Conservative Commencement

posted at 10:10 am on May 19, 2006 by Bryan

Jodie Foster’s graduation rap
Commencement speakers politics
Pomp and controversy
Protesting McCain
Protesting Condi

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Love it!! Especially wondering if they even know we have a 2nd ammendment and borders.

StephC on May 19, 2006 at 10:23 AM

Commencement speaches are the perfect opportunity for Liberals to commence saying stupid things about people they hate. Thanks, MM for a great piece on why conservative students scratch their head and say huh??

Stickman on May 19, 2006 at 10:26 AM

From a teacher – that was awesome! I teach 8th grade math, so SOME of the subject matter is slightly beyond what my students could handle, otherwise I’d be calling our Tech Coordinator right now asking him to set up the projector! I am proudly too Christian and too conservative to ever be allow to teach at a public university.

y2church on May 19, 2006 at 10:26 AM

My boy just graduated high school last night. I’ll make sure he sees this vent.

moc23 on May 19, 2006 at 10:27 AM

And a note to Jodi Foster; The world is a better place, Libya, Liberia, Syria, not a shot fired.

Waving a crystal and chanting a mantra might make you feel good for a while, but sometimes drastic surgery is needed.

Wander on May 19, 2006 at 10:30 AM

Great VENT!

At my daughter’s commencement (last year), the speaker spoke of her uncle who was killed during WWII, it was 20 minutes of Anti-War, Anti-Military, and America needs to be MORE TOLERANT rant.

I was so angry, I kept thinking, “Tell the Terrorists to be MORE TOLERANT!”

I spoke to a PhD college professor yesterday and she FREAKED OUT when I said “our Universities are liberal biased” – she clasped her hands over her ears and hummed for 5 minutes.

She is typical of our colleges, in complete denial of the truth.

What’s happened to our colleges is sickening.

Richard Davis on May 19, 2006 at 10:31 AM

Another excellent Vent Michelle. Bravo!

Scorched_Earth on May 19, 2006 at 10:32 AM

I love this!! I’d bet if you showed this clip to the average college student, he or she wouuld be puzzled by a number of things Michelle said. It would be the first time they had heard some of it. “We aren’t running out of trees?? Capitalism=good??? No comprendo.”
Great job!

Leiren on May 19, 2006 at 10:34 AM

IPods, fun with pies, and the pesky ass crackage I’m with you on, completely.

But shouldn’t you be asking more questions about university administrations who support graduation speakers? Graduating students, like me, are in a stage of our lives where we’re sorting through all the messages, trying to find our fit when it comes to politics. The onus should not be placed on us when it comes to your angst over who is spending the better half of a Saturday morning speaking to us.

After all, Ronald Reagan was an actor and George W. has had his fun with hash, maybe more. Am I wrong?

Direct your questions at the schools, not your children.

And really, if 3 hours of liberal-speak means some kid’s political ideals are going to switch just like that, then spend 3 hours talking to him in conservative-speak and watch the magic happen.

TheThink on May 19, 2006 at 10:35 AM

Great, as usual, but… I waited in vain for the umbrella to go up as a pie hit it. You could not give this speach at most colleges and not need pie protection.

wcarr on May 19, 2006 at 10:36 AM

another excellent vent! must-see vblog for any would-be bleeding heart who allows the likes of ward churchill to form their opinions for them

angry_mike on May 19, 2006 at 10:40 AM

Nice vent, but where did you get the cap? Walmart?


Mongo on May 19, 2006 at 10:45 AM

Mongo – You were close.

Posterboard from Michael’s craft store… < $5 Tassel from Wal-Mart... $2.99 Directions via Google… Free

Michelle on May 19, 2006 at 10:57 AM

Spot on. When I hire college grads it takes 6 months to teach them where the rest rooms are, and lately, which one to use.

Wade on May 19, 2006 at 11:10 AM

Great commencement address – it would be a great service to the class(es)of 2006 if they heard more speeches like this, but unfortunately it just won’t happen.

Thanks Michele. Hopefully other parents will make sure their graduates see this vent.

Ann on May 19, 2006 at 11:11 AM

CLASSIC! The truth almost always falls on deaf ears though.

