Friday, November 25, 2005

Academia gets it right...for a change.

On Tuesday, November 22, the Warren County Community College Trustees accepted the resignation of Prof. John Daly. Daly had his 15 minutes of infamy when he responded to a student's announcement of a lecture featuring an Iraq War veteran speaking in support of the U. S. role there. Responding with such intolerant and threatening vitriol as "real freedom will come when soldiers in Iraq turn their guns on their superiors and fight for just causes and for people’s needs", and, “I will continue to expose your right-wing, anti-people politics until groups like yours won’t dare show their face on a college campus”, Daly brought national headlines to the Washington, NJ school.
Outrage was immediate. Conservative commentators cited this as just one more in a long series of abuses by academics in their goals of indoctrinating their students. Liberals, once again, were ominously silent.
This is far from the first time a college professor has made such a statement. Their reasoning behind this is both indoctrination and to test the waters. Testing the waters involves seeing how far they can go in advancing their extreme views without opposition.
Daly had made a gross political miscalculation.
New Jersey is a "blue state", having supported Democrats in most statewide elections. Unfortunately for libs like Daly, Warren is a county-operated institution. Mountainous, agricultural Warren County is not blue, but a deep shade of red, President Bush having won the county by a 24-point margin. All elected County officials are Republicans, and Warren is represented in Congress by Rep. E. Scott Garrett, a Club For Growth conservative. The College Trustees are appointed by the County Board of Chosen Freeholders (County Commissioners). The students, alumni and parents come from this region.
Not the type of area that would have much patience for kooks like Daly.
This past Tuesday, the Trustees held a special emergency meeting on the topic, at which time Daly notified them of his immediate resignation, which was accepted. The college sent out a press release informing the public of their action; it further stated that staff would receive "tolerance training" as a result, and closed with a message of support for our troops and their mission from the College President.
Incidents like this occur all too regularly, unfortunately all too often the offending instructors remain in their post. Often the school administration backs the professors. Many colleges are funded by states or counties, but even in conservative states professors such as John Daly or Ward Churchill are allowed to flourish. Where the states or counties control the pursestrings, it is important sometimes for state or county government to step in to protect the student; to ensure that both taxpayer and tuition money goes towards useful education, not left-wing indoctrination.
At least the educational environment in Warren County, NJ has become more student-friendly.

11 Vignettes:

At 10:08 AM, November 26, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous vignetted...

In this case student-friendly meaning encouraging them to go off to foreign sovereign states to get their leg and half their cheek blown off.
And a bit of brain damage thrown in.
I saw a whole program devoted to injured and severely-damaged young people back from Iraq. Have you?

 
At 11:18 AM, November 28, 2005, Blogger hooey vignetted...

And those who choose not to place themselves at risk to such injuries can and should not volunteer for service. A firefighter places him/herself at risk for grave injury every time the alarm goes off. Does that mean that they should simply stand around and watch a building as it burns? After all it isn't their property. And some neighborhoods are very dangerous. Should the police retreat from those areas so as to avoid injury or death? Like they did in France?

 
At 5:49 PM, November 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous vignetted...

Are firefighters offered American citizenship if they go to fight fires for Americans?

Or places in college?

 
At 5:09 AM, December 01, 2005, Blogger camojack vignetted...

I thought I'd posted a comment here, but I don't see it...

 
At 8:51 PM, December 01, 2005, Blogger hooey vignetted...

Maybe it was on the last thread, Camo???

 
At 1:27 AM, December 02, 2005, Blogger camojack vignetted...

Nah, it was on this 'un...

 
At 5:40 PM, December 02, 2005, Blogger hooey vignetted...

Camojack:
Wow. I never even saw it. I don't know how it was lost, but feel free to re-post.

Anonymous:
Firefighters, both paid and volunteer, are frequently offered incentives to take (and keep) the job. These incentives vary from city to city and from town to town; I'm sure some cities may offer an educational package. Many dangerous jobs offer incentives to prospective applicants, from educational packages, to higher salaries, to health benefits, to pension plans; the list goes on and on. Police officers in many areas are quite well paid and have good benefits. You want to attract and keep good people in these jobs and that requires incentives. In that regard, the military is no different. Would you rather we had Army sergeants cruising the 7-11's and bus stations for day laborers to go fight for the USA?

 
At 1:02 PM, December 03, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous vignetted...

Isn't that precisely what they were/are doing? Offering Latino (illegal) immigrants US citizenship if they'd join up to fight their war?

 
At 10:42 AM, December 04, 2005, Blogger hooey vignetted...

Stop stereotyping Latinos. Just because they are Latino does not signify illegal status. And, promises of citizenship notwithstanding, if these immigrants object to the war they needn't enlist.
Give our fighting men and women some credit here! They're not ignorant, illiterate peasants!

 
At 1:18 AM, December 05, 2005, Blogger camojack vignetted...

The post that was lost was in response to the "anonymous" suggestion that a television program was supposed to be accepted at face value...I don't theenk so, señor.

 
At 5:04 PM, May 20, 2006, Blogger bluepaul vignetted...

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