WSJ's Henninger: Obama Pushes American Cultural Revolution

Monday, 12 May 2014 05:52 PM

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The Obama administration has used its leftist might to squash the flow of conservative ideas — a phenomenon like something out of Communist China, Pulitzer-winning columnist Daniel Henninger says.

"What it reminds me of is what went on in China under Mao Tzu Dong during the Cultural Revolution,'' Henninger told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"One of the primary weapons they used against people was public shaming and they would be pulled out and run through the streets and people would yell at them.

"How is that different than a conservative appearing on campus and having mobs of students show up and shout at them and scream at them? That's to me the kind of equivalent of Maoist shaming. That is so out of sync with the American tradition."

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Earlier this month, Condoleezza Rice, the former Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, backed out of giving the commencement address at Rutgers University after left-leaning teachers and students staged a petition drive.

Henninger, deputy editorial page director of The Wall Street Journal, said conservative ideology is also taking a bashing in college curriculums.

"There was a fascinating article that was in the New Republic recently about the new emergence of what they call trigger warning," he said.

"Professors are now expected to post on their course offerings whether any of the content in the course, readings and so forth, would be disturbing or hurtful to people for reasons of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and so forth.

"And indeed professors have been called out for putting things in their courses without warning students that it might 'traumatize" them. Obviously, all this is coming from the activist left on campuses. Conservatives on campus are not doing these things.''

Henninger believes it stems from the Obama administration's interpretation and enforcement of Title IX, a 1972 law that protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities.

"Title IX also refers to what they call sexual violence on campus. Now it's not my purpose here to deny that women do in times get mistreated in college campuses, God knows," he said.

"But what the administration did was they signed an agreement with the University of Montana … to hire what they call an equity consultant … for virtually three years, monitoring their compliance with Title IX, going over [it] in enormous, mind-numbing detail."

The problem is the language in the agreement and its description of the basis for the enforcement is extremely vague. It's very plastic, it's wide open, which means that's it's difficult, when the left on campus brings a complaint in this area … to argue against it.''

Henninger believes it makes for a bad atmosphere on campus.

"When they're asking professors to post trigger warnings and the professor goes, 'oh, come on, give me a break, this is bunk.' You don't do that in an atmosphere like that," he said.

"You roll over and say, look, 'I'm sorry, if any of my courses or the readings I'm proposing are going to affect anybody for reasons of sexuality or gender or race, I'll take it out. I don't want to offend anyone because I want to keep my job....'

"So you've got this kind of atmosphere that has just allowed the craziest people on campus to kind of run wild.''



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