If you have not read about it yet, Ed Driscoll over at Instapundit has a great round up of the discussion about a bizarre incident at Yale in which a student screams at a prof. Please read it, and all that it links to if you want to really understand the situation. The student is offended that the prof has allowed her to be confronted with uncomfortable possibilities. Most of the discussion is about how the student and her backers are unwilling to debate, which is fair enough, but my reaction was different. Most commentators have pointed out that the student needs psychological help of some sort, and certainly she does. But there is a tell in her rant that brought me near to tears.
As she berates the prof repeatedly, at one point she says, near tears, “It is about creating a home here….” That’s not about political correctness, that’s a Freudian slip born in the anguish of someone that has never really and truly had a home. Look, I have no idea who the student is, or her background, but I am willing to hazard a guess. She was either born out of wedlock or is a child of divorce, or is from some other non-traditional family arrangement. She has spent her young life in the care of professionals more than her parents and perhaps shuttled between often competing “homes.” She has probably never experienced negative reinforcement for her behavior at any point in her life. While her behavior is wholly inappropriate and in dire need of correction, I could not help but hurt with her. She needs to be hugged and spanked – pretty much at the same time. Continue Reading
The Monday column from Clark Judge:
Friday Night Fight: George Will KOs Bill O’Reilly
By Clark S. Judge: managing director, White House Writers Group, Inc.; chairman, Pacific Research Institute
On Friday night Bill O’Reilly had George Will on his program. The purpose was to “discuss” O’Reilly’s new book, Killing Reagan, and a column Will wrote criticizing it. In the column, Will took apart O’Reilly’s thesis that, as a result of the 1981 assassination attempt on him, Ronald Reagan suffered from developing dementia during the rest of his presidency. He concluded that Killing Reagan was a “fact free zone.”
You have probably heard that the Fox News host came unhinged on air, ranting that Will, one of America’s most respected and even revered columnists, was a “hack.” It was a shocking performance, but in keeping with a trend regular viewers – myself included – have seen developing for months. O’Reilly once ran a debate program. In the past year, he has transformed it into a harangue program, with guests serving primarily as props for whatever topic O’Reilly wanted to declaim on. On Friday night, he tried to make it a bully program, except the bespectacled gentleman he intended to pummel knocked him out of the ring without breaking a sweat. Continue Reading
As the campaign season moves into its next phase it seems to be getting sillier and meaner. When it should be turning more serious, it just seems to be getting more personality driven and more “gotcha” driven. It might be cute if planes were not getting shot down in the Sinai, if we were not nixing the one thing just the threat of which has been forcing the cartels to keep oil prices low, and if it did not seem like the world was simply mad. It almost seem hopeless. Worse, candidates that try to offer a hopeful vision for the nation seem to be drowned out by the snarky.
(What is really awful about that is all the wasted snark that should be aimed at the Cleveland Browns.)
I have watched hope narrow over my lifetime. When I was a kid we hoped not only for ourselves and our lives and our success, but we hoped for a better country and a better world. Young people I talk to today hope for themselves, but that is where it ends. Some are simply cynical about the rest of us. Some see a world of competing personal hopes that will inevitably result in conflict. Almost all of them look around and see chaos and have no place to plant hope. Even the Christian young people I talk to see God as either so hemmed in by culture or so focused on their personal issues that He offers no real hope for the world. In some ways it is no wonder that they withdraw into a bubble of close friends and virtual reality. And that is when I have to work very hard to maintain my hope. Continue Reading