May 2, 201603:41 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Out-of-touch UW professors gin up votes for Donald Trump
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The UW–Madison faculty today is casting a vote of no confidence in the Board of Regents and UW System President Ray Cross.
The aggrieved professoriate, luxuriating in their imagined martyrdom, imagine themselves as a modern Luther at the cathedral door, the blacklisted Hollywood Ten standing with Bogie and Babe, Spartacus backed up against the sea.
“The actions of the Board of Regents and UW System President have damaged the reputation of UW–Madison as a great state university that encourages continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found,” they contend.
Devoid of the PC cant, the profs are beefing because tenure — the unique lifetime sinecure unknown in the rest of the economy — is being reformed.
Flipping the middle finger at the appointees of the elected governor is, at best, a pyrrhic gesture. Aside from the minority Democratic caucus, the profs little pity party will resonate with Wisconsin voters like women’s studies majors demanding more free stuff at a Bernie rally. Or waving a Mexican flag at a Trump protest riot. It only confirms the original indictment: that our university profs are out of touch.
If the people of Wisconsin supported Act 10 and its restrictions on teachers unions’ and other public employees’ bargaining rights — how many times have they elected Scott Walker now? — they will have even less sympathy for university professors who are even more cosseted in the public’s mind. How does the body shop welder, the HVAC contractor, or the insurance adjuster identify with lifetime job security, small class loads, and six-figure salaries? Throw in academia’s overwhelming liberal-progressive-socialist bias and you have a toxic cocktail.
“Why Are Professors Liberal and Why Do Conservatives Care?” The 2013 study by sociologist Neil Gross concludes that the professoriate is more liberal than nearly any other profession; 50% of professors describe themselves as being “left or liberal … about three times more liberal on average” than the total adult population. Conversely, economic conservatives comprise just 4% of academia; only 23% are social conservatives.
For extra credit: Conservative undergrads on coping at a liberal university. (at WPRI)
Liberals disdain working people
Our you-know-who acquaintances never fully appreciated the American public’s fury over Barack Obama’s dismissive “clinging to their guns and religion” comment.
If the mainstream news media and the education industry is out of touch with much of America, so is the avant garde in the Democrat(ic) Party. That’s not to say that Hillary Clinton will not trounce a terribly flawed candidate named Donald Trump. But it does explain the incredible rise of Trump. Reactionary? You bet!
The Democratic elite has abandoned the party’s traditional commitments to the working class, agrees the NY Times review of the book Listen Liberal, by Thomas Frank.
“Too busy attending TED talks and vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard, Frank argues, the Democratic elite has abandoned the party’s traditional commitments to the working class. In the process, they have helped to create the political despair and anger at the heart of today’s right-wing insurgencies. They may also have sown the seeds of their own demise.”
Consider these two liberal-progressive-socialist memes:
1) At a time when cities like Chicago, Baltimore, and Milwaukee are being called the world’s largest outdoor shooting ranges, the Daily Kos postulates that getting your CC permit and joining the NRA will make you a law-abiding person. I’ll take that. But it’s the other way around: only law-abiding persons bother to join the NRA and/or get their permits (background checks, you know). Sad to say: if every black male aged 18–25 got their permits and joined NRA there would be no need for gun control laws.
2) The Occupy Democrats organization (for such it is) portrays a professional model wearing brand new overalls sans T-shirt holding a prop firearm in front of a rustic shack (pictured nearby). My riposte:
• His factory job was shipped to China but don’t blame Obama.
• His new job doesn’t pay the bills but don’t blame Obama.
• He can’t afford college (not that he wanted to) but don’t blame Obama.
• Now the Democrats are after his guns. (Hillary, anyone?) Do you blame this guy for voting Republican?