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We Need Critical Thinking Not CRT

The students of George Mason University in Virginia are protesting the appearance of Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin on campus. Youngkin is scheduled to deliver the commencement speech to the 2023 graduates. Of the 36,000 students at GMU, approximately 6,000 have signed an online petition organized by Change.org demanding the invitation to Youngkin be rescinded.

As of this writing, GMU President Gregory Washington says he has no plans to cancel the Governor’s appearance, but he recognizes the student’s right to protest the scheduled speech. In a statement released on Monday, Washington said, “That being said, I don’t believe that we should silence the voices of those with whom we disagree, especially in this forum where there is no imminent threat present as a result of the disagreements.” Washington is GMU’s first Black president.

In a stroke of irony, the same students who want to celebrate diversity and inclusion are the most vocal in their desire to keep the Virginia Governor off the campus. We see this consistently with similar protests before or during a conservative speaker appearing on campus.

With their current mindset, these students are in for a rude awakening when they morph from student to employee. The workplace is filled with many people of differing thinking. And you will not find petitions to sign when faced with thoughts that do not align with yours.

I am pleased that Washington is not yielding to student demands. Some of the student’s characterizations of Youngkin are unwarranted. Youngkin and his Black, female, veteran Lieutenant Governor have been consistent since the campaign. Youngkin and Winsome Earle-Sears ran on a platform of restoring the parent’s place in their child’s education, eliminating Critical Race Theory and sexually themed books from elementary and middle schools. They are also pro-life and against counseling young students on gender issues. These beliefs are not filled with hate or indications of racism and homophobia. The Lieutenant Governor is Black, in case the students are unaware.

This protest of a commencement speaker may be the first of the year, but it definitely will not be the last of the graduation season. Today’s college students, not all of them, want to only hear from people of their ilk. This is narrow-minded and anything but diverse. This is not how people learn. This is not a healthy debate.

It is imperative that President Washington of George Mason University and any other president or dean who is challenged by the student body stay firm with their decisions and not yield to these immature graduates. These graduates, and all college students need to be informed that they are at a college or university to get an education, not to leave their mark on the institution by trying to change the make-up of the institution.

We are witnessing the harvest of the DEIJ efforts by our education system over the last few decades. The educational system has been in the indoctrination business for one hundred years. Now, with the support of Progressive Democrats, learning basic skills of math and reading have taken a back seat to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This focus has given us lower math scores every year, and the majority of students in college can only read at a seventh-grade level. We are failing our children, and we need people like President Washington to teach the hard lesson of life.

Content syndicated from ConservatriveViewFromNH.com with permission

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Ray Cardello

As a lifelong Conservative and resident of New Hampshire, Ray Cardello is positioned to speak with common sense about the happenings of the nation and the region. Conservative View from New Hampshire is Ray’s second blog and podcast effort in 20 years. He has published over 1,000 articles since January 2021, is syndicated on 15 websites, and is published on over 65 sites. Ray is passionate about his writing and sees the Internet as the only way for Conservatives to compete with the mainstream media. Ray claims there will be much to discuss as we move forward and his blog will not focus strictly on Washington but will also delve into State and Local issues as well. There is so much going on and so little factual sources of information to rely on.

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  1. America’s destruction, ironically, will come from America’s success. Because we are the richest, most successful country in the history of the world, we have become fat and complacent and increasingly ignorant as our inept public school system continues to fail to teach basic math and reading skills but promotes CRT and sexual grooming and political indoctrination. Unbelievably, nearly half the country receives some form of government assistance and 40% of the population pays no income tax so we may well be beyond the point of no return. The poorest among us have cell phones, flat screen T.V.’s, and can live in government subsidized housing with heat, air conditioning, clean water, and get free food if necessary. Not true in most of the rest of the world where people actually still starve to death. Of course, this segment of the population will always vote for more “free stuff”; i.e. they’ll always vote for the Democrats.

    Then there’s the supposedly highly educated segment of the population of voters that have been propagandized and indoctrinated instead of educated. Remember that 63% of 18-29 year olds vote Democratic. They don’t know anything about critical thinking, and get most of their news and form their opinions based on social media platforms that censor all opposition political views. That and their friends on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok, or wherever it is that they go nowadays to post pics of their naked body parts, their delicious dinners, their fabulous adventures, or their cute cats. And, oh yeah, that’s where they get their very limited and distorted political opinions. It seems that they think of abortion as just another form of birth control and they shout “my body my choice”, except when they have to get an experimental and potentially dangerous “jab” before they can finish their degree in “Climatology” or “Gender Studies”. They’re the ones (along with “woke” corporations) that opened their wallets to give billions of dollars to the race baiting Marxist grifters of BLM. They elected Soros prosecutors and love the socialist Bernie Sanders. They believe the lie that climate change is an “existential threat” to our very existence. They’re not religious and they believe in moral relativism which denies the existence of good and evil that we have witnessed for the entirety of human history. I can pretty much guarantee that they couldn’t tell you what the first five amendments to the Constitution are, don’t know the difference between a Democracy and a Constitutional Republic, and don’t even know the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

    It will be the greatest tragedy in the history of the world, that the greatest Republic in the world and the great “American experiment” will be destroyed, not by a foreign invader, but by its own populace’s ignorance. Alexander Tytler wrote that “the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been about 200 years”. Unfortunately we are past our expiration date.

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