Liberal Authoritarians on Campus

Liberal IntoleranceChristine Lagarde, the first woman to head the International Monetary Fund was supposed to speak at the Smith College graduation – until she was disinvited. Her offense, according to a student petition: Representing an organization that runs “directly against Smith’s values to stand in unity with equality for all women, regardless of race, ethnicity or class.”

Ayaan Hirsi Ali was invited to speak at Brandeis commencement. She also was disinvited. Her crime? She called Islam “a destructive, nihilistic cult of death” and “the new Fascism.” Students protested and the invitation was taken back.

As Harvard professor Ruth Wisse wrote in The Wall Street Journal:

“In Nigeria, Islamists think nothing of seizing hundreds of schoolgirls for the crime of aspiring to an education. Here in the United States, the educated class thinks nothing of denying an honorary degree to a fearless Muslim woman who at peril of her life, and in the name of liberal democracy, has insisted on exposing such outrages to the light.”

Robert Birgeneau, a former chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley was disinvited by Haverford College in Pennsylvania for supposedly denying free speech rights to students during the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011. Students at Haverford and professors who opposed Birgeneu’s invitation said they would let him speak but only if he apologized and gave in to eight other demands. Birgeneu told the authoritarians to buzz off.

Condi Rice was invited to speak at Rutgers but students and faculty protested her role in the Iraq War. Some students carried signs calling her a “war criminal” supposedly for condoning waterboarding. Ms. Rice disinvited herself.

There are more examples of liberal intolerance on America’s college campuses but you get the idea.

What is so repulsive about all of this is that these are the same students and professors who worship at the altar of diversity; the same people who are constantly telling us that you can’t get a good education unless there’s diversity on campus.

But they obviously don’t mean diversity of opinion. And that’s the kind you need the most at a university. These are nothing more than left wing authoritarians, liberals who forgot how to be liberal – if they ever really knew.

Once, liberals were the ones who said: Even if I disagree with you I’ll defend to the death your right to speak. That was then. Today, too many liberals – especially on college campuses – not only will not defend your right to speak, but will do all they can to silence you.

Imagine if a few closed-minded students in Iran said, “Don’t let that person speak, we don’t agree with what he has to say.” We’d figure: well, that’s what you get in an authoritarian place like Iran. The ayatollahs call the shots over there, even on college campuses.

Well, the ayatollahs also call the shots on too many America’s college campuses, where not-t0o-smart students and arrogant professors think they’re in a day care center instead of a university and don’t want their precious feelings hurt by words – words! — they don’t agree with.

And it happens because these so-called liberals have enablers in important places – like the office of the university president. Too many college presidents lack backbone, they’re weak people who are more than willing to let the lunatics take over the asylum.

Finally, a personal note: A few days ago I received a letter from Rutgers, my alma mater, asking for money. Recently I wrote a column (in this space) blasting Rutgers for the Condi Rice fiasco. So instead of a check, I put my column in the envelope and just this morning sent it back.

There’s an idea for any of you who went to schools that allow a relatively small number of left-wing jerks to bring shame on their universities. Tell the people who run those schools that this time it’s your feelings that are hurt; this time you’re the one who is offended, and that you won’t give money to an institution that doesn’t reflect your values. Tell them you’re sort of “disinviting” them.

Make sure not to let it bother you when they don’t catch the irony.

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  • Robert Barr

    DEMOCRACY SUBVERTED – Media
    Bias is akin to Hitler’s control of the press in reverse.

    In Nazi Germany the government controlled the press and the
    country was brained washed with only the news the government wanted the people
    to here.

    In America today the government is controlled by the bias
    press and the people are brain washed to believe what the media distorts. When the media tells
    half-truths, blatant lies, or leaves out information completely, that they deem
    undesirable to their political agenda, they destroy Democracy.

    Think about it, if our
    elected officials are elected by media lies and distortions, they are actually
    elected by the media and not an accurately informed public. Democracy is
    subverted.

    The First Amendment to the
    constitution of the United States of America was meant to guarantee freedom to
    express and to communicate ideas without government restrictions or
    intervention.

    It was not created to give
    the right of censorship to the news media to prevent the publication or broadcast of information they deem
    undesirable. When you are a political arm[g1] of any party and are winning elections by purporting to be a new agency, claiming to give accurate and fair news to the
    American people, Democracy is subverted and may actually be lost.

    The news
    can and ought to be objective, balanced and a reflection of social reality

    The Bias Press will
    destroy America.

    The pundits all complain
    and nag and whine about it, but none seem to have any ideas or resolve on how
    to combat this national virus.

