Skip to comments.Every Idea Is an Incitement
Posted on 01/07/2013 4:07:42 AM PST by Kaslin
Dear CRM 495 Students:
Welcome back! It's hard to believe that Christmas break is over and that it's time to start a new semester. It's almost as hard as believing that one of your professors is actually sending you an email using the word "Christmas." But even the liberals agree that I am no ordinary professor. Please allow me to explain.
After I got tenure, I left the political Left and became a conservative Republican. I know you've never had a conservative professor before and you are probably wondering what to expect. In a nutshell, you can expect to hear the truth about a number of things for the very first time in your college career. And that means you can probably expect to be offended from time to time.
Just in case you are wondering whether you are getting in over your head, let me give you a few examples of beliefs I hold, which you may well deem to be offensive. Based on the following revelations, you can make an informed decision as to whether this class is really for you.
African-Americanism. I think the term African-American is ridiculous. If you insist on being called this then you aren't American and you've probably never been to Africa. If you demand to be a hyphenated American then you're just un-American. Get over yourself or get out of the country. Sorry if you're offended but you offend me with your ethnocentrism.
Coke. I cannot stand that four letter word that begins with "c" and refers to female genitalia. Repeating it at The Vagina Monologues does not make women empowered. It makes them unrefined idiots. If you c*** c*** a feminist play without using feminists who say the word c*** then you simply c*** be taken seriously. Sorry if you're offended, but women who curse like sailors offend me.
Daddy issues. Every semester, I get at least one female student who comes into class late and hyperventilating. She makes a scene in order to get sympathy. Then, she apologizes after class while dumping all her personal problems on me. Let me be blunt: women like this have daddy issues. Put simply, daddy didn't give them enough attention and now they are seeking it from me because I remind them of daddy. Sorry that offends you. Go tell your daddy.
Guns. I have more guns than I need but fewer than I want. In fact, as I sit in my home office writing this email I am positioned between two packed gun safes. There are enough guns in this room to issue a 21 gun salute in the event you dont make it through the semester. There are also about 12,000 rounds of ammunition in this room. And there is more elsewhere in the house. Some people are afraid of guns but I am afraid of gunlessness. Most of your professors say that homophobia is a social disease. I say that hoplophobia is a social disease. If you don't like abortion - oops! I mean guns - you don't have to have one.
Momma's boys. Every semester, I get at least three male students who cannot run their lives. They constantly ask me questions that I have already answered on the syllabus. When is the first test? What kind of questions are on it? How many tests are there? These are the kinds of young males who still could not wipe their bottoms when they were 12 (and probably still can't do their own laundry). If you are one of them, you have no chance of passing my class and no chance of succeeding in life. Please drop out now and join the army. Sorry if that offends you but you need to be a man. If that's too much to ask, just complain to momma next time you're home dropping off your laundry.
Pepsi. I cannot stand that five letter word that begins with "p" and refers to female genitalia. Every year at The Vagina Monologues, they sell p***** pops, which are little candied vaginas on a stick. The feminists walk around licking them in a display of feminist empowerment. I hate to be p**** but why don't they sell p**** pops, too. Maybe that would offend them. That's too bad because their sexism offends me.
Queer Centers. When I was a kid, we played "smear the queer" (dodge ball). Later, they said we could not call it that. Now, the word "queer" has made a queer re-entry into the realm of social acceptability. Some colleges are even opening Queer Resource Centers. Make up your mind, thought police. And stop acting like women with daddy issues! Sorry if that offends you. Indecisiveness offends me.
Racial Preferences. If you can't get into college without checking a box that says African-American or Hispanic, you do not need to be here. Sorry but the only reason there are racial differences in SAT scores is because minorities refuse to take off the training wheels. You're just as smart as anyone else so hop off the Big Wheel and join the bike race. Sorry if you're offended but your racism offends me.
