Larry Elder

American Enterprise Magazine looked at the political registrations of liberal arts professors who teach at a number of American colleges, big and small, elite and non-elite, public and private, and in all geographical areas of the country. A professor belonging to a party of the "right" was defined as one who is a registered member of the Republican Party or Libertarian Party. Party of the "left" meant a registered member of the Democratic, Green or Working Families Party. The results?

Harvard: Fifteen economics professors belong to a party of the left, with only one belonging to a party of the right. For political science, it was 20 left, one right. Sociology, 15 left, one right.

UCLA: In history, 53 professors were left, three right. Journalism, 12 left, one right. Political science, 16 left, one right. Women's studies, 31 left, two right.

Penn State University: The political science department had 17 left, three right. Economics, eight left, four right. Sociology, 34 left, three right.

University of Texas at Austin: 12 history professors were left, two right. Political science, 15 left, four right. Women's studies, 27 left, one right.

Luntz Research Companies polled a cross-section of 151 social science and liberal arts Ivy League professors. Sixty-four percent called themselves "liberal" or "somewhat liberal." Zero percent called themselves "conservative," with 6 percent calling themselves "somewhat conservative." In the 2000 election, 84 percent said they voted for Al Gore, 9 percent for George W. Bush, and 6 percent for Ralph Nader.

Forty percent of the Ivy League profs supported reparations for blacks vs. 11 percent of the "general public." Only 26 percent supported school vouchers, versus 62 percent of the general public.

The Horowitz Freedom Center looked at the commencement speakers of 32 elite colleges and universities over a 10-year period for 1994 to 2003. Of those who were political figures or who spoke about politics or public policy, the study found: "The ratio of commencement speakers on the left and right was 223-15, a ratio of over 15-1. ... Twenty-two of the 32 schools surveyed did not have a single Republican or conservative speaker in the entire 10 years surveyed. The same schools invited 169 liberals and Democrats to address their graduating classes in the same 10-year period."

Obama shows no reluctance to weigh in on all sorts of things, whether it's proposing an NCAA football playoff or blasting the Cambridge police for acting "stupidly" in questioning a black professor or denouncing Arizona's immigration law as unconstitutional. As an alumnus of Columbia, let alone as commander in chief, Obama might care to comment on his school's post-DADT continued hostility to the military.

As for Sgt. Maschek, these students owe him an apology. Don't expect their teachers to recommend it.


Larry Elder

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