    One of several ideas
    include, a national campaign to the America people which will embarrass and put
    presser on the bias media. Let America know what this is doing to our country.

    The bias press is UN American,
    UN Patriotic, Anti Democracy, Blatant Censorship, Premeditated destruction of
    America and what they are doing is heading in the direction of:

    Joseph Goebbels’ Ministry of Public
    Enlightenment and Propaganda.

    The bias media may not care
    but the American public might finally get it.

    [g1]

  • Walter Peck

    Ironically, the quest to not be challenged or offended is beginning to put professors in its crosshairs. They aren’t particularly happy about that.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/18/us/warning-the-literary-canon-could-make-students-squirm.html?hpw&rref=us&_r=1

  • brickman

    I long for the good old days when conservative Catholics tried to prohibit Mario Cuomo from speaking at colleges.

  • D Parri

    Racism

    “Where white men an individual–regardless of the color of their skin socio-economic background–have has the “power” of status, position, wealth, or political influence, – due to the -color of their skin and gender and demonstrates bias towards others on the basis of skin color, or race.”
    (borrowed from Scott Autrey, with corrections)

    The point(s) I wish to make is/are, racists come in all colors and genders. To state that racism is a “white man” problem is both a racist statement and it clearly shows gender-bias.

    To ignore that fact is in reality a subtle form of affirmation–one more wrong added to the pile.

  • legal eagle

    So that’s why no one invites Bernie Goldberg to speak at their commencement?…LOL

    • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

      It took you 3 days to come up with that? Good lord.

  • 633

    Here’s a better idea Bernie. An alumni movement to end tenure as we know it, and to advocate for true diversity of opinion on campus. And the summary suspension of any students interrupting college sponsored events on campus.Coupled with a code of conduct obligation signed by faculty and students as a necessity for admission and/or retention.

    • legal eagle

      You have to have gone to school to be an alumni?…..LOL

    • Walter Peck

      I’m guessing they would just use all of these rules to punish the people they disagree with more harshly and would ignore the rest. Bernie has the right idea. Deprive them of money. Encourage others to do the same until they knock off the nonsense.

  • Jeff Metz

    Fascism always rears its head from the left. The American media has done a great job portraying conservatives as such but history shows otherwise. This is exactly what is occurring on college campuses every day in America. http://www.thepoliticalspectator.org

    • Trivium

      Sure, Jeff, this protest had all the markings of fascism. (I’d say you reared your head here and, Left or Right, had nothing intelligent to say.

      • Tim Ned

        The rights provided for the people to assemble and protest against others rights to speak is what?

        • Trivium

          Were this a public school it would be a first amendment right, but the principle still holds. Next.

          • mcveen

            You’ve twisted yourself in knots. What is your purpose? Keyboard exercise?

          • Trivium

            Care to actually refute what I said? Evidently your purpose is an exercise in trolling.

          • Tim Ned

            I see your point. You recite the law and defend those that oppose others right to speak. And you have the right to do so.

          • Trivium

            Let’s pretend you and I are still in college and put on our thinking caps, shall we?

            A small minority of students and faculty protested her speaking at an event on campus. From that we cannot infer an opposition to her right to speak.

            Ms. LaGarde, by withdrawing, also did not give up her right to speak, just her ability to speak at Smith.

            Logic 101. Easy peasy.

            As an aside, had she been disinvited, as Bernie misrepresented in order to make his point, she could have protested that decision herself.

            (And I did not recite any law, just the principle)

  • Floridastorm

    Academia is full of cowards and hypocrites these days. Most of them don’t stand for anything so why stand up for anything. It just doesn’t pertain to universities and colleges. It’s rampant in the public school systems also. The superintendents and principals are, for the most part, cowards, hypocrites, and politically correct in every way. The poor teachers, who are just trying to survive and do their job in an academic wasteland, are caught in the middle and their livelihood is threatened at every turn if they don’t comply with the “pogroms”. I’m just glad that I am too old now for it to affect me greatly although I grind my teeth when I realize what has happened to a once great nation. Atlas Shrugged, Dr. Zhivago, Gulag Archipelago, 1984. Take your pick.

    • Ron F

      I disagree with them but the students and professors in these cases stood up for something.

    • legal eagle

      And your information comes from your close and personal knowledge of America’s educational institutions?

      • mcveen

        We don’t know if Floridastorm has close and personal knowledge of America’s educational institutions, but his observations in the ‘proof of pudding’ are obviously correct, and on target.

        • legal eagle

          We know he doesn’t…..He’s just spouting opinions stated as facts….The O’Reilly method….

          • Jeff Webb

            >>We know he doesn’t…..He’s just spouting opinions stated as facts….The O’Reilly method….<<

            Said the liar who spouts ignorant attacks on FNC.

