Education vs. asylum caretaking

American universities have become social Petri dishes where the toxic viruses called “diversity” and “inclusion” grow uncontrolled. Education, the antidote for multiculturalists’ chronic anger, hatred and resentment, apparently has been relegated to low priority in the modern academy. Administrative zeal for this no-no culture results in demographic conflicts and segregating the student bodies—and minds.

Formerly, the purpose of time spent in higher education institutions was valued to mold children into mature, responsible adults; build personal character; fortify Western virtues and hone academic skills. Now, as our society produces more immature, emotionally disturbed and politically indoctrinated young, the universities and colleges seem to be turning into caretaker institutions— to keep the customers comforted and in perpetual victim status.

Generations past “grew up” learning from lessons; not all were pleasant, or even safe. But they taught us how to cope in an unsheltering world. Studies were not always fun or easy. Daddy was not going to be there to defend you; mommy wouldn’t be around to comfort you; no one would referee your squabbles; lawyers wouldn’t take your frivolous case.

Bullies and con-men waited to take advantage of your weaknesses and ignorance. So you learned how to deal with them. And you understood that many people were more successful than you—to match their accomplishments you would have to work hard and sacrifice to learn how success was earned.

One important lesson: never incite people who are stronger, smarter or more talented than you think you are. On a national scale we just witnessed how that can turn out for all the lesser people who challenged Donald Trump for the position of president of the U. S.

Locally, we can find many examples of immature, ignorant, disturbed young people who presume to challenge their betters on college campuses, and elsewhere. Not surprising, one pathetic case recently showed up on the Wilmington campus of the University of North Carolina.

This past August my wife and I attended a Donald Trump rally at the campus sponsored by the student Republican Club. Thousands of happy, peaceful people showed up to support the Republican Party candidate for president of the U. S.

We walked with a line of people for an hour in nearly 100-degree heat. As we entered the Trask Coliseum we noted a few young demonstrators held behind a fenced area. I couldn’t hear what they were shouting, but they looked agitated. We have noted that anger, resentment and irrationality often characterize the emotions displayed in public by, what we know to be cultural Marxists—the Left. Also they are prone to violence, many are mentally disturbed.

We didn’t know then that just prior to the rally the bizarre behavior of a disturbed female student caused security concerns for the U. S. Secret Service and, ultimately, a “free speech” issue for the university chancellor. Predictably, caretaker faculty came to her defense when a rational, adult faculty member wrote about her bizarre, childish behavior.

Wilmington StarNews Staff Cammie Bellamy reported this in the link below.

Prior to the Trump rally Nada Merghani irresponsibly posted on Facebook a strange and disturbing comment: “Expect to see me at the Trump rally on Tuesday. Y’all are not prepared for what I’m about to do. All I can say is pray I make it out of this alive.”

Knowing this student was a Muslim it’s not surprising that the Secret Service protecting Mr. Trump would be concerned for his safety. In addition she was a lesbian and leader of an activist homosexual campus group—another gang of misfits known for “queer” and uncivil behavior.

In mid-September Mike S. Adams, a UNCW criminology professor—and a nationally known writer, speaker and columnist on contemporary university culture—wrote an opinion piece about her threat in The Daily Wire.

Dr. Adams had previously observed Merghani’s behavior on campus and described her as a “confused teenager” and an “anti-free speech Muslim crusader” with “attention deficit disorder…manifesting itself in compulsive conduct meant to draw attention toward oneself at all times.”

After a brief meeting with the Secret Service—satisfied that Merghani was not a threat to Mr. Trump—she spent the day in the Office of Institutional Diversity fearful because of receiving a threatening message, according to Adam’s article. She was denied a request for an armed security escort from the university. After that Merghani “hasn’t felt safe enough to attend classes.” And she had planned to sue the university for “breach of university policy.”

The StarNews reports that Merghani will transfer to UNC-Charlotte after the 2016 fall semester.

Unfortunately, this pathetic story is not unusual. Sadly, it’s rather common on university campuses. With Utopian revolutionaries largely controlling American education outside the home children are stressed, confused and many display mental disorders.

David Kupelian in his 2015 book, “The Snapping of the American Mind,” describes the results of “the Left’s wild celebration of sexual anarchy, its intimidating culture of political correctness, and its incomprehension of the fundamental sacredness of human life.”

Further, our representatives have failed to defend our culture and economy from attacks within and outside of our own governments. This progressive-forced “transformation” has stressed Americans “driving tens of millions to the point of illness, depression, despair, addiction, and self-destruction,” Kupelian has observed. This author (and others) notes some disturbing trends in America.

Twenty percent of all high school-aged children in the U. S. have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder; many urban preteens in a New York City study “have been medically diagnosed with either ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or depression; more than half of 18- to 33-year-olds “experience levels of stress that keeps them awake at night, including large numbers diagnosed with depression or anxiety disorder”; eleven percent of all Americans aged twelve and older are taking antidepressants; 6.4 million children aged 4 to 17 with ADHD are taking psycho-stimulants.

Kupelian makes the case that the revolutionaries now committed to fundamental change in our society deliberately create crises and chaos to destabilize and disunify the American people.

Happy, content people living in a free, stable society will not support the Marxist revolution. He cites Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, a guiding reference for the revolutionaries now in charge of our federal government and education system. The people must be kept angry, resentful and grieved—continuously upset—for them to want to join the Leftist revolution.

Dr. Adams has been challenging these people and their dangerous ideas at the university for years. He has seen how they promote resentments and agitation of demographic groups under the misguided idolatry of “diversity.”

The caretaker academy has disrupted the normal system by accommodating and supporting dissatisfaction, resentment, illegitimate grievances and social disruption caused by dysfunctional, immature and ill-prepared students. But, apparently, running an asylum politically pays off better than operating a classic learning institution.


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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