Greetings, and let’s get right to the point, y’all remember President Obama’s response to an inquiry made by Jim Acosta a few days ago during the G-20 press conference in Turkey regarding ISIS? Let me remind you, “…if folks want to pop off and have opinions about what they think they would do, present a specific plan. If they think somehow their advisers are better than the Chairman of my Joint Chiefs of Staff and the folks who are actually on the ground, I want to meet them,” Obama said. “And we can have that debate. But what I’m not interested in doing is posing or pursuing some notion of American leadership or America winning or whatever other slogans they come up with that has no relationship to what is actually going to work to protect the American people and to protect the people in the region who are getting killed and to protect our allies and people like France. I’m too busy for that.”
Yes, President Obama is just too busy to talk about pursing the notion of American leadership or America winning — that is simply just too doggone time-consuming.
But, what does the White House have time for?
As reported by our compatriots at Breitbart.com, “The Obama administration is delivering a list of guidelines for college administrators who must respond to allegations of racial mistreatment and “white privilege” on college campuses, after widely publicized incidents at Yale and the University of Missouri created by student protesters. “We can do better in our responses to these incidents and creating more welcoming climates,” Obama’s Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan explains in an op-ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
He warns administrators that “slow or tepid reaction can amount to tolerance of a racially hostile environment” and encourages college administrators to take student protests seriously. “Students can serve as experts on their lived experiences, helping to make colleges and universities safe spaces,” he said. The op-ed also suggests that college heads make their administrations more racially and culturally diverse to stop the flow of grievances. “Diversity is critical to ensuring academic and social success,” Duncan writes. “Diversity fosters a climate of healthy interaction among people from different groups, contributing to varied experiences, and ensuring students feel welcomed.”
So the Obama administration cannot find a coherent strategy in confronting Islamic terrorism and jihadism — oops, sorry, they can’t even call it that. And then again, in some very delusional mindset, President Obama clings to the notion that his non-existent strategy is working. Just like jumping in on the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, we have the Obama administration once again acting out the maxim of former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, “never let a good crisis go to waste” — and certainly never let a manufactured episode by a bunch of whiny kindergarteners go unassisted.
Sorry folks, but these children aren’t acting like college students or future leaders of America — well, perhaps future Saul Alinskyites, yes. We’re watching the next generation of community organizers get their on-campus training — and parents, you thought you were paying for an education? More like a lesson in progressive socialist indoctrination.
And what place does the White House have in joining in on this conversation? This is the same White House that yelled and screamed racism in Ferguson, only to have egg on its face when the truth, based on forensic evidence and not emotional politics, bore out. Now, I could see if these students were protesting about better quality education and standards. I could see if these students were marching to have quality degree programs that prepared them to enter the 21st century workforce — but, thanks to Obama and his economic policies, that doesn’t look very promising.
First, let me ask a simple question: why exactly did Jimmy Carter make education its own separate government agency back in late 1970s? We used to have Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) and for some undetermined reason Carter felt we needed three separate agencies — check out the budgets then and now. However, that is a conversation for another day.
Secretary Duncan said, “students can serve as experts on their lived experiences” — HUH? Ok, I remember showing up at the University of Tennessee in 1979 as a freshman. There were plenty of classes where I was the only black student — should I have complained and made demands? My lived experience was that I was at Tennessee to earn my degree and my commission as an Army officer — both accomplished in four years.
I was not attending college to learn about diversity – as a matter of fact, the reason why my parents wanted me at Tennessee and not at Southern University was for diversity. It was to be in an environment unlike my neighborhood where I was in the minority. My dad taught me that in order to succeed in life, you find out what the standard is and surpass it. That, Mr. Duncan, is critical to ensuring academic and social success, not this insanity we see unfolding on our college campuses — and now supported by the Obama administration which is too busy to advocate American victory.
Who came up with this insidious idea of “safe spaces?” It appears to me this is a reverse “timeout” approach, which provides out-of-control children a space where their bad behavior can be applauded and promoted. It’s a place where they can spew foolishness without challenge — after all it’s their safe space.
This somewhat reminds me of another insidious liberal progressive-type idea, the infamous U.S. Army stress control card. I know, folks out there say this never existed, so I went back in time to a Stripes.com September 2011 article about the subject:
“There is nothing on the card that indicates it can be used to call a timeout if a soldier is feeling stressed. Instead, the card allows soldiers to measure their stress levels by pressing their thumbs against it for 10 seconds. Then the card would turn a different color, ranging from blue for “relaxed” to black for “most stressed.” The card also has tips for how soldiers can reduce their stress levels, such as, “Imagine yourself basking in the warm sun on a beach or soaking in a hot tub until you can actually feel warmth come into your hands.”
Issued by the Army at various times, the cards were forerunners to the current Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program, said Army spokesman George B. Wright. They were meant to be “handy reminders” of the toll stress can take on soldiers. “It wasn’t a get out of jail — or get out of PT — free card, so your drill sergeant won’t yell at you,” Wright told The Rumor Doctor. The term “stress card” appears to have been coined by a committee appointed in 1997 to look into military training issues. Led by Nancy Kassebaum Baker, then a senator from Kansas, the committee found problems with integrating men and women during basic training, noting that many people complained that basic training had “gone soft.” At the time, the Navy was issuing recruits in the late 90s “Blue Cards,” called such because if recruits were feeling blue, they could present the card to a trainer, and a commander would make sure they got the help they needed, said LT Chris Bennett, a spokesman for the Navy’s Recruit Training Command. The commission recommended the Navy get rid of what it called “stress cards.”
“The Navy issues a card to every new recruit that includes information about whom to contact ‘if things pile up,'” the report said. “The committee recognizes the importance of informing new recruits about support services upon their arrival at basic training. But concerns were raised by Navy trainers about Navy recruits who raise their cards while being disciplined as a way of signaling a time-out.”
Participation trophies, stress control cards, and now safe spaces… what in God’s name are we allowing to happen in America? Ok, I can hear it now coming from the weeny little kids, Col West, you do not understand the challenges and stressful atmosphere we face today, you know, those lived experiences students have.
Toughen up young folks, because I can tell you quite simply, when you show up at your first job and ask for a “safe space” and start making demands of your boss — you will find a very safe space back at your apartment after you’re fired. The real world has no time for these immature rants and the private sector leaders care less about your emotional well-being and your feelings – it’s about production. And if you can’t produce, well, go spend time in your safe space.
And if you think for one minute that Vladimir Putin, Hasan Rouhani, Ayatollah Khamenei, Xi Jinping, ISIS, al-Qaida, Boko Haram, Al Shabab, Ansar al-Sharia, Al Nusra Front, Taliban, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, and the rest care about your feelings and allowing you a safe space — first of all, I hope y’all know who I’m talking about – you’d best get a grip.
Ya know what? I actually don’t blame these kids, I blame the adults who are the ones acting even more childish in playing this Pavlovian game of rewarding the most abhorrent and bad behavior.