NYT columnist pilloried for suggesting opposing opinions are okay at commencement

posted at 10:01 am on May 17, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

Graduation season has once again brought the usual round of controversy and fauxrage over speakers who are selected to address the crowds of happy, hopeful students preparing to set out into the adult world. We’ve covered some of these stories already here, particularly the exit of Condi Rice from the celebration at Rutgers, but there have been others. In response to all of this, Timothy Egan, writing at the New York Times, made the apparent mistake of preaching to the liberal choir and suggesting that just maybe hearing people with opinions differing from your own might not cause brain cancer.

Near as I can tell, the forces of intolerance objected to [Rice's] role in the Iraq war. O.K. And by shutting her down, the point is … what? That extremism, whether in the climate-denial echo chamber of Republican Party elites or in the fragile zone of college faculty lounges, is the worst enemy of free speech.

Thanks to the bigots, Smith College graduates will be deprived of the thoughts of Christine Lagarde, chief of the International Monetary Fund. She withdrew this week, under pressure from people who object to the I.M.F.’s role in the “strengthening of imperialist and patriarchal systems.” So, one of the world’s most powerful women will not share insights with one of the nation’s most prominent women’s colleges because of a concern about patriarchy. Evil men — that’ll show ’em.

This was followed by the swift departure of Robert J. Birgeneau, a former chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, as a speaker at Haverford College. Yes, you heard that right: The man from Berkeley is not suitable for the sensitive souls of Haverford.

Egan goes on to point out that most commencement speeches are torturous enough in their own right, and walking down this path of filtering speakers out to accept only those who support our preconceived notions will result in an even more unpleasant outcome.

But if every speaker has to pass a test for benign mediocrity and politically correct sensitivity, commencement stages will be home to nothing but milquetoasts. You want torture? Try listening to the Stanford speech of 2009, when Justice Anthony M. Kennedy gave an interminable address on the intricacies of international law, under a broiling sun, with almost no mention of the graduates.

Give me a brisk, strong, witty defense of something I disagree with over a tired replay of platitudes. It matters little if the speaker is a convict or a seminarian, a statesman or a comedian.

This season, the left is better than the right at pressure tactics designed to kill opposing views. But who wants to claim that title?

That should put matters to rest nicely. Let’s face it… the Left is the home of free speech for all, the open exchange of ideas and touchy feely inclusiveness, while the Right just wants to tell everyone to sit down and shut up. Right? So the progressive blogs quickly lined up to support Egan’s clarion call for peace and harmony. Let’s look at a few examples as we toast our new solidarity.

How about it, Lawyers Guns & Money?

Don’t Want A Torture Facilitator to Get $35K for a Bad Speech? Why Are You A Bigot?

Leaving aside the fact that it’s enormously unlikely that any public figure like Rice would give a speech of the slightest interest, there’s a rather obvious problem here. What’s potentially objectionable about Rice isn’t her life story

Well, I suppose there will always be one or two holdouts. What say you, Jim Naureckas?

Object to a War Criminal at Your Graduation? You Must Be a ‘Bigot’

It needs to be pointed out that a graduation is not the PBS NewsHour; it’s a celebration of students’ accomplishments. If they feel that honoring a war criminal is an inappropriate way to mark their milestone, they have every right to say so.

Hmm… I seem to be sensing a pattern here. How about No More Mister Nice Blog?

HEY, KIDS, LET’S WATERBOARD TIMOTHY EGAN

Enough of this intellectual pabulum — let’s mix it up! Let’s get some commencement speakers who’ll really challenge these overprivileged snotnoses! Send Ted Nugent to Virginia Tech! Dispatch Donald Sterling to Howard University, or maybe George Zimmerman! And at Brandeis, in place of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, why not see if we can bail out Frazier Glenn Miller? It would be better than (ick! ptui!) political correctness, right?