NRA4Freedom on May 19, 2006 at 11:35 AM

Fantastic: finally, the commencement speech I was never given.

I tell my wife (a former Ph.D. student) all the time that universities need desperately to wall themselves off from the real world because they could not survive there; it’s not an ivory tower…it’s a plastic bubble, and everything outside–capitalism in particular–is a deadly germ.

Much like the Taliban, the university system exists in another century with a bizarre feudal hierarchy (tenured profs, fellows, lecturers, adjuncts, etc.). Take, for example, the militant lesbian communist teaching assistant (English department, naturally) on the fourth floor with a poster on her office door demanding a national minimum wage of $14 an hour…and yet she works for a school that pays her $3,000 a semester with no contract and no job security. That’s OK, though, because school exists “outside” of reality. Corporation bad, university good.

Seriously, quit school now.

saint kansas on May 19, 2006 at 11:37 AM

Michelle, you’re a star. Please, go to Hollywood and show them how to do it!!!

Halley on May 19, 2006 at 11:54 AM

The purpose of a commencement address should be to prepare graduates to move out to the real world with a positive attitude and a sense that the world can be changed for the better and to give parents a sense of pride in their graduating children. Politics should be totally left out of it.

I am a professor in a college in which many of the graduates are the first in their families to ever to do and in most of the other cases they are in the first generation to do so. Because it is such a big deal for most of the graduates and their parents, faculty are excepted to attend all of the commencements, which occur three times a year. Therefore, I have participated in dozens of them.

The administration generally invites state representatives or senators to give the address as they pass fiscal and other legislation that affect the school. That is to say, the invitations and fulsome praise they receive in being introduced and thanked are kissing their a****s. It appears that they are strongly urged not to be political, because few stray into political topics.

I can think of two times speakers moved into political territory. One speaker was a conservative republican who blasted his Democratic colleagues in the legislature. Although philosophically I was outraged with his invocation of raw partisan politics, I must admit my secret pleasure at seeing the mortification on the face of the person next to me who was a fraud hired because he claimed to be a leading scholar in Mexican Studies. In the other case, a speaker made statements supporting our Iraq troops, with which I have no problem, and occasionally drifted into direct support for the war, which I feel has no place in a commencement speech because this is a political issue. Afterwards, a number of Bush haters complained to me about the political nature of the speech. While agreeing with them, I did not point out that in 95% of the cases the biases expressed are anti-conservative and that the violations of taboos against political statements are generally much, much more blatant than the mild transgression here that bent them out of shape.

Leftists care about political biases in commencement speech only when their oxen are being gored. Otherwise, it is “speaking truth to power,” “waking Americans up to creeping Fascism,” or some other rubbish to justify politicization of what should be a meaningful and pleasant event for everyone involved.

ptolemy on May 19, 2006 at 12:04 PM

Thankfully, the excludables from this excellent commencement speech will be the US Military Academy at West Point, the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, and the US Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs.

These young men and women already know the rules.

Duty, Honor, and Country!

Grouper on May 19, 2006 at 12:10 PM

Funny Story
When I graduated from University of California Irvine we actually did have a conservative city councilmen (also the first Asian to serve on the city council of any city in Orange County) and at the very first mention of ‘Ronald Reagan’ he was cheered by the crowd at large (parents and spectators) and booed by the students.
Great vent as always Michelle, from the class of 05, lots of love to the class of 06!

Defector01 on May 19, 2006 at 12:12 PM

I’m going to email my granddaughter who graduates from UC Santa Cruz, the party school, and see if I can get her to listen to your Vent of today.

She started out in the middle, her Dad is ultra-uber left and I am a traditionalist/conservative. Once at UCSC she began that left leaning dance and I may never be able to center her again.

Michelle, once again you done a great job of pointing out the distortions of the left. Thanks

sharinlite on May 19, 2006 at 12:36 PM

We had Janet Reno for my wife’s commencement speech.

Not a single word about life after college or advice on how to be successful in the real world.

Just a dead-ass-boring 45 minute lecture on how we should all be liberals.

venmax on May 19, 2006 at 12:48 PM

Hi Michelle:)
Great vent — as always. One request though — please make this an annual tradition on HotAir. This way, we all will have access to one conservative commencement speech per year. Also, I wish Cornell would book you for the class of 2009. Of course this is just wishful thinking.

wytammic on May 19, 2006 at 1:20 PM

Spot on Vent Michelle! I agree with wyrammic, in hopeing you make this a yearly tradition.

