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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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