CALLAHAN: Has the Pendulum of Insanity reached the peak of insanity?
Will the pendulum of sanity swing again in our lifetime?
When will the madness that has contaminated each echelon of society – from colleges to school campuses, politics, the media and past – attain its insufferable zenith?
When will we actually ‘get up’ and stroll again from the newfound McCarthyite hysteria that’s sending us all mad with rage and injustice?
A second that did not simply shock America – its utter shamelessness captured headlines internationally.
The presidents of Harvard, Penn and MIT (attended by Woods himself) testified to Congress about on-campus antisemitism — downplaying, denying, minimizing, and excusing.
All three presidents are girls. All three, one would assume, are conscious of the systematic rape, torture and mutilation of ladies, kids – and males – by Hamas.
The splendidly eloquent but disturbing idea of the ‘pendulum of sanity’ was coined on Twitter this week by actor James Woods after a wide ranging second of readability in Congress. (Pictured: Harvard President Claudine Gay).
A second that did not simply shock America – its utter shamelessness captured headlines internationally. (Pictured: Penn President Liz Magill).
Yet right here was Republican congresswoman Elise Stefanik, a Harvard graduate, questioning Penn’s president Liz Magill on Wednesday.
‘Ms. Magill: At Penn, does calling for the genocide of Jews violate Penn’s guidelines or code of conduct? Yes or no?’
Magill took a beat and overtly smirked.
‘If the speech turns into conduct’, she mentioned, smiling extensively, ‘it may be harassment, sure’.
Stefanik: ‘I’m asking: Specifically calling for the genocide of Jews, does that represent bullying or harassment?’
Magill: ‘If it’s directed and extreme or pervasive, it’s harassment’.
Stefanik: ‘So the reply is sure’?
Magill: ‘It is a context-dependent place… If the speech turns into conduct. It could be harassment.’
‘”Conduct” which means “committing the act of genocide”?’ Stefanik requested. But Magill could not give a straight reply.
Fire her. But then, she ought to have been gone nicely earlier than this disgusting show, holding her nostril above an elected official she so clearly deems beneath her.
Magill was despatched an open letter in September by The International Legal Forum, expressing ‘grave concern’ over the audio system Penn was internet hosting at its three-day ‘Palestine Writes’ occasion — scheduled throughout Yom Kippur.
Noted antisemite Roger Waters was one invited visitor. Another, Randa Abdel-Fattah, ‘has beforehand claimed that “Israel is a demonic, sick project and I can’t wait for the day we commemorate its end”,’ the letter mentioned.
Speaker Marc Lamont Hill was additionally quoted as saying that ‘requires Palestinians to ‘reject hatred and terrorism’ are ‘offensive and counterproductive’.
Magill allowed the competition to proceed. No speaker was reported to have been disinvited.
Back on the Hill, MIT president Dr. Sally Kornbluth testified that anti-Jewish chants on her campus calling for an intifada ‘could be antisemitic, relying on the context when calling for the elimination of the Jewish folks’.
Harvard’s Claudine Gay mentioned a lot the identical.
All three presidents are girls. All three, one would assume, are conscious of the systematic rape, torture and mutilation of ladies, kids – and males – by Hamas . (Pictured: Hamas atrocities in Southern Israel).
‘We embrace a dedication to free expression, even of views which can be objectionable, offensive, hateful,’ she testified. ‘It’s when that speech crosses into conduct that violates our insurance policies towards bullying, harassment and intimidation.’
Can you ever think about this response relating to hate speech directed at black, homosexual or trans college students? Actually, that is not possible, as a result of there’s not one school campus that may brook the slightest trace of such bigotry.
As my esteemed Mail colleague Andrew Neil tweeted Thursday: ‘Almost 30 years in the past the highest executives of Big Tobacco appeared earlier than Congress in a efficiency from which they and their trade by no means recovered. This week’s disastrous look by three Ivy League bosses appears to be like [to be] doing equal injury to them and America’s high universities.’
Indeed. The suspicion and mistrust common Americans have lengthy held relating to $60,000-a-year educations has now been borne out. And a sane-thinking world is lashing again.
Because the examples of madness do not now come weekly or month-to-month. They arrive hourly.
Let’s simply begin with academia – a poisonous fashionable breeding floor of indoctrination which impresses on younger minds to slender, not broaden, their considering.
In September, the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression ranked Penn third-to-last amongst American schools for freedom of speech. Harvard, in the meantime, acquired ‘the bottom rating doable, 0.00, and is the one college with an ‘Abysmal’ speech local weather ranking.’
Dr. Devin Jane Buckley, who holds a PhD from Duke, was ‘deplatformed’ — Ivy League slang for ‘go f**ok your self’ — from a talking engagement at Harvard final yr as a result of she doesn’t adhere to trans orthodoxy.
Here’s an excerpt from an e-mail, signed by ‘X’ — braveness of convictions, that signatory — informing Buckley she was now not welcome:
‘Dear Devin, I’ve some dangerous information… my co-coordinator regarded you up on google… [and] was stunned to search out that your public profile is essentially rooted in controversial points relating to trans id and that you simply’re on the board of a company that takes a public stance relating to trans folks as harmful and misleading.’
