Bill Whittle illustrates the dim bulbs graduating from college in the 21st century with a sad lesson from 2006, when former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice received an honorary degree from Boston College. About fifty brave students showed their
bad manners and disrespect fearless rebellion by standing and turning their backs while she spoke. Such brave speaking of a silent truth to power is a good example of immature discourtesy. A maturity they no doubt failed to attain in their college classrooms. I’m impressed: for about $250,000.00 per undergraduate “education” fifty of these students came out even more ignorant than when they entered the ivied halls of Boston College.
And why did they do this? Perhaps a letter of dissent sent by an adjunct English instructor will provide us with a clue here. He says in his epistle to the president of the college:
“Dear Father Leahy,
“I am writing to resign my post as an adjunct professor of English at Boston College. I am doing so — after five years at BC, and with tremendous regret — as a direct result of your decision to invite Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to be the commencement speaker at this year’s graduation … But I am not writing this letter simply because of an objection to the war against Iraq. My concern is more fundamental. Simply put, Rice is a liar.”
Why is she a liar? Because, he claims, she “knowingly misled the American people regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction.”
Leaving aside the lazy short-cut ad hominem attack on Dr. Rice, don’t you wonder if this terminal Leftist — wherever he is now — was ever moved to reconsider his attack based on the WMD that have been showing up in Syria for quite a while now? From the get-go it was obvious that Saddam Hussein had sent his chemicals and explosives on to Syria, but not before practicing a little genocide on his own Kurds, killing at least 240,000 of them [my emphasis-D]:
…The National Intelligence Estimate of 2002, where their collective views were summarized, asserted with “high confidence” that “Iraq is continuing, and in some areas expanding its chemical, biological, nuclear, and missile programs contrary to UN resolutions.
The intelligence agencies of Britain, Germany, Russia, China, Israel, and France all agreed with this judgment. Even Hans Blix—who headed the UN team of inspectors trying to determine whether Saddam had complied with the demands of the Security Council that he dispose of the WMD he was known to have had in the past—lent further credibility to the case in a report he issued only a few months before the invasion:
“The discovery of a number of … chemical rocket warheads in a bunker at a storage depot 170 km southwest of Baghdad was much publicized. This was a relatively new bunker, and therefore the rockets must have been moved there in the past few years, at a time when Iraq should not have had such munitions…. They could also be the tip of a submerged iceberg. The discovery … points to the issue of several thousands of chemical rockets that are unaccounted for.”
But never mind the evidence — he don’t need no stinkin’ evidence because he is faithfully certain of the gospel truth that Rice is “a liar”.
But at his trial Saddam Hussein’s crimes, using his WMD, were indeed called genocide: the gassing, killing, torturing, and live burial in mass graves (that are still being uncovered) of who-knows-how-many Kurds — or any small hamlet that dared show less than fawning adoration.
In the face of this horror, a petty man calls our former Secretary of State “a liar”. The adjunct English “professor” is at best a useful idiot, and he’s busy making useful idiots of the next generation.
I went back just now to look at the Afterburner page of this video. In reading the comments, I remembered I’d left two, one congratulatory, and a response to another commenter giving him a URL to a list of conservative colleges. As we do here, Bill Whittle’s site uses comment moderation. Neither of my comments was permitted to see the light of day. That’s interesting, if a little sad; one likes to think the people one admires are above that kind of pettiness.
One can only guess at the reasons why they don’t like what I “do” — as Whittle pointed out. The man gave a terrific speech but for some reason — perhaps because the site is sponsored and owned by David Horowitz? — my comments have cooties and must be deleted?? I don’t know what other reason they’d have for blocking me…very curious and interesting.
I’m letting you know about the petty behavior, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that Bill Whittle has important things to say that no one else is saying. For example, one of the things I asked in my comment is if they were planning to cover the disturbing police state in Wisconsin. The state of affairs there is a de facto example of what he was predicting for us and it’s already happening.
The MSM is ignoring this the same way it ignored the illegal actions of the Democrats in the legislature who fled Wisconsin to avoid a vote, or the dirty tricks repeatedly played by the union on school districts and Republican members of the legislature.
So far only National Review is giving it much coverage, and they’ve kept at it, exposing the ugly mess.
If you see additional information from other sources, please let us know. This is a crucial story of soviet-type behavior happening right now: home invasions by police, not permitting the people they attack to speak of the attacks (and I use that word advisedly), not even to their extended families. It is hell on those who have come under fire by a rogue DA and his wife.
So while what Whittle says is true, when he fulminates against those three dictators from the history books, using an example from 2006, he could also be addressing what is happening in Wisconsin — it is the most thoroughly soviet-like experience in recent American memory.
This state of affairs in Wisconsin has been going on for at least four years, maybe longer, in one form or another. We did several reports a few years ago, focusing not only on the outrageous law-breaking, but on the utter silence of the MSM. It’s still going on, only pettier and more intimidating.
In all these years the Progressives have utterly refused to accept the people’s vote on their governor, Scott Walker. Nor have they accepted his electoral victory despite their shameful attempt to recall him. But especially important is the rollback against thuggish SEIU leaders whose tactics against school districts and teachers had left the state headed toward bankruptcy. The Democrats and union leaders will not let up. If we had an authentic Department of Justice, they’d have been put on notice by now. If we had an authentic press, one with integrity, this stuff would be on the front pages.
Last I heard from a reliable source, it is thanks to Walker and the legislature that Wisconsin has gone from fiscal hell to a reasonable budget. School districts can now have insurance carriers present bids for health insurance and get much lower rates than the union forced on them. As a result, schools were able to hire more teachers and municipal budgets are no longer trapped on the wheel of the union thug-leaders with their death threats.
It can be hard to do Google searches on the situation, though. The news is so skewed towards the socialists and thugs that genuine news is hard to come by. It’s good to know that National Review is continuing coverage, and I hear The Wall Street Journal has information but that is behind a firewall. Time for Time and The New York Times to get their heads out of the Obama bowl and start reporting real stories.
There are a lot of scared, traumatized people in Wisconsin.
More and more progressives teach children to vilify people for who they are, not what they do.
The modern university protects children from hearing opposing points of view. That young girl is protesting, with her mass-printed “Not in My Name” silliness. And who is this child afraid to hear, pray tell?