The most uniformly left-wing institution in society-higher education-is also the most virulently anti-American. This is no coincidence. The Left hates America.
That leftists dominate academia to the exclusion of thinkers of different stripes, there can be no doubt. A now famous survey conducted by the Center for the Study of Popular Culture and the American Enterprise found a startling lack of intellectual diversity in higher education. Liberals outnumbered conservatives in selected departments by 18 to 1 at Brown and 72 to 1 at the University of California, Santa Barbara. This extreme slant is not uncommon at many other schools included in the study.
It should come as no shock that the preponderance of leftists results in a noxiously anti-American environment, where American heroes are denigrated, the Stars and Stripes are debased, and the military is despised.
The academic Left hates the American military. Faculty and administrators make the unprincipled stand of forbidding students who receive ROTC scholarships from meeting on campus, but horde Department of Defense research grants and contracts for themselves. Harvard, Yale, and Brown are perfectly willing to make the U.S. military and their own students suffer to make a political point, but refuse to endure the sacrifices they impose on others.
A ROTC cadet at the University of Massachusetts was reportedly subjected to threats and anti-military graffiti on her door earlier this semester. Faculty at Washington University School of Law earlier this year voted to exclude students who serve in the military from benefiting from a program that repays the tuition of students who go into government service. At the University of Nevada-Las Vegas last year, faculty and administrators crashed a Marine recruiters' meeting with students. By blaring a pro-gay video on a television and shouting, the UNLV employees successfully prevented the Marine Captain from holding his recruitment meeting.
Thirty-five years ago, the Vietnam War served as the stated rationale for academia's anti-military policies. Today, the ostensible reason for higher education's hostility toward service to America is the legal prohibition on openly homosexual soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines. While the stated reasons have changed, the real reason has been constant: the Left hates the armed forces of the United States.
Colleges and universities used to honor those who strived to make America great. Today, they are more likely to venerate those who sought to tear our country down.
Bard College touts an endowed "Alger Hiss Professor of Social Studies." For a time, a branch of the City University of New York awarded scholarships named for Communist dictator Ho Chi Minh and the Havana-based cop killer Assatta Shakur. W.E.B. Du Bois, who renounced his American citizenship, is memorialized by Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Hartford, and numerous other schools. More than four decades after winning the Lenin Peace Prize and being the subject of a national holiday in Maoist China, Du Bois's name graces the 26-story tower library at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Mumia Abu-Jamal, a cop killer who airs his anti-American rants on the airwaves of Pacifica Radio, is a perennial commencement speaker.
The American flag is an unwelcome sight on many campuses. On September 11, a Lehigh University administrator became so infuriated at an American flag displayed on a campus bus that he ordered Old Glory to be taken down around campus. Similar scenes played out at Arizona State, Marquette, and Holy Cross. A year later at Berkeley, organizers of a 9/11 "Day of Remembrance" initially forbade patriotic songs, replaced planned red, white, and blue lapel pins with white ones, and excluded the American flag — until the school's administration overruled them in an attempt to curb bad publicity. "The flag has become a symbol of U.S. aggression toward other countries," graduate student organizer Jessica Quindel contended.
The Flag and the military are immensely popular in mainstream society, and traitors and anti-American cop killers are not. The reverse is true on campus.
Why is this so?
The answer is simple. The Left has a stranglehold on the campuses. The curriculum, hiring, guest lecturers — every aspect of campus life — reflects a leftward, and thus, an anti-American slant.
With the Left typically holding a 25 to 1 advantage on the faculties of major colleges and universities, could the pervasive campus anti-Americanism be anything but inevitable?