Cambridge, Mass. –
The quality of debate heard on the storied Harvard University campus has deteriorated dramatically in recent years. In earlier years, the campus was blessed with restless, free and brilliant minds the likes of those possessed by John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams, both of whom went on to become president of the United States. Many of the American founders attended various schools that would go on to comprise what would come to be called the “Ivy League.” At the time, colleges such as Princeton, Columbia and Harvard expected students to arrive on campus already familiar with the classical works of Western thought and literature and with a working knowledge of Latin and Greek. Partly as a result of this, the founders gave the world a miraculous gift: a living, breathing example of government of the people, by the people and for the people, with freedom of speech (and therefore thought and expression) as the foundation. Robust, but serious and principled speech was the order of the day. Debate, rhetoric and oratory were all utilized to elevate the human condition.
Over the years Harvard was attended by Rutherford B. Hayes, Theodore Roosevelt, FDR, and JFK. Later on came George W. Bush, Mitt Romney, Al Gore, Bill O’Reilly and Benjamin Netanyahu. More recently the hallowed grounds have been trod on by Bill Gates, Matt Damon, Ashley Judd, Natalie Portman, Mark Zuckerberg and Barack Hussein Obama. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Benjamin Netanyahu didn’t graduate as all three left school early. (This didn’t seem to handicap them, as all three of them went on to be fabulously successful).
Though he never attended the school, Benjamin Franklin received an honorary degree from Harvard in 1753.
And now it’s come to this: According to a couple of “student debater/activists” participating in a recent debate with other students on the Harvard campus, white lives do not, in fact, matter. Moreover, the two students from the University of West Georgia actually suggested it would be best if white people killed themselves because of their “white privilege.”
Well, that would certainly limit the debate. It was unclear if they meant all white people on earth, or just white Americans, perhaps leaving that to a future debate, should there be any white folks left to partake of one.
The Founding Fathers possessed two characteristics that distinguished them from others of their time—and from most men (and women) of any time: wisdom and virtue.
Colleges and Universities of today encourage neither. The high esteem in which wisdom and virtue were once held has now been lavished on victimhood and entitlement. This is profoundly unwise as neither are a virtue.
That wishing an entire race would commit suicide could be seen as part of a legitimate “debate” illustrates the utter collapse of higher education.