Well, of course there is, but it can be hard to tell that from the juvenile antics of the aggrieved progressive campus mobs we’ve been seeing and hearing about. These kids are a tiny minority of college students in America, but cultural elites give them a microphone and voice all out of proportion to their numbers. Add to that that the administrations of all but a tiny number of college campuses in America are fundamentally in sympathy with these progressive cry babies, so they let them get their way. Thus we see presidents and deans of universities and colleges resigning in the face of these protests; it is pathetic.
Some push-back and a breath of fresh air comes from the Claremont Colleges in southern California. In a student newspaper young people with obviously better heads on their shoulders wrote a piece simply titled, “We Dissent.” The tone of the piece is perfect, with the word disappointed used throughout. It begins this way:
The student protests that have swept through Claremont McKenna College (CMC) over the past few days—and the ensuing fallout—have made us disappointed in many of those involved.
First, former Dean Mary Spellman. We are sorry that your career had to end this way, as the email in contention was a clear case of good intentions being overlooked because of poor phrasing. However, we are disappointed in you as well. We are disappointed that you allowed a group of angry students to bully you into resignation. We are disappointed that you taught Claremont students that reacting with emotion and anger will force the administration to act. We are disappointed that when two students chose to go on a hunger strike until you resigned, you didn’t simply say, “so what?” If they want to starve themselves, that’s fine—you don’t owe them your job. We are disappointed that you and President Chodosh put up with students yelling and swearing at you for an hour. You could have made this a productive dialogue, but instead you humored the students and allowed them to get caught up in the furor.
Can you imagine that a bunch of whiny kids pulling tantrums can bully adults into losing their jobs for absolutely no good reason? To the totalitarian progressive mindset this makes perfect sense. Yet make no mistake, it is a small minority of Americans with cultural power who believe this stuff. These dissenting kids at Claremont are an excellent example: the majority of level headed Americans who truly do want to just live and let live had better stand up to the bullies before America looks more like Orwell’s 1984 dystopia, than the land of the free and the home of the brave. It already is 1984 on most college campuses.