Robert Stacy McCain in MA Day Two: Shock and Awe at Harvard University

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Robert Stacy McCain in MA Day Two: Shock and Awe at Harvard University

Once we con­firmed that Stacy’s sched­uled TV appear­ance in Leomin­ster was kaput he informed me that the col­lege repub­li­cans that he had been in con­tact with wanted to have him visit the col­lege for 5:30 or so.Stacy and I headed toward cambridge.

Rather than take the long drive into Har­vard Square as my dad used did to take me Mil­lion Year Pic­nic back when I was thir­teen in the days when Har­vard Square was the west­ern most stop on the Boston Sub­way We headed to Alewife sta­tion parked on the the 4th floor grabbed our red line tick­ets and grabbed a seat on the sub­way head­ing to Har­vard Sta­tion and the square and col­lege that it led to.

When we emerged into the day­light and crossed over to the gate, we found our­selves smack in the mid­dle of a protest

There was a cir­cle of sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple who sur­rounded a few folks tak­ing turns with a bull­horn denounc­ing drop­ping DACA. We had got­ten there early for our meet­ing but late for the start of the protest so we checked out the signs and the crowd and cam­pus police that looked on with the same half amused res­ig­na­tion as peo­ple at the most exclu­sive school in the world talked about oppression.

We watched for a while, saw the var­i­ous signs (invari­ably anti trump) then left for our meet­ing loca­tion (miss­ing the human chain and sub­se­quent arrests).

We found the hall where we were sup­posed to meet and hap­pily stum­bled on a pre­sen­ta­tion by pro­fes­sor Robert George. of Princeton.

As Stacy went out to find the fel­low we were look­ing for I sat in on his pre­sen­ta­tion. His talk con­cern­ing cul­ture and the human­i­ties was a great plea­sure and his obser­va­tion that in the end those Har­vard Stu­dents in the room were not just the top 1% but the top .0001% of all time in human his­tory was a fact that seems to be lost when stu­dents in higher edu­ca­tion find them­selves triggered.

At this point Stacy had met our guide Pres­i­dent of the Har­vard Col­lege Repub­li­cans Kent Haeffner

As one might guess Kent was an impres­sive young fel­low and while he spoke of some of the odd­i­ties of the lib­eral atmos­phere as illus­trated by this Woman Stud­ies syl­labus as read by Stacy McCain

He vig­or­ously defended Har­vard as an insti­tu­tion both in terms of the edu­ca­tional envi­ron­ment but for it’s abil­ity to inspire sym­bol­ized by one par­tic­u­lar gate with the inscrip­tion as you come in “Enter to grow in wis­dom” and as you pass out “Depart to serve bet­ter your coun­try and your kind.”

after a rather pleas­ant lunch (men­tioned by Stacy here) we returned to the quad for a long interview

The cam­era failed dur­ing the last ques­tion so Stacy repeated it

It turned out he had been on cam­pus dur­ing the Black Mass busi­ness so I also inter­viewed him on the subject

He was also kind enough to show me the Chi­nese restau­rant where in the end the black mass was held (I was lib­eral with the Holy water on the build­ing area) and then showed me to St. Paul’s the catholic chapel where the Eucharist Pro­ces­sion and ado­ra­tion had taken place.

By now his time was get­ting short so we escorted us back to the Mex­i­can Restau­rant where we had lunched so we could wait for the young lady who we would speak to next, a passer by was kind enough to take a shot for us.

A few min­utes later we were joined by Emily Hall who was both an offi­cer of the col­lege repub­li­cans but a mem­ber of the Net­work of Enlight­ened Women. Kent left us in her capa­ble hands.

Capa­ble frankly is too weak an adjec­tive for this young lady. She spoke of being a pro-​life Catholic woman on cam­pus and how, like Kent she had grown stronger in the cru­cible of edu­ca­tion and push­back while demon­strat­ing very pub­licly that the woman of Har­vard Uni­ver­sity were not mono­lithic in their beliefs. She also sat for and inter­view with Stacy

And myself.

at this point is was get­ting pretty late so Stacy and I escorted her back toward her dorm talk­ing more about the envi­ron­ment and her plans for the future on the way.

