Because I teach at a public university, I regularly read the Phi Beta Con section in the National Review Onlline. I want to know what attacks to expect on what I do.
Today, one of their regular writers links to a blog entry by Mark Bauerlein, a Professor of English at Emory, one of the goto guys in academia that confirms all of the Right's conviction that higher education in all multi-culti and has no interest in teaching the eternal truths of Western Civilization.
Bauerlein begins his entry with the following from Fred Barnes on why Republicans can't take the Senate:
"What's their problem? In Senate races, it's bad candidates: old hacks (Wisconsin), young hacks (Florida), youngsters (Ohio), Tea Party types who can't talk about abortion sensibly (Missouri, Indiana), retreads (Virginia), lousy campaigners (North Dakota) and Washington veterans (Michigan). Losers all.
Bauerlein's answer is a keeper and reveals more about the Rightwing mindset of its "intellectuals" than he thinks.
Bauerlein's answer to why their candiates are such "'pathetically incapable' mouthpieces who can't talk about controversial issues such as abortion sensibly:"
Here's one reason why: those politicians didn't study any conservative thinkers in college. When they talk, they say nothing that suggests they have read much serious discourse on the right side of the spectrum from Burke to Charles Murray. Leftists have their nostrums down pat (against racism, sexism, imperialism, economic inequality . . .), and however dated and predictable those utterances are, liberal politicians stick to the point and press it again and again. Again, one reason is that they received ample helpings of liberalism in freshman English, history, any "studies course," sociology, etc., reading some Marx, Foucault, Dewey, Malcolm X, a bit of feminism here and multiculturalism there. In school, those future conservative politicians likely rejected those texts, but they didn't plunge into the other side's corpusIn other words, not only is liberal indoctrination turning college students into mushy supporters of multi-culti left ideology, it has made future Republican candidates into idiots about the Rightwing canon that would not make sound intelligent.
I had no idea that the idiocy on the Right is the result of liberal professors. If only we used the Right canon, their candidates would be so much smarter.