      • Stimpy

        You forgot to laugh out loud. LOL.

  • Lou

    Remember the old saying The squeaky wheel gets the oil?? Even if the squeaky wheel is a small percentage of the whole.

  • 4deuce

    I agree that alumni hold great power – via their checkbooks or lack thereof. But those of you who disagree with small groups of young radical students and far too many leftist faculty members who dictate how to think on your former campus, don’t just deny them your money. Do what Bernie did – let them know that you find their liberal intolerance offensive to you, an alumni, and tell them that you will not contribute a cent until your university walks the walk about actuall diversity – the kind that most matters on US campuses – diversity of thought.

    • mcveen

      Like that!

  • scott autry

    I just watched the O’Reilly clip and the part about Rice. Something occurred to me: I would bet if you wore a hidden mic, and you stood around many profs talking about her, you’d find that the level of venom would rise in private the further the conversation turned to issues of race and gender. It is just a hunch. No hint of it in the quote scenes where the white males explained why Rice was too bad to be allowed to speak.

    But, I’ve seen too many cases where it was proven beyond a shadow of doubt:

    The only people active liberals hate more than conservatives is — a minority (especially someone black) or woman who dares betray their own people or gender by being an active conservative.

    Rice being both black and female is a two-fer…

    • Ron F

      Scott since we do not know what they say in private, you could say that in any group. Liberals think in private, conservatives views on the President are based on race and that the level of venom rices.

      • scott autry

        I have spent many years on campus around liberal professors….just not those interviewed for that OReilly piece.

        • legal eagle

          You’ve spent many years on campus doing what? Cleaning the toilets?

          • scott autry

            I am enjoying the level of discourse you guys on the left are bringing to this site. Thanks for reinforcement of our perspective.

          • legal eagle

            “our perspective”…..Does that mean group think makes you feel more comfortable or that haters feel more comfortable hating in groups?

          • Floridastorm

            Of course you’re going to supply us with those surveys so that we can all peruse them and thus gain much insight into leftist academia mentality. You are the biggest BS artist I have ever had the displeasure of coming in relative contact with.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            I have no doubt that professional students are more liberal. Living in the real world scares a lot of people.

        • Ron F

          Scott, why don’t you identify the campuses and the liberal professors whose conversation turned to race or gender?

          • Donald T. Rump

            Any day now Scott?

    • legal eagle

      How much is the bet?

  • scott autry

    My pretty much hatred of things like this from the media and academia is in direct proportion to how much they pride themselves, and have sold themselves as paragons of virtue to the public, on being the open-minded, caring, noble people…I have an easier time not turning red in the face at neo-Nazis…They have no difficulty admitting they are vile haters.

    The profs will probably try to sell you on the idea they are just supporting the rights of the students to speak. That activism itself is good. But, what about if a much smaller group of conservative students have an anti-affirmative action bake sale….see how much the profs support free speech…

    I spent a lot of time with these people. They aren’t bad people. Not worse than the average person. It is the hypocrisy and utter blindness to it that makes them stand out.

    A prof I still keep in touch with probably still can’t see why I thought it was wrong when he told me nonchalantly that the departments in the humanities in our known, small undergrad liberal arts college would never hire a conservative…

    …or how so many of the profs in that school on campus couldn’t stand half the students because they were openly Christian (which might have been why they chose to attend a nondenominational Christian college – (which doesn’t explain why the profs chose to teach there)).

    In fact, the head of the Religion/Philosophy Department – which the other profs were willing to hire – liked to pose two questions at the end of his Introductory to Religion course: 1. A show of hands of students who believed before the start of the course Christ was the only way to Heaven. 2. Put your hands down if you no longer believe that. (The same prof who provoked a shouting match with a visiting speaker on Christianity.)

    I don’t know what amazed me more —- the guy taking pride in how many people he’d converted from improper thought — or — his forcing of those who maintained their own personal beliefs in the face of all those other students in class as the teacher demanded they single themselves out…

    ……I guess I should just be grateful the guy didn’t have Gestapo agents with clubs and guns waiting in the hall to take those who refused to renounce their own thoughts to the gas chambers…

    • 4deuce

      Unfortunately for students, they do not realize just how much actual fun it can be to graduate from these Liberal Ivory Towers and then enjoy life by angering liberals with your conservatism. When I no longer gave a darn about the opinions of strangers, I realized how much fun it can be to reveal your conservative leanings and then watch libs/progressives foam at the mouth, rave on like John the Baptist on LSD and then not have any real ways to counter who and what you are. I find that a sizeable majority of so-called liberals have no grasp on reality or facts whatsoever and are child’s play to argue with. Even if they do manage to find a few factoids to use in defense of their political positions, they are so VERY filled with anger and true intolerance that they spin off course like a defective guided missle that has its flight aborted and has to be self destructed.

