- A group of Stanford students managed to get a revolutionary proposal on a ballot that the student body is voting on today and tomorrow — restoring Western civilization studies to the curriculum. Joy Pullmann writes:
Most Americans, who are part of Western civilization, know nothing of its achievements, making them prey to precisely the sort of grievance-mongering now infecting not just American campuses but our politics and culture. At leading universities, the effects of this mental rot are magnified. How can Stanford and other name-brand graduates go on to lead our society if they dislike it so much they do not want to learn its history? How can they hope to correct Western civilization if they do not know what it is?
- Ben Shapiro spoke at Penn State and encountered the sort of people who object violently to a Western civilization class:
Amidst the intermittent eruptions outside, Shapiro proceeded to calmly explain the themes of his speech. A few words in, the mob shouted in unison: “Let us in!” The students inside appeared visibly rattled. With the increasingly forceful and disruptive demands of the mob outside, it was easy to forget you were on an American college campus. Again, the mob issued their demand: “Let us in!”
Defiantly, Shapiro replied: “No!”
- Matt Corbett offers suggestions for healing the rift in the conservative movement caused by Donald Trump’s candidacy:
The vicious, friendship-breaking recriminations are already starting, and they will continue as long as Red America is jaundiced Orange. If you are #NeverTrump and believe events will prove you right, then eventually anyone with any pretension to being conservative will anathematize Trump in the same way that lighting candles at Reagan reliquaries has been requisite for the past decades.
We ought to prepare for that future now. It is not a pleasant one. It consists of re-sowing the wasteland and reclaiming from fallout shelters whatever credibility, dignity, and honor we manage to stash in them beforehand. With that cheery introduction, I propose seven #NeverTrump principles as a basis on which to reestablish peace in that future.
The reconciliation ought to work like the Polish system for dealing with the aftermath of communism in the ’90s. The basic bargain was that anyone who collaborated with the communist regime or who informed for the secret police would be pardoned and amnestied, but only if they publicly confessed to their collaboration. Forgive but never forget.
The Chicago Tribune reports that — according to law enforcement sources — four people have made credible allegations of sexual abuse involving Dennis Hastert. The Tribune identified three of them, one of whom is dead.
The Public Interest Legal Foundation and the American Civil Rights Union sued Philadelphia for failing to respond to inquiries about its voter rolls and how they’re maintained. The city has more registered voters than it does residents of voting age.
The Czech Republic is abandoning a plan to take in 37 Christian families from Iraq after 25 of the first 89 people to arrive tried to leave for Germany. One family decided to return to Iraq.
Elite Iraqi army units entered the center of Hit, a strategically important town on the Euphrates River that’s been occupied by ISIS. One of the major Shiite militias operating in Iraq, Asaib Ahl al-Haq, claims it’s going to participate in the battle for Mosul. Some Iraqi politicians want the Shiite militias out of this battle because in the past they’ve conducted reprisal killings as they’ve “liberated” Sunni areas from ISIS.