Wolf-crying. People cry racism all the time. In fact, I've been told I'm a racist for opposing affirmative action. Thats funny to me. I dont think blacks need a crutch because I believe they are equal. Therefore, I'm called a racist - even though I was the first kid on my block to own a Flip Wilson record. Those people (oops, I said, those people) need to chill. In fact, I should let them borrow my old Flip Wilson record to lighten the mood. Next thing you know, they'll say Flip Wilson offends them because Geraldine made fun of cross dressing. Have I mentioned that cross-dressing offends me?
XXX. Pornography is more than disgusting. It is evil and I hate it. This is probably not offensive to anyone - unless, of course, you are a porn star. But, once you become a porn star, you pretty much give up the right to be offended. If you're offended anyway just drop my class and sign up for one of Dr. Porco's instead (no I did not make up that last name). Dr. Porco was just hired by the UNCW English Department despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that he published a book of pornographic poems - some of which were written while he was drunk and hanging out in topless bars. He tries to pass them off as academic. And that offends me, which is why I simply choose not to read them.
Now that everything is on the table, you are ready for your first assignment. Since this is a class covering the First Amendment, we are going to focus on important US Supreme Court decisions dealing with free speech. Our first case will be Gitlow v. New York. I want you to read it with two questions in mind:
1. Since the Supreme Court nationalized the First Amendment, speech codes have emerged on most state-run campuses. How have these speech codes survived in light of the nationalization movement?
2. Holmes' dissent in this case has been often quoted. If he is correct in saying that "every idea is an incitement" then how can universities actually enforce speeches codes? As they are actually enforced, do these codes violate other portions of our constitution?
As you can see, we'll be tackling some serious issues this semester. So we need to weed out all of the self-absorbed, hypersensitive products of the era of political correctness in higher education. That was the purpose of this email. If you are still reading then congratulations! You've demonstrated more intellectual integrity and emotional maturity than the majority of your professors.
See you next week in class.
Great article, ‘cept he apologizes too much.
I wish I had professors like him when I was in college. Or even that I lived close enough to audit some of his courses now.
I will say it is quite obvious why he waited for tenure to be an overt conservative (or perhaps that’s when he changed). No way anyone would ever get tenure with attitudes like that.
You can be the absolute best in your field, but if you insult leftist pieties like that you are toast. Academia is no place for differences in though according to the Left.
Fess up, you'd just like to watch him bitch slap some libtard students.
LOL That might could use a warning. I hate feminists. They’re just so gross.
ok why does he hate girls with fathers who were neglectful and how is this a “conservative” position exactly?
“Somewhere out there there’s 4 terrible fathers that I wish I could thank.”
Adams, it’s a college FGS. If you can’t stand immature people, maybe YOU should join the Army.
Methinks he's just a grumpy Righty who's not so well-educated himself.
(Nice to see some smackdown of Lefty ideals on campus, though.)
You’ve never read Professor Adam’s column, did you?
I don’t think he hates them. Saying he’s “offended” by their immaturity is just using lefty language to make a righty point: You are responsible for yourself, and you can’t compensate for your refusal to grow up by treating teacher as a substitute daddy- will-cover-for-me figure. Sometimes, forcing someone to grow up is the kindest thing you can do for them.
How does his being bluntly--and perhaps even abrasively--frank in his observation of "girls with daddy issues" translate into "he hate[s] girls"?
Please don't misunderstand. I'm not attacking you; but I am questioning your conclusion. Help me out here. To my eye he's bluntly (and yes, abrasively) telling his female students that he simply doesn't want to be a surrogate father. In any context. However temporarily.
And though I think that he is wrong to do so (think of the opportunity for not only shepherding a young woman past the pain of her past, but also to help her grow beyond episodes of adolescent hyperventilation), so what? How does his bluntness mean "hate" exactly?
and how is this a conservative position exactly?
If you're trying to play the "Hate is not a Family Value" meme, then I respectfully ask you to consider the possibility that you are allowing emotion to cloud your thinking. To my eye the CRM 495 professor, with his "Go tell your daddy" comment, is merely pointing out to his female students (again, in an abrasive fashion) that he doesn't think he can do anything about fixing their daddy issues. So, again I ask you, how does that mean "he hates girls"? I'll concede that he may very well hate the hyperventilating. (After all, something's put a burr in his butt.) But hating the bad behavior is light-years away from hating the person, no?
