  • Kathie Ampela

    This is one of your best columns EVER, Bill, but what I don’t understand is what Boston University has against the Leave it to Alexa Foundation, it’s not a political movement, it helps crime victims. You don’t hear about the problem of liberal indoctrination or the snubbing of conservative speakers on campuses in the MSM because THEY are part of the problem…how will driveby USA ever become aware of this threat to our republic? Lefty re-education camps aka America’s university system are the precursor to lefty media…it’s like an endless, vicious cycle of abuse that never stops.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    And so you’ve uncovered the cause for the incredible left wing media bias so rampant in our culture. They’ve been inculcated by their far left University professors. The reason the left has made such in roads, is the Marxist professorial academic class, (so called, intellectual elites) have moved the education system from an espousal of critical thinking, to embracing dogma or fail the class. Also taught is the cowardly philosophy of going along to get along. It should be no surprise that what you’d get are dumbed down cowards. Which pretty much describes journalism is today’s mainstream media.