      • scott autry

        The real world problem is that too often departments in the humanities won’t hire conservative professors, so, you find time after time after time that each course each semester is taught by people with similar world views – and no matter how much you might enjoy spirited debate – always being on the opposite side of your teacher wears you down…

        • 4deuce

          I recall my son’s freshman year in college. Because no one dared to utter any remark contrary to one professor’s personal opinions, his course became a snorefest. Then, one day, my son could no longer sit on his hands while this professor ranted about the need to have police go door-to-door to search houses for guns they could cart away. My kid stood up and reminded him of (1) the Second Ammendment of the US Constitution and (2) the process of ammending the US Constitution. He then said that until the Second Ammendment was either oveturned via Ammendment of modified to permit warrantless searches and seizures of private homes, the professor was simply engaging in wishful thinking and protheletizing. At this point, other student voices suddenly were heard and a true debate between equal-sized disagreeing parties ensued in the classroom. From that time on, on almost any subject with contrary political opinions, the professor would usually call on my son to express his opinion on the matter. My kid’s unwilllingness to listen to what was essentially pure “blather” led to a true discussion and involvement by fellow fresshmen. Sometimes it just takes someone to say “Wait a minute” to find that you are not alone and that other opinions DO exist in a classroom.

          • scott autry

            My undergrad profs were good people. I spent a lot of time talking to them in and out of class. A couple I’ve kept in touch with for going on 20 years, and we talked much about these very topics.

            It becomes a serious problem though when you find you are ALWAYS walking uphill – every semester – every year – virtually every course. When professor after professor sees the world through different tinted glasses than you, it is only natural they are going to scrutinize your papers and your opinions more.

            If these paragons of diversity would actually practice what they preach in the hiring process, conservative students wouldn’t find themselves always having to march uphill.

            If you are a serious student in college, especially in grad school, the road is already taxing enough. When you add on top of that only being taught by people who are on the opposite side of the socio-political spectrum as yourself, it simply isn’t fair…

            But they’ll get it. They refuse to acknowledge the obvious reality. They will continue to dodge it by saying things like the reason you don’t find conservatives in certain areas of education is that conservatives aren’t interested in them…

            By and large, especially starting in the 70s, these were people who took great pride in the belief they were throwing doors open to people who’d been locked out of society – and in many cases, back then, they were right.

            But, now that they have come to dominate these institutions, they are loath to look at the facts that show they have become very exclusionary themselves. That they have just replaced this and that form of institutional bias with ones they agree with…

            …while maintaining the glorified facade that they are the noble, tolerant, open-minded people…

            The sad truth is — I can’t think of a professor in the humanities I studied under or met in my many years in higher education who I could safely guess or even reasonably guess was a conservative.

          • scott autry

            Almost word for word, when I was giving up on the idea of a PhD, I told my former undergrad adviser and good friend I could not justify putting myself and my wife through a few more years of grad student poverty – and all that hard work – just to find that if/when I did finish, I’d have a hard time finding a job – due to my socio-political world view – and when I did, I’d most likely continue to find myself isolated within the department because they surely wouldn’t tolerate a staff where my world view is in the majority…

          • legal eagle

            Oh…another poor victim of discrimination against conservatives……..more whining from the right..

          • mcveen

            Brilliant.

          • Jeff Webb

            Oh, another avoidance of debate with conservatives……more petulance from the left.

          • legal eagle

            What is there to debate….Someone says they assume they couldn’t get a job because of their “socio-political” views”?

          • Jeff Webb

            >>What is there to debate<<

            Maybe there was something debatable, maybe not, but petulance mostly just diminishes you.

            If I had taken a little more time I might have worded it better. Whenever you play your "whining" card on someone citing an example of liberal intolerance, you aren't avoiding debate, you're discouraging it.

            But hey, fire away, as long as you don't mind the return fire.

          • scott autry

            Oops. Thought of 1. A guy who was part of the CATO group….Nobody else pops to mind….

    • Tim Bertram Black

      You broke Godwin’s Law …. >bzzzzt< you automatically lose. You can make your point without using the Nazi's…. be creative!
      BTW, religion… all religion is myth. As people learn, they are more apt to see that.
      You aren't kvetching that nobody believes in Poseidon anymore are you? You are x-ian because you were born and raised that way… and you are too naive or scared to believe that.
      You are free to believe whatever you'd like to believe in America… Heck George W went to Vietnam and said that the lesson of vietnam was "if you quit, you lose" — which is one of the stupidest things I've ever heard anyone say about vietnam… I was ashamed for the boy, but… gee… he was representing america…. we all sort of have a permanent cringe-crease after that moron.
      Point is: You can believe anything you want!

