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Turning On and Tuning Out By: Jennifer Kabbany
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, September 27, 2001

THERE’S AN ADAGE that goes something like this: "If you’re not a Democrat early in life you have no heart; if you’re not a Republican late in life you have no brain."

Perhaps this explains why so many college students’ opinions are misguided about America’s new war.

"The definition of terrorismis attacking innocent people for political ends," Danny Hamilton told the USC Daily Trojan. "This is what happened in New York and Washington. If we bomb civilians in Palestine or Afghanistan, that is terrorismtoo."

Student Nick Wethington, who organized a campus group called ‘A Time for Peace,’ told the Iowa State Daily, "Basically, any act of violence committed by the United States, we’d protest."

"An eye for an eye only makes the whole world go blind," says student Noah Merrill, quoted in the Indiana Daily Student. Further in the article student Brandon Williams says, "(America’s) economic system has hurt a lot of people."

It is clear by these statements, and the fact that more than 100 campuses held anti-war demonstrations after the terrorist attacks on America, that students are using their hearts rather than their brains. Can we blame them?

Consider the average college student: young, inexperienced, still financed by mom and pop. They come to a university with their minds open to learning new experiences and finding out about the world.

They sit through general education courses during their first two years while professors teach them about the enemy: America.

In Western Civilization they learn how, through the evils of Manifest Destiny, early Americans allegedly "raped and pillaged" their way to the top;

In English the only authors read fall into three categories: socialism, feminism and multiculturalism;

In Science they learn how man apparently evolved from monkeys and that there is no God;

The core curriculum is erased at modern universities, replaced with frilly electives such as, "The Diverse Worlds of Music," and "Creativity and Culture."

Perhaps if their parents had taught them the truth about America’s history, then their professors’ screeds could be balanced against what they know to be the real truth.

They would understand that Communism has failed, and millions of Americans have given their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy today.

But more than that, they would understand that America is the greatest country in the world, in terms of quality of life and personal liberty.

Alas, instead of the guidance of two loving parents, students nowadays are raised by MTV and all the other garbage on television and in the movies; friends and the negative peer pressures they bring along; and unimpressive work ethics in high school, overseen by many of the same Leftist teachers found in universities.

Thus, what they learn in college makes them feel indignant, and these angry feelings are something the students can latch onto and be a part of believe in. They harness these feelings into a belief system, incorporating all the mumbo-jumbo rantings of their professors into a mantra against America.

Unfortunately, this is exactly what is occurring with students today, even as our great country faces the most blatant and horrendous attack against its soil, its freedoms and its liberties in 60 years. And their professors are still leading the way toward blindness.

"The United States policies toward the region, especially over the past 10 years (have) engendered serious grievances," said Clement Henry, a government professor, during University of Texas at Austin’s teach-in titled, "America Under Attack: A Search for Meaning." Henry continued, "Our actions were looking to much of Arab and Muslim public opinion like a re-edition of 19th century imperialism."

At Berkeley, "military uniforms were burned in effigy and faculty members conducted classes outside to protestthe war. Seventy-six UC Berkeley professors joined 100 other academics and placed an advertisement in the New York Times, calling the war ‘unacceptable,’" according to the Daily Californian.

Stanford professor Joel Beinin offers this ridiculous notion to the San Jose Mercury News: "If Osama Bin Laden is confirmed to be behind the attacks, the United States should bring him before an international tribunal on charges of crimes against humanity."

When we are outraged that students are blinded by the emotions of love and peace, we must remember that the vast majority of Americans have complacently sat back and let their children grow up and be educated by the Left.

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