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Is Pepperdine Law School Surviving the Barbarian Invasion?
The Pepperdine School of Law was founded in 1969 and it has always been considered fairly conservative, but that may also be changing. It achieved some prominence when it hired former U.S. Solicitor General Ken Starr to be its dean in 2004. In 1994 he was appointed to be the Independent Counsel responsible for investigating President Bill Clinton for Whitewater, the Vince Foster suicide, and the perjury he committed regarding his affair with Monica Lewinsky. His efforts led to the impeachment of Bill Clinton by the U.S. House of Representatives.
Starr oversaw a concentrated effort to turn Pepperdine’s School of law into one of the country’s leading defenders of the constitution and the originalist school of interpreting law. Starr left the law school in 2010 and was replaced by Deanell Reece Tacha. But the school appears to be trending leftward.
To give one an idea of how far left some of Pep’s law professors are, one of the leading groups on campus is the American Constitution Society (ACS). Part of a national network, this group attacks the whole idea of interpreting the constitution as written, despite our founding fathers insistence on doing so. Indeed, the ASC “debunks the purportedly neutral theories of originalism and strict construction.” The club also believes the criminal justice system is “permeated” by “racial inequality” even though minorities are heavily represented in urban courts, police departments, and criminal justice systems.
In 2005, the national ACS co-hosted a conference in which they laid out a blueprint for how the Constitution should be rewritten, including having the federal government guarantee every American “a useful and remunerative job,” “a decent home,” “a good education,” “adequate medical care,” “the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health,” and “adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment.” Needless to say, ACS advocates a socialist government, which of course would be supported by massive taxes that would devastate our economy. The ACS has also attacked American law as antiquated and called upon judges to make our laws subservient to United Nations Treaties. Such radical views are reinforced by the far left professors at Pepperdine’s School of Law.
The ACS faculty advisor is Professor Doug Kmiec, the “conservative” scholar who created a firestorm in 2008 when he appeared prominently in the media advocating Christian support for presidential candidate Barack Obama because, he claimed, Obama was acceptable to social conservatives and pro-lifers and was an advocate of religious liberty. Kmiec also claimed the middle class would greatly benefit from his economic prescriptions.
Of course, none of his assertions proved to be true. Shockingly, pollsters noted that Obama’s endorsements from a number of prominent alleged conservatives such as Kmiec, coupled with his numerous Obama campaign ad appearances, helped persuade hundreds of thousands of undecided Christians to cast their votes for the phony “hope and change” candidate, ignoring his long history of advocating socialism and attacking America’s Christian culture. Indeed, Kmiec even toured with Obama as part of his “Faith, Family and Values Tour,” a series of campaign stops specifically designed to dupe Christians into voting for him. http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/146287936.html
During the same time period, however, Planned Parenthood was proudly promoting Obama as the most pro-abortion presidential candidate ever. Indeed, Obama even supported the gruesome killing of babies after being extracted alive during late time abortions.
Nor did Obama pursue any economic policies that created jobs – GDP growth rate stayed between 1% and 3% his entire term, the worst GDP record in modern history, which, of course, devastated the middle class.
As for religious freedom, within days after the election, Obama began pursuing dozens of policies that undermined the First Amendment and attacked religious freedom in ways never before seen.
It was a shameful act by Kmiec, who was rewarded by President Obama with an Ambassadorship to Malta. America’s conservatives are still waiting for him to apologize for his dogged labors to help elect the most destructive American President in U.S. history.
But one should not be shocked by Kmiec’s actions; Pepperdine gives shelter to many such professors. Indeed, Kmiec is considered a hero in many Pepperdine circles. Pepperdine Magazine did a glowing story in its spring, 2009 issue about Kmiec, practically portraying him as martyr for campaigning for Obama.
Not surprisingly, the same issue featured a five-page celebratory story about the election of Barack Obama, titled “The Pepperdine Community Unites to Celebrate the Inauguration of the Nation’s First African American President….Sharing the Moment.”
Needless to say, no such story appeared in Pepperdine Magazine when Donald Trump won the presidency.
However, the Pepperdine Law School’s newsletter, The Surf Report, devoted an entire issue to covering the law school’s “Post Election Forum,” which mourned Trump’s election. The forum featured an array of leftist law students making ridiculous statements, but what was shocking were the remarks of law school administrators.
The Dean of Students, Steve Schultz, described Trump’s election as a “dark time” and whined about “How is time going to heal for me?” He then stated he plans “to try to comfort individuals one at a time. We have to comfort each other. . .to those who are hurting at different levels, you are not alone…”
The Dean of Graduate Programs, Al Sturgeon, spoke in similar terms, “I see real fear in this room” and claimed that “Muslim international students” were getting their bags packed. He actually spoke of a time in America when black people were lynched, implying that that time has come again.
Then the current Dean of the Law school, Dean Deanell Reece Tacha gave a rousing speech: “There are voices out there that I didn’t hear. There are hurt people I didn’t understand. Many of you are among them. I’m hurt—that glass ceiling has been up there for a long time and I’m getting old so it’ll have to shatter fast.”
Not sure what profound thoughts Tacho, supposedly a conservative Dean, was trying to convey, but Tyler Brown of the law school’s LGBT club came to the rescue and passed out safety pins to everyone, announcing that “wearing one was a way to highlight oneself as an ally for, or stand in solidarity with, minority groups.” Maybe the safety pins were really for the diapers.
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