Irony can be the Great Illuminator. Sometimes events occur that simultaneously surprise and delight you for their clear manifestation of simple truth in the face of longstanding false assumptions. And when the results pit conventional allies against one another in a national showdown; well, all the better. Enter President Barak Obama and the institutions of higher learning across the country.
The latter with a storied history of molding each emerging generation in the likeness of all things “fair” and “equitable”; a liberal playground with unfettered access to the young hearts and eager minds of our future. The former being the most recent standard bearer for the “Hope and Change” sought by all who believe this country is wrong in just about everything that it does.
Actually, it has been a pretty nice set up for the progressives. They get to influence the portion of young adults who will most likely be in positions of power one day. And they also control the universal tools of communication in a world hungry for information; that is the media.
After numerous decades of group think and the perversion of the concept of fairness, we are now seeing an escalated rapidity in the implementation of the liberal worldview. It is evident all around us, and no one denies this. The traditionally minded are beside themselves with angst and the liberals are joyous in their string of recent victories.
In fact, one would think that the president and his progressive fraternity should be very pleased with their advancements and try not to upset the apple cart. Well, perhaps they just cannot help themselves; but more likely their conjured logic was inevitably destined to implode on itself in self-defeating purpose.
When the president put the colleges and universities “on notice” the other day for raising tuitions to counter cuts in state aid, he received their incredulous opposition in due course. Obama threatened to further cut federal aid if these centers for academia did not curtail their rate of increase.
Hopefully I am not the only one to see the humor and irony in this predicament. Those institutions which have long taught, and are in great part responsible for the perverted sense of social and economic justice now on display in our national discourse have become the newest target of its wrath.
In an attempt to remain financially capable of continuing their business of education, colleges and universities have turned to capitalism. In and of itself that stands as vindication to anyone with a market-oriented point of view.
But, when you consider how their common sense actions have pitted them against the very product of their purpose, that vindication becomes more of an experience in hilarity.
Can we now add Universities to the 1%?