One need not be a fan of Woodrow Wilson to be appalled at the ease with which Princeton University sees fit to erase any association it has with the 28th President of the United States because of a few bullies who have nothing constructive to do with their lives. Wilson, of course, was President of Princeton from 1902 to 1910.
This is no different than the effort to remove Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill. To give you an idea of how deep moral equivalency is imbedded in our university students, I recently attended a Halloween Party where I spoke with several Harvard students (one is at Harvard Law while the rest are at the Harvard School of Public Health) about how Palestinians glorify the deaths of Jews by naming streets, schools and soccer fields after them. In response, one of the students told me, “America put Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.” I dismissed her moral equivalency as fatuous nonsense and this ended the discussion.
Never mind that Jackson and Wilson were Democrats. They must be expunged from history for not adhering to the standards of the 21st century American liberalism.
This isn’t to say Jackson and Wilson are above criticism. Far from it. There ought to be a robust discussion about their presidencies both good and bad. But The Left doesn’t want a robust discussion on anything. It simply seeks to delegitimize the people who shaped American history. When we delegitimize those who shaped the history of America, we delegitimize America.
This, of course, is precisely what The Left wants and unless people, to borrow a phrase from William F. Buckley on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of National Review, stand athwart history, yelling stop, The Left will succeed. Because The Left isn’t going to be satisfied just with delegitimizing Andrew Jackson and Woodrow Wilson. Who’s next? FDR? Lincoln? JFK? Reagan? Most likely all of the above.
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