MalkinFan on May 19, 2006 at 1:36 PM

Michelle: Superb vent on a scale of 1 to 10 thats a 20. Go gril!

birdman on May 19, 2006 at 1:43 PM

You never seem to disappoint Michelle, always on target!

omegaram on May 19, 2006 at 2:04 PM

It’s too bad you couldn’t of gone on a little longer on this one, maybe added some sections on, “diversity”, difference betweem a professor and a boss, real achievement (Berlin Wall coming down, Democracy in IRAQ, the honor of being a parent, etc.) and enlightened achievement (playing a nut in a movie, marching in a protest you know nothing about, etc.). But as always your Vent was excellent, how soon before we see you on the TV with a fulltime VENT?

mjh8080 on May 19, 2006 at 2:18 PM

Wonderful, Michelle. I’ll be going through my Master’s graduation on Sunday and I only hope that in his address President Bush (41) is half as spot on as you were. Would that we could just tape your speech and play it on a big screen.

KGB on May 19, 2006 at 2:45 PM

What a great address! As if…

PS Is she getting hotter, or is it just me?

Jaibones on May 19, 2006 at 3:33 PM

Don’t miss Ward Churchill’s croprophilia lecture at UOregon this week.

He [Churchill] added that he tells his students, “stand up there and take a dump on the floor. There are rules for (that), too.”

Repression by the state and educational institutions reinforce each other in maintaining that “order,” he said.

Terp Mole on May 19, 2006 at 4:25 PM

Rage against the machine, Ward!

Terp Mole on May 19, 2006 at 4:26 PM

Excellent vent. Too bad all the 06 grads can’t see this.

UnEasyRider on May 19, 2006 at 4:54 PM

What a great address! As if…

PS Is she getting hotter, or is it just me?

Just to clarify, you aren’t referring to Janet Reno, right?

I can put the net away then.

saint kansas on May 19, 2006 at 5:20 PM

LOL! Funniest vent yet. I really enjoyed it, can’t wait for more!

freya4freedom on May 19, 2006 at 5:46 PM

Hey michelle, if you ever need pie protection a couple of old army buddies and I would be more than happy to volunteer.

Rowane on May 19, 2006 at 5:53 PM

There’s even a 10th amendment that get ignored even more than the 2nd.

Mike O on May 19, 2006 at 6:15 PM

Howard Dean is the commencement speaker for Boalt School of Law at Berkeley. I woud be so PO’d if my kid were graduating this year!

Know who spoke at my high school graduation? Ronald Reagan. Yep, he did. He was the gube of CA at the time, and let me tell you…it doesn’t get any better than that!

Bob's Kid on May 19, 2006 at 6:27 PM

That was priceless!
The best Vent yet.
You are a national treasure.

Fiver on May 19, 2006 at 7:11 PM

Michelle Malkin that was as Michael Kelso would say “BURNNN!!!!” lol

Brah on May 19, 2006 at 7:39 PM

Most excellent vent, indeed. But I see a problem potentially developing here. Follow with me and humor me, if you would be so kind, gentle readers:

It seems like virtually every Vent so far has had at least one (and usually several) comments to the effect of, “Best Vent ever, Michelle!” While this would not normally be a problem ipso facto, is Michelle going to one day set the bar so high that we will finally say, “This one wasn’t your best; kind of disappointing, in fact?”

I really hope that day never comes, and I also hope you all know that I type this with tongue-firmly-in-cheek.

On a more personal note, my high school commencement speaker happened to be my favorite teacher, and since no one else here probably knows him, mentioning his name wouldn’t mean boo, I suppose. I don’t think they could’ve done better.

gryphon202 on May 19, 2006 at 7:44 PM

Once again I loved it! I have to say that these episodes are just getting better and better Michelle – keep those libbies on their toes :)

stacyharp on May 19, 2006 at 7:50 PM

HAH! I saved this one for the end of my work day and you didn’t disappoint! Now I can frolic off to the weekend with a smile after a taxing (politically) week.
Thanks Michelle!

