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October 4 2018

Progressive Poison in the Ivy League

by Courtney Montgomery

The reactions of elite students to the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings have highlighted troubling trends in the Ivy League. Between much publicized walk-outs and sit-ins staged at Yale University to the frivolous Title IX complaints filed at Harvard University, zealous students, joined by faculty members issuing open letters, have actively and vocally opposed the embattled nominee.

Many seem to have taken the “search and destroy” approach described by a frustrated Judge Kavanaugh to heart. The standard of “innocent until proven guilty” has been set aside and replaced by the “in my feelings” challenge.

The right to due process no longer exists judging by students clad in black sitting in hallways refusing to attend class until their voices are heard and they get their way.

During his gut wrenching opening statement at the Ford hearing, Kavanaugh noted that as a result of the sexual assault allegations he would potentially be barred from participating in two of his favorite activities: coaching youth basketball and teaching college students. According to reports, some Harvard students cheered that pronouncement.

In the days following the Ford accusations, almost 300 students at Harvard signed 1 of 6 letters calling for the administration to prohibit Kavanaugh from teaching any further classes at Harvard Law. Petitions went so far as to request that he be banned from campus since his mere presence would create a  “hostile environment” and survivors of sexual assault might be triggered by inadvertently seeing him on campus.

One student, Jacqueline L. Kellogg, sent an email to classmates encouraging them to file Title IX complaints against Kavanaugh with Harvard’s Office for Dispute Resolution. Dozens of students indicated they had filed complaints with the office although that exact number has not been confirmed. While the tactic was unlikely to succeed, the lengths that students were willing to go to ostracize a reputable judge with impeccable credentials shows how these rules are known as weapons to deploy for political ends.

Janet Halley, a Harvard Law School professor familiar with Title IX law applicability, recommended students “divert their energy from this implausible claim that he’s going to create a sexually hostile environment by teaching at the Law School to the really grand issue of whether he’s fit to be in his current judgeship or promoted to the Supreme Court.”

Judge Kavanaugh, an alumnus of Yale University and Yale Law School, has taught courses at Harvard Law for over a decade. In the wake of the protests, he informed school officials that he would be unable to teach an upcoming January module. His profile was quickly removed from the school’s website. School officials were saved from having to investigate the complaints and deal with angry students.

It's sad though:  Apparently, Judge Kavanaugh will no longer be welcome in the Ivy Leagues without a trigger warning.

Long live mob rule. What is most disconcerting is that this mob isn’t comprised of Russian bots on Twitter but future world leaders. Harvard graduates include U.S. Presidents and important members in practically every administration. Countries from around the globe send their best students to obtain an education but what they receive is indoctrination by progressive professors.

The Harvard Crimson website boasted about the number of graduates which served in the Obama Administration. “In putting together his administration, Obama selected more than 70 HLS alumni and faculty who will assist him in crafting law and policy in areas as diverse as the economy, the environment, and the military.”

The fact that many students lack critical thinking and objectivity does not bode well for the the country. Students free from progressive ideological blindness would see that Brett Kavanaugh should serve as a cautionary tale. If tales from freshman roommates are disqualifying, then these students all should start watching their actions carefully with an eye that it all could be fodder at a future confirmation hearing.   If truthfulness is determined by the salaciousness of the allegations instead of hard evidence and witness corroboration, no one is safe from false accusations destroying all they have worked to build.

According to Harvard’s class of 2017 statistics, about 2/3 of seniors view themselves as liberal and many respondents acknowledged that they had grown more liberal during their four years at the nation’s oldest college. Even those who identified as conservative found they were less so by graduation.

Alarmingly, approximately 64 percent said that they had chosen not to voice their opinion in class due to pervasive political correctness and a keen desire not to offend anyone. It is telling that students feel free to share their unfavorable views on Judge Kavanaugh without fear of their classmate’s having a different opinion.

Liberal calls for diversity are superficial. True diversity is the result of a variety of viewpoints not adherence to a single position based on feelings instead of facts.

As Judge Kavanaugh opined “This is a circus. The consequences will extend long past my nomination. The consequences will be with us for decades. This grotesque and coordinated character assassination will dissuade confident and good people of all political persuasions from serving our country.”



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