Except for an item on the less-than-stellar academic reputation of Ward Churchill's classes in Boulder, Colorado Pols has stayed out of the growing obsession with his comments in the essay "Some People Push Back" On the Justice of Roosting Chickens. We figured the the story was getting a lot of coverage (and we do mean a lot) in other places.
And, honestly, we've been more concerned this week with things like trying to figure out if large enough amounts of late money will be going the Pats way to move the line to the point where a bet on the Eagles seems worthwhile. Important stuff.
But watching local news last night and seeing the images of protesters scuffling with police and SWAT team deploying into the building where the CU regents were meeting made us realize this whole affair has gotten completely out of hand.
So, before going further, we decided that we actually needed to read Ward Churchill's essay. All we can say is "wow."
And, "what a bozo."
After reading the admitted stream of conscious essay, we don't think Ward Churchill should worried about being fired for his political thought. He needs to be a lot more worried that someone at CU will realize he seems to be a bit below the "professor" title granted him. If his classes or work as a University professor is anything like this essay, he should be fired under the "we don't hire morons to be university professors" common sense provision.
We don't come to this conclusion based on the point of his essay (whatever that may be), but on the fact that the essay comes across as written by a 15-year-old who has been spending a bit too much time reading Dad's copy of The Nation. At least in The Nation, controversial topics such as America's role in the world are handled by lefties with intelligence and an ability to argue their case in an effective manner. We're not seeing that in Ward Churchill's essay.
Yet, that is beyond the central point of this on-going firestorm, which has to do with the right for Ward Churchill to express beliefs that are repugnant to a large sector of the country. Of course he has that right. We all have the right to say and do things that make others say "what an asshole." Colorado Pols expresses that right everyday of our existence.
In these sorts of cases, we agree with Jim Spencer that the best way to deal with people like Ward Churchill is to let them continue to talk themselves into irrelevance. Any parent knows that sometimes the best way to deal with a misbehaving child is to simply ignore the bad behavior. If it's clear a child is doing something that screams "look at me!", the proper response is don't look. But the outrage and ratcheting up of rhetoric by people opposing Churchill has only made everyone look more closely at the screaming child. He's become a hero to the trust fund hippies in Boulder and this whole case has exploded into a national debate.
We're sure once he is fired by CU (and once they get through with their review, he will probably be canned) Churchill will gain great accolades as a free-speech rock star. It's too bad that the new poster boy for people protecting this vital right presents himself as such an idiot.
And it's also too bad that everyone who has been whipped into a frenzy by Churchill's words, from the CU Regents to the Governor to the Legislature to those supporting the non-stop media coverage and talk radio frenzy, don't get this wound up over the state of funding for higher education in Colorado. Or the state of creating opportunities for more young people to receive a higher education in Colorado. Now, a firestorm over that would be productive.
By the way, take the Patriots and give the points. Final score: Patriots 27 - Eagles 16.