This sad moment in history has been brewing for at least two decades, and now we’ve arrived. On campus, it’s the Jacobins meet “Lord of the Flies.”
Now that it’s been proven even to the most jaded liberals (writing on a Fox Sports blog, mind you) that the overthrow of Mizzou was based on lies and tribal hysteria, the country can watch in muted horror at what happens when the boys (and girls) operate in their own twisted anarchy.
And in all of this, where is President Obama? Without a gun-related tragedy to leverage, or a black child killed by a white hispanic (or a white cop), he’s nowhere to be seen. Apparently, if Obama had a son, he would not look like any of the students in Missouri.
Press Secretary Josh Earnest gave a weak statement, saying “you’re going to have a hard time getting your message out if you limit the ability of the media to cover you in a public place,” referring to assistant professor Melissa Click’s ousting of a student photographer from a protest on the MU campus, after calling for the media to cover the protest in the first place. She’s supposed to be an adult, but she’s more confused than the leash-free students drunk on their own power.
— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) November 10, 2015
And it’s power the students want, don’t get the idea that this is some kind of organic social revolution. It’s nothing more than the flowering of the seeds of millennial ennui and entitlement America has planted in this crop of sun-drenched, helicopter-parented, coddled and pampered lilies.
I won’t rehash all the issues that point to the total fabrication of grievances leading to MU’s downfall (yes, downfall in the sense that at no time in the foreseeable future will a respected adult voice be heeded at that campus), but the undisputed facts are:
- The “poopswastika” may not have happened. It’s got the feel of the Salem witch trials. You’re a demon, and the only way to prove you aren’t is to submerge you in a pond with 60 pounds of lead. If you die, you’re innocent. Even if some insane person, in a drug-induced haze of grossness, used feces to paint a swastika, what on earth does that have to do with an “unsafe” feeling by African-Americans on campus? It would be more likely to cause Jews to feel a bit weird than “people of color.”
- Mizzou’s student body president, Payton Head, is a liar. Head is a gay, black man, certainly no example of “the man” or “white privilege.” But he found it necessary to fabricate a story that the “KKK has been sighted on campus.” He later posted on Facebook, “For STUDENTS who have issues with my leadership, once again you may find impeachment proceedings at http://msa.missouri.edu/resources/. You have the right to have your voice heard, and the right to have a leader in place in which you trust.” But this leader had an interest in fomenting more division.
- Jonathan Butler, the hunger striker who gained so much sympathy by the #ConcernedStudent1950 group and ultimately the MU football team which catapulted the story into the national news, is a professional student (8 years and counting), and a one percenter who grew up a child of privilege, living in a mansion in Omaha worth twice billionaire Warren Buffet’s house. “Butler’s father is Eric L. Butler, executive vice president for sales and marketing for the Union Pacific Railroad. His 2014 compensation was $8.4 million, according to regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.”
This revolution against order has begun to spread to other campuses such as Ithaca College and Yale, consuming reason and coherence in its wake. The children, like “Lord of the Flies,” have found themselves shipwrecked and without adult supervision, and are running the island in classic tribal fashion.
Once they got MU System President Tim Wolfe to resign, they promptly shut down free speech and freedom of the press, evicted white students from a “die-in” which was moved from outside to inside because of bad weather, and basically implemented their own “structural racism” which they claim was the reason for their protests in the first place.
One gets the flavor of the French Revolution here. Once the Jacobins overthrew the monarchy, they targeted the aristocracy, ignoring their own aristocracy that they created in the process. They overthrew the absolute authority of the crown and its bureaucracy, and replaced it with the dictatorship of the Committee of Public Safety and the Committee of General Security. Their methods were more barbarous than the repressive and tone-deaf regime they overthrew.
For the sin of speaking his mind on “privilege,” Tim Wolfe lost his job. And the students seem to be losing their collective minds.
These students are the new Jacobins on campus. Only instead of the guillotine, they use social media and the press to cut off your head. And then they turn on the press when it outlives its usefulness. This is the result of our lack of leadership under a president like Obama, and the disasters under Bush like “No Child Left Behind,” which has created an entire generation of self-important poobahs who can’t handle the slightest inconvenience without turning into adult versions of hysterical three-year-olds kicking and pounding the grocery store floor for another cookie.
From 1792 to 1794, the Jacobins ruled France—it was called the Reign of Terror. By 1799 it was gone, supplanted by Napoleon Bonaparte. So one dictator made way for another. In “The Lord of the Flies,” the boys had their way on the island, turned on their leader and hunted him like an animal. It was only the fortuitous arrival of an adult to the island which saved the mob from its own bloodthirsty terror.
The question on our campuses is: will an adult show up and shame these spoiled and undisciplined children before they spill real blood in their nascent reign of pique?
Once real blood is spilled, then you’ll hear our president weigh in; but instead of a repeat of the sins of Kent State, there will be a wholesale slaughter of the adults running higher education, leaving the children in charge in their own “Lord of the Flies.”
(crossposted from sgberman.com)