As a preamble to my commentary, please read this lofty statement of purpose:
“As a Catholic university, one of its distinctive goals is to provide a forum where, through free inquiry and open discussion, the various lines of Catholic thought may intersect with all the forms of knowledge found in the arts, sciences, professions, and every other area of human scholarship and creativity.”
This proclamation is the second sentence of the Notre Dame College Mission statement. Underlined by me are six words I found to be a colossal direct conflict from what I saw on the news last Saturday when roughly 150 graduate students walked out on Vice President (and former IN Governor) Mike Pence as he prepared to give the commencement address. Such childish demonstrations can be expected from the noggins of young and impressionable college students in these days of liberal lunacy and ludicrous political correctness, although one would have expected better from a university of Notre Dame’s stature. After all, it is typically conservative, “Midwestern Values” Indiana for crying out loud, not the bowl of granola that is California.
What part of free inquiry and open discussion is represented when snowflakes walk out on one of their own home-grown statesman? One wonders if any of them were aware, or cared, that the man one heartbeat away from the Presidency of the United States, the most powerful position in the world, was born and raised right there in Columbus IN? Do they know as Governor he initiated the largest tax cut in Indiana history or even that he continued to increase the state’s budget surplus? For you folks in Illinois that have no clue what a state budget surplus is (or even a budget for that matter), it is the amount by which a government income exceeds spending. (Anyone remember the good old days when people from Illinois could poke fun at the fine folks of from Indiana, instead of the way it is now?) As they were walking out with that smugness tattooed on their blemished faces, did any of those mental midgets consider there might actually have been employers watching their juvenile demonstration?
It was an obvious embarrassment for Notre Dame. Or it should have been! But was it? The walkout had been planned for weeks, by a student organization who shall go unidentified, so it was hardly a secret. One would think the leadership, President/Reverend John Jenkins, Provost Thomas Burish, and/or Executive VP John Affleck would have interceded on behalf of a sitting Vice President to ensure asinine behavior did not happen at what is considered one of the more distinguished universities in the country. Instead, the brass allowed the walkout, and the resulting debacle went national by a swarming liberal media ready to have another orgasmic experience over being able to yet again besmirch anyone connected with the Trump Administration.
Just last year, over one hundred Notre Dame professors requested their names be added to a website called the Professor Watchlist, a project of an organization called Turning Point USA. And the leaders of ND evidently condoned it. Perhaps more of us should have known about this site as it lists the names of over 200 academics believed by a conservative group to be advancing “leftist propaganda” in classrooms and discriminating against conservative students. These are people that have unfettered access to your child’s mind, folks.
It appears most of the faculty at Notre Dame had their collective panties in a wad because the Watchlist contained the name of fellow ND professor Gary Gutting. He wrote in the NY Times in 2015 that our country’s permissive gun laws are a manifestation of racism. Now I ask you, to a liberal, what isn’t racist these days? Also on the list was ND professor Iris Outlaw, Director of Multicultural Student Programs and Services. This one taught a White Privilege Seminar that pledged to help students admit and realize their white privilege. At an average of $69,000 per year for tuition, how much exposure do you want your child to have with people that think and teach that way? And how much do they pay these people for this dribble? Perhaps if they were to do away with classes like these, and the professors who teach them, parents wouldn’t have to mortgage their house to send Junior to ND.
If you are still reading, my point to this is that perhaps the leadership, the aforementioned Jenkins, Burish, and Affleck, have lost control of the university and are not following the principles for which Reverend Sorin founded the Catholic University in 1842. (Did you know they were gifted the land by the Bishop of Vincennes?) My children were all “B” students, not Catholic, and couldn’t dribble a basketball, so it was not like ND was knocking down our door to get at them. And not being a resident of Indiana, less of my hard-earned tax money finds its way into the hands of the school. But for you folks with conservative values that might be considering sending Junior that way, you might just want to think twice about it.
It would appear that perhaps the tail is now wagging the dog at Notre Dame. Poor Rudy...even your once-mighty leprechaun has turned into a snowflake.