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Monday, December 14, 2015

It's Not 'Changing' the Institutions, It's Destroying the Institutions

This is a transcript of the Harsh Reality podcast It's Not 'Changing' the Institutions, It's Destroying the Institutions which can be found on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.

Hello again, everyone, and welcome to another edition of the Harsh Reality. I'm Sean Harshey and we've got a great episode for you today.

First, though, for my radio listeners I'll be joining Tony Katz at 9:30 on Wednesday, December 16th on 93WIBC, which is at 93.1 FM for those of you in the Indianapolis area or on 93WIBC.com or your favorite streaming radio app. Also, I'll be sitting in as guest for Tony on December 22nd from 6am to 10am and again on Christmas Eve morning from 6am to 10am. I'll also be filling in for the Chicks on the Right and Abdul at Large on 93WIBC over the next few weeks. Don't forget, if you'd like to see a transcript of today's podcast, you can get that and the links I've mentioned over at the blog, which can be found at seanharshey.blogspot.com. Also, feel free to follow me on Twitter. My handle is @seanharshey. You can also find me on Facebook.

On with the show!

With the loudest and most obnoxious college students taking over American universities around the country and making vague demands of the liberal administrators who bow and prostrate themselves before the ringleaders like pathetic cuckolds, there are a lot of examples from which to choose to discuss the latest example of the tail wagging the dog in the backward world we live in.
Campus Protesters Scream Obscenities at Visiting Disabled Students
Student protesters have a lot of demands these days. Most all of them are vague and so imprecise that it would be impossible to tell if they had ever been complied with. One would just have to wait to see if any protesters showed up to scream at you, shut down a campus building or demand leaders resign from office in order to know if you had complied with their demands or not. Most of the demands have to do with feelings of the individual students. For example, the wealthy black activist student at the University of Missouri who claimed that he had never felt "safe" at the university in his entire seven years on that campus. Or the protesters who claim they don't feel "included", in spite of full access to classes, campus amenities and organizations (in addition to dedicated black student organizations), black studies opportunities, full access to athletic and academic activities, affirmative action promotions, racial set-asides for students and faculty, minority scholarships, the de facto stifling of free speech for non-black students and faculty through campus speech codes, etc. There doesn't seem to be anything that anyone can do to satisfy these protesters because they, like the Occupy Wall Street crowd a few years ago, is just generally mad at the world and has a tremendously difficult time actually articulating what exactly they want.


Like spoiled children throwing a tantrum and embarrassing their parents, they just want to make as big a scene as possible in order to get what they want. And the targets of their tantrum are more than happy to give them whatever they want to just stop the outburst. But even a little kid screaming on the floor of the department store has a specific toy or candy bar in mind as the price for his return to civilized behavior. These campus protesters, though. can't even muster the maturity of a toddler to even be able to say what it is that they are demanding as their price for acting like adults.

Take, for example, the student protesters at Lebanon Valley College in the news item linked above. The protesters claim their obscenity-laced tirades in the school cafeteria that terrified visiting disabled students and their parents was for the following purpose:
"LVC student protesters said the college must address “institutional injustices,” which they claim have long affected minorities, women, the disabled, LGBTQ students, and more.
“We are here to stop the marginalization by changing the institution,” student Cara Breslin said.
Tamara Baldwin, president of LVC’s Black Student Union, said her group hopes to “level the playing field, for all marginalized people on campus,” to “make sure their voices are heard and that all the things they are lacking on campus are acknowledged.”
Huh? The irony is obviously lost on these students as they claim that their voices are not heard while simultaneously standing on furniture and screaming into a bullhorn in such a manner that potential students and their parents are forced to flee the area and, one can safely presume, never return to that university. Their voices are being heard so well that they are driving students away.

Sadly, the least vague demand made by this sad sack group with the giant attitudes is to change the name of the university's Lynch Hall, which they claim terrifies the black students because the word "lynch" reminds them of the activity from generations past. Never mind that it's named after an actual person with that name. Or the irony of the fact that President Obama's newly-appointed Attorney General is a black female named Lynch who's made it her personal mission to use the power of the federal government to control Americans' speech for the empowerment of minorities. That's just an unfortunate coincidence of timing for these poor students.

