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Donald Trump is the scourge of the academic left, only exceeded by the media in their hate for the “Orange Man”. In spite of his prestigious Wharton School pedigree and commercial successes, they repeatedly disparage his accomplishments. Border controls, low inflation, stable prices, and solid employment matter less than ideology. Judging from their television ramblings. Michael Beschloss and Doris Kearns Goodwin et. al are terrified of Donald Trump and his goal of repudiating the leftist policies to which they have dedicated their careers. Beschloss does not have an advanced degree in history, but a BA in political science and an MBA. Goodwin’s Ph.D. is in government. Neither is a trained historian, although their publishing record is impressive and not having a history degree is not an impediment, why do they then disparage Trump’s intellect? It’s all ideology.
Academia is overwhelmingly leftist and detached from ordinary life. Many who claim to be “historians” are well schooled, and that they’re well educated is open to question. In graduate school, I was appalled to learn that classmates had specialized in their chosen historical field beginning in their undergraduate days. Theirs was a narrow academic experience giving them a constricted view of the world at large. In my undergraduate years, I took courses in Western Civilization, US, British, Latin American, and Ancient History as well as philosophy, the arts, and the hard sciences building upon what I had learned in my primary and secondary years in the, then excellent, NYC public school system where we had to pass the demanding state-wide Regents examinations in history, economics, English, algebra and geometry, science, and foreign language.
Attending American Historical Association conferences has reinforced my conclusion on the execrable state of academia and history instruction and of today’s historians as socialist secular monks in cheap outfits looking more like bag ladies than professionals. Their shabby appearance is the outward manifestation of shabby scholarship; knowledge would be better served if instead of writing another boring monograph they just threw a ream of paper into the fireplace. Fortunately, they are so boring undergraduates can be counted on to sleep during their lectures. That’s a harsh indictment of the intellectual class but substantiated by the missives from the American Historical Association obsessing over racism and “Critical Race Theory” while asserting wrongly that states are restricting discussion of slavery and other injustices. The idea that parents need to be involved in their children’s education is not only disparaged but resented as an assault on “professional educators,” who ought to be the sole authority on intellectual and social development. The arrogance is astounding; that ordinary parents support Trump reinforces their sense of superiority, and of alarm.
Beschloss’ and Goodwin’s fear of Trump is justified; he would throw their shopworn notions of society into the trash. Should the left be successful their ideas would lead to the abolition of this republic to be replaced by a welfare state “democracy” governed by a coastal elite dictating to their inferiors, meaning us. On January 6 Trump sought an honest count, not the overthrow of the government. It is the “progressive” movement that wants to fundamentally change the nation through immigration, by abolishing the electoral college, by packing the Supreme Court, by cancelling free speech, by destroying state and local government, by enshrining racial discrimination against whites, by giving the streets over to criminals and reducing us to serfdom. That Americans reject them doubles their determination to put Americans “in their place”. Trump is right:”… they’re not coming after me. They’re coming after you — … I’m just standing in their way,”
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