We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
And good riddance. The abomination was hacked together after the legitimate work in recovering classic texts was coming to an end and the creation of the department, the adoption of the PhD and the idea that professors should do research.
Writing was one of the casualties. Colleges had long taught English composition. But how do you do research on composition? The professors who taught math could be required to do original math, the professors who taught history could be required to write scholarly articles about history, but what about the professors who taught rhetoric or composition? What should they do research on? The closest thing seemed to be English literature. 
And so in the late 19th century the teaching of writing was inherited by English professors. This had two drawbacks: (a) an expert on literature need not himself be a good writer, any more than an art historian has to be a good painter, and (b) the subject of writing now tends to be literature, since that's what the professor is interested in.
Even worse today, the English department has abandoned even the study of modern literature to be come "agents of change." But all they do is defraud students and shortchange them.
Prov 1:7- The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge
W Civ was built fully on a Judeo-Christian foundation. When those "scholars" of the enlightenment rebelled against Christianity, they rebelled against their own existence. It's been decline ever since. Suicide is an apt name.