      • scott autry

        Learn to read and practice thinking some more.

        If you want to be a militant atheists, more power to you. That wasn’t close to the point, however.

        I’ll stop here and see if you can work out what the point was. you failed miserably above…

        • Tim Bertram Black

          Point is — you broke Godwin’s law — so you automatically lose.
          That was MY only point. I bid you peace!

          • scott autry

            I really love you guys. “I bid you peace!” –grin– No you don’t.

            You people bend over backwards patting yourselves on the back about how open minded and thoughtful you are, when you demonstrate you are anything but. The blind hypocrisy is amazing…

            Who gives a rat’s behind about Godwin’s Law? That was your point? No. You might need to reread yourself.

            Strike two…

          • Tim Bertram Black

            O goodie! Let’s see. Strike 3 coming up…. want it to be good.
            You were talking about wearing hidden microphones in your earlier post… it’s all tinfoil and cloak and daggers with you folks… all paranoia …
            You could convince me that the moon is made of Swiss cheese — if you provided compelling facts-based arguments. I’m all ears. Not literally all ears. Picture that… yeesh. I wonder if there has ever been a birth defect where the thing was “all ears”… I doubt it… but … youch… interesting picture.
            Instead it is all “hidden microphones” and anti-affirmative action bakes sales (yeah, i liked that, too)…
            College people are smart. Ergo, they won’t tend to support “you people’s” causes — merging church and state, anti-gay, anti-immigration (PRO-IMMIGRANT, though… you’s love your cheap labor), a literal interp of 2nd amendment, anti-science, anti-labor, anti-middle class, pro-rich, anti-civil rights, etc.
            BTW… I would never knowingly hire a conservative… I mean, come on… that is a very reliable litmus test of intelligence… even fiscal conservatives were pro-bush, pro-unfunded med part d, pro unfunded war, pro get rid of pay as you go (his dad’s plan!!), pro-more big government [dept of homeland sec anyone???]…
            Let’s agree to disagree… I accept your apology.

          • scott autry

            Yes, the 3 strikes rule is going to be applied. I have my own garden to tend. Continue to run off on your tangents as you wish, but I don’t have a need to reply since you’ve never come close to responding to what I’ve had to say in the first place. Good-bye.

            http://theplastichippo.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/don-quixote.jpg

          • Tim Bertram Black

            First off… you broke Godwin’s Law… so … you lose… collect your consolation prize… Larry Craig, tell Scott what he’s won!
            Second off … you’re just saying what has been biotched about for at least 70 years.
            Third off… you used the word “hatred”… and I’m sick of hate-filled x-ians. Jesus probably would be, too….
            Next time, don’t break Godwin’s Law… don’t use the word “hate” or “hatred”… come on you really hate? Isn’t more just “perturbed” or “angered”? You really hate? I’m an atheist … and I would never “hate” something … unless it was war, famine, injustive, stuff like that.

          • Integrity

            It seems like you hate people that disagree with you and believe in God. Are you not the one that posted this, “Wow. Michelle continues to be a rancid little hate machine, doesn’t she?” and “Michelle huffs and puffs and fits and sputters and fidgets and spews her
            vomit very loudly and crassly across the stratosphere and gets a lot of
            attention for it. I believe she is truly and sincerely as miserable
            and hateful as she lets on. Someday, I hope her personal hell will
            end and she’ll come back to the realm of reasonable discourse.” or have you conveniently forgotten? I guess her criticizing Hollywood for their lack of interest in filming a movie about Kermit Gosnell is worthy of that vitriol from you. Why don’t you just admit that you have no intention of offering anything of value to this forum? Perhaps you should read a book or take a class in logic. Whatever you do, please keep spreading the love. I’m feeling it! QED

          • Tim Bertram Black

            But look at me … Look at my picture! That’s how happy I am all the time! I love teachin’ you folks.
            That wasn’t the point of that post… read it again. peace brother man!

          • Integrity

            I would rather not if you please. It kind of reminds me of a scene from the movie, “The Shining”. Glad to see you are happy though. There are definitely some advantages to living in your own reality. QED

          • Tim Bertram Black

            I’m thinking you mean the “Here’s Johnny” scene… I don’t see it. Let’s agree to disagree.

          • Tim Bertram Black

            I don’t hate anyone. I don’t hate Michelle Malken… I hate her hatred… I suppose. I find her deserving of our contempt.

