Government By Faculty Lounge

This article by Victor David Hanson, comparing the way the US is being run to the views of a faculty lounge at any given college, is well worth reading.

We are being run by the mindset of the faculty lounge, as if the philosophy or English department has taken over running the country. Let me adduce some random examples.

Tax proposals in haywire fashion are thrown out almost every day from various Obamians, as if at a faculty bull session over coffee. Can we count them all — much less can small businesses plan to hire a worker when they don’t know how much more they will shortly owe the government?

Is not the person who borrowed, spent, and defaulted now seen as the better American than those who saved, paid on time, and passed something on to their children? It’s as if the economics and political science departments now set policy.

We had a green czar who claimed that whites pollute the ghetto and are more likely to be mass murderers. Our attorney general called the nation one of “cowards” for not holding racial conversations on his terms. He has no interest in trying Black Panthers who disrupted voting, but a great deal in trying the architect of 9/11 in a civilian courtroom, replete with Miranda rights, in Manhattan a few hundred yards from Ground Zero.

The doyen of the White House press corps, a liberal icon with a front-row seat at briefings, wishes not just that Israel disappear but that the Jews go back to Poland and Germany — and wins praise from Hezbollah and “sympathy” from her peers in DC.

If you wonder how our present administration’s attitudes toward business, commerce, taxes, finance, race, national security and foreign policy now play out, just drop by a local faculty lounge for a few minutes and listen up — America in 2010 will suddenly make sense, and perhaps scare the hell out of you all at once. It all reminds me of the proverbial first-semester college student who returns home at Thanksgiving to his near-broke parents to inform them of all the “new” things he’s learned at university.

-Victor David Hanson

We are enamored of “smart people.” We seem to think that if you’re thin and “smart,” with degrees from the “finest schools,” you must know how to run your life better than anyone else, and you must be more “moral” than anyone else. What we’ve really done is replace appearance with reality, and wisdom with “smarts.” And as we’ve done so, we’ve run into the law of inverse reality. The less we know a person, the more we trust them.

A society built on the idea that “thin” is equal to “smart,” “smart” is equal to “wise,” and “I can trust my political leaders and entertainers more than I can my neighbors,” is a society built on thin reeds.

1 comment to Government By Faculty Lounge

  • Britt Houser

    The proof is in the pudding. Seems like over and over society grabs a hold of the next new theory or the next new idea or next new popular icon and never really sees it through to the pudding. Before the pudding sets, society is on to whatever is next, and never evaluates how the last one worked out.