And isn't it a conservative position to expect others to take responsibility for their lives rather than playing the victim card all the time? I was abused as a child. So what? The hallmark of humankind seems to be that The Innocent suffer at the hands of The Powerful. There's been plenty of child abuse and neglect for centuries; and there will be plenty more to come I'm afraid.
But if I'm late for class in college (or miss a project deadline at work), I need to own up to it. Not blame my father or mother for the crappy way they treated me as a child. And if I do have profound emotional scars (many of us do), I need to seek professional help, maybe even psychiatric help. Trying to turn my sociology professor into something he is not is patently unfair to him. Perhaps that's why he comes across as so pissed?
He did not claim to "hate" them; you have (probably unwittingly) fallen into the leftist practice of misstating meanings. He even apologizes for offending them.
Since the course Adams is preparing to teach is a senior ‘capstone’ course, it is very likely that every student enrolled has had previous studies with Professor Adams. He is just getting them in the mood for his presentations with this email.
I doubt that any of his ‘offendings’ are new to these students.
I doubt that any of his offendings are new to these students.
Good point. This CRM 495 course, after all, is for 21- and 22-year-olds, not adolescents. Surely they'd be sufficiently grown-up by now? By age alone, if not by previous exposure to Professor Adams's teaching style?
Of course, we do now live under The Tyranny of the Easily Offended. Mature adults must park their thinking caps and don their inner-adolescent at the classroom door. Too bad that the free exchange of ideas as well as stimulating, spirited discussions also remain outside the classroom door as a result.
My nieces and nephews relate stories all the time about the kowtowing they have to do to their leftist professors - no matter what the subject matter is supposed to be. Since they have heard alternative views in their own families they are aware of the slant, and the ‘liberties’ taken by their professors. Unfortunately, too many children have not been exposed at all to other than leftist views.
Starting in pre-school children are being encouraged to believe that their parents are uninformed and it is up to the child to ‘educate’ the parent.
Condescend much? May you reach new heights and someday, mayhap, ignore us toads altogether.
Meanwhile, dude, you got a walkthrough for my little mind to follow Mike Adams?
News Flash. The last I checked I am not a dude, never have been. Just saying
I work at a major university, though not as a professor. (Far from it. I'm a lowly IT guy.) It breaks my heart that those causing all the kowtowing are therefore the very ones stifling true critical thinking, the free exchange of ideas, and darn near everything else that higher education purports to provide.
Unfortunately, too many children have not been exposed at all to other than leftist views. Starting in pre-school children are being encouraged to believe that their parents are uninformed and it is up to the child to educate the parent.
Which is more than just heartbreaking, is it not? It's downright chilling. I wonder how long it will be until the children are encouraged not to educate their "uninformed" parents, but to turn in them in?
Though I doubt Kaslin needs me to jump in, here goes.
I am curious, HAL, about your objection. If we were talking about high school students, I'd be right with you. But we're not: it's a 400-level college course. The students are seniors in college. Should we not expect men and women in their early twenties attending college to be mature? If not in college, then when?
In post #23 you chide Kaslin with "Condescend much?" So my inner busy-body kicked in, and I am compelled to ask: how is Kaslin's comment in post #15 condescending? I just don't see it. (Not that it's any of my business mind you. Just curious.)
And has it escaped your notice that your own comment, quoted above, is itself condescending? Surely you see this? Will you give yourself a pass but not Kaslin?
We now return to our regularly scheduled discussion thread. Cheers.
tomkat: well into his fourth decade as a proud non-giver of a shite & abyss puller-backer !
The day the liberal bleaters get smacked in the face is the day we start pulling back from the abyss
any kid that uses the word “sucks” should be slapped
Slight correction: Smear the Queer is NOT dodgeball. When playing smear the queer, the object was to throw a ball to one specific person, who then tries to run from the rest of the group which is trying to tackle said person with the ball as violently as possible. Now, that was entertainment!