            You really missed my point in the post– you always seem to do that — If a film like that would make money, they’d make the film… in a heartbeat. period. It isn’t a vast lefty conspiracy. It is more cynical and pitiable than that — it is all about money.

            It will be made into a Lifetime movie someday — I guarantee that.

            Michelle is a “bomb thrower” like The Bern — just lobs poorly thought out diatribes to incite the faithful… errr, you people.

          • mcveen

            Tim Bertram Black, I would bet that everyone you know calls you dirty names. Sorry, your mother might not, but you really are that kind of guy.

            What a bore.

          • D Parri

            There is another term that is used for folks like TB. They are known as trolls. You will never find any worthy debate or conversation from them.

      • mcveen

        Knucklehead, you broke Godwin’s Law irrevocably. ‘It is considered poor form to raise such a comparison arbitrarily with
        the motive of ending the thread. There is a widely recognized corollary that any such ulterior-motive invocation of Godwin’s law will be unsuccessful.’[9]

        You are a perfect example of the ‘smarty-pants liberal’ that proudly preens and bloviates, but makes no sense.

        • Tim Bertram Black

          Dude… I didn’t raise the comparison to the Nazi’s.

    • mcveen

      The herd mentality is stronger within higher ed than any other strata in society because college faculty are weak, lazy, sycophantic and mostly concerned with their tenure and the easy living it provides.

  • Chris Matthewson

    Excellent, Bernie. Colleges should be teaching kids to listen to those they might not agree with and even to those they might vehemently disagree with. This part of a “liberal arts” education seems to be dying in some places; but then again, many colleges and universities have become echo chambers in their own right (or left, as the case may be).

  • TeachESL

    Bernie, why are you ignoring the bashing that pro-Israel groups and individuals are getting on a daily basis on U.S. campuses? You didn’t mention any of that on O’Reilly’s show; and I sent him an email telling him about that. These people are being harassed and in some cases being put in physical danger. PLEASE speak out about this as well.

    • legal eagle

      You wrote to O’Reilly and he didn’t answer? Shocking…Why don’t you blow money and see him bloviating in person? For $500 he will tell you how he knows it all because he’s the Wizard..

      • Floridastorm

        Let me ask you, oh brilliant one, what in particular do you not like about Bill O’Reilly? Is it that he is extremely successful? Is a Libertarian? A man that, without a doubt, has more academic achievements than you could ever hope for? Let us count the ways?

        • legal eagle

          What are O’Reilly’s academic achievements?

          • Floridastorm

            You have got to be kidding? Doesn’t even deserve an answer. Just Google him.

          • legal eagle

            As usual you are buying whatever B.S. O’Reilly is selling….Maybe you should “Google” the Kennedy School and see how difficult it is to buy that degree….
            You can buy one also…Just send Harvard a check and take a few courses…

          • Floridastorm

            Is that what you did? Sounds like you know how to go about it.

          • legal eagle

            Stay ignorant…Don’t let facts interfere with your fantasyland view of the world…

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            The statement you no doubt recite each night in the mirror before you go to bed. Whatever keeps you afloat, I suppose.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            What are yours?

  • Hankster

    OUTSTANDING article, Bernie! One of your best yet!

  • Donald T. Rump

    The constitution guarantees freedom of speech. Nowhere does it guarantee a captive audience.

    • 4deuce

      You are absolutely correct. And that is why Condi Rice gracefully “declined” to speak at a place where a minority of opinion (leftist faculty members and a handful of leftist students) managed to get her disinvited from speaking. I guess those administrators at Rutgers think individual like Snookie and what their graduates deserve to hear at commencement.

      • legal eagle

        Condi Rice quit the Rutgers speech because she’s just thin skinned and doesn’t need the money….She wouldn’t stand up to Dick Cheney in Washington or a few kids at Rutgers….very tough lady..LOL

        • Floridastorm

          And of course you know Condi Rice personally and can vouch that she is thin skinned and doesn’t need the money. Another fool statement. But, whose counting.

        • Jeff Webb

          You know the real reason she bowed out, so get off it.

          I realize it would be outside your comfort zone, but why don’t you try being honest for a change?

          • legal eagle

            I honestly have no clue why she bowed out…..I do know she’s never been involved in a political campaign and therefore she may be sensitive to criticism….Nothing wrong with that, but turning Condi Rice into a free speech martyr, by Conservatives, is a bit much…

          • Jeff Webb

            >>I honestly have no clue why she bowed out<<

            Didn't stop you from claiming Sec. Rice was being thin-skinned, did it?

