(December 9, 2019 / JNS) The impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump has inadvertently identified one of the main problems facing America today: our educational system.
The enterprise has been broken for many years, but the testimony of three out of the four law professors who addressed the House Judiciary Committee meeting on Dec. 4 highlighted just how bad the situation has become.
The four were George Washington University Professor Jonathan Turley, Stanford Professor Pamela Karlan, Harvard Law School Professor Noah Feldman and University of North Carolina School of Law Professor Michael Gerhardt.
It is not surprising that two of the Democratic Party front-runners in the presidential sweepstakes, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are avowed socialists. Warren, who was a Harvard professor before getting into politics, is a product of precisely the biased, leftist and out of touch higher educational system that was on full display on Dec. 4.
It would also not surprise me in the least if professor Karlan were to decide to run for Congress.
Professors are supposed to be unbiased, but professor Turley proved himself the only one of the four worthy of the title “professor” with his testimony. He informed the committee that he was not a Trump supporter, and had voted for President Barack Obama and for Hillary Clinton, yet he analyzed the situation based purely upon the facts presented to him. He is the “cool head” America needs, not only in its political arena but in its educational system.
He is the type of professor who will carry America, tall and proud, into the future. His analysis will be forever remembered, especially the following remarks: “I get it. You are mad. The president is mad. My Democratic friends are mad. My wife is mad. My kids are mad. Even my dog seems mad. … We are all mad and where has it taken us? Will a slipshod impeachment make us less mad or will it only give an invitation for the madness to follow in every future administration? That is why this is wrong.”
His penetrating wit and understanding struck a chord and were in stark contrast to professor Gerhardt’s argument that Trump’s behavior was “worse than the misconduct of any prior president.” Gerhardt’s comments, of course, fly in the face of the facts and exposes his extreme bias.
Professor Karlan’s bias was evident from her inappropriate use of the president’s son, Barron, to buttress her claims of abuse of power. Her personal animus against Trump has already been well substantiated. If she represents America’s best and brightest, then God help us all.
If these professors are an indication of what’s going on at America’s top universities, then it is no wonder that anti-Israel bias and pro-BDS movements have accelerated and flourished on college campuses around the country.
The impeachment process has made it patently clear that America’s professors must be re-educated. I feel for the youth of America. This is a situation that we need to change, before it is too late.
Dr. Joseph Frager is first vice president of the National Council of Young Israel.
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