Campus Radicals

The Republican campaign to dominate universities comes to Fullerton

Marilyn Brewer, who served two terms in the state Assembly as a Republican, didn't give a single clue about the details of a particular class her grandson took at CSUF, but she assured the audience that he was marginalized. "What transpired in that class was that a very biased, liberal viewpoint was presented," she said shaking her head in disgust. "Never was the conservative viewpoint presented or discussed in his class, and I feel that is a miscarriage of what democracy and what our universities are all about." She then noted happily that the country is in a "more conservative mode now" and that even though she "loves that voice, I stopped buying Barbra Streisand albums five years ago."

Dick Mountjoy—former Republican state senator from Los Angeles—had no qualms about turning the event into a Fox News promotion. "Fox News is one of the most popular news stations around today. Why? Because they give both sides," he said. "Fox is balanced, and they will even say, 'We'll give you balanced news. We'll give you both sides of the issue and then you decide.' It's not a hard decision to make [to follow conservative doctrine] when you hear both points of view on the Sean Hannity show."

It was Mountjoy who made it clear what the other panelists were afraid to say: exposure to liberal professors and a college education is dangerous.

"Your college campuses are liberal," he asserted. "Those of us in the business community say, 'We need to get students out of college before they can corrupt you too far.'"

And then Mountjoy tipped his hand: this entire campaign of factless liberal bashing isn't about better education; it's about creating the next Republican majority. Get students into the universities, Mountjoy said, and then quickly "get 'em out of there because we know that when people get out into the real world, they will become conservative."

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