For a century, American Leftists under guise of “progressivism” have slowly but steadily infiltrated our country’s institutions. They set out to dominate the entertainment industry, the mainstream media, the scientific community and, of course, as much government at all levels as possible.
Included in this stealth infiltration was our academic institutions — from the lowest community college to the Ivy League. And by any measure, the Left has succeeded, probably beyond their wildest dreams.
Today, each of these industries and communities is ‘fully-owned’ by people steeped in Marxist propaganda, but probably the most universally valuable institution the Left has converted is the academic world.
From kindergarten through to high school and at all levels of higher learning, Leftist Marxism is force-fed to students, and worse, American taxpayers have paid the tab for nearly all of it, in one form or another.
But we finally have a president who not only recognizes what has happened, but who understands that if the Leftist indoctrination isn’t stopped at some point, the America we bequeath to our kids and grandkids will essentially exist as a country that is the polar opposite of the constitutional republic established by our founders.
On Friday, President Donald Trump noted on Twitter that he will order his administration to reconsider the tax-exempt status schools he says are providing students with “radical indoctrination” instead of a bona fide education.
“Too many Universities and School Systems are about Radical Left Indoctrination, not Education. Therefore, I am telling the Treasury Department to re-examine their Tax-Exempt Status,” he tweeted, “and/or Funding, which will be taken away if this Propaganda or Act Against Public Policy continues. Our children must be Educated, not Indoctrinated!”
How can this be done?
Previous guidance from the Internal Revenue Service lays out six types of activities that can jeopardize a nonprofit organization’s tax-exempt status, including political activity, lobbying and straying from the organization’s stated purpose.
But ideology is not on the IRS’s list, said Terry Hartle, senior vice president of the American Council on Education, which represents university presidents. Any review of a school’s status would have to follow previously established guidelines, he said.
“It’s always deeply troubling to have the president single out schools, colleges or universities in a tweet,” Hartle said, the website noted. “Having said that, I don’t think anything will come of this quickly.”
No, what’s “deeply troubling” is that no president has done so until now.
The claptrap that passes for ‘education’ in many institutions of higher learning is nothing short of political indoctrination, period. When students are forced to pay for mandatory classes on “women’s studies,” “black studies,” and other courses — usually with borrowed funds — that qualifies as force-feeding political ideas into students, and thus should be covered under the IRS’ rules. (Related: Homeland Security infiltrating higher education by establishing Big Brother campus recruiting, surveillance schemes.)
But of course, like everything, what is considered ‘political’ and ‘ideological’ is subjective.
Not to Fox News host Tucker Carlson, however. During a show segment last week, he lambasted Harvard University for deciding to hold all courses during the 2020-21 school year online, because of ‘coronavirus,’ while declining to cut a single penny of students’ $50,000-a-year fee.
He then cited a far-Left Slate column by Jordan Weissmann, who claimed the cost isn’t any big deal anyway because kids don’t go to Ivy League schools for an ‘education.’
Rather, “The main benefit of an Ivy League education isn’t really classes… schools like Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and Princeton serve as four-year networking events and outsourced HR departments for companies in finance, tech, and media,” all of which are dominated by Leftists.
That’s correct, Carlson notes, adding, if it is true, “then why are these schools getting tax-free endowments that are larger than the GDP of some African countries?”
If President Trump has his way, that may come to a screeching halt.