Swimming Upstream

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    I have been a faculty member at a major State University for 40 years. Several years after my arrival, I voted for George McGovern. Eight years later, I voted for Ronald Reagan. In those eight years, my family and I experienced several traumas that caused me to reevaluate -- and ultimately, drastically alter -- the political, cultural and economic axioms that had governed my life.

    Within months of buying my first home in an excellent neighborhood, within walking distance to the University and, most importantly, located in a district with an outstanding local public elementary school, my five year old son was forcibly bussed to an inferior school, many miles away, in a horrible neighborhood in order to satisfy the utopian vision of a myopic federal judge. This betrayal of my fundamental rights was undoubtedly the greatest shock to my political psyche.

    Another was a Sabbatical year spent living and working in Jerusalem, during which time the UN issued time the infamous "Zionism is racism" resolution. I was able to observe firsthand that the standard propaganda about Israel and Zionism that was promulgated in America and elsewhere -- almost exclusively by those on the Left that I had formerly supported -- was nothing more than bald-faced, hateful lies. This and other events in the 1970s caused me to rethink everything that I had taken for granted since adolescence about how the world worked.

    American Thinker: Swimming Upstream: The Life of a Conservative Professor in Academia

    My epiphany came about 20 years ago at the inauguration of a new campus president. In his acceptance speech, he said many things that seemed bizarre to me, but the comment I recall most vividly was his insistence that he would create a world-class university by building "excellence through diversity." His point seemed to be that by substantially increasing the number of minority and female faculty, staff and students (and consequently decreasing the number of white males), this would of necessity make us a great university.

    I always thought that the best way to build a great university was to attract the brightest, most innovative and productive faculty and students -- regardless of their hue -- but I realized at that moment, as the applause for his idea rained down, how out of step I was.
     
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    If my kids went to public schools, my wife being a teacher in Gwinnett Co has to choice of whatever school in the county she wants our children to attend.

    School isnt about teaching any more. Its about Federal/State test scores to get Federal and State money. They make sure the kids know only what the tests require them to know to pass.
     
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    you voted for mcgovern after he dumped eagleton...hell i didnt even do that...
     
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    Im not old enough to have done that.
     
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    It is. Hiring or attracting a particular group based solely on color or gender is screwy; the most qualified to fit the bill are the only ones that should be considered, regardless of their 'diversity'.
     
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    As you're not the author of this article, it would behoove you to put the link at the top of the article, preferably with the author (Ron Lipsman), to avoid confusion.
     
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    meanie
     
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    And did American Thinker do a postscript saying that Obama wants to rework affirmative action to include ALL students with potential, regardless of race, gender or religion, but who can only dream of being able to afford college?
     

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