There is no group of people more hostile to non left wing values than university faculties throughout the United States. Intolerance of those who do not conform is legendary.
This was shown recently in Florida, when the University of Florida Senate turned down an honorary degree for former Governor Jeb Bush. Now before people start raving, Jeb Bush is a very different person to George Bush. He was hugely popular in Florida (a state with more Democrats than Republicans in it) for his two terms, and had delivered significant extra funding to the University such as $20 million to help them (ironically) attract top faculty and new research centres. Never before had an honorary degree been turned down. It was unprecedented and done purely because Jeb was a Republican.
But there is a good ending to all this. Ashamed at the partisan behaviour of their Professors, the Student Senate unanimously passed a resolution honoring Jeb Bush’s contributions to the university.
Isn’t that great? The professors show their narrow mindedness, while the students, without dissent, recognise that this is not an issue for partisan politics, and showed the maturity their professors lacked. Some quotes:
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In an interview after the meeting, Student Body Vice President Arturo Armand said, “I think it shows a lot that the Senate unanimously approved the resolution. We wanted to recognize public service. Forget politics. Forget everything else. We want to recognize those who help out the University of Florida.”