February 8, 2006, - 12:31 pm

Princeton Hates America

By Debbie Schlussel
On this site, we frown on sequels and remakes. But occasionally, there is an exception and a need for one.
A long time ago, John LeBoutillier (a former U.S. Congressman), wrote the book, “Harvard Hates America.” It’s time for the sequel, “Princeton Hates America.”

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Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal had a disturbing, front-page piece about the Charles and Marie Robertson Family and their gift of millions to Princeton University’s Woodrow Willson School of Government. The Ivy League school has been misusing the money and flagrantly flouting the conditions of the gift. Apparently, this is all too common (all you gazillionaires wishing to donate money, keep that in mind).
While that’s bad, that’s hardly the disturbing part. This is: the Journal reports that in a 1972 memo written to Princeton’s President, about the Robertson Family gift, then-Dean and Princeton Professor, John Lewis, says

What bothers me [about the terms of the Robertson family gift is] the unspoken premise that, with respect to any American institution dealing in public affairs, the highest per-se loyalty must be to the U.S. government. . . . The university should resist [this].

The Journal reports that Lewis says he feels the same way, today. It’s hardly news that this is exactly the attitude of most academics “teaching” your children at college and university campuses today. But it’s always sad to read it in print.
We’re not advocating 100% trust in the American government, some of which we’ve been quite critical. But this man, Lewis, seems to be advocating the exact opposite: 100% opposition. Despite what Islamist fashion magazines and academic ivory tower handbooks might say, hating America first is never an attractive accessory.

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6 Responses

Paul Krugman is on the staff at Princeton. ‘Nuff said.

Blayne on February 8, 2006 at 1:08 pm

What SHOULD be learnt in college is a tradition that pre-dates Plato—QUESTION AUTHORITY!!!
Even JC questioned the status quo.

EminemsRevenge on February 8, 2006 at 1:54 pm

Let’s not forget THIS exemplary example of WHAT GW’s “nation building” actually IS—
http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F30B12FF355B0C7A8EDDA80894DE404482

EminemsRevenge on February 8, 2006 at 2:03 pm

Well, duh. If they won’t comply with the agreement, they should simply decline the money. Otherwise words like fraud come to mind. Of course, Ivy League schools wouldn’t know anything about that…

MarkD on February 8, 2006 at 6:03 pm

How sad that Princeton like most Ivy League schools was started by Christians.
Like Mark says, Princeton shouldn’t take the money if they don’t accept the conditions.
My policy is to QUESTION anything Eminem’s Revenge says.

The_Man on February 8, 2006 at 8:45 pm

Just to clarify, I didn’t mean it’s sad Princeton was started by Christians, but how sad it’s turned out this way.

The_Man on February 8, 2006 at 11:24 pm

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