Sunday, April 30, 2023

Who dismantled our baloney meters? Biological males excel in women’s collegiate sports

J. Budziszewski, a natural law scholar at the University of Texas, wrote a book titled Written on the Heart, in which he argues that all human beings know the difference between right and wrong. Budziszewski calls this capacity to recognize good and evil  our baloney meters. We know the difference between elemental truth and baloney without being taught. We know that murder is wrong without reading the Ten Commandments. We know child molestation is evil without consulting a psychology article.

Unfortunately, our universities believe that it is their job to dismantle our baloney meters, causing college students to be confused about right and wrong and about reality itself. For example, American universities now permit biological males to compete in women’s collegiate athletic contests. Thus a person with testicles and shoulders broader than Joy Behar’s ass (Greg Gutfeld’s phrase) can collect a trophy for winning a women’s swimming meet. That’s baloney.

Several state legislatures have passed laws banning biological males from competing in women’s sports. President Joe Biden’s handlers, channeling their inner Joseph Goebbels, introduced a federal regulation that permits  biological males to participate in girls’ athletic competition in colleges and schools. More baloney.

What happens to a nation that cannot distinguish between right and wrong? What happens to a society that refuses to recognize basic biology? What happens to a people who allow universities to dismantle our youths’ baloney meters?

America is devolving into an Orwellian society. If we continue down this path, our nation will resemble Russia during the Stalin era or Germany when the Nazis were in power.  Hitler, after all, wanted to create a new national church that would replace the Bible with Mein Kampf.  Now that’s baloney!

We must repair our baloney meters. We must denounce societal forces that distort basic principles of reality and our innate sense of what is right and wrong.  We must stop universities from forcing college students to take out burdensome loans to pay for educational experiences that are intentionally designed to leave them confused, alienated, and morally adrift.

Saturday, April 29, 2023

Reality sucks in flyover country

I don’t give a shit about the media elites, the coastal elites, the influencers, the financial moguls, and the assholes, who inhabit Hollywood and our universities. I live in a different world, a world as different from the world of Nancy Pelosi and Don Lemon as Mongolia differs from France. 

I am in a Louisiana rehab hospital recovering from a stroke. Over the past two weeks, I have met the people who do the real work in the United States: the first responders, the nurses, the emergency room staffers, the occupational therapists, the physical therapists, and the medical technicians.

Today, I met an occupational therapy assistant, whose story I would like to share. Laura is in her early 20s and works two jobs. She recently married a man who is a fire department dispatcher and also works as a photographer on the side. They want to have children but they can’t afford the added expense. They are burdened by credit card debt, including the loan that Laura’s husband took out to buy an engagement ring.

In spite of the fact that they’re working four jobs, Laura and her husband 
barely making ends meet. The payments they make on their credit cards barely cover the interest, so their credit card debt is not going down. In addition, Laura has student loans, which she has not had to pay due to the Covid crisis. If she is required to resume making monthly loan payments, her family’s frugal budget will be completely wrecked.

I gave Laura a little advice. She and her husband have equity in their home, told her that she and her husband should take out a home equity loan and pay off their credit card debt. I warned her, however, that they must have the discipline not to use their credit cards again or their debt will continue creeping up.

I could give Laura no guidance about her student loans because no one knows what federal policy will be.Will students’ loans be forgiven? Will students be forced to resume making monthly payments in a few months? Will the Biden administration‘s new income based repayment plan be good for Laura and her family?

Something is wrong when a young couple working four jobs in high-demand fields can’t make ends meet. Why are we focusing on transgender athletes instead of people like Laura—people living in flyover country in an economy that does not allow them to prosper? Why are we sending weapons and ammunition to Ukraine instead of strengthening our education system, which is near collapse?

It is clear to me now that flyover country is a colony that is being exploited by the coastal elites. The powerful are thriving while the people who do the real work in this country are sinking into poverty. The people dwelling in the heartland are decent people. They are not homophobes, transphobes, or white nationalists. They simply want to reap the benefits of hard work and maintain the lifestyle that their parents enjoyed. 

 What a tragedy that the media elites, the universities, the legal system, and the federal government despise the people who love our country and want to make it better. The smug oligarchs who are prospering now may believe that the status quo will last forever. But it won’t last forever.

They should remember that the Russian nobility were wiped out by the bolsheviks at the end of the first world war, and that the German middle class was obliterated by political violence, inflation, racist hysteria, and finally the Nazis.

Monday, April 10, 2023

Turning adults into infants: Going to college in the era of wokeness

 Early this month, Students at American University petitioned college leaders to place Narcan--an antidote for drug overdoses--in university dormitories. Why? Because an AU student was hospitalized recently from drug poisoning. 

“To wait to implement Narcan at AU is unethical and deadly," the petition argued. "Students will continue to use substances during college, and it is in the interest of their health to prepare for action."

At the University of Houston, a student committed suicide by jumping from an upper floor of a classroom building--the third student to die that way. The solution, student advocates suggested, was to modify the structure with "anti-suicidal infrastructure," such as bars or nets.

According to recent studies, many college students suffer from "food insecurity." They're not hungry, but they're worried about food. 

What to do? Open food pantries where students can pick up free food. Without free food, students might have to switch to cheaper cellphone plans. The horror!

College students have problems. Indeed, they've always had problems. Many are depressed and impoverished, and quite a few experiment with alcohol and illegal drugs.

Whose job is it to deal with college students' daily challenges? University leaders declare that it is their job. They promise to cheerfully deal with all student problems if only they can get enough federal money to hire more well-paid administrators to focus on the crisis of the hour.

I'm okay with that. But here's the thing. College administrators have become so focused on their students' social problems that they've forgotten their core mission: to ensure that students get a solid education that will prepare them to be mature adults who can function in the real world.

As we have seen recently, law students at Stanford University shouted down a federal appellate judge who had been invited to speak on campus. At San Francisco State University, Riley Gaines, an invited speaker who argued that men shouldn't compete in women's varsity sports, was assaulted with threats and obscenities and had to be escorted out of the speaking venue by the police.

Colleges have been converted from learning institutions to nursies for pampered adults who behave like infants. Our universities like this state of affairs because their students have become so stupid that they're willing to take out student loans to be treated like babies.

Riley Gaines was shouted down at San Francisco State University.