While I do think that it is unfortunate that the protest got out of control, I do feel that blaming academia and liberalism is a mistake. What has made our nation great is our emphasis on the education of our population, and that includes giving students the logic and rhetoric skills necessary to question authority. Not only that, but many social programs that have helped our society have been implemented by liberals (child labor laws during the Victorian era spring immediately to mind, not because it's the most recent, but because it's in a book I have been reading :)) Perhaps there is a lack of sense of restraint, something that could just as easily be reinforced by socialization on the internet, a fairly anonymous forum where "flame wars" are frequent. This isn't the place the blame anywhere but squarely on the decisions of the people present, but to say that blaming an institution or an education or an ideology )that these students apparently in this instant took to an extreme) is wrong, and just as narrow-minded as people on either side are viewing both the protestors and Tancredo.
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