De Pasquale’s Dozen: Dr. Mike Adams
Dr. Mike Adams can’t stand intolerant people. As a professor at UNC-Wilmington, he comes into contact with intolerant people all day long. Feminist administrators, Marxist professors and students who expect to be coddled for four (or five or six…) years are around every corner.
Adams graduated from high school with a GPA of 1.8. Despite his apparent fear of success, he still managed to get an Associate’s degree from San Jacinto College. He then got his B.A. with a respectable 3.4 GPA and Master’s in psychology from Mississippi State University. After getting his doctorate n 1993, the self-described Democrat and atheist was hired by UNC-Wilmington to teach in the criminal justice program.
On RateMyProfessors.com one student helpfully wrote, “He is ****, conservative, mean, ****.” Another wrote, “[Adams] hates criminals and let’s face it, everyone breaks the law. Wish I was in jail rather than in his class.”
The vast majority of students rate him highly, but I have a feeling Adams would take the negative comments as badges of honor. (One other “badge” he received on the website is the coveted red chili pepper, which signifies “hot professors.”)
Adams has written two informative and entertaining books, Welcome to the Ivory Tower of Babe and Feminists Say the Darndest Things: A Politically Incorrect Professor Confronts “Womyn” On Campus. He is a regular columnist for Townhall and speaks on college campuses across the nation. Unlike lefty speakers, Adams is happy to engage those who disagree with him. At the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a group of socialist students holding protest signs outside the lecture hall told Adams that they could overthrow those like him who are in power. An avid hunter and 2nd Amendment supporter, Adams replied, “How are you going to overthrow the ruling class when I’ve got guns and you don’t?” (Swoon…)
Adams has paid a price for being an outspoken conservative. With the help of the Alliance Defense Fund he is appealing a judge’s decision to dismiss his 2007 suit against UNC-Wilmington. ADF stated, “The suit contends the university denied Adams a promotion because his nationally syndicated opinion columns espoused religious and political views out of step with the opinions of university officials.”
The judge who dismissed the case bizarrely said that Adams’ columns were not protected under the 1st Amendment because he cited them in a promotions application.
In a 2004 column titled “Up From Atheism,” Adams wrote, “Ever since I became a columnist, people have been asking me to explain exactly how I abandoned atheism. I think it would be better to talk about how I could have avoided it. I also think that the right reading list for high school seniors would make a lot of teenagers less susceptible to the anti-religious influences they encounter in college.”
Adams is currently working on his third book, Letters to a Young Progressive. He told me it is “a series of letters to a real 19-year-old student of mine who is caught up in the worldview that once entrapped me as a leftist atheist.”
We are lucky to have him on the frontline in the battle for academic freedom and the constitutional crisis in higher education. Additionally, he just might save a few souls along the way.
1. If there were a television channel that only showed one movie over and over, what movie should it be?
ADAMS: Napoleon Dynamite. Imagine an MTV movie that has no nudity, no profanity, and no violence. And imagine that the movie has a two-fold message that is Christian; namely 1) that everyone, no matter how much of a geek, has a God-given talent and 2) that the talent is best utilized, not for one’s own gain, but for a friend (Pedro).
That’s Napoleon Dynamite. Plus, I think Deb is really kind of cute. She could drink whole milk.
2. What’s one of your favorite movie quotes?
ADAMS: “I like mustard on my biscuits.”—Carl, from Sling Blade.
3. In A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell is strapped in with his eyes propped open and forced to watch images until he was “cured.” If you could give President Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Leader Harry Reid the “Clockwork Orange treatment,” what movie would you make them watch?
ADAMS: Let’s strap them down and go back to Napoleon Dynamite. Just play the phrase “Gosh Idiot!” over and over until they admit that the surge succeeded and the stimulus failed.
4. What pop culture souvenir do you own that people would be surprised to learn that you cherish?
ADAMS: I have a miniature “Seinfeld” puffy shirt. But I don’t want to be a pirate.
5. What’s your current “guilty pleasure” non-news television show?
ADAMS: Because I am working on my third book, I recently pulled the plug on the TV. Therefore, I must answer in the past tense. But that’s easy: ESPN “Sports Center.” It’s all I ever watched when not watching Fox News—especially during baseball season. My neighbors appreciate not having to hear me shout “Go to hell, Red Sox” every night at 10 p.m.