There’s probably nothing which will ever make the average commencement speech more than a grip and grin opportunity for the faculty and a few of the top performing students. The occasional speaker, however, may sneak through and actually deliver something memorable. But trends like the one we’re seeing again this year will only diminish the chances of that ever happening. Well done, liberals! Free speech for me, but not for thee, eh?


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As annoying as the left is, I believe Rick Perry’s push for the 10,000 dollar degree will drain a great deal of the fever swamp in the long run.

rob verdi on May 17, 2014 at 10:03 AM

This makes bunny sad…. these college kids are gonna pay my SS?

Tard on May 17, 2014 at 10:07 AM

suggesting opposing opinions are okay at commencement

The fact that phrase is even a headline simply puts into perspective what a sorry state education is in. It is certainly failing the youth of today.

can_con on May 17, 2014 at 10:10 AM

The democrats in this country need to be put down like a dog with rabies. The sooner the better.

Flange on May 17, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Leftists suck. I have a loathing for them surpassed only by my loathing for, well…come to think of it, nothing.

flipflop on May 17, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Give it ten more years and the guy reading the graduates names to come up and get their diploma will be accused of hate crimes for speaking out.

markingermany on May 17, 2014 at 10:17 AM

So no college wants serial drone launcher and Bin Laden murderer Barack Obama to speak at commencement, right?

Marxism is for dummies on May 17, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Cue the completely unhinged commenter jaxisaneurophysicist.

Bmore on May 17, 2014 at 10:21 AM

NYT columnist pilloried for suggesting opposing opinions are okay at commencement

Why yes, comrade, we are very tolerant of opposing opinions. Provided they are acceptable opposing opinions, and not dangerous counterrevolutionary opinions.

However, counterrevolutionaries are sneaky and subversive. So to be safe, it is best to be intolerant of even the suggestion that opposing opinions should be tolerated.

Forward!

farsighted on May 17, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Norman Vincent Peale, where are you?

vnvet on May 17, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Guess I should have linked that one. At any rate Jazz if it shows you might want to take cover. You will be wished to heII.

Bmore on May 17, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Ripe for the harvest.

Murphy9 on May 17, 2014 at 10:26 AM

I am more upset they were going to pay her 35K. That way to much for some words.

gwhh on May 17, 2014 at 10:26 AM

As annoying as the left is, I believe Rick Perry’s push for the 10,000 dollar degree will drain a great deal of the fever swamp in the long run.

rob verdi on May 17, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Perhaps if we could couple that with the novel concept of conservative parents not paying to send their kids to liberal indoctrination camps, we might have a winning one-two combo.

There are academically solid, conservatively oriented universities. Why ANYONE with a conservative mindset would pay ANY portion of the bill for their kid to go to one of the fascists’ bastions of PC thought is beyond me. You’re subsidizing the destruction of your own ideals. STOP IT.

xNavigator on May 17, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Opposing opinions are fine as long as they don’t upset anyone listening. They shouldn’t be stupid opposing opinions, either. No one wants to waste their time listening to people who don’t know what’s right.

Other than that, opposing opinions are just fine.

- Tolerant Leftist

fadetogray on May 17, 2014 at 10:32 AM

The Dems and their shock troops in academia have demonstrated themselves to be fascists since the 60s. Why should this surprise?

FiveG on May 17, 2014 at 10:35 AM

The way to put a stop to this is for employers to say they have no interest in people graduating from institutions that clearly demonstrate an inability to listen to or tolerate opposing viewpoints.

northdallasthirty on May 17, 2014 at 10:35 AM

As annoying as the left is, I believe Rick Perry’s push for the 10,000 dollar degree will drain a great deal of the fever swamp in the long run.

rob verdi on May 17, 2014 at 10:03 AM

I’m rooting for this as well.

The higher education model is generally an “all-inclusive” setup. Which means that you deal with a lot of crap both inside and outside the classrooms in order to get your degree.

Higher education should move toward an “a la carte” model instead. Pay for just the courses/training/degree you need or want, spend much less money.

