Let us dispense with one thing right off the bat. A university commencement is not the same as a high school graduation. Big name guest speakers giving big bold speeches is a tradition at commencement. And these are not children, these are adults. Are we clear? Bully.
Today the news is out that Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has pulled out of her plans to give a commencement address at Rutgers University under protest from students and faculty who object to Rice’s involvement in the Iraq War. Here is a clip from MSNBC with a surprising reaction from a Democrat strategist.
“Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families. Rutgers’ invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time.”
This is a generous point of view. One wonders if the same people who called the protest of the First Lady “racist” will say the same about this. Doubtful.
It’s a shame, too, because it is hard to think of a better example of someone who has succeeded in life. A true prodigy, Rice has excelled in every endeavor and reached the heights of American political culture. And she did so while facing what liberals treat as the nearly insurmountable obstacles of being a woman and a minority.
Commencement is not high school graduation. It is different, and has a long tradition of famous speakers giving famous speeches. But not this time. Because liberals control the culture that much. One thing is abundantly clear: it was the faculty who drove this, not the students. The manipulative brain-washers of higher learning are the most closed-minded, intolerant group on the planet. You better believe they are who is really behind this.
From the AP:
A group of faculty members passed a resolution in February calling on the university to rescind its invitation, saying Rice had played “a prominent role in the administration’s effort to mislead the American people about the presence of weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq.
The students didn’t object until April. Do the math. You know, if colleges teach that, anymore.