            Whether your cluelessness is from your lazy reading or your declining memory, it's your problem. Just read Bernie's column posted 5/6/14.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            >>I honestly have no clue why she bowed out.

            How many times has it been explained to you now? Next time, just stop with the word “clue” and call it a day.

      • legal eagle

        So when someone can’t take a little criticism they bow out “gracefully”? LMFAO

  • guest

    Just get rid of Special Guest Star graduation speakers already, and put the focus back on the graduates and their proud families in attendance.

    • 4deuce

      Sounds like a good idea to me.

  • nnw59

    Diversity of thought is the only diversity that matters and it is the only aspect of diversity the left rejects.

  • American1969

    People, regardless of political beliefs, should be concerned about the suppression of free speech and the exchange of ideas. It’s a very serious thing and a very slippery and dangerous slope.

  • American1969

    Wasn’t it George Carlin that said when fascism came, it would come with a smiley face and jackboots?

  • Phillip MacHarg

    Our “Hope and Change” era.

  • mg

    “Once, liberals were the ones who said: Even if I disagree with you I’ll defend to the death your right to speak”. Yes, the did say things like that as recently as the 1980s and early 1990s, with all of the appearance of great sincerity, but I didn’t believe they meant it then either.

    • scott autry

      The amount they said and acted on those ideas was in proportion to their fight to gain a greater position within key institutions like academia and the news media. They were fighting for their right to free speech and thought in places where they were not dominant and did in fact get into trouble for it. Then, as they gained power, speech became even violent or semi-violent acts of protests. But, by the late-1980s and ealry 90s, once they’d gained control of those same institutions, Free Speech Zones started to look good and not hiring conservatives made more and more sense and shouting down speakers you (and the profs) don’t like is just a natural, free thinking thing to do….

      • 4deuce

        It always amazes me how many people with “bully” tendencies inside of them only allow their actual bullying personnas to come out when they find the safety of a group. What do you call a bully who is only a bully when he is surrounded by like-minded bullies? A pansy. Want to raise lots of money for a university? Have all of the leftist faculty members under the age of 40 years old go thru one week of US Army Basic Training and film it all for a reality TV series. Watching these loudmouth buffoons collapsing after 2 minutes of gorilla drills and failing to do 5 pushups would be a true eye-opener for the undergraduates these faculty a**clowns always try to bully with their liberal intolerance.

        • Tim Bertram Black

          I don’t think “pansy” is the word… you may be trying to infer things about their sexuality… use of the term “a**clowns” sorta backs that up.
          Anyhoo:
          If you forced Stephen Hawking (google him) to do gorilla drills and pushups, I doubt it would be an “eye-opener” for anyone — especially not college students (maybe liberty university students).
          I’m not following — people would send money if they knew the faculty wasn’t strong physically?

          • 4deuce

            I am 67 years old and the word “pansy” was widely used decades before the gay right moment gained momentum. So many common usage words have been hijacked by special interest groups and, in the past decade or so, those leftists I was speaking about have taken lots of liberties in trying to change the meaning of all sorts of other words. Now, in so many cases, a conservative voice that speaks out against the headlong rush to the Nanny State is greeted by leftists who simply call those voices “racist” or “homophobe” – even if the subject is monopolies in the marketplace or differences of opinion on how to deal with operations of the International Space Station between the USA and Russia. If you can find a direct link between your gay-leaning definition of “pansy” and “a**clown”, I really see no point in me wasting my time disucssing liberal faculties who would, no doubt, be outraged if Jesus Christ returned and planned to speak at Dartmouth.

          • Tim Bertram Black

            I don’t get it… just because Stephan Hawking can’t do jumping jacks and play leap frog that somehow means colleges will somehow get less money? Videotaping college professors trying to do squats somehow means something?
            Help me understand, my friend.
            I was just saying that “pansy” was the wrong word… a bully who loses confidences when his peers aren’t around… the word “blowhard” comes to mind? Pansy just isn’t the word you were searching for … maybe “poser” or “blusterer”?
            I’m not accusing you of any homophobic stuff… the word homophobia is a relic of the 90’s … society has moved beyond that. It is an outdated term.
            I wish you the best dear friend. I didn’t mean to offend.

  • justintime

    The suppression of free speech is a very serious matter, just
    one in a long list of growing social ills in America and brain-dead Americans
    don’t have a clue.

  • Mark W.

    Today’s graduation speakers should be like the Geico ad with Pinocchio: “You have potential, and You have potential…” as his nose grows longer.

  • D Parri

    My first impression whenever I hear the word “liberal” being used is a feeling representative of a belief existing somewhere between ‘anything goes’, or ‘almost anything goes’, i.e., no restrictions.