As we headed back to the car and drove home Stacy spoke to his wife con­cern­ing his impres­sions of Har­vard and the fine young peo­ple we had met it was evi­dent that what­ever idiocy might take place on cam­pus either via protest or within the Woman’s Stud­ies depart­ment it was clear that he had been pro­vided with ample proof that Har­vard was more than capa­ble of allow­ing a well grounded con­ser­v­a­tive with the courage of their con­vic­tions and a good work ethic to grow into an even stronger con­ser­v­a­tive ready to in the words of the gate serve bet­ter their coun­try and their kind. and by the end of the day it was evi­dent that the Kansas City Chiefs had not been the only folks to change a nar­ra­tive in Mass­a­chu­setts that day. These two tweets said it all.

If you told me that it was even slightly pos­si­ble for Robert Stacy McCain to make that state­ment aloud one week ago I, like Wom­bat would not have believed it.

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Update: Some­how 1st para­graph words were cor­rupted at post­ing fixed


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Once we confirmed that Stacy’s scheduled TV appearance in Leominster was kaput he informed me that the college republicans that he had been in contact with wanted to have him visit the college for 5:30 or so.Stacy and I headed toward cambridge.

Rather than take the long drive into Harvard Square as my dad used did to take me Million Year Picnic back when I was thirteen in the days when Harvard Square was the western most stop on the Boston Subway  We headed to Alewife station parked on the the 4th floor grabbed our red line tickets and grabbed a seat on the subway heading to Harvard Station and the square and college that it led to.

When we emerged into the daylight and crossed over to the gate, we found ourselves smack in the middle of a protest

There was a circle of several hundred people who surrounded a few folks taking turns with a bullhorn denouncing dropping DACA. We had gotten there early for our meeting but late for the start of the protest so we checked out the signs and the crowd and campus police that looked on with the same half amused resignation as people at the most exclusive school in the world talked about oppression.

We watched for a while, saw the various signs (invariably anti trump) then left for our meeting location (missing the human chain and subsequent arrests).

We found the hall where we were supposed to meet and happily stumbled on a presentation by professor Robert George. of Princeton.

As Stacy went out to find the fellow we were looking for I sat in on his presentation. His talk concerning culture and the humanities was a great pleasure and his observation that in the end those Harvard Students in the room were not just the top 1% but the top .0001% of all time in human history was a fact that seems to be lost when students in higher education find themselves triggered.

At this point Stacy had met our guide President of the Harvard College Republicans Kent Haeffner

As one might guess Kent was an impressive young fellow and while he spoke of some of the oddities of the liberal atmosphere as illustrated by this Woman Studies syllabus as read by Stacy McCain

He vigorously defended Harvard as an institution both in terms of the educational environment but for it’s ability to inspire symbolized by one particular gate with the inscription as you come in “Enter to grow in wisdom” and as you pass out “Depart to serve better your country and your kind.”

after a rather pleasant lunch (mentioned by Stacy here) we returned to the quad for a long interview

The camera failed during the last question so Stacy repeated it

It turned out he had been on campus during the Black Mass business so I also interviewed him on the subject

He was also kind enough to show me the Chinese restaurant where in the end the black mass was held (I was liberal with the Holy water on the building area) and then showed me to St. Paul’s the catholic chapel where the Eucharist Procession and adoration had taken place.

By now his time was getting short so we escorted us back to the Mexican Restaurant where we had lunched so we could wait for the young lady who we would speak to next, a passer by was kind enough to take a shot for us.

A few minutes later we were joined by Emily Hall who was both an officer of the college republicans but a member of the Network of Enlightened Women. Kent left us in her capable hands.

Capable frankly is too weak an adjective for this young lady. She spoke of being a pro-life Catholic woman on campus and how, like Kent she had grown stronger in the crucible of education and pushback while demonstrating very publicly that the woman of Harvard University were not monolithic in their beliefs. She also sat for and interview with Stacy

And myself.

at this point is was getting pretty late so Stacy and I escorted her back toward her dorm talking more about the environment and her plans for the future on the way.

As we headed back to the car and drove home Stacy spoke to his wife concerning his impressions of Harvard and the fine young people we had met it was evident that whatever idiocy might take place on campus either via protest or within the Woman’s Studies department it was clear that he had been provided with ample proof that Harvard was more than capable of allowing a well grounded conservative with the courage of their convictions and a good work ethic to grow into an even stronger conservative ready to in the words of the gate serve better their country and their kind. and by the end of the day it was evident that the Kansas City Chiefs had not been the only folks to change a narrative in Massachusetts that day. These two tweets said it all.

If you told me that it was even slightly possible for Robert Stacy McCain to make that statement aloud one week ago I, like Wombat would not have believed it.

A gallery of photos follows my tip jar pitch:

Update:  Somehow 1st paragraph words were corrupted at posting fixed


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