22044 on May 17, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Cue the completely unhinged commenter jaxisaneurophysicist.

Bmore on May 17, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Haven’t seen him lately! :)

22044 on May 17, 2014 at 10:41 AM

I didn’t attend my graduation. What’s the point?

As for me, I was busy. I had a job.

Lolo on May 17, 2014 at 10:43 AM

The way to put a stop to this is for employers to say they have no interest in people graduating from institutions that clearly demonstrate an inability to listen to or tolerate opposing viewpoints.

northdallasthirty on May 17, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Amen to that!

katy the mean old lady on May 17, 2014 at 10:43 AM

This season, the left is better than the right at pressure tactics designed to kill opposing views.

LOL. “This season”? Leftists have always been better than the right at suppressing speech. It’s what they do. And as they’ve demonstrated in the past, they’re not opposed to killing a few million people to get it done right!

AZCoyote on May 17, 2014 at 10:43 AM

From the article:

You want torture? Try listening to the Stanford speech of 2009, when Justice Anthony M. Kennedy gave an interminable address on the intricacies of international law, under a broiling sun, with almost no mention of the graduates.

International law? Given the quality of Justice Kennedy’s legal reasoning, are we certain he wasn’t just talking about the International House of Pancakes?

radjah shelduck on May 17, 2014 at 10:43 AM

The democrats in this country need to be put down like a dog with rabies. The sooner the better.

Flange on May 17, 2014 at 10:12 AM

This!

There can be no compromise or capitulation with these vermin.

trs on May 17, 2014 at 10:47 AM

I love when I get to be around these fresh graduates after they graduate and expose them to the real world where pc is a joke. Nothing is funnier to shock a know nothing kid and ridicule them for saying something as stupid as Condi Rice is a war criminal. A college degree does not mean much anymore.

Ellis on May 17, 2014 at 10:49 AM

22044 on May 17, 2014 at 10:41 AM

No? Well you have been missing some interestingly unhinged comments. It has been very busy.

Bmore on May 17, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Together We Thrive™

Murphy9 on May 17, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Tolerance mustn’t be a two-way street…

When mainstream mass media editors think that way, the fight is on and it’s to the political and demographic death. The left demands tolerance for itself and every vile perversion it can think of, while it demands that the right be given no tolerance at all. That can’t be countered by tolerance. It has to be countered by the right demanding an open field for itself and no tolerance for the left.

David Blue on May 17, 2014 at 10:55 AM

I’m not saying that intolerance is the ideal. Far from it. But the ideal is not going to happen. With the left going full gay mafia hit-happy, nothing like tolerance is going to happen. So the choices are fight fire with fire, or agree with the left.

Ed Morrissey style moderation just means that when the left provokes people and punishes every instinctive sign of agreement, “moderate” conservatives eagerly join in a split-the-difference debate over how big the fine mist be, how heavy the career penalty, and how long and humiliating the chewing out. Eventually the moderates will argue over whether dissenting from leftist dogma should get you decades in the gulags or just years.

That doesn’t work.

It’s fight back or forget it. Victory, not self-defeating “tolerance” has to be the aim.

David Blue on May 17, 2014 at 11:03 AM

The campus commandos of the 60s pioneered this intolerance; now that they’re tenured faculty and administration, they can look back on 50 years of fostering this sort of behavior in name of Glorious World Socialist Revolution.

Mission Accomplished!

formwiz on May 17, 2014 at 11:06 AM

OT:Now obamacare subsidies are screwed up

ConservativePartyNow on May 17, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Stone the Unbeliever!!!

