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Georgetown University – Washington, D.C.

If your son or daughter wants to go to Georgetown University it will set you back, according to the university’s website, $72,214 per year. That’s almost exactly equal to the entire pre-tax income of the average household in the United States. So, if you’re going to spend your entire household income in order to send your child to Georgetown, it’s worth looking at what you’ll be paying for.

You’ll find that a portion of your money will go to cover the salary of Distinguished Associate Professor Dr. Carol Christine Fair. Distinguished indeed. Referring to Brett Kavanaugh, Dr. Fair recently shared with the world via Twitter the following:

Look at thus [sic] chorus of entitled white men justifying a serial rapist’s arrogated entitlement. All of them deserve miserable deaths while feminists laugh as they take their last gasps. BONUS: We castrate their corpses and feed them to swine. Yes.”

‘So what else is new?,’ you may ask. It’s just the rantings of another far-left whack-o college professor. True. But Georgetown – an avowedly Catholic institution – is nevertheless protecting this particular whack-o. Georgetown president John DeGioia released a predictably anodyne statement in response to very substantial outcry. He said, in part,

We protect the right of our community members to exercise their freedom of expression,” [snip] “We take seriously our obligation to provide welcoming spaces for all students to learn…,” blah, blah blah.

In other words, the usual spineless university president drivel that has come to be expected whenever a far-left member of the faculty (but I repeat myself) wigs out in public. President DeGioia’s statement did not mention Dr. Fair by name.

One observation and a couple of questions arise. First the observation. In nearly every setting other than academia, a “community member,” as Dr. Fair was characterized, would be called an employee. In nearly every setting other than academia, an employee who publicly advocated for violence while simultaneously embarrassing his or her employer would likely soon be an ex-employee.

As to the questions, here is question one. Where in the Christian faith or in Catholic tradition is it OK to advocate for miserable deaths while people laugh? Georgetown is a Jesuit institution. How does Dr. Ford’s calling for castration of corpses comport with Jesuit practice of Ignatian spirituality that culminates in “finding God in all things?” Since the founding of the order in the 16th century, Jesuits have been teachers. How do Jesuits reconcile themselves to the teachings of a professor like Dr. Fair?

And second, on a much more secular note, if Dr. Fair had advocated the miserable deaths and the castrating of the corpses of black men, would the university’s response be equally flaccid? (It’s a rhetorical question. We know the answer.)

Oh, and here’s a third question. Why would anyone spend a year’s gross income to send a child to any university that tolerates such bile? When will the big, broad, commonsensical heartland of America rise up in righteous indignation against the $70 billion a year ‘college industry’ and cry out, ‘Enough!’?

Paul Gleiser

Paul L. Gleiser is president of Gleiser Communications, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The Team FM & KYZS in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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9 Responses

  1. Buddy Saunders says:

    Recent events have revealed the left for all this it is, and the picture isn’t pretty. And sadly, almost all universities founded in Christianity are anything but these days. The devil is in the drivers seat, as the Hank Snow song goes, and the Universities are headed for a wall of stone.

  2. Richard Anderson says:

    Insightful column Mr. Gleiser. Topflight and spot on.

    To note, some possible alternatives for students just really getting started in high school who may not know or have not considered… All of our service academies are far better and they don’t cost the student one cent to attend — just a sound academic record, determination, and integrity. To list… The U.S. Military Academy aka WEST POINT, The U.S. Naval Academy aka ANNAPOLIS, The U.S. Air Force Academy, The U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

    However, regarding the “once great” ivy clad institutions of higher learning, they certainly are not what they once were. The have become so leftist in regards to their faculty and their overall university philosophy of thinking, that they have run* [*i.e. one could say “ruined”] themselves into a ditch from which they will not be able to extricate themselves out of without great difficulty.
    No parent, no student should waste a scintilla of money at any such places which have become but bastions of socialism and marxisim where American Exceptionalism is now held in contempt. Instead, in my humble opinion, I say to prospective students, choose wisely, seek out those schools which are in tune with the timeless principles and values of America’s Founding as a Constitutional Republic and our country’s establishment in Freedom, as one nation under God, in Liberty, Free Enterprise, and Goodwill.