6. What do you remember most about going to the movies as a kid? How has that experience changed for the better or worse for your kids?
ADAMS: I remember when you could tell the difference between the crowd at the movie theatre and the crowd at the Department of Motor Vehicles. I can’t tell the difference anymore so I’ve stopped going to the movie theatre. I guess you could say the DVD has saved me from the DMV.
7. What was the first concert you ever attended and where did you sit and who went with you?
ADAMS: My first concert was Aerosmith back in 1978. I was just 13 and went with my 19-year-old brother. I was really annoyed because I didn’t know who the other two bands were and I paid six bucks for the ticket—even though we weren’t seated on the floor. But the other two bands ended up being pretty good. AC/DC and Journey. The latter had a new singer named Steve Perry. He could really hit the high notes. “That boy has a bright future, perhaps into Infinity,” I thought to myself.
8. What is a Snooki?
ADAMS: All of my students know that Snooki is a star on Jersey Whore. But only a third of them know that John Roberts is chief justice of the Supreme Court. Now, that’s a Situation. It’s a sad, sad situation and it’s getting more and more absurd. I should probably apologize to Elton John but sorry seems to be the hardest word.
9. If Republicans and Democrats had theme songs for 2010 what would they be?
ADAMS: For the GOP that’s simple.”We are the Champions” by Queen. We should gloat after we win back the House and the Senate. I think it’ll be funny to do it with a gay guy singing our anthem. For the Dems, it isn’t as easy. “What, What, in the Butt” would make some sense but it’s far too crude. How about “Pants on the Ground”? These days, the Dems are about as classy as a punk with his pants on the ground. I’ll stick with that.
10. What’s the coolest thing you’ve been able to do because of your role in the political arena?
ADAMS: Speaking at CPAC, obviously. Duh! Seriously, the first time I spoke at CPAC I met Pat Coyle—actually I was moderating a panel he was on. This resulted in an invitation to start speaking for YAF. This snowballed so that I now have the chance to speak all over America for various organizations. I find it ridiculous that people pay me to speak in places like Malibu, Calif. But I won’t complain. I like money. I’m a capitalist who likes to smoke expensive cigars.
The speeches have allowed me to explore the depths of the university war on free speech. In some cases, I have met students who would become plaintiffs in 1st Amendment lawsuits against the very schools that hosted me. Engaging the cultural war, not just in the court of public opinion, but in the courts of law, has been a godsend. It is my calling in life.
11. What one thing would you do as President “just because you could”?
ADAMS: I would put myself on Mount Rushmore. I would remove Teddy Roosevelt because I don’t like him. He grabbed land from states without constitutional authority—not to mention being a progressive anti-capitalist pig. So I would yank his bust off the side of the mountain and replace it with mine. Trustbuster? I’m a Bustbuster. Bust this, Teddy!
12. Tell me about the moment you decided to enter the political arena.
ADAMS: It was right after 9/11. A Communist former student of mine threatened to sue me for libel over a difference of political opinion. I told her the Constitution protected her speech just as it had protected “bigoted,” “unintelligent,” and “immature” speech for many years. She cried to her mommy, who was also a commie. And she was also an administrator at my university. Her mommy the commie convinced the administration to read some of my private emails in retaliation because she said her daughter felt “offended” and “berated” by my opinions. I guess they don’t make Communists like they used to.
I took the story to the national press and was featured on Rush Limbaugh, The Hannity & The Other Guy Show, and Neal Boortz. In response, my university lied to the national press about reading my private emails. They got caught lying about it and, let’s just say, they ticked off the wrong cowboy. I’ve been exposing university administrators for their petty retaliation against conservative speech and their dishonesty for years. I’ve written two books and 650 nationally published columns about it. I have spoken at 65 different universities about it. I use the proceeds from every speech to buy guns and ammunition, which angers my opponents even more.
And I plan to continue to speak out about liberal hypocrisy and censorship until I die. It will take a bullet in the head to stop me. Thankfully, the liberals I write about don’t have guns. They don’t even have stones.