CPT. Charles on May 17, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Speaking of Speechys:
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First Lady Michelle Obama tells students of historic Brown v. Education town:

‘by some measures our schools are as segregated’ as they were back then
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-Speech marks the 60th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, that outlawed segregation in public schools

-Obama noted schools were becoming less diverse as white people move from cities to the suburbs

-Speech marked one of the first times Michell Obama has discussed race publicly since her husband took office

By Francesca Chambers and Associated Press

Published: 01:03 GMT, 17 May 2014
Updated: 02:20 GMT, 17 May 2014
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Segregation by force of law is no longer legally acceptable in America, but de facto segregation still plagues our schools and neighborhoods, First Lady Michelle Obama told a group of graduating students Friday night.

The First Lady was expected to use the speech to celebrate about diversity in America. Instead, she took racism head on, telling the Topeka, Kansas, seniors, ‘by some measures, our schools are as segregated as they were back when Dr. King gave his final speech.’

‘And even in schools that seem integrated according to the numbers, when you look a little closer, you see students from different backgrounds sitting at separate lunch tables, or tracked into different classes, or separated into different clubs or activities,’ she said.
(More…)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2630924/First-Lady-Michelle-Obama-tells-students-historic-Brown-v-Education-town-measures-schools-segregated-then.html
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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/16/us/a-decision-that-helped-shape-a-first-lady.html?hp&_r=1&assetType=nyt_now

canopfor on May 17, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Most of these kids are getting useless degrees and are now buried under tens of thousands of dollars of debt;
addressing THAT would make a great graduation speech.

TexasJew on May 17, 2014 at 11:13 AM

War Criminal

bwahahahahahahahaha

There is not a shred of integrity in the US government. No respect for truth, justice, morality or human life.

The obama regime has every quality of Nazi Germany and Stasi Communist Germany, only that the obama regime is worse. The obama regime spies on the entire world and lies about it. The obama regime is fully engaged in killing people in seven countries, a murderous rampage that not even Hitler attempted.

All the while the American people and the rest of the world just stand there, sucking their thumbs, while a new Nazi State rises in Washington!

ROFLmmfao

donabernathy on May 17, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Free speech for me, but not for thee

Of course. That’s how leftists think.

cat_owner on May 17, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Speaking of Bigots, er, Commencement Speechy:
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Holder, confronting issue of race once more, says ‘subtle’ threats to equality ‘cut deeper’
Updated: Saturday, May 17, 11:00 AM
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In a pointed and at times personal speech, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Saturday morning argued that America’s struggle for racial equality has become defined less by expressions of outright bigotry than by policies that subtly but systematically impede equal opportunity.

Speaking during the commencement ceremony at Morgan State University, a historically black college in Baltimore, Holder referred obliquely to a series of racially charged episodes that have “received substantial media coverage” in recent weeks — an apparent reference to the controversial comments made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy. But Holder also said that the “outlandish statements that capture national attention” obscure a more troubling reality.

Saturday’s speech — which aides said was vetted by the White House and which was delivered on the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark school desegregation decision — was centered more squarely on the issues that have animated Holder in the twilight of his tenure, particularly criminal sentencing policies and voter identification laws.

In the case of the criminal justice system, Holder pointed to “systemic and unwarranted racial disparities,” noting that a study last year by the U.S. Sentencing Commission found that in recent years African American men have received sentences that are nearly 20 percent longer than those imposed on white males convicted of similar crimes. Another report showed that American Indians are often sentenced even more harshly, he said.

“Disparate outcomes are not only shameful and unacceptable, they impede our ability to see that justice is done,” Holder said.

Similarly, Holder said that voter identification laws that have been enacted in a number of states across the country threaten to make it harder for minorities to exercise their rights at the polls. Proponents of the measures say they are intended to combat voter fraud, a problem that Holder has dismissed as virtually nonexistent.
(More……………………….)
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/holder-confronting-issue-of-race-once-more-says-subtle-threats-to-equality-cut-deeper/2014/05/17/66e63482-dd57-11e3-b745-87d39690c5c0_story.html

canopfor on May 17, 2014 at 11:19 AM

International law? Given the quality of Justice Kennedy’s legal reasoning, are we certain he wasn’t just talking about the International House of Pancakes?

radjah shelduck on May 17, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Mid-day thread winner nominee.

