To The Daily Sun,
During my grade school and high school years, diverse personalities could easily be observed. One in particular bordered on antisocial tendencies. They were simply called bullies, who would intimidate one or two in every class. Of course they avoided the football team. There were those who studied hard and got good grades. Some struggled but persevered and finally graduated. I often wondered what happened to the bully and the class clown. Both personalities used up precious time that could have been used to study and learn.
I always assumed that people would grow up and leave their childhood tendencies behind. I have found this to be a large mistake on my part. When a dialog turns to clownish and bully rhetoric, it loses its honest and civil nature.
I have been very fortunate to have had some wonderfully talented professors. Doctor DeMille left impressions on me as a first-rate professor and humanitarian. The responsibility of being a college president and professor were demanding enough, he also served in his church leadership. He was a true humanitarian within the community and abroad. He invited speakers from the left and right and even the conservative side would be represented. I find it interesting that most students chose the conservative side. His classes were considered very difficult with lots and lots of reading and studying.
Where the classics have been taken out of most colleges, Dr. Demille brought them back.
Each year, in the spring, DeMille would gather students from around the world for a constitutional convention. Not to alter the American Constitution but to compose their own. The convention lasted well over a month. It was grueling and exhausting. Lasting well into the evening. These young students were the cream of the crop from around the world. Imagine a 17-year-old young man as a senior in college.
The final day of the convention an evening program brought all the students together in order to present their constitution to the convention and professors. A student representative read the constitution to those assembled. All followed along with their copy that had been placed on every place mat along with their name and state they represented. I represented Colorado.
The amazing thing that came to my attention was how close this constitution was to the Constitution of the United States of America. These students were well aware of how progressives have been not only destroying this country but have witnessed the intrusive behavior within their own lands. It was obvious to these students that their countries were failing on liberties. They placed checks and balances that gave more protection to the people from a tyrannical government.
Doctor DeMille had an interesting gift. He could take a book and retire to his office and within one hour or two if the book was a large one. When he returned he could easily cite each page of the entire book. One professor friend of mine would test him and found it very interesting how someone could do such a feat. Asking Doctor DeMille a question concerning a book he would think for a minute and refer you to a page of a book where an answer could be found.
Doctor Any Groft encouraged me to minor in political economy. I was privileged to spend well over a month at his home which kept me busy following his advice. I once asked him why he had a 12 volume set of Oxford dictionaries. He asked me to look up the word "The". So I did. The definition of the word "The" had over two pages defining its origin. In essence, the word refers to "God". Think about it for a minute. Theology is the study of God. Atheist might want to find a substitute for the word "The" less it brings God to mind.
Speaking on economics: how could anyone determine that some of Obamacare could be free to some people? Who pays the doctor, the nurse, the surgeon for their time? Its called redistribution. It takes from one and gives to another. Creating another poor class of people.
Required reading in school was a short essay by Frederick Bastiat titled "The Law", written in 1850, when socialist were influencing the French government. Much like today. I would encourage any who desires a hint of our problem today to get a copy and read it. Perhaps not in public because you may receive ire from the left. They are very controlling and dislike any who disagree with their dogma
Thomas Sowell asks this important question: "since this is an era when many people are concerned about 'fairness' and 'social justice,' what is your 'fair share' of what someone else has worked for?" He also points this important fact out: "I have never understood why it is greed to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else s money."
We may ask the important question where has our universities gone? Or what have they become?
Perhaps here is a little hint. Robert Bork recalls, "One morning on my way to teach a class at the Yale Law School, I found on the sidewalk outside the building heaps of smoldering books that had been burned in the law library. They were a small symbol of what was happening on campuses across the nation: violence, destruction of property, mindless hatred of law, authority and tradition." From the radical movement of the 1960s emerged a subculture that failed to see how their world is destroying our nation. In the event that they awaken in time, they will see how they were conned and manipulated in such a way and they destroyed their own mythical Utopian world.
An old Russian proverb says, "It takes a lot of shovels to bury the truth."
Gene F. Danforth