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The Campus Crusades
David Horowitz, and his writing partner Peter Collier, were well-known lefties in the 1960s. Horowitz was a Black Panther supporter and editor of Ramparts magazine, the premier left-wing publication of the period. He and Collier, co-founder of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture (CSPC), came out as Reagan Republicans in a highly controversial 1985 Washington Post article called Lefties for Reagan. Since then, Horowitz has blended Dr. Laura-like pomposity with an extraordinary ability to self-promote.
Over the past few years, David Horowitz has made a number of appearances on college campuses and he doesnt like what hes been seeing. These visits have triggered the launching of the National Campaign to Take Back Our Campuses. In a new booklet titled Political Bias in Americas Universities, Horowitz describes whats wrong in academics today, and the steps you and I can take to restore sanity to our colleges and universities.
Taking issue with leftist professors who question President Bushs war on terrorism and liberal bias on campus is nothing new for this right-winger. This time around, whats unique is Horowitzs intention to involve alumni and legislatorsthe people he says control the purse strings at Americas universities.
While the campaign is framed around silencing blame America academics, there is another, albeit larger, agenda. It includes the future of collective bargaining on campuses, the nature of tenure, academic standards and curricula selection, and government funding for university projects.
At his website, Horowitz explained the reasons for his new campus-focused campaign. Since the mid-1960s, he writes, the left made a concerted effort to take over our colleges and universities. The turmoil surrounding the Viet Nam war made our schools ripe for leftist pickings . As theyve taken control, theyve trampled free speech, virtually banished conservative professors, and turned our schools into little more than huge megaphones for anti-American rhetoric from coast to coast. Today you can do or say anything you want on our campusesprovided its laced with negative sentiment about our nation, our Bill of Rights, our Constitution, our culture.
Horowitzs plan calls for a four-pronged information assault which will:
(1)Investigate and expose the hiring practices and tenure selection criteria used at universities and colleges . A pattern of discrimination against conservatives is becoming more and more evident, and Im going to make sure the American public knows about it.
(2)Publish and distribute 300,000 copies of my new booklet, Political Bias in Americas Universities, onto campuses in every state . This booklet is a powerful weapon in our fight to get the truth out to leaders, alumni and legislators
(3)Conduct a National Survey On The State Of Americas Universities, then compile and publish the results on our powerhouse web magazine, FrontPage.... Send the results to two groups that hold real power over our schools: school alumni and state legislators! Alumni associations hold the purse strings to the largest private contributions colleges receive. And state legislators hold the biggest financial bagyour tax dollars!
(4)Continue to travel onto campuses and deliver the truth about America, about the conservative principles this country was founded on and the remarkable society shaped by those principles.
Horowitz claims he needs $325,500 to enable us to build upon our success and fully fund the National Campaign to Take Back our Campuses. Before you rush to write a check, understand that between 1991 and 2001, according to Media Transparency, a website focusing on the money behind right-wing politics, Horowitzs CSPC received more than $10.2 million in support from conservative foundations. (According to the Centers 2000 tax return, from 1996 through 1999 the Center received nearly four times the amount of money from contributions and grants$8.7 millioncompared to $2.2 million from services performed. Horo- witz received $253,000 in compensation for 1999.)
Two invited guests (as of this writing) to CSPCs gala mid-November Restoration Weekend in Palm Springs, Florida are Floridas Gov. Jeb Bush and Lynne Cheney, the wife of the vice president. Both share a vision for Americas universities.
During the summer of 2001, Gov. Bush reorganized Floridas state universitys system of governance. He summarily dismissed the states Board of Regents and replaced it with handpicked and corporate-dominated Boards of Trustees who rule over each of the systems 11 colleges.
In 1995, Lynne Cheney and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) founded the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA). At its website, ACTA points out that its members contributed $3.4 billion to colleges and universities last year, making the organization the largest private source of support for higher education. Large donors are frequently advised by ACTA staff as to what kind of influence their money can buy over courses and departments at colleges and universities.
ACTA played a role in smoothing the transition from a Regents-run to a Board of Trustees- run university system in Florida. Anne Neal, a vice president and lawyer for ACTA, led orientation sessions for all of the states new trustees. Neal told them that they now had the power over their schools budgets and academic standards and will also be able to select their schools presidents. She pointed out that one of the most difficult tasks would be revising their schools policies and examining their personal and business relationships to assure there isnt even the appearance of impropriety.