NTWR on May 19, 2006 at 8:02 PM

Very well done (as always)! Your speech is probably more truth than many students have heard in four years. ;)

ideas_over_party on May 19, 2006 at 8:31 PM


PAPA BEAR on May 19, 2006 at 10:40 PM

Cool Vent, Michelle. I loved your cap! LOL!

jaleach on May 19, 2006 at 10:46 PM

We’re on a second generation of Leftist brainwashed college grads — is there a point at which a population goes so far left that they must come around to conservatism or fly off the planet?

I’m waiting for the rebellion of the students to the insanity spouted by their professors. Surely some of them have participated in the real world enough to recognize that they have been “had.”

Thanks for a short and powerful wake-up call to the class of ’06!

Margaret McC on May 19, 2006 at 11:47 PM

I wonder if any professors resigned when they learned Jodi Foster was giving a commencement address. After all, she’s only an actress. Sure, she could be an inspiration to those who studied drama and/or other arts, but what does she have to offer students who want to become doctors, lawyers, engineers, architechs, computer scientists, own a business, not live in Hollywood …?

hadsil on May 20, 2006 at 2:06 AM

Very good Michelle. And as far as for Agent Starling Foster, it’s so funny how standing in front of cameras pretending to be someone else for a living qualifies one to tell others how to live their lives.

chicagoray on May 20, 2006 at 3:44 AM

Lol! Check this on Drudge. McCain just got zapped by Moonbats while giving his commencement speech.

For being… um… a moderate???

Anyways… so much for free speech on College Campuses!!

venmax on May 20, 2006 at 8:29 AM

Neal Boortz also has an excellent commencement address. His has been around for awhile.

LakeRuins on May 20, 2006 at 8:33 AM

Itis quite unfortunate that the (mostly) fine people who inhabit the 18-24 demographic don’t recieve such sage advice. Fortunately for us who live in the real world, most of those kids leave college and live in the real world in which they must strike out on their own. Once they work their buns off (as americans are prone to do) and see others who feel life is such that the are entitled to a hand out, they realize that their college instructors were, indeed, liars. I think this is one reason that most people find themselves leaning more to the right in their mid to late 20’s. For them to learn that the fruits of their hard work (which is theirs, and theirs alone) are to be taken from them and parcialed out among the ‘less fortunate’, they realize that the fairy tales which their former instructors imparted upon them are false. It is then that they become americans and forego all the myths of their former taskmasters (professors).

chow on May 20, 2006 at 8:42 AM

Posterboard from Michael’s craft store…

Commencement address by MM….priceless!

ChelleFiche on May 20, 2006 at 12:01 PM

You reap what you sow, Michelle.

Vanya on May 20, 2006 at 12:34 PM


Speech was right on the money. It would not surprise me if these crazies didn’t know about supply and demand, the second amendment, etc. Next year, throw your tassle in the air lol.

TheFamousOne on May 20, 2006 at 1:11 PM

Bravo Michelle,,
So far liberals will run the class of 2006 to the ground,
and their parents will cry later about the waste of the money
they didn’t save for retirement.

alyce on May 20, 2006 at 2:12 PM

Good show, though I tend to think commencement should be a time for non-political advice on both sides of the aisle. However, the non-political advice to buy a belt was worth the speech. :)

adamsweb on May 20, 2006 at 2:16 PM

“…the country’s not better now… the world’s not better now…”

Yah, a lot like your moovies, craphead.

solitas on May 20, 2006 at 5:08 PM

Michelle, you hempaphobe! (Discriminating against Rastafarians like that… sheesh!)

RD on May 20, 2006 at 7:14 PM

Good job Michelle.

I would’ve added the following:

Do not blame America for the world’s miseries. If you think about it, you’ll find out that the world hate America, the world is jealous of America.

The world doesn’t want America’s help, that’s what they claim, but in reality millions -not just from Mexico, but from every single country on the Globe- want to come to America to have a better life or a career. In spite of the world’s apparent hate for America, many countries ask America’s help. What does it tell you?

Read your history books, review recent history. America is not the “evil” one, America is not “Satan.”

America liberated oppressed people. America is feeding the hungry, helping the poor and is helping fighting diseases and curing the sick around the world.