And Buckley wasn’t even talking about trans points. She was scheduled to speak about British romanticism!
So do not consider it when Magill, Kornbluth, Gay and their ilk say there’s nothing they’ll do, that they’d by no means prohibit free speech, and that antisemitism is contextual.
Here was the New York Times headline: ‘Republicans Try to Put Harvard, MIT and Penn on the Defensive about Antisemitism’.
Yes, the self-righteous Gray Lady, which hasn’t discovered a factor because it routinely buried protection of the Holocaust in its again pages, is now framing antisemitism as a partisan concern.
The similar Times – contemporaneously describing these rounded up by Nazis and despatched to focus camps as ‘individuals’ or ‘refugees’ quite than Jews — spent the times after Oct. 7 politely calling Hamas terrorists ‘militants’.
Should we be stunned that Gen Z, in a TikTok frenzy, has adopted Osama bin Laden’s ‘Letter to America’ as their new favourite treatise?
That a mass assassin, an antisemite who believed there isn’t any such factor as rape, that ladies exist solely to serve males, that any and all members of the LGBTQ+ neighborhood must be put to dying, whose finish purpose was for all the world to reside underneath this barbarism — who wrote, in that letter, that America ‘is the worst civilization witnessed by mankind’ — has younger American followers?
Should we be stunned that Gen Z, in a TikTok frenzy, has adopted Osama bin Laden’s ‘Letter to America’ as their new favourite treatise?
That a mass assassin, an antisemite who believed there isn’t any such factor as rape, that ladies exist solely to serve males, that any and all members of the LGBTQ+ neighborhood must be put to dying, whose finish purpose was for all the world to reside underneath this barbarism – who wrote, in that letter, that America ‘is the worst civilization witnessed by mankind’ – has younger American followers?
Young Americans who additionally consider that the United States, as a lot an thought as a rustic, is the worst place on earth? How do they sq. that evaluation with the a whole lot of 1000’s of migrants pouring via our borders searching for a greater life?
This wrongthink is the direct results of a cultural rot that defines all white folks as racist colonizers and all brown and black folks as powerless, subjugated victims. Hence the Jews and Israel had it coming.
Tell that to the daddy of Emily Hand, the lady who turned 9 whereas held hostage by Hamas. Freed after eight weeks, Emily nonetheless speaks solely in a whisper.
‘She’d been conditioned to not make any noise’, her father Thomas informed CNN.
‘Last night time she cried till her face was purple and blotchy,’ he mentioned. ‘She could not cease. She did not need any consolation. I suppose she’s forgotten be comforted.’
And these ostensible high minds, these advocates for social justice at America’s high universities, defend such horrors with their silence, their refusal to unequivocally denounce this second Holocaust.
It’s an infestation, a malignant most cancers, and maybe our best existential menace — actually, McCarthyism for the brand new millennium.
Most of us now reside in certainly one of two Americas — purple or blue, bigoted or woke — however nearly all of us are afraid to say what we actually assume or really feel.
It’s why Trump’s election in 2016 and Brexit within the UK took the institution elite in each nations unexpectedly.
The voters is sick of being made to really feel that as a result of they might query DEI, trans orthodoxy, COVID rules, or unlawful immigration that they have to be unenlightened, uninformed, hateful, dumb.
That if they are not seeing racism and transphobia all over the place, then they are the issue.
For anybody questioning why Trump is posting the numbers he’s: This is the silent majority he is chatting with, the Americans nervous about inflation, the destruction of main cities, soft-on-crime insurance policies, a porous Southern border, ensuing threats to nationwide safety, and a biased media that also insists Hunter Biden’s laptop computer was a Russian plant, that his lurid hiring of intercourse staff and alleged monetary fraud are unprovable (regardless of damning new indictments) and that Joe Biden is completely match to serve one other time period.
It’s a response, too, to a cultural orthodoxy that tells us solely sure tales matter now — and in the event you’re a straight white male, nobody needs to listen to from you.
Most of us now reside in certainly one of two Americas – purple or blue, bigoted or woke – however nearly all of us are afraid to say what we actually assume or really feel. It’s why Trump’s election in 2016 and Brexit within the UK took the institution elite in each nations unexpectedly.
For anybody questioning why Trump is posting the numbers he’s: This is the silent majority he is chatting with, the Americans nervous about inflation, the destruction of main cities, soft-on-crime insurance policies, a porous Southern border, ensuing threats to nationwide safety, and a biased media that also insists Hunter Biden’s laptop computer was a Russian plant and that Joe Biden is completely match to serve one other time period.
In an unimaginable latest piece for The Free Press, Cuban-American creator Alex Perez wrote concerning the disaster in American e book publishing, managed by the so-called Big Five homes and already near-impossible to interrupt into.
