February 21, 2014 2:00 am -

Corbis-BE023635The Young Shrill Republicans at the University of South Carolina are outraged – outraged – that their patron saint, Ronald “Facts Are Stupid Things” Reagan, has been criticized. In a textbook! Required for a course that teaches (horrors!) Social Welfare!! Pearls clutched in anticipation of stumbling to the fainting couch in 3… 2… 1…

The author of a controversial university textbook that paints late President Ronald Reagan as a sexist and calls conservatives “corrupt and lazy,” is under fire from young Republicans who feel insulted by the book’s contents.

“Introduction to Social Work & Social Welfare: Critical Thinking Perspectives,” by Karen K. Kirst-Ashman, suggests that Reagan had narrow views about women’s roles and may have been unconcerned about the well-being of minorities.

Reagan “ascribed to women, primarily domestic functions and failed to appoint many women to significant positions of power during his presidency,” Kirst-Ashman wrote in the textbook.

The 40th President also “discounted the importance of racism and discrimination, and maintained that, if they tried, African-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans could become just as successful as whites,” according to the book’s author.

The text was used by a professor at the University of South Carolina, prompting outrage among young campus conservatives.

“I was absolutely shocked and was tempted to throw the book away,” Anna Chapman, a 19-year-old sophomore political science major, told “I would even write comments in the actual textbook next to some of the offensive things that I read. I didn’t know that this is what I had signed up for.”

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.