Academia gives insufficient due to conservative ideas, an insight that isn’t exactly original, but that I mention here because despite the fact that I’m sympathetic to its premise I think this is the worst opinion piece I’ve ever read.
Admittedly, I am biased — poorly written columns bother me most when their absurdity can be used to discredit arguments I care about. I’d very much like, for example, to persuade fair-minded people that the academy should recommit itself to intellectual diversity, that aspects of the modern curriculum are frivolous, etc.
My cause isn’t helped when a widely read conservative Web site publishes a piece on the subject that begins as follows:
The victory cry is heard across the land in the cheers of Obama’s constituency on college campuses.
It’s almost unseemly to single out merely one of those clauses
for mockery, but I can’t help it: ravishing our
virgins? Really? Also, “our” virgins? The mind
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?