Mary, I apologize for taking one of your posts from last week for an idea, but I got rather angry after reading this article off Yahoo a few minutes ago. This clown, E.L. Doctorow, had absolutely no ethical right to ruin someone's graduation ceremony. This line in particular caught my attention - "I thought we were all supposed to speak out," he told The Washington Post in Tuesday's editions. "Isn't that what this country is about?" This is the typical liberal self-defense line, they go run and cry and hide behind the first amendment every time they go off and slander someone they don't like. I feel the same way about John Kerry, Bill, and Hillary, but I certainly would not use a pulpit such as a graduation ceremony to go off on their politics. There are appropriate times to "speak out," and appropriate methods to use to do so. Doctorow should have spoke about his life experiences, what he has learned, his mistakes and successes, and how these graduates can use their educations to succeed in their lives.
Imagine if a conservative speaker went to Wellesley (I know its a stretch), and gave 20 minutes on the evils of Planned Parenthood or NOW. There would probably be a few militant feminists in a holding cell in Boston's federal prison on murder charges. But, I thought this was America, aren't we supposed to speak out?!?! There is a clear double standard that exists across America's universities and extending into all aspects of campus life: freshman orientation, graduation, residence hall policy, courses, professors, speakers, and many more. We all know that at Lehigh, the "conservative message" has been made available through the efforts of about 10 students. If we weren't around, Gary Aldrich and Alan Kors would never have been invited to Bethlehem, but Chris Hedges sure would have. By the way, Hedges gave a "popular" commencement speech himself a while back. I'm sure we would have had the onslaught of "Understanding Islam" lectures as well, and, of course, the "New Resistance" would have remained strong. But the conservative movement, arguably the largest political movement in the United States, would surely have been absent from the campus discussion this past year, as it will be next year if the same 10 people don't do something about it, despite the fact that this is an election year!
Surprisingly enough, Jon Stewart gave a mostly apolitical address at his alma mater, William and Mary. Stewart had the right idea as to what this day called for, and we all know he doesn't care for Bush.
A fair warning, liberals are getting me so angry these days that I might have a manuscript ready by August, and I can sign copies of the book as a fundraiser for CRs! I wonder how many professors will read it...