"Bigotry is an
incapacity to conceive seriously the alternative
to a proposition."
G. K Chesterton
In the 1950`s, universities
were castigated for asking faculty to swear that
they were 100% Americans. Now they`re asking
them to swear that they`re not. According to the
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education,
job applicants at Bucks County Community College
have been asked to describe their "commitment
to diversity" – in the same terms that real
world job applicants are asked if they`re in the
habit of showing up on time, are they
hard-working, or can they spell
But not everybody in
America thinks diversity is necessarily a good
thing, especially if they have to sacrifice such
things as fairness, excellence, truth, and
honesty to achieve it. And this belief is what`s
called a "political" position.
It`s a fairly respectable
political position, and more or less the
position of political conservatives and the
Most of these people don`t
even know any Republicans. They can`t even conceive that a Republican is
an intellectually respectable thing to be. (I`m
aware that many in this audience are members of
the Reform, Constitution, Libertarian, or
Non-Voting Parties. But the principle is the
When Nixon was elected by a
landslide in `72, Pauline Kael couldn`t
"No one I know voted
for him." she said.
And while the college is no
doubt trying to satisfy EEOC
the ethnic diversity of their workforce, I doubt
if it has occurred to them to beat the bushes for
more Republicans, in spite of the fact that
Republicans constitute fifty percent of the
electorate and five percent of teachers.
Colleges are up to 95%
Does this mean that the Civil Rights Commission
should investigate their hiring practices?
No, they should be
investigated by the Civil Service Commission, for reasons that have nothing to do with
the concept of a "culture war."
The FIRE web site has
details of a lot more of various kinds of PC, and
the book The
Shadow University is well worth reading. The
general level of actual insanity in the academic
profession is growing.
But while I could talk
about the Decline of the West, the Long March
through the Institutions, or the Destruction of
Civilization, what we`re looking at here is much
simpler, which is good, because it can be
explained to a jury if necessary.
I can illustrate this with
During World War II, a man
applied for a job at a defense plant in Texas.
The interviewer asked him
the following question: "Are you a member
of any group or organization which means to
overthrow the Government of the United
"Yes, sir, I am."
"You are?" said
the interviewer, who had never previously gotten
this response. (The question, also asked by the
INS, is not designed to actually catch
Communists, it`s supposed to provide a legal
basis for firing them when they`re
"Yes, sir, I`m a
In spite of the fact that
he may have wanted to overthrow FDR or the
Governor of Texas, they gave him the job anyhow,
because of Civil Service rules.
So this diversity oath
thing is not Wrong versus Right, socialist
versus free-market, or ungodly versus godly.
It`s much simpler than that.
It`s Democrat versus
Republican. And that`s illegal,
same as it is in the Fire Department.
March 14, 2001