Jazz Shaw on May 17, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Anyone actually remember their graduation speaker?
All I remember is they (the geniuses running the show) forgot to turn on the auditorium’s Air Conditioner–
in June–
in Alabama.

Several people had to be taken out by paramedics for overheating.

Doc Holliday on May 17, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Geez, how hard is this? These students, as highly educated as you might think they are, are probably worried they wouldn’t understand the speech. Money doesn’t buy smarts in most cases. Get the little kiddies a clown for their party and everyone will be happy. Well, as long as the clown doesn’t try a life affirming speech, just bash the Right and it will be fine.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Steven Botchco (sp?) of Hill St. Blues was the speaker at my son’s Carnegie Mellon graduation. In the middle of a very good speech he suddenly pivoted into a rant against Jesse Helms. Made no sense at all but I guess he just couldn’t help himself.

Lee Jan on May 17, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Eric Holder
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Attorney General Eric Holder on recent racially charged controversies in the US during commencement speech at Morgan State University: ‘These outbursts of bigotry, while deplorable, are not the true markers of the struggle that still must be waged, or the work that still needs to be done, because the greatest threats do not announce themselves in screaming headlines’ – @WSJusnews
Read more on online.wsj.com
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Attorney General Holder Says Threat to Equality Comes From Discriminating Laws, Policies

At Commencement Speech, Mr. Holder Says ‘Outburts of Bigotry’ Aren’t the Greatest Threats
By
Devlin Barrett
connect
May 17, 2014 10:00 a.m. ET
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Attorney General Eric Holder weighed in Saturday on recent racial controversies, saying Americans should worry less about racist outbursts that make headlines, and instead focus on policies that discriminate subtly against minorities in schools, voting booths and prisons.

At a commencement speech to Morgan State University, the attorney general spoke of highly publicized incidents—he didn’t mention them by name—but his remarks appeared to be references to offensive comments made separately by the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team and by a Nevada rancher locked in a dispute with the federal government.

“These outbursts of bigotry, while deplorable, are not the true markers of the struggle that still must be waged, or the work that still needs to be done, because the greatest threats do not announce themselves in screaming headlines. They are more subtle. They cut deeper. And their terrible impact endures long after the headlines have faded and obvious, ignorant expressions of hatred have been marginalized,” Mr. Holder, the nation’s first black attorney general, said in a written version of his remarks.

In the speech, Mr. Holder cited the 60th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education, a landmark Supreme Court ruling that decreed unconstitutional the “separate but equal” doctrine that had allowed segregation.(More……………….)
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http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304908304579567630027197864

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304908304579567630027197864?mod=rss_US_News&mg=reno64-wsj

canopfor on May 17, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Out: Trigger warnings for sexism and homophobia.

In: Trigger warning for original thought.

evergreen on May 17, 2014 at 11:46 AM

How about saving the cost of the graduation speaker and just renting a dozen Jolly Jump-ups and buying 40-50 kegs of beer? That’s how the day is going to end up anyway for most of these ‘sensitive’ souls.

PD Quig on May 17, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Hmmm,…more Bigotry Sumpins:

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/us-same-sex-marriage/
Eric Holder
22h
Attorney General Eric Holder, at NAACP luncheon ties, Brown v. Board of Education to other contemporary issues of ‘inclusion’ including same-sex marriage, voting rights, immigration – @PaulaReidCBS
see original on twitter.com

https://twitter.com/NAACP

canopfor on May 17, 2014 at 11:49 AM

northdallasthirty on May 17, 2014 at 10:35 AM

I like this…

dpduq on May 17, 2014 at 11:56 AM

And,…………………………Le Halt:

Utah same-sex marriage
11h
Utah Supreme Court halts all movement in same-sex adoption cases until court determines whether adoptions, unions are legal – @sltrib
Read more on sltrib.com

https://twitter.com/sltrib
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Marissa J. Lang @Marissa_Jae · 12h

NEW: #Utah Supreme Court halts all movement in gay adoptions until it can determine whether the adoptions & unions are legal. #amendment3

Utah Supreme Court halts same-sex adoption cases

The ruling is in response to a request by Utah Attorney General’s Office.

