October 05, 2006

The End is Nigh

You know, between listening to Hublet's laments about his 10th grade honor students who can only write at a 7th or 8th grade level and then reading about this nonsense at a supposedly Ivy League campus, I'm done. Apparently, teachers gave up on teaching reasoning and logical argument in about 1972.

"Why whatever do you mean, BAW?" I'm sure you're asking.

Let's let the students speak for themselves, shall we?

First off, we have the brilliant deductive and reasoning skills on display (literally) on this banner:

Two students in the International Socialist Organization unfurled a yellow banner reading, "No one is illegal!" which prompted other protestors to rush the stage.

Hate to break it to you, wee socialists, but a whole hell of a lot of people are illegal in this country, according to our laws, which apparently you haven't bothered to READ, because it's only COLLEGE, after all, and we shouldn't go around getting all hysterical and requiring COLLEGE STUDENTS to, you know, DO RESEARCH or anything. Everyone knows it's all about the beer and feeling good about yourself on your parents' dime! Jesus.

And then there's this charming bit of rationalizing sanctimony from a student whose ONLY good decision apparently is to remain anonymous--perhaps he or she subliminally realizes how stupid he or she is?

"We were aware that there was going to be a sign and we were going to occupy the stage," said a protestor who was on stage and asked to remain anonymous. "I don't feel like we need to apologize or anything. It was fundamentally a part of free speech. ... The Minutemen are not a legitimate part of the debate on immigration."

And why aren't the Minutemen legitimate? If a random group of socialist weirdos can make ignorant banners and act like 12 year olds in a place where such behavior was totally uncalled for, then why doesn't the person invited to speak at a specific event have the right to finish his speech? Ah, yes, the old "Because I'm RIGHT and I SAY SO!" argument. Which is always grounded in logic and cool reason. Idiot.

Here's a tip for the Ivy Leaguers: If you're gonna get all het up and exercise your 1st Amendment rights, you might want to exercise some reading comprehension at the same time.

Because otherwise you just end up looking dumb.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at October 5, 2006 11:45 AM

The inability to read or write only clouds the basic failure from view. Wayne Booth identifies it as an age of unreason, starting in the 60s, an age of credulity.

This is combined with the need to appear always to be a doubter, lest you appear naive.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at October 5, 2006 12:52 PM

Back in the 60s, Pete Townshend couldn't really make time for any of the political garbage of many of his contemporaries and didn't really like hippie culture very much. When the Who were performing during Woodstock, Abbie Hoffman interrupted them to try and make one of his typically stupid speeches to the crowd and Townshend whacked him with his guitar and knocked him off the stage (after which Hoffman left the festival in childish huff. How could they not want him to spread his wisdom?!).

I'm beginning to think Pete had the right idea. Reason obviously doesn't work with these people.

Posted by: Emily at October 5, 2006 01:51 PM

I would love to see a photo of Pete whacking Abbie with his guitar.

It would kind of make my day.

Posted by: BAW at October 5, 2006 02:47 PM

BAW - I can't find one anywhere. I can't remember if it was caught on film or put in the movie. I'll have to pull out the DVD and check. If it does, I'll send you a screen capture.

Seriously, if I could hunt down a decent one, I would blow it up to poster size, frame it, and hang it in my bedroom as an altar of worship.

Posted by: Emily at October 5, 2006 03:04 PM

Heck, I'd settle for using it as the wallpaper on my desktop, but your idea is good, too!

Posted by: BAW at October 5, 2006 04:30 PM

I found a video on Youtube, but the Hoffman stuff was edited out. Grrrrr.

Posted by: Emily at October 5, 2006 05:05 PM

Wow, some college students are immature and self-centered. I'm stunned. ;-)

Posted by: Michael at October 5, 2006 10:12 PM

Michael -

Yeah, trust me, with what we've been dealing with here this week (students peeing in stands) I know all about the dumb student thing, but occasionally it reaches critical mass and I have to blow off steam.

Posted by: BAW at October 6, 2006 01:48 PM

Gee, BAW, I have no idea what you're talking about. :-)

Posted by: Michael at October 6, 2006 10:12 PM