But the thing that really strikes me is that the protesters demand that they be allowed to set the agenda at the schools. That they determine who the faculty will be. That they get to say how they will be taught and what they will be taught. They will decide who the president of the university will be and how he does his job. Notwithstanding that these students have no experience doing any of these things and whether or not they are able to even control their own lives. They're kids. With little to no experience in life. But they demand to run a university. In a sane world, if someone felt very strongly about how something should be run, they would work hard, excel, achieve and put themselves in a position to lead the institution in which they'd like to see changed. They would be referred to as a "reformer".

What's missing with these campus protests, and protests elsewhere, is for an adult to speak honestly to them instead of coddling them. Instead of trying to figure out what needs to be done to satisfy them, someone needs to tell them honestly that nothing in life is free. That, if they want to be in charge, then they need to do the work to put themselves in a position to be in charge. I know it'll be tough. It's never easy when a child is throwing a tantrum. But it gets exponentially more difficult when you take the easy way out and try to appease the tantrum-throwers. You have to tell the little toddler terror "You can't have that candy". And these university administrators need to tell the student tantrum-throwers "You're disrupting the learning process and you'll be removed from school if you continue." And then follow through.

For some reason we've come to the crazy conclusion that shutting down a university or making learning impossible for all the other students is somehow "free speech" that has to be honored. It's not. It's chaos.

And, as students demand access to institutions and then demand changes to those institutions because they don't like what they find there, they cease to exist as the institutions that these leftists demanded admission to in the first place.

We're having this play out in the military right now. Feminists demanding that women be permitted to join the military. Then demanded more access to positions. Finally demanding combat jobs. Which is fine, but there's been no shortage of complaining that men who fight wars and do dangerous combat jobs tend to have a lot of testosterone and tell bawdy jokes and get pretty rough with one another. The feminists insist that women are just as tough as men, so they should be allowed in. But feminists are then horrified at what they find and demand that the military change to suit their tender feelings. A few years ago, there was a military-wide stand-down and everything that could possibly be considered sexual harassment was to be rooted out and removed. Every room in every building on every military installation in America was searched and anything that a lady might not like was removed. Whether or not any women worked there or had ever been there. I was tasked with making the inspections on a certain part of the base where I was working on active duty. I was forced to remove a calendar from a toolbox in the heavy equipment motor pool that had a NASCAR race car and a pretty girl wearing a firesuit (completely covered from her neck down), with the only thing showing being her face and hair. She was wearing boots, gloves and holding a helmet. I didn't want to take it down, but the powers that be told me that it didn't matter what was showing. That it was clearly objectifying women and would not be tolerated. So, you see, there's a disconnect. Are women just as rough and tough as men? Or are they fainting daisies who are so delicate that even the potential sight of a fully-covered woman will cause them PTSD and be fearful of violence? Meanwhile, morale in the motor pool is as low as the oil in the drain pans.

Same goes with the cleansing of university mascots, symbols, logos, statues, traditions, etc. When people demand to be admitted to a university and then complain that they don't like the flags they see and the statues on campus and the names on the buildings and the materials being taught, and demand that it all be changed to their liking...then it's no longer the university it was. It's destroyed. But, just as with the student protesters, the angry students are seeking the easy way out. Instead of founding her own institution with all of the classes and faculty and symbols and mascots that they want and demonstrating excellence in a way that they think best, they are essentially hijacking historic institutions and appropriating their campus and name, but destroying what had been the school.

It's not "changing" these institutions. It's destroying them.

And, like everything else in our upside-down culture, the inmates are allowed to run the asylum.

Don't forget, I'll be joining Tony Katz at 9:30 on Wednesday, December 16th on 93WIBC, which is at 93.1 FM for those of you in the Indianapolis area or on 93WIBC.com or your favorite streaming radio app. Also, I'll be sitting in as guest for Tony on December 22nd from 6am to 10am and again on Christmas Eve morning from 6am to 10am. I'll also be filling in for the Chicks on the Right and Abdul at Large on 93WIBC over the next few weeks. Don't forget, if you'd like to see a transcript of today's podcast, you can get that and the links I've mentioned over at the blog, which can be found at seanharshey.blogspot.com. Also, feel free to flow me on Twitter. My handle is @seanharshey. You can also find me on Facebook.

Thanks for listening! I'm Sean Harshey, and this is the Harsh Reality.

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