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College Republicans The Latest Target of the Liberal Campus Mob

The forces that imperil the First Amendment on college campuses are not growing weaker in the face of opposition. If anything, they are broadening their focus, going beyond protests of conservative speakers to engaging in disruptive attacks on administrators, professors, and even fellow students. Just this week, a College Republican meeting at the University of California, Santa Cruz was hijacked by a group of protestors who were intentionally seeking to deny the group their rights under the First Amendment. “White Supremacist, fascist sympathizing College Republicans are having a meeting at McHenry library, room 0332,” activist Haik Adman posted on the…

Graduate Student Debt Is Subsidizing an Ever-More Broken Higher Education System

Student debt have been soaring in the past few decades, the result of synergism between rapidly increasing tuition costs and the stagnation of household incomes. The increasing levels of debt is rapidly becoming a crisis, with negative downstream impacts on purchasing power and the economy. Although the burden of student loan debt is borne by many students, not all college debt is created equal. The real problem is the cost of graduate school. Whereas undergraduate students are able to borrow up to $5,550 per year in federal loans, graduate students can borrow up to the full cost of attendance. That…

President Bush Calls for Rebuilding America’s Democratic Institutions

Former President George W. Bush delivered an impassioned speech in which he warned of the threats to democracy and civility. It was a powerful message from someone who has lived through the trials and travails of sitting behind the Resolute desk, but also experienced, from his unique perspective, the erosion of the moral, civil and political climate. Those are enormous and weighty topics and President Bush dealt with them expertly. How sad, but predictable then, that the entirety of the reporting about the speech is summed up in the New York Times’ headline: “Without Saying ‘Trump,’ Bush and Obama Deliver…

Democrats’ Making All the Same Mistakes in Virginia Governor’s Race

Although most of the attention was focused on Donald Trump’s stunning Election Night victory, the real story of Republican resurgence has happened at the state level. In November, Democrats lost control of state legislatures in Iowa, Minnesota and Kentucky. The state senate in deep-blue Connecticut was split down the middle. And Republicans ousted Democrat governors in Missouri, New Hampshire, and Vermont. All told, during Obama’s tenure in office, Democrats went from holding 31 governors to now holding just 16. They went from having majorities in 62 of the nation’s 99 legislative chambers to now having majorities in just 30. During…

Republicans Making Steady Gains in Places You’d Least Expect

“The press takes him literally, but not seriously; his supporters take him seriously, but not literally.” That keen insight from a little-known Pittsburgh-based reporter named Salena Zito became the defining observation of the 2016 election cycle. While the rest of the media, mostly located in enormous urban jungles like Washington and New York, uniformly downplayed Donald Trump’s chances at beating Hillary Clinton, Zito was crisscrossing Middle America finding that the reality on the ground didn’t match reporters’ narrative. Zito is unrepentantly different that most political reporters. Her Twitter account lists her location as “Main Street, USA.” She never flies, instead…

Democrats Aren’t Focusing on the Identity that Matters Most: Class

Hillary Clinton was a poor candidate because she failed to accurately take the temperature of the country and diagnose what ailed the American economy. In fact, she rarely discussed the economy at all. Now, the same Democrats who are quick to chide Clinton’s failures are making the exact same mistake. Josh Kraushaar writes for National Journal: Clinton’s decision to call Trump backers deplorable was one of her campaign’s low points. But the problem runs much deeper within her party. Progressives now instinctively label pro-Trump conservatives as “white supremacists,” a slur that paints nearly half the country with a racist brush….

Georgetown Students Demand Ideological Diversity Among Faculty

Higher education has lost its identity at the moment. Rather than foster an environment where challenging ideas can be discussed and debated, it has bowed to the mob, allowing, and in some cases supporting students’ efforts to censor the viewpoints presented on campus. In some ways, this trend toward political correctness is a predictable outgrowth of the increasingly singular ideological bent of its faculty. It can’t be a surprise that college is becoming an echo chamber when only one side of the debate is being given a voice. Nicholas Kristoff, writing for the New York Times, paints the problem with…

Michelle Obama Falls Into the Identity Politics Trap

The high point of Michelle Obama’s rousing speech to the Democratic Convention came when she was discussing her efforts to protect her children from the pettiness of politics in the spotlight. She encouraged them that the hateful language they hear “does not represent the true spirit of the country” and that when someone acts like a bully “you don’t stoop to their level.” “No, our motto is, when they go low, we go high.” Sadly, Mrs. Obama did not “go high” this week by miscasting Republicans as “all men, all white” and criticizing women who voted against Hillary Clinton. At…

Senior House Democrat Says “It’s Time” For Pelosi to Step Down

Democrats know that the 2018 elections are a do-or-die moment for their party. They’ve raised electoral expectations to the point where winning back the House majority isn’t reason for celebration, it’s a yawn-and-shrug event. And if it doesn’t happen? Well, the New York Times’ Frank Bruni writes: Howard Wolfson, who was one of the chief strategists for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, summed up the situation well. He said that the House majority must be Democrats’ nonnegotiable goal, because it matters so much and is indisputably attainable. But if they don’t succeed, he added, “There will be a circular firing…

Despite Protests, DeVos Stands Up for School Choice at Harvard

“What we need most is to listen and understand one another instead of circling the wagons into our own echo chambers. The Kennedy School is all about understanding differences and building bridges.” That was how Archon Fung, Dean of the Harvard Kennedy School, kicked off a discussion with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Alas, there was little listening and understanding from that point forward. Frederick M. Hess describes the scene: Little of what DeVos said, however, seemed to matter to her “academic” audience, a large swath of which seemed more concerned with its antics than with listening — much…