Friday, June 14, 2019

The Real High Cost of Education in America: Indoctrination

Allen West

One of my previous commentaries was on the progressive, socialist left’s three branches of rule. Our constitutional republic’s three coequal branches of government – executive, legislative, and judicial – mean little to them in their quest for ideological domination. What the leftists in America rely on to implement their agenda are their branches of the media, the courts, and yes, academia. What the left has always known throughout history is that they must control the message, mandate their ideological agenda by court mandate, and indoctrinate future generations … the real high cost of education.

There is a clear reason why the left has free college education as one of its “policy” platforms. They realize that their ideological domination in our culture is dependent on the indoctrination of our children. This is what we see happening on our college and university campuses across America. Now, we can even see this reach going not just into high schools but down into our elementary schools. Who could have ever imagined that little boys and girls of elementary school age would “identify” as a different gender?

Last week, something happened to which we should all pay attention. It occurred on the campus of the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. Just as a full disclaimer, I am a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Bama is one of our biggest rivals in the SEC. We all know what the third Saturday in October means. Well, I must say, last week, I was a Bama fan and publicly said two words you will not hear a Tennessee Volunteer often utter: “Roll Tide.”

A major donor to the University of Alabama’s law school, Hugh Culverhouse, called for a student boycott against the recently passed pro-life legislation passed in the State of Alabama. Culverhouse had donated $26.5 million to the University of Alabama’s law school. The trustees of the university voted to return Culverhouse’s donation and removed his name from the law school. The trustees cited that Culverhouse did not represent a system of values consistent with the university.

I have one word in response, Hallelujah!

Finally, a stand has been made against these rich, progressive socialists who believe their wealth can dictate our values, beliefs, and principles. Of course, Culverhouse’s response was typical of the left. He responded that he and his father had donated to the university over the years to rid Alabama of a certain type of stereotype: “We are the land of the backward, we are hicks, we lack the sophistication to see two sides to an argument.”

How very offensive, condescending, and elitist of Culverhouse and his ilk to believe that we need them to save us backward Southerners from ourselves. Culverhouse even alluded that the action taken by Alabama was akin to putting “a 12-gauge in your mouth and pull[ing] the trigger.”

I must ask, how did Hugh Culverhouse feel about the infanticide legislation signed into law by New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo? Is it proper to deduce that the actions of Governor Cuomo and the state of New York somehow represents forward thinking and a high level of sophistication? Is infanticide some intellectually accepted principle, value, that if you do not submit to it, you are relegated to being considered a troglodyte? You know, if you do not bow down to the progressive, socialist left’s god of climate change, you are a member of the “flat earth society.”

This is the real high cost of education, the loss of any discourse, debate, exchange of ideas. The left in the circles of academia demand that we surrender to their ideals – or else. They make demands that our campuses be part of their scheme. Thank God we have those trustees at the University of Alabama who said no.

What must constitutional conservatives do going forward? We must cease supporting the left’s goal of using academia as a branch of their rule. When I consider conservative and free market institutions, like Hillsdale College and Northwood University, both places where I have been invited to speak, why are there not more of them across America? Why do we not have philanthropists on the conservative side ensuring that we have these types of institutions in every state in America? We need to have more courageous university trustees, boards who do not bow down to the large amounts of money coming their way with certain demands. They need to stick to their fundamental principles and values of offering a strong education and preparation for our future generations to be engaged, prepared, and productive citizens in our country.

That means ending the senseless “safe spaces” and coddling of young people to open the avenues of trending them towards a leftist agenda.

Education in America is not a federal government jurisdiction, not an enumerated right, but thanks to Jimmy Carter, he created the Department of Education. And guess what, where do you find the ideal, concept of state (government) controlled education? Yes, it is one of the tenets, planks, of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto. Heck, even our system of taxation, the progressive tax system, is based upon a tenet of Karl Marx.

The left is doing a great job of focusing the issue of education in America on the word “free” – or relief of college student debt. That is not the issue. It is not about the dollars and cents cost of education. The high cost of education in America is that we are not educating our future generations. We are allowing them to be indoctrinated, manipulated, and controlled by a progressive socialist ideological agenda.

The cost of that happening in our country is simple – we lose our America. Vladimir Lenin expressed this, “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.” It was Lenin who also said, “the goal of socialism is communism.”

And that is why one of the three branches of rule for the progressive, socialist left in America is academia.


Conservatives: Higher Education Reauthorization Must Treat All Schools & Students Equally

As Congress and the White House negotiate the details of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), the principled, limited government constitutional conservatives of the Conservative Action Project have released a memo urging congressional Republicans to oppose progressive extremism in higher education and to protect free speech in higher education.