‘The new dogma, trade insiders informed me, is two-pronged’, Perez writes. ‘Books ought to advance the narrative that folks of shade are victims of white supremacy; and nonblack and non-Latino authors ought to keep away from characters who’re black and Latino — even when their characters toe the formally accredited narrative.’
After George Floyd was murdered in 2020, the Big Five went on a DEI-led hiring spree, which resulted in editors ‘who have been out of their depth’, Perez writes.
He quotes one insider as shocked by ‘younger folks with out earlier publishing expertise who struggled to write down an expert e-mail’.
This newfound ethos extends to what books now get revealed and closely promoted. Perez stories that ‘Pageboy’, the memoir by trans actor Elliot Page, was purchased by Flatiron Books for $3 million.
It has offered fewer than 68,000 copies – a mere fraction of the quantity required to recoup that price.
Random House spent $500,000 on ‘Lucky Red’, a queer-feminist Western that has offered 3,500 copies. The novel ‘Dear Miss Metropolitan’, regarding three black and biracial ladies held hostage in a Queens basement, went for greater than $250,000 and has offered simply over 3,000 copies.
‘All the whereas’, Perez writes, ‘in response to some outstanding writers and editors, these publishing homes gave the impression to be discriminating towards white male writers’.
Blockbuster creator James Patterson mentioned as a lot – earlier than inevitably having to denounce himself. ‘I strongly help a range of voices being heard’, he mentioned.
Of course. But that is not the purpose — simply as you now cannot be a organic lady advocating to your proper to compete in sports activities towards different organic girls with out being transphobic.
Riley Gaines, the previous UCAA swimmer turned activist, additionally testified earlier than Congress this week.
It was a consequential look, one that can inform the vote on Biden’s proposed rule adjustments to Title IX, which might now not shield organic girls in sports activities.
Here was the greeting supplied by ‘Squad’ member Rep. Summer Lee: ‘It’s disappointing to me that though the title of this listening to implies a much-needed dialogue, we’re possible going to be pressured to hearken to transphobic bigotry’.
I’m sorry — that is both a dialogue or it isn’t. Lee contradicts herself right here with wonderful sophistry. She is mainly saying she won’t hearken to Gaines or any lady who shares her considerations.
And that is in per week the place two transgender cyclists, who current fairly clearly as organic males, positioned first and second in a serious girls’s race.
But for organic girls to query this — nicely, we’re informed we should sit down and shut up, lest we too be thought-about evil transphobes.
Gaines refused to be unfairly maligned by Lee.
‘Ranking member Lee’, she mentioned, ‘if my opening testimony makes me transphobic then I consider your opening monologue makes you a misogynist’.
Riley Gaines, the previous UCAA swimmer turned activist, additionally testified earlier than Congress this week. Here was the greeting supplied by ‘Squad’ member Rep. Summer Lee: ‘It’s disappointing to me that though the title of this listening to implies a much-needed dialogue, we’re possible going to be pressured to hearken to transphobic bigotry’. (Pictured: Gaines and Lia Thomas).
I’m sorry – that is both a dialogue or it isn’t. Lee contradicts herself right here with wonderful sophistry. She is mainly saying she won’t hearken to Gaines or any lady who shares her considerations. And that is in per week the place two transgender cyclists, who current fairly clearly as organic males, positioned first and second in a serious girls’s race.
Lee tried to have Gaines’s feedback stricken from the file. Yet one other unbearable, hypocritical instance of the left’s ‘guidelines for thee, not for me’.
Let’s have a look at the quilt of final Sunday’s New York Times Opinion part.
‘Who You Are is a Choice’, reads the headline. ‘The panic over transgender kids is pushed by the worry that they will remorse transitioning. But the liberty to make errors is core to discovering your id’.
What? No one is saying that children should not be free to make errors. But there is a distinction between having ice cream for dinner and medicalizing your self into everlasting infertility earlier than the age of 18 — to not point out that the human mind would not attain maturity till age 25.
It’s shallow, specious arguments like these — offered with ethical surety and philosophical self-congratulation — which have left a silent majority feeling insulted and deserted.
People just like the nine-year-old boy, in face paint and Native headdress at a latest Kansas City Chiefs sport, who was publicly shamed as ‘hating black folks and Native American folks on the similar time’, by Deadspin author Carron Phillips. Nine years outdated.
‘He is Native American’, the boy’s mom wrote on Facebook. ‘Just cease already’.
That’s the lament of Americans all over the place, outraged by the bosses of high universities fast to assail every little thing however outright hatred of Jews, that what we’re seeing with our personal eyes — be it organic male athletes trouncing girls who cannot compete, or a president so feeble he falls up staircases, or terrorism justified as anti-colonialist comeuppance — cannot be believed.
Just cease already.
We see all of it. And so the pendulum hopefully begins its swing again to the middle of rational, commonsense considering.
After this week’s deplorable testimony relating to campus antisemitism, main Penn donor Ross Stevens threatened to withhold $100 million except Magill resigns. I’ve little question she would be the first to go and never the final.
After all, even these of us with out Ivy League educations know actual prejudice and hatred after we see it.