Apr 6, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 29 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
The chapter of the Young America’s Foundation at George Washington University is currently threatened with a loss of funding for refusing to attend mandatory LGBT sensitivity training. The student government at GWU recently made this a requirement for all student leaders, and YAF is being called hateful for objecting. According to Allied in Pride, the school’s LGBT student group, this merely scratches the surface of the YAF chapter’s crimes. “Their refusal to use preferred gender pronouns should be considered an act of violence and a violation of the non-discrimination clause required in all GW student organizations’ Constitutions,” Allied in Pride wrote on their Facebook page.
That college leftists continue to harass conservative groups, exhibit a fondness for Maoist reeducation programs, and equate pronouns with violence is not surprising. But the degree to which campuses continue moving leftward still finds new ways to surprise. “Regardless of your views on LGBT people, LGBT people exist,” student Alex Pollock told the GWU Hatchet. “It should be mandatory from a sensitivity perspective.” What’s notable about this is that Pollock happens to be the president of the GWU College Republicans, and even he favors mandatory sensitivity training. (When the revolution comes, Comrade Pollock can take some small measure of comfort in the fact he’s less likely to be first up against the wall.)
If conservatives on campus have it coming, students of any other ideological stripe will find campuses a safe and welcoming space for their ideas—including those advocating global jihad. Conservative provocateur James O’Keefe just released another undercover video, in which an assistant dean at Cornell advises an undercover journalist on how to start and fund a pro-ISIS club on campus. After being told that they would like to bring an ISIS “freedom fighter” to campus for a “training camp,” the dean calmly responds, “The university is not going to look at different groups and say you are not allowed to support that group because we don’t believe in them or something like that. . . . The university wants the entire community to understand what’s going on in all parts of the world.”
In fact, campus culture has gotten so left-wing that mainstream liberals are concerned. On March 21, the New York Times published an essay by Judith Shulevitz, “In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas,” recounting the number of draconian ways in which colleges are stifling debates that might be “triggering” the identity-politics-über-alles crowd. And last week, an anonymous blog post by an avowedly leftist professor made the rounds on social media. “Personally, liberal students scare the s—t out of me,” the professor wrote. “All it takes is one slip—not even an outright challenging of their beliefs, but even momentarily exposing them to any uncomfortable thought or imagery—and that’s it, your classroom is triggering, you are insensitive, kids are bringing mattresses to your office hours and there’s a Twitter petition out demanding you chop off your hand in repentance.”
That seems like hyperbole. Interested students should inquire with the dean about the possibility of an ISIS training camp. Learning to chop off hands should be a key part of this exciting opportunity for cultural exchange.
10:41 AM, Nov 21, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
George Washington, 1796:
“All obstructions to the execution of the laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are…of fatal tendency. …
9:31 AM, Feb 14, 2013 • By GARY SCHMITT
To hear various commentators speak about politicians today, the overwhelming impression one gets is that politicians fall into one of two camps—ideologues or modern day Machiavellians.
12:00 AM, Jul 17, 2012 • By FRED BARNES
Before the United States had a president or a constitution, it had the Treaty of Marrakech with Morocco. That diplomatic pact has the distinction of being the longest standing treaty between America and another country. Tomorrow, July 18, marks the 225th anniversary of its ratification.
George Washington’s adventures as a British officer. Jul 16, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 41 • By MARK TOOLEY
Was young George Washington a slightly inept and self-serving martinet who helped to blunder the British Empire into the otherwise avoidable French and Indian War? Seemingly so, according to this account of Washington’s early military adventures.
9:01 AM, Mar 29, 2012 • By KEVIN R. KOSAR
James Anderson finally is getting his due. In 1796, George Washington hired the Scotsman as a plantation manager. Anderson quickly convinced the outgoing president to build a distillery. By 1798, the five still facility was gurgling forth 10,000 gallons of whiskey and other distilled spirits, which sold like crazy.
Finding press bias in the darndest places2:24 PM, Nov 1, 2010 • By PHILIP TERZIAN
One of the inherent difficulties of defining left-wing bias in the press to journalists is that it is something like describing the ocean to fish: It is so pervasive, and such a comfortable, nurturing environment, that it is hardly noticed.
The man, the myth, the legend.
12:00 AM, Feb 22, 2010 • By JOSEPH C. SMITH JR. and TARA ROSS
He is the most easily recognized member of America’s founding generation. His involvement in founding events was so pervasive that one of his biographers described him as the “central feature in every major event of the revolutionary era.” He was celebrated as a legend, even in his own time.
Yet few really knew him, despite his fame. He was a very private man when it came to personal matters. And his reputation sometimes seems to be built as much on myth as reality. As a result, America’s first president, George Washington, is not only one of our nation’s most famous leaders, but also one of its most misunderstood.
Today, his birthday, is a good time for a more thoughtful assessment of his record.
It’s not easy to demean the Man from Mount Vernon.Mar 1, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 23 • By EDWARD ACHORN
of George Washington
The Hidden Political Genius
of an American Icon
by John E. Ferling
Bloomsbury, 464 pp., $30
A pivotal moment in the struggle between France and England. Feb 22, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 22 • By MARK TOOLEY
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