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Professor's 'Moral Dilemma': President Bush Road Kill?
Human Events ^ | Feb. 16, 2006 | Christopher Flickinger

Posted on 02/16/2006 2:06:05 PM PST by ladlugha

President Bush could become road kill according to the statements of a professor at a small, private Michigan college.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aquinas; bias; bush; college; flickinger; humanevents; president; professor; school; student

1 posted on 02/16/2006 2:06:09 PM PST by ladlugha
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To: ladlugha

Liberalism at it finest...


2 posted on 02/16/2006 2:08:37 PM PST by tomnbeverly (Liberal Lips Sink Ships....)
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To: ladlugha
President Bush could become road kill according to the statements of a professor at a small, private Michigan college.

The Network of College Conservatives (N.C.C.) received a complaint from an Aquinas College student claiming the most liberal course offered this semester was an economics class titled "Capitalism & Socialism." The class -- an elective -- is taught by Professor Gary Robertson, and the school’s course catalog says the class "Introduces the various economic systems in our world…."

The following is a portion of the student’s original report to the N.C.C.:
My professor is making us read David Brock's nutcase book "Blinded by the Right" which not only has nothing to do with economics but is also nonsense propaganda. On the second day of class my professor also informed us that he would spit in the President's face if he saw him, and that if the President walked out in front of his truck he would gladly run him over, reverse, and run him over again.

The N.C.C. attempted to contact Prof. Robertson directly to verify the claims. We did hear back from the professor, but it was in the form of an unsettling e-mail:
"Dear Fascist, Who are you, part of the thought police? If you would like to debate ideas, attend my class. Otherwise, read the US constitution, the first amendment in particular; & then take a flying leap."

After reading Prof. Robertson's inspiring e-mail, the N.C.C. contacted Marty Fahey, Director of College Relations at Aquinas.

Fahey confirms David Brock’s Blinded by the Right is "one of several books" used in the course and that Kevin Phillips’s Wealth in Democracy, "a more conservative perspective," is also read. As to the remarks attributed to Prof. Robertson, Fahey says he spoke with Robertson and that the professor says the quote, "was misstated/misquoted and that it was taken out of context."

But, the student who contacted the N.C.C. doesn't agree. "No I don't believe I took Prof. Robertson’s quote out of context, nor did I misquote him, that was simply what he said in a 'joking' voice, it would be fair to say."

And, as for the textbook Wealth in Democracy, the student says it is used in the class, "which makes sense as it pertains to economics; the only other book used is David Brock’s book, which in no way, shape or form amounts to anything relating to economics."

The N.C.C. contacted Fahey again to further investigate the comments reportedly made against President Bush by Prof. Robertson. We asked, "…what then did he [Prof. Robertson] say and how did the student misstate/misquote him and/or take it out of context." We added that we were, "skeptical as to how a quote like "…spit in the President's face if you [Prof. Robertson] saw him, and that if the President walked out in front of your [Prof. Robertson's] truck you [Prof. Robertson] would gladly run him over, reverse, and run him over again," can be taken out of context.

Fahey asked Prof. Robertson to provide the comments he made in class. Fahey responded with the following:
The first comment was made in the context of a discussion about policies (Pres. Bush's administration had pursued with which he (Prof. Robertson) disagreed, he stated:
"If Bush were to walk in front of my pickup truck, I'd be faced with a moral dilemma, and I might not be able to distinguish between the brake & the gas pedal."

The other statement went like this....
"I have urged past students to spit on LBJ's grave (because of the unjustified war in Vietnam), I think the same thing is appropriate for 'W' since he lied to us & caused an unjustified war."

Fahey noted that Prof. Robertson's personal opinions "…are not necessarily representative of the thoughts and opinions of the rest of the faculty, staff and students."

