by Jeremy Griffith
American Millennium Online
I recently watched a 2014 debate between conservative author and film maker Dinesh D’Souza and liberal educator and Weather Underground Bomber Bill Ayers, and I have a couple of comments. I ran across it recently when I found out he was doing another debate this coming Feb. 3. I unfortunately will not be able to see it live because I will be working, but perhaps You Tube will not fail me and I can view it later.
D’Souza is a gentleman from Indian descent who emigrated to this country as a young man. He has written many bestselling books on conservative/Christian values and has made several movies based on his books, including 2016: Obama’s America, the second most successful political documentary of all time.
Bill Ayers is a retired Chicago College professor and Weather Underground Terrorist. He has been influential in reforming education and it is rumored to have ghost-written Barack Obama’s two biographies.
You can view the whole debate at the link above. I have the following comments.
D’Souza has been a positive apologist for America, praising the greatness of the opportunity of America while at the same time not ignoring the few faults of this country like slavery and the persecution of Native American tribes. During his comments he makes note of the many opportunities the country offers to those who are willing to take them and make the best of them and work hard.
Ayers meanwhile is the typical liberal prof who is eager to note the failings of America while largely ignoring the goodness that America has done in its influence as a world power.
There were a couple of points Ayers tried to make that D’Souza didn’t directly address that I can’t pass up.
In answering a question from an audience member, D’Souza was trying to say that he was a small government guy, that the government doesn’t do anything really well. To this Ayers responded, “you don’t want the EPA, you don’t want fresh water?” Indicating his belief that only the government can provide for a clean environment. This is before the EPA flooded Colorado waterways with heavy metals after they opened an abandoned mine. So much for the good will and professionalism of the EPA. I would also point out that it was a democratic government responsible for the water contamination of the Flint Michigan drinking water. Nice huh?
Another point. D’Souza tries to make the point, responding to a question by a gay student, that unfortunately now a Christian Conservative trying to get tenure as an educator in today’s public universities has an uphill battle where a minority or LGBT prof would have things working in his or her favor. Ayers called that a straw man argument demanding examples of when that actually happened. Ayers should watch the Ben Stein movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed where Stein sites many examples where science professors attempting to get tenure who espouse a Intelligent Design point of view have been denied tenure and fired for their beliefs.
One other point. D’Souza makes the point that if you put a statue of noted playwright and Atheist Voltaire up in front of a public building, you’ll be applauded. But, if you put a statue of Moses or the 10 Commandments in front of that same building, you will be faced with a class action law suit citing separation of church and state. Ayers makes the point that he things the 10 Commandments are irrelevant and totally out of touch with a modern secular state. Really? I would like to know which of the commandments are out of touch. Do not kill, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not commit adultery. Actually I see why a committed progressive like Ayers and Clinton would be offended. What do you mean, they can’t kill unborn babies, steal money from those who work to give to those who don’t, lie about people they don’t like and ruin their reputations, and their favorite, sleep with someone who is not your wife or husband.
To his credit Ayers is brave for debating D’Souza in a public forum, but you have to remember, he’s on a home field, a university and college where leftist professors have brainwashed the young millennials. D’Souza, an Indian with dark skin is an oddity for the left that they don’t quite know how to handle. It will be interesting to see the upcoming debate on Feb. 3. It is important to remember that D’Souza spent 8 months in prison for violating campaign finance law and had the book thrown at him where a liberal who had done far more would get off with a more minor offense. I look forward to seeing this new debate sometime afterwards to see if D’Souza ups his game, or if Ayers takes the upper hand.
You can see the debate live at the line below.
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