In addition to egregiously expensive and unworkable policies like the Green New Deal and Medicare for All, progressives within Congress like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are also proposing free public-school tuition at the community college and university level.

However, “free” is never really free, and this cost would merely be transferred to taxpayers. Moreover, their proposals, while sounding laudable, are costly administrative burdens that target for-profit colleges, while making them less competitive with public institutions.

The HEA reauthorization should also prioritize freedom of speech on campus. In the last two years, there have been nearly 50 attempts to disinvite speakers from college campuses. More than 120 colleges and universities have speech codes that clearly and substantially restrict freedom of speech. Intellectual freedom and the search for truth are paramount on college campuses, and the HEA should contain measures aimed at making sure all speech is treated equally.

This is especially true as an aggressive socialism is finding root in college campuses who receive millions in taxpayer subsidies every year. According to Gallup, close to 51 percent of Americans aged 18-29 have a positive view of socialism, an ideology that has resulted in death and destruction around the globe. They are egged on by ideologues posing as professors, who, in many cases, have been the source of many of the supposedly student-led protests against campus speakers.

With college campuses becoming increasingly intolerant to ideas and debate, it is more important than ever that federal policy allow diversity of views to flourish. As the HEA moves forward, we urge congressional Republicans to stand firm on principles of equal treatment and fairness for all students, and all schools.


Judge Orders Antifa Activist Yvette Felarca to Pay Judicial Watch Legal Fees for Her ‘Entirely Frivolous’ Lawsuit

Judicial Watch announced that a U.S. District Judge in California awarded Judicial Watch $22,000 in legal fees in a case filed by an Antifa organizer in an effort to block Judicial Watch from obtaining information about her activities.

Yvette Felarca, a middle school teacher in the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD), and two co-plaintiffs were ordered to pay Judicial Watch $22,000 in attorney’s fees and $4,000 in litigation costs. Felarca had sued the BUSD in federal court to keep the school district from fulfilling its legal obligation to provide Judicial Watch with records of their communications mentioning: Felarca, Antifa, and/or BAMN. Judicial Watch also asked for Felarca’s personnel file.

Felarca is a prominent figure in By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), a group founded by the Marxist Revolutionary Workers League that protests conservative speaking engagements. In 2016, Felarca and two of her allies were arrested and charged with several crimes, including felony assault, for inciting a riot in Sacramento. Earlier this year, Felarca was ordered to stand trial for assault.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria, Northern District of California, who had previously ruled that Felarca’s lawsuit was “entirely frivolous,” wrote in his ruling awarding legal fees to Judicial Watch that Felarca and her co-plaintiffs’ First Amendment claims were “premised on the obviously baseless assumption” that the First Amendment condemns the speech of some while condoning the ideological missions of others.

Judge Chhabria added that “The plaintiffs also mischaracterized the documents under review” and that the plaintiffs “failed to grapple with the role Ms. Felarca played in making herself a topic of public discourse through her physical conduct at public rallies and her voluntary appearance on Fox News.”

Judge Chhabria’s order also states that “a significant portion of the documents the plaintiffs initially sued to protect from disclosure had been publicly disclosed months earlier in another suit brought by Ms. Felarca against BUSD, where she was represented by the same counsel. (See generally Felarca v. Berkeley Unified School District, No. 3:16-cv-06184-RS). The plaintiffs, therefore, had no reasonable argument to protect those documents from disclosure.”

Along with Felarca’s $20,000 payment, co-plaintiffs Lori Nixon and Larry Stefl were ordered by Judge Chhabria to pay Judicial Watch $1,000 each (Yvette Felarca, et al., v. Berekely Unified School District, et al. (No. 3:17-cv-06282-VC)).

“Judicial Watch is entitled to attorney’s fees because the plaintiffs’ lawsuit was frivolous, and their litigation conduct was unreasonable,” Judge Chhabria wrote in his order.

Additionally, Judge Chhabria’s order holds the plaintiffs “jointly and severally liable” to pay Judicial Watch $4,000 in litigation expenses.

In 2017, Judicial Watch filed a California Public Records Act (CPRA) request seeking public records information about Felarca’s Antifa activism and its effect within the Berkeley Unified School District. In her lawsuit aimed at keeping the Berkeley school district from furnishing the records, Felarca alleged that Judicial Watch was misusing the law for political means and the district should refuse to provide the information.

In January 2018, a separate judge ordered Felarca to pay more than $11,000 in attorney and court fees for her frivolous attempt to get a restraining order against Troy Worden, the former head of the University of California (UC) Berkeley College Republicans.

“This is a huge victory for Judicial Watch against Antifa and the violent left,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said. “Ms. Felarca attacked Judicial Watch without basis and the court was right to reject her ploy to deny our ‘right to know’ because we don’t share her violent left views.”


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