The student who complained to the N.C.C. thought Prof. Robertson's recollection was exaggerated.
"My quote may not have been exact…. Evidently Prof. Robertson does not remember his exact wording either, because he sure tried to make himself sound a lot nicer than I remember. ...I'm pretty sure that if he expressed his opinion in a way that was respectable I would not have had boiling blood."
Whether the actual quote made in the classroom was as the student says or as Prof. Robertson claims, the N.C.C. cannot know for sure. But, the bottom line is Prof. Robertson admits to saying, "If Bush were to walk in front of my pickup truck, I'd be faced with a moral dilemma, and I might not be able to distinguish between the brake & the gas pedal."

This type of comment is inappropriate. Yes, a professor has the constitutional right to say what he/she likes and a right to academic freedom; however, this is not a case of free speech as much as it is about inappropriate speech. Why are Prof. Robertson's "moral dilemmas," which are obviously politically charged, being discussed in an economics class?

The student has not filed a formal complaint against Prof. Robertson with the school because he/she says, "I am concerned about my grades, and for two I have a great doubt of it doing any good." The student's parents have been made aware of the professor's remarks, and according to our contact, they wonder why they are paying a tremendous amount of money to send their child to Aquinas.

"I don't want to completely discredit Prof. Robertson as a teacher. I have learned things from him, and he is good at taking economic principles and making them understandable," the student says. "What is hardest for me about the class is that with just about everything he says, I feel like I have to take it with (more than just a little) grain of salt."

The student says he/she will defend his/her views, but, "it gets much harder to defend them against a Prof…in front of a class who mostly laughs at his off-the-wall comments. Unfortunately lately I typically find myself biting my tongue and just trying to make it through class."

What a shame! Intimidation is not supposed to be a part of a college education!

At one point in our correspondence with Fahey, he asked, "What are you -- a self-appointed conservative watchdog group for the nation's colleges?"

Quite frankly -- yes!

The Network of College Conservatives
will continue this effort of exposing liberal bias on our nation’s college campuses in pursuit of intellectual integrity and academic excellence.
3 posted on 02/16/2006 2:09:17 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: ladlugha

Sounds like this idiot is the illegitimate offspring of a threeway between Cindy Sheehan, Ward Churchill and Hugo Chavez.

Hopefully he will soon get a visit from the Secret Service...

Or at least the nice men in white uniforms and carrying butterfly nets.


4 posted on 02/16/2006 2:12:00 PM PST by LegendHasIt
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To: Dog Gone
the quote, "was misstated/misquoted and that it was taken out of context."

Liberalspeak for "the quote was true".

5 posted on 02/16/2006 2:13:39 PM PST by Darkwolf377
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To: ladlugha

Might as well go to a state sponsored college as to one like this. At least you know what to expect. At a religious college like this, you would think the profs would keep the hate speech to themselves.
Just down the road at Calvin College they have a group of liberal profs also who protested a Bush appearance there a while back.
My daughter will go to the public college across town and she will be forewarned about liberal college professors.


6 posted on 02/16/2006 2:18:23 PM PST by westmichman (Please pray with me for global warming)
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To: LegendHasIt

Agreed...hopefully any Freepers who know or actually are Secret Service personnel will pass this along and take action!


7 posted on 02/16/2006 2:18:25 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: Dog Gone

"because he sure tried to make himself sound a lot nicer than I remember. "

Tape recorders are your friend.


8 posted on 02/16/2006 2:19:31 PM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Frank_2001

If the USSC monitored Free Republic, there are several members who would have received visits by now.


9 posted on 02/16/2006 2:19:35 PM PST by COEXERJ145 (Pat Buchanan lost a family member in the holocaust. The man fell out of a guard tower.)
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To: Frank_2001

Without a tape recorded conversation, there isn't much they (the feds) can do.

It would be 'he said'/'he said' no win situation.


10 posted on 02/16/2006 2:20:52 PM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Dog Gone
This staunch defender of the 1st Amendment (similar to one of the "fundamental rights" in Canada's constitution BTW), is of the same ilk of the perfidious cowards who advocate censorship of cartoons, which tell vicious truths about political Islam. I'd bet that he could espouse both views, without taking a breath in between.

