Friday, January 13, 2006

An unkind thought about the so-called children of the 60s.

Via TJIC. An unkind thought about the so-called children of the 60s.
WHEN I BECAME president of Lesley University 20 years ago, I was attracted to the college because of its mission and beliefs that individuals can and should make a difference. After all, I am a product of the 1960s, and we believed that we had an opportunity, in fact a responsibility, to make the world a better place.

And since 9/11, dissent of almost any kind has been labeled as unpatriotic, and even reasoned debate on hot button social issues is viewed as dangerously controversial. Thus, while many of my colleagues will state positions on issues clearly affecting their campuses, like financial aid, they are loath to venture an opinion outside of academe. Who can blame them? The system demands more but wants to hear from us less. But I wonder what it would take for more of us to speak out?

All it takes - it would seem - to suppress dissent among Ms. McKenna's crowd is to look sternly in their direction and mutter darkly about patriotism. Blood flows like skim milk in their veins perhaps. Patriots who pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor snigger in derision from beyond the grave.

"Oh they're being _mean_" laughs the shade of Nathan Hale "poor babies. Let me tell you how it felt as the noose tightened around my neck ..."
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