I am going to hazard a guess that they don't strain their gray matter much more than what is necessary to memorize the official party line. The reason I bring this up is that it has become rather obvious that the country is in a serious pickle what with the government on any level being broke, millions of Americans out of work and the likelihood that things are going to get far worse before they get better (if they get better).
It might be worthwhile to take a step back and consider the ramifications of all the social experiments the Boomer generation forced upon us and decide at what point we value eating more than having every conceivable sub-group of our society properly "represented" every time a crowd gathers.
The urge to bring this up overcame me after reading an editorial concerning the college gender gap in the Daily Newsletter Of Sob Stories and Other Liberal Chantings (sometimes referred to as a newspaper and officially titled The Los Angeles Times). It seems that women now make up around 60% of the student population on college campuses in both undergraduate and graduate programs. No surprise there, since being a boy has basically been classified as a disorder in the K-12 school system. The relentless crusade for "equality" has de-funded those programs (sports, for example) that gave the less conciliatory gender an outlet for all that annoying excess energy as well as something to put in the extra-curricular activities box on the college application.
In many and various ways, girls are fostered and favored over boys and have been for the last 17 years. So why could this be a bad thing? Consider this little statistic:
Women-owned firms accounted for 6.5 percent of total employment in U.S. firms in 2002 and 4.2 percent of total receipts. Source: Office of Advocacy U.S. Small Business AdministrationI am going to make the big assumption that the other 93.5 percent of total employment in U.S. firms in 2002 can be accounted for by Men-owned firms. Get the picture? The majority of our resources are going to women, and it is a gamble at the very least as to whether these albeit very well-educated women are going to step up to the plate and start companies in the numbers required to employ the employment-needing population.
There is a chance they will, I guess, but frankly I don't see how since most women want to have babies - a hobby that can prove to be a distraction to the business of company starting and running. Plus, since various areas of technology seem to be the growth industries - an area that doesn't seem to thrill most women - are we setting ourselves up to be a nation of caterers and real estate agents?
I am not saying we should keep women out of higher education - not at all. But, we had better let boys go back to being boys without penalty, stop assuming that both sexes want or need the same things, and quit pretending that there is no difference between boys and girls. There is. Get over it.
This is not what is happening, though. In fact, some idiot group calling themselves the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is now looking into "whether colleges are engaging in widespread discrimination against women in an effort to balance out their male and female populations". There is also a general consensus, it seems, that there have to be more women in science and engineering, come hell or high water. Why?
If a woman wants to go into that field, what is stopping her? Nothing! Enough already! I don't want to play football, I don't want to join the military and I want my husband to mow the lawn and take out the trash. I have an inexplicable love of shoes - the same way my husband and son love computer parts - oodles and oodles of computer parts, each one better than the last!
You are not protecting my civil rights, you are interfering with my pursuit of happiness. If you think there should be more female engineers and you are female, then become an engineer - but don't tell the rest of us what to do.
If we don't get them to stop this nonsense, there will come a day when all we have left are our civil rights - and they don't taste great and they are not at all filling.