I was reflecting recently that as bad as the student left is on college campuses today, they’ve not (yet) showed up with guns and bombs, like the student mobs of the 1960s at Cornell and elsewhere. Instead, today’s leftists show up and . . . cry. And yet administrations crumple anyway. It’s one thing to capitulate when there are people with gun occupying your office, but when they’re just . . . crying?
Charles Kesler also noted in conversation recently that the students of the sixties wanted to be treated as responsible adults (just go back and re-read the Port Huron Statement, and note that by comparison with today’s campus leftism, it reads like a reactionary document), and moreover, they believed in having sex without lawyers present. Take THAT, Title IX!
Which brings me to this story from Piers Morgan in the Daily Mail on Monday:
Dear Prince Harry,
I hear you may be considering attending Yale University to study law.
There was a time when I would have urged you to do this; a bygone, glorious time when Ivy League university campus life was actually fun.
A time in which young adult men and women came together in academic, sporting and social harmony. They worked hard, played hard, drank too much, had wild sex (a lot) and even took the occasional substance that wouldn’t pass a tennis dope test.
President William Jefferson Clinton’s studied law at Yale, for God’s sake – even if he didn’t inhale.
But those days are long gone and how, can I put this, you are a young, single man who quite reasonably enjoys the company of ladies and the odd night of partying.
And that’s a dangerous thing to be in an American university where the atmosphere is now so fraught and tense with political correctness that even contemplating doing anything remotely resembling ‘fun’ is an instant, shaming, life-ruinous thought process.
Morgan goes on from here to review Yale’s outrageous expulsion of Yale student Jack Montague on a risible rape complaint, and the lawsuit Montague is bringing against Yale that he is sure to win.
When even a nitwit like Piers Morgan gets it. . .
Incidentally, recently ESPN did a documentary report on the Duke Lacrosse scandal from a decade ago, and while the wrongly expelled students there reached confidential settlements from Duke for their shabby treatment, I am told by an informed source that the settlement amount from Duke was $20 million apiece. I think places like Yale and Duke should feel the pain of a few more such settlements.