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The Scoop - Professors are now the bad guys
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There's an old saying that suggests, "You learn something new every day." This adage isn't necessarily true because I've trudged through many a day without learning a thing, but on the days when I do learn something it's great to exclaim, "You learn something new every day!"

On Thursday, I did in fact learn something new. I learned that our colleges and universities, are the enemy. If you're puzzled by this, I was a bit stunned myself.

I was reading a story about a U.S. Senate candidate who is running on the platform that our institutes of higher learning are the bad guy. At least that's according to J.D. Vance, who is running for Senate in Ohio.

 Said Vance, “I think if any of us want to do the things that we want to do for our country and for the people who live in it, we have to honestly and aggressively attack the universities in this country."

I look back on my college years with a smile on my face and still remember some of the lessons taught by my professors. It never occurred to me that they are the real problem with America. 

I guess I should be thankful that professors have come along to take the place of the media. For years, we have been the bad guy.

It was the media who made up the whole story of coronavirus, which was not real and would disappear after the election. The 980,000 Americans who have died are all part of the conspiracy, I assume.

Speaking of conspiracy theories, it was radio host Alex Jones who blamed the media for making up the story of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre. The story was not real, Alex Jones repeatedly told his listening audience, which prompted the 20 families who lost first-graders to endure more grieving and threats.

Jones was in the news this week because he has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in an effort to escape financial responsibility for his great lie. Jones has since admitted the Sandy Hook massacre did happen and perhaps it wasn't made up by the media.

Jones has already lost defamation lawsuits for his heartless claims and is expected to have to pay more than $10 million in damages. The bankruptcy filing is an attempt for him to worm his way out of all this.

I don't understand why there has to be a dark enemy lurking around every corner to further divide our country. If America is ravaged by coronavirus, perhaps it's because it's a once-in-a-century pandemic that is spreading over the globe. Why does the media have to be to blame?

I realize so many captivating tales rely on a hero and a villain to be effective, but why are universities suddenly a punching bag? And how has Disney, long known to promote fairy tales of its own, become the Darth Vader for Florida lawmakers to attack?

So many of our leaders talk about putting aside our differences and working to better the country. Then they manufacture problems to turn us against one other.

If we wonder why our nation is so divided, we don't have to look any further than those leading us.

Standard editor James Clark can be reached at 473-2191.