It's also interesting that a socialist professor encourages spitting on the grave of the most socialistic President the US has ever had (LBJ). The irony is so thick you could churn it -- yet this bozo obviously can't see it.
11 posted on 02/16/2006 2:21:04 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA (")
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To: COEXERJ145

So THAT explains the Black Helicopters flying overhead lately!


12 posted on 02/16/2006 2:22:01 PM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: LegendHasIt

It should not continue to amaze me that when a liberal is asked nearly any question, his immediate response is name-calling, insults and threats of one kind or another.

Usually that is the result of a limited vocabulary combined with a complete lack of class and civility.

As one's upbringing directly reflects the parental influence, I shudder to picture what his parents must have been like.

I think Rush would enjoy speaking with this fool.


13 posted on 02/16/2006 2:23:02 PM PST by SusaninOhio
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To: COEXERJ145
Agreed. The professor is a blooming idiot. However, it is a private college, so the protests should be lodged by the church members, alumni or other entity supporting the institution, not by the general taxpayers.

I'm more concerned when a slug like Ward Churchill is paid to preach this kind of propoganda on the public dime.

14 posted on 02/16/2006 2:24:28 PM PST by Vigilanteman (crime would drop like a sprung trapdoor if we brought back good old-fashioned hangings)
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To: ladlugha


Gary Robertson, M.A.
Economics
(616) 632-2064
robergar@aquinas.edu


15 posted on 02/16/2006 2:26:22 PM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: SusaninOhio
"his immediate response is name-calling, insults and threats of one kind or another."

Which is the reason that when called on their 'quotes' they attempt to obfuscate the meaning of their own words.

They can't stand the 'heat' when the light of day shines on them.
16 posted on 02/16/2006 2:28:00 PM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: ladlugha

I feel sorry for the students. The guy is an idiot, and probably has nothing to offer in the way of education, aside from demonstrating what a tenured idiot looks like.


17 posted on 02/16/2006 2:35:07 PM PST by Sans-Culotte (Meadows Place, TX-"Tom DeLay Country")
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To: ladlugha

Got a pic of him anywhere? I sure would not want to confuse my brake and gas pedal if I ever saw him. No sirree bob, I wouldn't!


18 posted on 02/16/2006 2:36:00 PM PST by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: Bigh4u2

Perhaps a little IRS audit! That's the ticket!

LLS


19 posted on 02/16/2006 2:37:46 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (Preserve America... kill terrorists... destroy dims!)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Yeah. Yeah. That's it!

:)


20 posted on 02/16/2006 2:47:15 PM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Bigh4u2

Most schools won't allow tape recorders, they don't want what they are doing to be exposed.


21 posted on 02/16/2006 2:55:44 PM PST by pepperdog
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To: ladlugha

These small colleges can't afford anyone with smarts. He may be road kill himself, that may be why he is at a small private college.


22 posted on 02/16/2006 3:13:01 PM PST by chainsaw ( ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - H. Clinton))
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To: ncountylee

OK -- everybody should know the drill by now. E-mail the school's Board of Visitors, the President, the Dean, and the Department Chair. Freedom of speech? Sure. But telling a classroom full of students that he'd personally run his vehicle over the President of the U.S.? This guy needs a thorough Freeping.


23 posted on 02/16/2006 3:42:40 PM PST by Clioman
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To: ladlugha

Interesting story. Universities are just infested with this kind of ideology.


24 posted on 02/16/2006 3:55:34 PM PST by 68skylark
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To: 68skylark
Unfortunately, today most church-affilliated colleges are just as screwed up as public universities. You m might as well save your money by sending your sons and daughters to state schools.
25 posted on 02/16/2006 4:03:37 PM PST by BW2221
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To: ncountylee

Thanks for that e-mail address. I just sent him a note.
WMM


26 posted on 02/16/2006 4:12:40 PM PST by westmichman (Please pray with me for global warming)
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To: westmichman
I just sent him a note.

I have also and bet we are not alone.

27 posted on 02/16/2006 4:15:12 PM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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