America is misunderstood.

America is the beacon of freedom.

America is the desire of the world.

America is your country, love her, care for her, defend her and stop bashing her.

America is all of us, for all of us, with all of us.

You are Americans, BE PROUD!!

CatholicConservative on May 20, 2006 at 11:05 PM

..Good for you “CatholicConservative”…I was a smart snot-nosed Know-It-All like those college kids…Fortunately, I grew up…This has been and will continue to be the greatest Country on this planet…Hopefully, when their brains kick in; they will realize that too..

Ben Here on May 21, 2006 at 12:46 AM

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We didn’t have a speaker at graduation. At least, not one outside the University staff. (UNLV) The closest we got was Jay Leno outside the auditorium doing his usual shtick asking gradutes questions they should have zero problem answering, yet showed the waste their parents spent on their educations. I graduated from Law school where a state supreme court justice followed the two student speakers. He ranted on about how we now owed the world pro bono work. The lease he could have done was wait until we got jobs and started paying off our student loans. After hearing him speak I wondered how he would have faired with Jay Leno out in the hall. After M’s address I am ready to face the worl armed with my bright new Juris Doctor!

Rightzilla on May 21, 2006 at 2:30 PM

Great vent Michele! That statistic about the lack of conservative commencement speakers doesn’t surprise me one bit. Heck! A conservative librarian at OSU Mansfield was branded a “sexual harasser” simply for recommending “The Marketing of Evil” book on the reading list for incoming freshman!

Apparently, “diversity” for liberals only includes the type of diversification that they happen to agree with! Commies!!

Christinewjc on May 21, 2006 at 3:16 PM

Thanks, Michelle. I feel much better now. After my computer’s hard drive crashed, I suffered “Vent” withdrawal until I could get back on line. Of course, the agony that I experienced pales in comparison to the agony experienced by liberal college graduates when they enter the real world. Then again, they could avoid the real world by becoming Hollywood celebrities.

By the way, exactly what did Jodie Foster do to warrant her being the speaker at a college commencement?

Dodo David on May 21, 2006 at 7:41 PM

Something I learned long ago…
I didn’t go to college until I was 25. instead I went to work as a welder for 9 years. I had to do simple stuff like pay the rent, help out an ailing father, put food on the table etc etc.
Living in the real world prior to college teaches you a few simple truths. The main one is:
” Every one speaks BS. Listen to it with a heathly dose of skepticism, and make your OWN decisions. When in doubt research, don’t fall for another BS line because you are too lazy to think for yourself.”

The real world kills libarlism.
Very few welders, ditch diggers, framers etc are screaming liberals.

Wyrd on May 21, 2006 at 7:43 PM

Hey Michelle,

You have done a good job documenting leaking borders, MSM bias, and the bias of graduation speakers.

The graduation speakers are only the tip of the liberal iceburg in terms of the stranglehold that they have on our education system. At least general media has to go out among a population mix with some sane thinkers, and now thanks to the blogosphere, we are exposing to them to the light.

In our education system, however, our children and young adults are vulnerable. We turn over our impressionable children to the National Education System and liberal college professors. Textbooks, tenure for college professors, selection/acceptance of theses, papers to publish are all places where destructive discrimination occurs away from the spiritual values this country was founded on.

Harder to document, but definitely there. Our children’s minds and the future of this country are being hijacked by blatantly deceptive teaching. They are not learning critical thinking but are being brainwashed. They are not learning an objective view of history, but are being taught in a way that de-emphasizes moral character, loyalty, unity, and spiritual values. They are not learning science as a tool to discover truth without preconcieved biases. Science is a tool to be manipulated for political or economic gain.

The very institutions that Jefferson and others saw as an investment and insurance of the security of our future are now being used to kidnap and brainwash our children and destroy this country.

CountryDoc on May 22, 2006 at 8:44 AM

I just had to say…VERY WELL SAID CountryDoc!

Good advice, Wryd!

It’s SO NICE to come to a speak-out website where most of the ‘venters’ are NORMAL!

It has been appalling to read how liberals out there attempt to insult Michele. Apparently, they can’t help it! They are just living up to what it means to be a liberal…

What is a LIBERAL?


Christinewjc on May 22, 2006 at 12:45 PM