And 'round we go again
My Dallas Observer colleague Jim Schutze blogs about Library Bush today in response to the Dallas Morning Snooze's editorial in support of the edifice complex:
The Morning News editorial page’s notion that this president’s library can be some kind of high-minded forum is a pathetic self-delusion, an ugly joke and a monstrous lie. What Dallas and SMU will get from George W. will be a huge neon phallus, lit by lasers, intended to deflect attention from what history is about to do to his real one. And to us.Read the entire Schutze blog entry at Unfair Park.
Know that phrase "teachable moment"? Seems there could be a great many teachable moments in this university's classes about the liberry sitch-ee-ay-shun. Ethics classes, political science, debate, history, public relations, theology--every one of them should be discussing it and assigning essays and research papers on the topic.
Like, what do presidential libraries really do? What do they add to the other institutions they're attached to (such as Bush 41's at A&M)? Which of them gets the most visitors each year? Which one loses money and costs taxpayers to keep it open?
And what has this president contributed to the cause of education? Specifically, to higher education?
How will a conservative "think tank," part of the library deal, peg this school as conservative-welcome/liberal-be-damned? How will the diversity of the student body and the faculty feel the impact of such an influx of far-righties? How soon before it's little more than the western campus of Bob Jones U.?
And what about the security issues? Land use issues? How will the building of the Bush 43 pyramid of power affect the neighborhood that surrounds it? This is a landlocked area, surrounded on one side by a freeway that's already a parking lot at rush hours, and on the other three sides by narrow residential streets that can hardly handle heavy traffic by big machinery, trucks and other construction vehicles.
So many issues, so little time.
And to all those Methodists, faculty members and others who are just now waking up to the reality of this awful carbuncle about to be planted on University Park and are making pathetic little squeaks of dissent, where the fuck were you six years ago?