WASHINGTON, DC, June 2 — A fake petition on one of the nation’s most famous college campuses reveals an ugly truth: too many young men and women in college today are being taught to hate America. The conservative higher-education news site, Campus Reform, created the bogus survey and then sent reporter Addison Smith to the Georgetown University campus in Washington DC. Smith collected 50 signatures from students and passersby, too many of whom said that Memorial Day should be abolished because it celebrates “American imperialism.”
One fellow who eagerly signed the petition said, “I don’t think Memorial Day should be a thing that we celebrate… I feel like it’s a celebration of U.S. imperialism and colonialism. I didn’t really think in this way until I got to college, and like, I took women’s and gender studies classes, and that put me on this path where I’m like, yea, like, [foul expletive] the U.S.” Obviously, this individual should be studying English instead of gender studies.
He went on to say that he’d support the abolition of the U.S. military and then inarticulately explained his position: “For me, I was on this spirituality-type journey where we’re all one or whatever and what I was learning in social justice was the material analysis I needed to practice what I feel like exists on a spiritual plane in real, everyday life.” Got it?
To be fair, Georgetown is the home of numerous war memorials and, in fact, is currently sponsoring an exhibit that will run until July 15th and is focused on Honoring Students Who Have Fought and Died in Action.
As the school puts it: “The first war memorials on campus were created after World War I, in honor of students who died in that war. These were followed in the late 1940s and early 1950s by memorials to students who died serving in World War II. The one-hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War saw the unveiling of a plaque on the porch of Old North to students who had fought on both sides of that conflict. And the era of the Vietnam War brought another, more universal memorial – Lauinger Library, named for one alumnus who died in Vietnam and dedicated, according to the naming announcement, to Georgetown men and women who have sacrificed and given of themselves, in peace as well as in war.”
In addition, there are patriotic academicians out there. One, in particular, is Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars. Campus Reform interviewed him last fall, soon after President Trump announced the creation of the 1776 Commission, an effort to encourage youngsters to learn and love American history.
Wood explained that “our political liberty and economic prosperity are rooted in the American Founding, and that these achievements can easily be lost if we fail to teach that history and the values expressed in that history to every new generation.”
He went on to lash out at efforts in the 1990s and in 2014 to impose a new history standard that appealed to academics who had contempt for American values and who sought ways to persuade “American schoolchildren to disdain their own country.” He said that Mr. Trump’s Commission was needed to counter the efforts of those who seek to teach a distorted version of history.
Campus Reform has been documenting the growing anti-American bent of schools, particularly in schools of higher learning, for quite some time and has collected and reported on numerous, exceptionally extreme viewpoints.
For example, it lists on its Website that Professor Eric Hartman, Executive Director of the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship at Pennsylvania’s Haverford College, has argued that America is “Never working to right wrongs.” Also, in Pennsylvania, at Villanova University, Elizabeth Kolsky has said that the American Revolution “contributed to the worldwide spread of white supremacy.” And Nikki Taylor, the head of the history department at Howard University in Washington DC, is quoted as saying that “Americans do not even seem to believe Black people even deserve the right to pursue happiness.”
It should be pointed out that the college kids and their teachers mentioned in this article have not yet learned, or they don’t believe that America is the Land of the Free. But, it is also the Home of the Brave– a homeland that was built by the men and women of our Armed Forces and who died to preserve our Nation and our freedoms– freedoms that give them the right to speak out loud, no matter what opinions they hold.