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Petty, but revealing

A father of a student sent me the enclosed, without comment. The Faculty Senate of the University of Florida, by a vote of 38-28, denied former Governor Jeb Bush an honorary degree. The president of the University said he was "tremendously disappointed." Perhaps, but he shouldn’t have been surprised. Is this arbitrary denial of a normal honor to a very successful governor, albeit a Republican, not revealing about the character of faculty? We may be reaching the point when parents might well begin to consider if it is worth exposing their children to the hard hearts and petty minds of such people. Shameful.

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I say burn’em at the stake. At least 11 of the 38, then it would be 28-27. That way everyone will know we are the majority.
-that’s just me

Isn’t "petty" pretty much sum up what so many of these academic twits majored in? Boy, they sure showed ’ol Bush, didn’t they?

Somehow I don’t see Bush gazing up to the empty spot on his wall that this "honor" would have occupied with tears in his eyes, wondering what happened.

The Right has to begin taking our institutions seriously. The "market" will not save us. We have to have conservative professors, conservative journalists, conservative social activists.

This is our fault...too many years shunning the academy, starving it (when possible), and refusing to give enough support/encouragement to the few professors/journalists who ran interference for our beliefs.

Don’t kid yourself if you think those 38 aren’t also punishing students who reject their left-wing ideology. Bias infects everything they do, from setting curriculum to grading papers to choosing whom to recommend for jobs.

THIS is what inspires you to use the word shameful? The Walter Reed scandal, the FBI’s abuse of Patriot Act power (surprise, surprise), torture at Abu Ghraib... I don’t recall even a peep from you on those things. Let’s see, anything else? What’s that??? IRAQ?? Osama still at large while American soldiers (including a close family friend from the Kent area, who, incidentally, was a liberal Dem, opposed to the war, along with both of his parents and sister) and Iraqi civilians are snuffed out on a daily basis. But this slight of Jeb for a silly honorary degree is what summons your indignation? Mr. Schramm, you are in dire need of some perspective.

There is no bias in academia, there is no bias in academia, there is no bias in academia, Abu Ghraib, Mai Lai, selfish conservatives, there is no bias in academia.

And none in the media, either.

Be vewy, vewy quiet...don’t feed the twolls.

Agreed about the pettiness considering current practice, but I’d raise a prior question. Aren’t honorary degrees in themselves a corruption? An unhealthy dalliance between academia and politics? Why are they given to politicians in the first place? To flatter. It’s an unsavory practice in my view.

It’s really just a public nicety. It’s not as if Jeb Bush won’t get that next job without the degree. And it’s probably more of an ’honor’ for the university to grant it than for the recipient to receive it.

This does however reveal how the faculty views the institution; not as a publicly-owned and funded asset, but as their own little fiefdom, a Club Democrat.

This Faculty Senate vote reminds slightly--very slightly--of what Paine said about panics:

"Yet panics, in some cases, have their uses; they produce as much good as hurt. Their duration is always short; the mind soon grows through them, and acquires a firmer habit than before. But their peculiar advantage is, that they are the touchstones of sincerity and hypocrisy, and bring things and men to light, which might otherwise have lain forever undiscovered. In fact, they have the same effect on secret traitors, which an imaginary apparition would have upon a private murderer. They sift out the hidden thoughts of man, and hold them up in public to the world. Many a disguised Tory has lately shown his head, that shall penitentially solemnize with curses the day on which Howe arrived upon the Delaware."

Or Bush upon the Apalachicola.

They meant to disrespect the governor, but have instead shown that they are short-sighted and cloistered partisans who themselves are not particularly worthy of respect.

ps: Was this a binding vote or a super-duper non-binding, symbolic vote?

It’s good that they denied Bush a degree. Given that he supports the third-world invasion of the USA, he should be arrested and tried for treason.

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