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Editorials: Harvard and PETA

Posted: January 6, 2015 9:45 a.m.
Updated: January 7, 2015 1:00 a.m.

We can’t help but chuckle -- and shake our heads in dismay, at the same time -- at two recent incidents which clearly spotlight today’s tendency to advocate a particular position, no matter what the consequences. In these cases, far-left groups are involved, and it’s obvious that if they’ve ever heard the expression “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” they have no idea what it means.

At Harvard University, perhaps the nation’s most elite academic institution, many professors advised the Obama administration on the Affordable Care Act and how to get it structured and passed. Now, faculty members are aghast because their health care premiums are going to rise because of provisions in Obamacare. Listen to Richard F. Thomas, a Harvard professor of classics and one of the world’s leading authorities on Virgil. He called the changes “deplorable, deeply regressive, a sign of the corporatization of the university.” These professors are finding out that perhaps they don’t live in an ivory tower but must instead face the same situation other Americans do because of Obamacare.

Example number two:  PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), which has taken a just cause and often moved it into the universe of the ridiculous, has whacked former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin (no, she’s not our favorite, either) for releasing a photo of her son, Trig, who has Down’s Syndrome, standing atop his service dog. PETA called Sarah Palin at that time a “hard-hearted, bizarrely callous woman.”

But a few years ago, PETA thought it was adorable when Ellen DeGeneres, a darling of the left, released a similar photo of a small child standing atop a dog; in fact, PETA in 2009 named her its person of the year. Seems the same conduct was neat when done by DeGeneres, abhorrent when done by a Palin.

We certainly don’t lay this all on the left; there are right-wing groups which do similar things. But in this case, we’ll toss Harvard’s professors and PETA into the same barrel -- one in which people love their own positions and are absolutely dismissive of others’.


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