Part 1: Unabomber victim David Gelernter details America’s dismantling

July 27, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-07-27 at 8.41.59 AMBy Nancy Thorner –

On Wednesday, July 24, Joe Bast, president and CEO of the Heartland Institute, ( hosted a continuing Heartland Author Series event featuring David Gelernter and his book, American-Lite: How Imperial Academia Dismantled Our Culture (and Ushered In the Obamacrats). 

Gelernter was introduced as a writer, artist, and a professor of computer science at Yale, contributing editor at the Weekly Standard, regular contributor to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and a former board member of the National Endowment for the Arts.

On June 24, 1993, Gelernter was critically injured opening a mailbomb sent by the Unabomber.  He recovered from his injuries, but his right hand and eye were permanently damaged. Gelernter has chronicled the ordeal in his 1997 book Drawing Life: Surviving the Unabomber.

As stated on the book jacket of American-Lite:

In this refreshing judgmental book, David Gelernter connects the historical dots to reveal the stealth revolution carried out by post-religious globalist intellectuals who, by and large, can’t run their own universities or scholarly fields, but are very sure they can run you. These imperial academics have deployed their students into the top echelon of professions once monopolized by staid, steady, stately WASPs  In this simple way, they have installed themselves as the new designated drivers of American culture. How do we finally face the truth and get back into the driver’s seat?  America-Lite ends with a one-point plan.David Gelernter, in summarizing the themes in his book, applied them to Barack Obama’s and his apparent political buoyancy in an article published at Power Line. Below is Gelernter’s explanation of why President Obama perfectly fits the personal profile of the Culture Machine that runs so much of the American elite nowadays:The Machine is run by PORGIs who are just like Obama: post-religious, globalist, intellectuals or at least intellectualizers (who talk and act like intellectuals even if they don’t quite qualify themselves). And his being black, with an African father, an African name (icing on the cake) and a childhood spent in a Muslim nation (the cherry on top!) makes him beyond perfect-makes him nearly divine.

In discussing President Obama, Gelernter discounts Obama as the one responsible for the fix this country is in, but instead blames the people who elected him.

Despite David Gelernter’s horrific, life-maiming injuries sustained from the 1993 Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber) attack Gelernater believes “This is a bad time for the country, but a good time to go to the root of the problem.”

According to Gelernter, political correctness has run amok.  It is also a travesty that a deep intrinsic belief prevails that America is stupid and that America is a dangerous weapon. These fallacies resulted in thugs being sent out to murder the U.S. of America .  They carried off a symbolic murder, and the U.S. shrugged it off.  As with Hillary, she really didn’t believe one word of what she said about the Bengali attackers (terrorists).  Were they really just out for a walk, Hillary?

As to Gelernter’s thoughts about the Academia who now run this nation, this collection of individuals considers it uncouth and non-productive to wax nostalgically that life used to be better, happier and nobler in the America of the 1960’s. Nor is it good to think of so-called “golden eras” of the past, such as what our forefather produced in an attempt to be as good as they were and even better.

Notwithstanding, E.B. White  a great essayist and a lifelong optimist, patriot, and a liberal to boot wrote in 1975 that in less than 20 years “proud confidence was gone, crumbled like mud-bricks into fly blown clouds of dust”. . . “No one knows which way to turn and which way to go.”

Defined by David Gelernter are the cultural and social norms that prevailed in society from the end of the 50’s to 1975.  By 1975 a radical transformation had been achieved:

  • There was a tone of confidence, optimism, and self-respect.
  • Schools taught a lot more with less cost.
  • At the college level undergraduates were expected to take course in mathematics, science, literature, language and history courses.
  • Universities existed to tell students what an education should consist of to be considered an educated person.  Now days Ivy League schools exist to turn out people who will make lots of money and who will advance to leadership positions in government and industry.
  • Christian roots were not stifled.
  • Schools did not know multiculturalism, but Americanism.
  • An interest in the arts increased among the broader educated middle class.  It was a time when Leonard Bernstein became a popular TV figure with his lectures on music filling the homes of many Americans.  Everyone knew the name of poet Robert Frost who was invited by Joh F. Kennedy to his inaugural to present a poem.  Artist Jackson Pollack was likely widely known and respected.
  • Courtesy and etiquette still existed. “Madam” and “sir” were used when addressing an elder or one in authority.  Students wouldn’t think of addressing teachers by first names.
  • Talk about sex was inappropriate and was not an appropriate topic for schools to advance. Now days anything goes!
  • The phrase “Mom and Apple pie” was very much in vogue.  It was a fundamental unifying idea which elevated making a home and raising children a highly honored “profession” for women.

Part 2:  Will note how the takeover by the PORGI’s from the WASPs was accomplished and the secret weapon needed to get back in the driver’s seat. 

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