By Michael McFall and Marissa Lang

| The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published May 16 2014 10:01 pm • Updated 6 minutes ago
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http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57954830-200/court-utah-state-supreme.html.csp

canopfor on May 17, 2014 at 11:57 AM

No? Well you have been missing some interestingly unhinged comments. It has been very busy.

Bmore on May 17, 2014 at 10:49 AM

…who sent that one in here?

KOOLAID2 on May 17, 2014 at 12:02 PM

These are the kids that take a dump on cop cars as a mode of protest.

John the Libertarian on May 17, 2014 at 12:03 PM

The speaker at my 1972 Ohio State University commencement was Gen. William Westmoreland. At the time, I was firmly against the Vietnam war, but I didn’t protest or try to disrupt the speech; I simply skipped the ceremony and went home. The complete disappearance of civility on most college campuses today is a disgrace.

merlich on May 17, 2014 at 12:08 PM

War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Free Speech is Censorship

Apologies to Orson Wells, but the man thought too small for 2014, 30 years after 1984.

Snowblind on May 17, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Can you just picture these kids who actually are lucky enough toget a job running into a boss and co-workers that don’t agree with them?

What do they do then…esh

Facing the real world can’t come soon enough for them.

CoffeeLover on May 17, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Can you just picture these kids who actually are lucky enough toget a job running into a boss and co-workers that don’t agree with them?

What do they do then…esh

Facing the real world can’t come soon enough for them.

CoffeeLover on May 17, 2014 at 12:22 PM

You do not understand why they believe what they believe. They are good at taking instruction. They are good at conforming to the social norms that are in a position to pressure them.

They are nothing but dumb animals responding to incentives. They would no more dare question their bosses than they would question their professors. Most will choose work in which their bosses will give them instructions they like, but if they find themselves in jobs they want to keep but with bosses with different world views, they will quickly adapt.

That’s just the kind of people they are.

fadetogray on May 17, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Maybe it’s time for these universities to stop the grandstanding and lust for celebrity PR and just hold a graduation event?

The high-level PR not always a benefit, especially when the authorities think the ball will not bounce in their favor – hence the wrangling and politicking.

Many of the graduates and their families would prefer to hear a hearfelt speech from their own professors than some irrelevant diatribe from a travelling speechperson.

virgo on May 17, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Anyone actually remember their graduation speaker?

Doc Holliday on May 17, 2014 at 11:34 AM

I don’t recall her name, just remember her speech going off the rails when she began talking about autopsies in great detail.

Left Coast Right Mind on May 17, 2014 at 12:32 PM

The way to put a stop to this is for employers to say they have no interest in people graduating from institutions that clearly demonstrate an inability to listen to or tolerate opposing viewpoints.

northdallasthirty on May 17, 2014 at 10:35 AM

I like that. May I use it?

oldleprechaun on May 17, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Please.

Its just these newly-minted adultoids exercising their delicious, new-found right to BULLY for a “good cause”.

How likely is it that an experienced but conservative(ish) speaker like Condi Rice would pepper her speech with any ideas that were not largely graduation day pablum; pretty much the same ones the kids heard on graduating from high school,

No, these activist scholars are objecting to the presence of Ms. Rice, her mere existence in their world.

Its a wonderfully forbidden feeling to be publically nasty, intolerant and hurtful while believing you are In The Right.

These children will continue to denounce and vilify as instructed; they might even vote for Barabbas, given the chance.

Dolce Far Niente on May 17, 2014 at 1:59 PM

These children will continue to denounce and vilify as instructed; they might even vote for Barabbas, given the chance.

