Although it’s died down a bit in the last decade, the strident denunciations of patriotic American holidays still pop up with some regularity.
In the following article from the Daily Nebraskan, the student newspaper for the University of Nebraska, a buxom, corn-fed girl named Shelby Fleig resorts to obscenity and warped historical interpretation to spit in the eye of the country that fed her so well:
If you are a more alert and higher-functioning human being, you know the fact that our country has a holiday to commemorate the genocide, slavery, disease, rape and hate that is Christopher Columbus is total bullshit.
Fast facts to make up for our flawed public school system:
1. Christopher “Bad Daddy” Columbus arrived on Oct. 12, 1492, to a civilization close to 14,000 years old. He insisted that he had reached small islands off the coast of China, and even made his crew pledge an agreement with him. Columbus died maintaining he had reached Asia. What an embarrassing mess this dude is already.
It goes on for some time along these lines. Little Ms. Fleig certainly has it in for her forefathers, but is it really her fault? Probably not. She, like most other college girls, is simply parroting what’s been fed to her by her profs. Girls are good at that, which is why teachers like them so much — they’re easy.
If you’re the father of an American girl, is this really what you want your daughter to absorb over the course of four years? Does it add any value whatsoever to the family or to the nation?
Your money would be much better spent sending her to sewing or baking school. Let’s face it: Ms. Fleig isn’t going to discover the cure for cancer. Despite being an attractive young woman, she isn’t going to colonize Mars, either (at her size, she’d be too expensive to launch out of the Earth’s atmosphere). In all likelihood, the best she could hope for is a nonprofit or government job fully funded by her father’s and brother’s tax bills.
And yet she represents 60% of college students. What an enormous, unsustainable waste. It’s impolitic to point it out, but from a cost-benefit point of view, in most cases higher education is entirely wasted on women, and as in Ms. Fleig’s case is often counterproductive.