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Remember that advertising line "four out of five doctors recommend"? The vast majority of doctors—even doctors of philosophy—can't be wrong, can they?
Conservatives among our readers should take a deep breath now and stop shouting, "Of course they can!" Ol' Buzz is just screwin' with you.
Military historian Mark Moyar, who taught at Texas A&M's George Bush (the elder) School of Government and Public Service, formed in 1997 as part of the George H.W. Bush Library, certainly isn't buying what most academics are selling. He's conservative, and he thinks he knows why the SMU profs insist that the university maintains control over faculty appointments at the proposed think tank that will accompany the George W. Bush (the younger) Presidential Library: The faculty members are liberal, and they want to keep the conservatives out.
Moyar is a graduate of Harvard with a doctorate from Cambridge University who has written two books on the Vietnam War; he was denied tenure at Texas A&M, that bastion of liberalism, because of his conservative views, he says. Moyar contends that his experience at the first Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M shows that faculty are "most likely to subvert academic freedom while claiming to be its guardians."
Moyar, who now teaches at the U.S. Marine Corps University at Quantico, writes in an e-mail that his experiences at A&M are reason enough for Dubya to fear SMU faculty would pollute his think tank. Within a short time of the A&M school's founding, university faculty took control and filled the school with "liberals whose aversion to the Bush name was overcome only by lucrative salaries."
The dean in charge of hiring denied there was any bias, but Moyar says he obtained documents that showed two Texas A&M professors objected to him in writing because they believed he was driven by an ideological agenda.
"This concern about a person's ideological leanings and political participation, it should be noted, is usually applied only to conservatives," Moyar writes.