Sunday, April 09, 2006

On Missing the Obvious

Over this last weekend a bunch of important talking heads descended upon the quaint and conservative college campus here in Claremont, California. I say the quaint and conservative campus because it's the only one here at the 5-C's, which includes Pomona, Pitzer, Scripps, Harvery Mudd, and Claremont Mckenna, this last being the college I refer to.

The fact that Claremont Mckenna College (CMC) is (perceived to be) conservative is a little surprising for two reasons: 1) Most colleges aren't and 2) Everyone knows that most colleges aren't.

Now before you chalk my rhetoric up to clever hyperbole, if indeed it can even be considered clever, reflect seriously on the two points above for just a minute. I need to site no statistics, books, or specialists; nor do I have to appeal to personal experience, either yours or mine; and I really don't have to argue the point with anyone: College curricula, world-view, and life-style is predominantly liberal, period.

And now back to the talking heads. Half Blues and half Reds, which rather nicely sums up many things, these specialists came to share their thougts concerning the future of America's parties, that is, the future of the Democratic and the Republican party. This means, of course, that the conference was a polite way to envision what political party would usher in the dark age of the apocalypse in the waning years to come?

Well, I think that I already answered that question.

3 Comments:

Blogger See Jay run said...

Ha! I figured if I tricked anyone into checking out who left a comment, I could sneak another post in without actually posting.

But this article really brings home the point like no one else can.

http://www.city-journal.org/html/12_3_the_civic.html

9:15 PM  
Blogger AndSheTookOff said...

Very clever!!! Oh, and in case you couldn't tell, I SUCK at writing back to email...I'll try though... ;-P

10:48 PM  
Blogger Jessica Spaulding said...

Since I went to Harvey Mudd I feel I've got to defend here. It pretty much lacks overwhelming political leanings. At least as far as the student body and faculty go. The administration is a different thing. When the student body gets around to noticing the outside world it seemed to me to pretty much just be against any authority. For the most part Mudd is a bubble even more than most school.

At least that's the way it seemed when I was there. But I agree with you whole-heartily about the other Claremont Colleges. :) I majored at Scripps, but I think I would have gone crazy if I'd actually gone there.

11:41 PM  

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