College students aren’t hating President Donald Trump enough these days, apparently. That’s one conclusion Harvard University must have drawn by inviting the Washington Post’s resident Trump basher, E.J. Dionne, to instruct students this fall on the perils of the Trump presidency, as Campus Reform noted.
Dionne is the author of the windy diatribe, “One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported.”
So, to help Ivy League students truly understand why people should be “desperate” these days — a time of near-record low unemployment, a bullish stock market, and positive foreign policy developments the likes of which the Obama administration never experienced — Harvard University turned to the only profession that could pull off such a rhetorical sleight-of hand: journalism.
There are a number of things wrong with “Donald Trump and the Challenge to Liberal Democracy.”
Technically speaking, the United States is a constitutional federal republic with a strong presidency and democratic elements, such as free and fair elections for representatives.
Also, where is the conservative counterweight to Dionne’s progressive commentary?
Then there are some factual challenges. A litany of attacks came President Trump’s way recently, based on a single story the AP wound up retracting. The president was not talking about all immigrants when he used the term “animals”; he was referring to MS-13 gang members, whose heinous acts often defy description.
Yet such malicious terms, to some writers and journalists, are reserved only for the president of the United States — but are entirely out-of-bounds for gang members who behead people and tear out their hearts or terrorist groups like Hamas that blow up women and children while dining out at cafes.
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Instead of giving college students the full context behind the anti-Trump media stories, such a lecturer at Harvard can be expected to continue feeding the liberal outrage against the president merely for existing.
Alas, this course isn’t the first and won’t be the last of its kind. If the Harvard course were merely a “thought exercise,” why target the sitting president? A similar one-credit course at San Diego State University called “Trump: Impeachment, Removal or Conviction?” drew national attention in February. Ultimately, the San Diego faculty sought to clarify that it was focusing on all 19 impeachment attempts in U.S. history — and that the public should ignore the politically loaded course title.
A “Trump Resistance” course at Butler University describes the president as a proponent of “sexism, white supremacy, xenophobia, nationalism, nativism and imperialism.” This is painting the Trump presidency in the darkest colors possible and with the broadest brush imaginable.
Anti-Trump courses that are so blatantly one-sided and without perspective merely feed an unrelenting progressive machine.
Students of the Dionne course this fall will learn about how “far-right parties gained ground in many countries, although recent elections in Europe suggest that they have plateaued and might even be in retreat,” as noted by Campus Reform — as well as how “Donald Trump’s election brought this conversation directly to American shores.”
Anti-Trump courses that are so blatantly one-sided and without perspective merely feed an unrelenting progressive machine — and all concerned citizens, including parents and guardians, need to see this for what it is.