Dolce Far Niente on May 17, 2014 at 1:59 PM

……what do you mean? Barabbas is partying with them…..

williamg on May 17, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Of course. That’s how leftists think.

cat_owner on May 17, 2014 at 11:17 AM

It’s worse than that. I’ve had a leftist acquaintance attack me because I’ve made comments about hoping maybe the s*** hits the fan around here sooner rather than later so that maybe some people’s eyes will be opened.

When I pointed out that all the time they openly wish for the death of very specific people, he answered “Yeah, it’s OK when I do it! When I do it, it’s for a good cause! But what you said is just disgusting and evil!”

I don’t even think we live on the same mental planet as them…

HikaruKitsune on May 17, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Anyone actually remember their graduation speaker?
–snip–

Doc Holliday on May 17, 2014 at 11:34 AM

I remember both of mine, more of less. The first got our attention fast with a dinosaur reference (the school was for international affairs), and then proceeded to give a good speech on the importance of adapting to a changing world. The second (same school a couple of years later) advocated arms control agreements with the Soviets as the fact of the agreements was important, not whether they were good for our side. I sat on my hands, and a couple of parents grumbled at the reception about the choice of speaker. There was no public outburst as we had better manners. I think I was not damaged by hearing a different opinion on arms control, and it was good to hear a more or less coherent argument for the side I didn’t agree with.

Kevin K. on May 17, 2014 at 2:57 PM

They can invite or disinvite whoever they choose – IF they pay their own costs.

As long as they suck the blood of the taxpayers as they are now, we are forced to subsidize their nonsense.

Get the federal government OUT of the higher education business completely: no grants or subsidies to schools, faculties, or students. Let them support their far-left tenured faculties out of their tuition fees and their endowments and leave the taxpayers alone, and they can toast Stalin from dawn ’til dusk for all I care.

Adjoran on May 17, 2014 at 4:22 PM

HEY, KIDS, LET’S WATERBOARD TIMOTHY EGAN

What the MO-RONS at that blog seem to forget is that, waaaay back then, EVERY NATIONAL REPORTER AND THEIR MOTHER WAS lining up…TO BE WATERBOARDED to show how EE-VILLE it was, which kinda made a mockery of waterboarding being “torture”.

Simple thesis:

It ain’t torture if everybody wants a shot at it.

tree hugging sister on May 17, 2014 at 5:25 PM

They seem to be missing the point that the speakers aren’t necessarily holding opposing points of view compared to all the students. It actually seems that they hold opposing points of view from the faculty and a small number of particularly obnoxious students.

What “liberal” principal fore they using to allow the vocal minority hold tyranny over the majority?

Yeah, there you go. Enough of this intellectual pabulum — let’s mix it up! Let’s get some commencement speakers who’ll really challenge these overprivileged snotnoses! And at Brandeis, in place of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, why not see if we can bail out Frazier Glenn Miller? It would be better than (ick! ptui!) political correctness, right?

Does this imply that no more mister nice blog supports execution for apostacy and supports Boko haram kidnapping innocent schoolgirls and selling them into sexual slavery, given that those are the types of things Ali opposes and that he seems to strongly support Muslim suppression of her free speech?

talkingpoints on May 17, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Let’s end federal subsidies for higher ed.

Iblis on May 17, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Dear Graduates. Bone up on your burger flipping skills, and remember the phrase “Hope and change.” The right needs new blood.

flataffect on May 17, 2014 at 9:07 PM

I propose a complete this sentence contest:

If the New York Times is too fair and balanced for you, ______________

KW64 on May 17, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Typical. Graduating idiots want to listen to another idiot.

GarandFan on May 18, 2014 at 12:18 AM

War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Free Speech is Censorship

Apologies to Orson Wells, but the man thought too small for 2014, 30 years after 1984.

Snowblind on May 17, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Orson Wells, George Orwell, Orville Reddenbacher, it doesn’t matter they’re all just old dead white guys.

awc on May 19, 2014 at 8:23 AM