Watch What Happens When These College Kids Learn Obama Sent Troops to Border, Too


In the film “Animal House,” the motto of fictional Faber College was “Knowledge is Good.” When the movie was made back in 1978, there was a different sort of humor in that.

Compared to mottos like Yale’s “Lux et Veritas” (“Light and truth”) or Amherst’s “Terras Irradient” (“Let them illuminate the earth”), it was made clear to the viewer you weren’t exactly dealing with a serious educational institution (even though Faber was based on Dartmouth, but I digress).

Today, Faber’s “Knowledge is Good” is funny, but in a different sort of way. In a world where politicians want 16-year-olds to vote, our youth seem to know less and less.

Campus Reform, bless their dear hearts, has been chronicling the decline and fall of the intellectual rigor of the youthful activist for quite some time. These are the same people who managed to capture NYU students trashing President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech before he made it.

Now, they’re chronicling another hot-button issue in American politics — the fact that Trump is sending troops to the southern border to stop illegal immigration.

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What they didn’t tell the UC Santa Barbara students — at least at first — is that former President Barack Obama had done the exact same thing.

So, what happened? Well, when originally informed that troops were being sent to the border, they were very much against it.

“It’s not justified … it’s like it’s a totally uncalled for act of power,” one student said.

“I don’t think it’s good to send militarized troops to people who are coming in unarmed,” another said.

Are you surprised by the ignorance of some college students?

Yes, apparently as long as you break a law by entering the country illegally but you’re not armed, there’s no reason to stop them.

And one woman gave the fiscal responsibility argument — clearly a good one, since we know how fiscally responsible the left tends to be.

“I’m not a huge fan of the military to begin with,” she said. “I think it would be a huge waste of money.”

Her friend also had another argument for not sending the military to the border: “Where do you draw the line on who can be here or not?”

Well, you start with borders — which is drawing a literal line — then you make sure those who are entering have the proper documents and visas, and then go with immigration enforcement to weed out those who shouldn’t be there. Pretty simple.

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And then there were some respondents who were, well…

“It’s not projected correctly, it’s not resonating well with me, at least,” one individual said.

Look, I understand not all of us are verbally felicitous, but come on.

Perhaps the most telling response, however, is when one individual said, “I just think we should be compassionate to everyone.” In a perfect world, we should be compassionate to most people. However, we don’t live in that perfect world, and the costs — both direct and indirect — of illegal immigration are massive.

When they were told that the same thing had been done under the Obama administration, things changed in a hurry.

“Honestly, I’m not super up to date with politics,” one of the respondents said. “I didn’t know that.”

“I mean, yeah, that is kind of surprising,” said another respondent who had decried the Trump move.

And then there was the young woman who felt that Trump had not “projected correctly.”

“When President Obama did it, I suppose there was different coverage as to what the intentions were,” she said. No elaboration was given as to what this “different coverage” entailed or what the “intentions were,” but given her previous answers I don’t think we missed out on an enlightening discourse on the matter.

Knowledge, indeed, is good, and there doesn’t seem to be a surfeit of it going around when it comes to American politics. Of course, in this day and age, Dean Wormer would be more likely to spending his time formulating a personal pronouns policy as opposed to putting the Deltas on double secret probation.

However, in this day and age, one gets the feeling John Belushi wouldn’t be the only student getting a 0.0 grade point average.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Morristown, New Jersey
Catholic University of America
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Topics of Expertise
American Politics, World Politics, Culture