The chilling Professor Watch List, a website that personally targets college professors, states the following purpose:
"The mission of Professor Watch List is to expose and document college professors who discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom."
Like it or not, we have lost our precarious democracy, a travesty I wrote extensively about in my recent book, America Abandoned. This is an atrocity all its own, but what is even more terrifying is what is quickly replacing that lost democracy, something that is shaking the very foundations of our society. Call me an alarmist if you will, and I will wear the label proudly.
In these times, it will behoove us to be reminded of Pastor Martin Niemöller's poem about the cowardice of the German intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power and the resulting human purge:
"First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me"and there was no one left to speak for me."
The sad truth is that the Nazi madness did not just target socialists, trade unionists, and Jews. They also targeted the mentally ill, physically disabled, homosexuals, gypsies, Jehovah's Witnesses, artists, and, yes, even professors. This is not mere hyperbole, my friends; as Irish philosopher Edmund Burke put it, "Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it." If we care about America's future, we must be aware of the faults of the past.
The Professor Watch List website is divided into two sections for searching, schools and professors; I counted 125 colleges and 150 professors during my visit. Interestingly, some college listings do not mention professors, as if certain campuses are being watched for possible future transgressions. Bearing this in mind, a few frightening questions must be answered:
What authority determines what professor(s) should be watched, and who ultimately decides to publicly display and label them, complete with names and photos? What criteria and standards are utilized?