A Shared Agenda
Horowitz is not alone in zeroing in on college campuses. In November 2001, ACTA launched its Defense of Civilization Fund to support the study of American history and civics and of Western civilization. Its first project was the notorious pamphlet Defending Civilization: How Our Universities Are Failing America and What Can Be Done About It, which claimed that college and university faculty have been the weak link in Americas response to September 11. ACTA is a Washington, DC-based group dedicated to countering political correctness, keeping its eye on campus radicals, and changing the way universities throughout the country govern themselves.
In March 2002, former Drug Czar and Education Secretary William J. Bennett founded and became chairperson of Americans for Victory Over Terrorism (AVOT), a project of his Washington, DC-based think tank, EMPOWER.org. AVOTs stated mission is to sustain and strengthen American public opinion as the war on terrorism moves forward. In June, AVOT released its nation-wide survey of college and university students attitudes and opinions about various facets of the war against terrorism.
In announcing the first comprehensive poll of American college students attitudes and opinions about the war on terrorism this year, Bennett said, The findings reveal that our college students, to say nothing of our high school students, need to know many things better: the virtues of American democracy, the role we play in the world, and the names of players in that role. This poll shows that weparents, teachers, professors, and leadershave a great deal of work to do.
The Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute has organized the Bring a Conservative Speaker to Your College Campus campaign. The Institute, which describes its mission as prepar[ing] young women for effective conservative leadership and promot[ing] school choice opportunities for all K-12 children in America, also sponsors a Conservative Women Speakers Program. Conservative columnist and author Ann Coulter, recently said that through the speakers program, thousands of college students are able to help bring a balance to issue debates, see that there are conservative women and challenge the intimidating dominance of liberals and radical feminists on their campuses.
On The Go and In Demand
Since September 11, David Horowitz has been busy. He launched a McCarthy-like tirade against Democratic Congress-person Barbara Leethe only congressional representative to vote against Bushs open-ended war on terrorism. In a column called The Enemy Within, Horowitz branded Lee an anti-American communist who supports Americas enemies and has actively collaborated with them in their war against America.
On his FrontPage website he labeled the Congressional Black Caucus a fifth-column and dubbed the recently-defeated Rep. Cynthia McKinney Hanoi Jane. Horowitz railed against the so-called Peace Movement, an effort that landed him a three-hour stint with Dr. Laura Schlessinger on her radio program. As part of the National Call to Support the War, Horowitz initiated the Think Twice campaign, a no-holds- barred advertising effort to convince students on college campuses not to protest against Bushs war on terrorism.
Horowitzs recent pamphlet titled How the Left Undermined Americas Security claims that the Democratic Party cannot be trusted with national security issues and that the Clinton administration turned its back on dealing with terrorism. During an appearance on the Arizona-based television program Fox 10 Newsmaker Sunday, Horowitz called Clinton the most reckless and irresponsible president ever to occupy the White House.
Horowitz crusaded against Noam Chomsky. In a late-September 2001 column titled The Sick Mind of Noam Chomsky, posted at his regular slot on Salon.com, Horowitz wrote: Without question, the most devious, the most dishonest andin this hour of his nations grave crisisthe most treacherous intellect in America belongs to MIT professor Noam Chomsky. A month later, he pressed the attack with a pamphlet on Chomsky called The Worlds Most Shameless Liar Unloads Some More.
Horowitzs take back our college campuses campaign will no doubt be part of the Restoration Weekend agenda. The Breakers in Palm Beach may be a bit pricey, but the CSPC assures attendees that the $1,500 individual fee, or $2,600 fee for couples, will cover all conference events. The list of confirmed speakers qualifies as a whos who on the Right, and includes congressional representatives, conservative media personalities, former CIA Director, James Woolsey, terrorism expert Steven Emerson, the Weekly Standards Bill Kristol, and everyones favorite author, Ann Coulter.
Over the years, Horowitz has perfected the art of the pre-emptive strikerhetorical drive-bys aimed at the quick hit. He nabs a few mainstream press headlines, attains the attention of the conservative media, delights his right- wing financial base, and moves on to his next target. If he can bring Lynne Cheney, Jeb Bush, and Bill Bennett on board, his new campaign could have a great deal more staying power.
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