  3. Holland Cooke says:

    Dang colleges!

    Where’s Sarah Palin when we need her?

  4. Holland Cooke says:

    “Non sequitur?”
    GOSH no.
    Palin claimed Soccermawm Commonsense!

    ‘Not sure she’d know “anodyne.”
    Still…

    Richard’s right! WHO AMONG US with a liberal arts degree out-earns our plumber? Convert that Georgetown campus I toured last weekend with an aspiring eleventh grader into a dang trade school!

    At least Kavanaugh got outta there with his character intact.

    But the danger remains: These campuses are cesspools of the sort of dialogue depicted here, shamelessly challenging the very notion of American Exceptionalism:
    https://youtu.be/Rpn0vh2Rj0Y

    • Trace Havard says:

      Palin just tweeted Murkowskis “I can see 2022 from here.” but to I digress.

      Your reply drips with condescension. When I was a high school junior back in the 70s, students came to a fork in their educational road. They had the choice of taking courses that either prepared them for a career in trades, so called “blue collar” jobs or courses that readied them for college, the “white collar” route. Both paths were seen as honorable and contributing to society as a whole.

      But today that is no longer the case, there is no choice, students are shoe horned into attending college, doesn’t matter that their interest and natural ability might be in trades, working with their hands as well as their minds. No, now some in society, TOO many view them as less intelligent if they enter those fields of endeavor when in fact it is the trades that are the back bone and foundation of our country.
      Recall the horror of 911, the Twin Towers a mass of rubble and twisted smoking steel and it was the construction men, the bulldozer and crane operators who assisted the emergency crews in helping find the victims buried underneath. People cheered them as their convoys of equipment rushed to the scene. Workmen who were always there but invisible, taken for granted.
      The same can be said for the rescuers during Harvey

      And are you seriously suggesting a plumber or electrician makes more than that snotty tenured Georgetown professor?
      You really want your aspiring 11th grader to be taught by the likes of her, a person who can’t disagree rationally and tweets juvenile rants?

      You got ONE thing right though Holland, some campuses ARE cesspools, not all, but TOO many.
      A university used to be a community of scholars and students, a place where ALL ideas and opinions were debated respectfully, a search for truth. That is no longer the case, there is NO “dialog”. Any opinion or view that is seen as politically incorrect is shouted down, the person accused of making hate speech. The examples are constant.
      My daughter attends a top university here in Texas and is forever rolling her eyes at the politically correct nonsense that some of her professors bloviate.

      The problem with tweets like that of the Georgetown professor and replys like yours is that they confirm everything negative about the “educated” in the minds of many Texans

      • Holland Cooke says:

        I SURE DO think plumbers make more than college professors. If yours makes less — and shows up — send me his number!

        Otherwise, you’re making my only-slightly-overstated point: LEARN TRADES (too).

        I live in a REAL rural area, on a dirt road that would be impassible if I didn’t have a guy with contraptions come hack-back wild greenery a couple times a year. When I went out to say I, I asked “How’s business?” “‘Stuff keeps growin,’” he grinned.

        And my bride winces when I tell her 16 year old son to — when he’s old enough — “learn bartending, you’ll never go broke.” NOT an aspiration, a sideline.

        Some vocations might not be avocations, but they’re recession-proof (and Ron Paul makes a convincing case that one is looming).

        Ever met a starving divorce lawyer? They’re grooming a new crop at universities right now.

        • Paul Gleiser says:

          All points very well taken. The part you leave out is that the Ivy-educated elites who have been running the country for the past 30 years — and mostly making a hash of it — tend, as a class, to look down upon the skilled tradesmen upon whom they nevertheless breathlessly call whenever something essential to their privileged comfort breaks.

          • Holland Cooke says:

            I won’t presume to know what others are thinking. If I COULD read minds, you’d find me tossing yellow chips across a high stakes blackjack table in Vegas.

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