Contemporary Liberalism is a philosophy that is espoused by many, many sincere people (and a whole bunch of insincere ones; see “Democrat Presidential Contenders” or “Ted Kennedy” for a good start) who really believe that their ideas help people, because deep down, they want to help people. Problem is that the “solutions” offered by contemporary liberals almost never work when put into actual practice in the actual world where people actually live. Affirmative action is one such “solution”, aiming to help members of historically-disadvantaged races gain access to the mainstream of academia, employment, or society as a whole, as the case may be. No one on either side of the coin denies the fact that injustices have been perpetrated upon different ethnic groups in America, but the question is, what do we do about it? Affirmative action takes race, ethnicity, etc. into account in issues such as acceptance at colleges and universities, etc., in many cases allowing a less-qualified applicant to leapfrog a more qualified one.
But the problem is that affirmative action supporters act as if the story ends there, and it doesn’t: those accepted students then have to actually matriculate, and therein lies the problem: it doesn’t work to place any student, for whatever reason, at a higher academic level than that for which he/she is prepared. The evidence is neither surprising nor sparse, but below is a classic story of the perpetuators of Affirmative Action/liberal orthodoxy once again (this happens regularly) adopting an “I’ve made up my mind, so don’t confuse me with the truth” attitude:
So Affirmative Action creates failures for minority students, needless failures. Who’s looking out for the actual, real-life interests of these minority students? It sure isn’t the race-hustlers like Jesse and Rev. Al. And though their hearts may be in the right place over at the California State Bar, their heads aren’t thinking well.
It’s a quote you’ve probably read before, but it applies both here and to the Mrs. Bill Clinton-types of this world, and it’s by C.S. Lewis: “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”