    Apparently, the use of a ‘liberal’ term is used today to designate an extremely restricted left-wing outlook which would prefer that ‘nothing goes’, save that of their own beliefs.

  • Shane

    Liberal fascists rule American college campuses nowadays. White men are told to shut up and to check their privilege, if they dare disagree with anything a liberal is saying. Very sad.

    • scott autry

      Where white men – regardless of socio-economic background – have “power” – due to the color of their skin and gender – and can be detested for that “power”.

      That used to be called Racism and Gender Discrimination…..I thought….

  • Homer

    You should have send them a check of 1 cent.

  • Mark W.

    I had looked forward to my 1970 graduation ceremony at the University of Oregon, until it was announced that the speaker would be a leading campus radical student, with the money that would have been spent for a speaker being donated to local radical programs. No consultation with, or vote by, the students… just a decision by the “right” thinkers. No person of stature to give an uplifting message; just another left wing rant. I chose not to go. Another rite of passage missed.

    • Trivium

      Robert D Clark gave the speech in 1970, I don’t recall him ever being a radical, let alone a student at the time.

      • Mark W.

        Thanks for the info, Trivium; I assume you were there.
        Robert Clark was the university president, so he would have spoken without additional compensation. He must have stepped in at the last minute, then… I wasn’t there. I know there were some who spoke out against the actions by the radicals. I don’t recall the change, but the announced speaker was enough for me to decide not to participate. I’d had enough after the various anti-war protests, the Kent State protests, the ROTC protests, the militant Black Panthers drilling on public streets, etc.

        • Trivium

          I didn’t realize by “radical” you really just meant “anti-war”

          • Drew Page

            Come on, let’s not go back to the 1960s and reopen the debate on the war.

          • Mark W.

            Re: his first comment. I just have to reiterate what I’ve said in previous posts over time: It’s not just what you put in a story (or comment)… what gets left out can be just as important. If Trivium was at that graduation, he would not have forgotten who spoke. It was very controversial at the time. And I agree, Drew, it’s not my favorite era. When I went back to school in 1968 after serving in the army, the tone on campus was entirely different from when I left two years earlier.

          • scott autry

            And once the draft came to an end, it shifted again, in many places around the country.

        • Mark W.

          I knew my memory wasn’t that bad, so I looked it up. In fact, the threat of disruption was so great, that only half the graduates showed up at Autzen stadium, that Sunday in June, 1970. There was significant police presence, including a back-up team across the street in case they were needed, which they were not. Everything turned out peacefully.

          Speakers included two students: Student Body President Ron Eachus, and Class President Sanford Kinzer. (Yes, my memory was correct.)
          Eachus and Kinzer showed up, not in caps and gowns, but in street clothes, Eachus said, to “protest American military involvement abroad and its failure to deal with social problems at home.” Eachus was critical of the current social order regarding racism, poverty, war and ecology. Regarding his previous radical actions, he asked “How can you ask us to deal with these things moderately?” Kinzer was critical of the country for its military spending which he believed should be spent for education, and welfare.
          Dr. Clark’s comments encouraged dialogue and “inquiry,” but that order had to be restored on campus.
          So, I wasn’t alone, with half the graduating class avoiding more possible disruption.
          Those were turbulent times. And it’s interesting–even sad–how little the topics have changed.

          • Guest

            “Only half” instead of the usual 60%… and we were protesting the change in finals as well. My brother didn’t go because they were handing out blank diplomas that year.

    • legal eagle

      Must have been too many hippies at the graduation for you to tolerate? Bet you signed right up for Vietnam after graduation?

  • lark2

    The Presidents at colleges and universities that permit faculty and student activists to subvert the institution need to go! Presidents are very powerful people unless they choose weakness … to get along. Many “presidents” in higher education areastyutrewq

    • Trivium

      So in order to stop someone from being prevented (or in this case choosing not) to speak, one must stop others from speaking?

      The students and faculty didn’t subvert anything, they exercised their right to protest whereupon she exercised her right to withdraw and is so doing silenced herself.

      • lark2

        Trivium, you can spin this any way you want … I don’t allow “spinning” … to me, the facts speak for themselves. I was not referring to Ms. Rice particularly but if I were a person of high achievement and standing in my country and in the world. I would be honored to accept an invitation to deliver the commencement address at a university graduation … however, if there were loud student and faculty voices asking for my dis-invitation, I would be guided by actions of the institution and it’s leadership. If they were not strong, clear, and firm in their desire to have me, I would certainly exercise my right to withdraw for the reasons she outlined. Blaming the speaker for “silencing herself” is disingenuous. Students come and go, an academic institution of enduring quality is defined by it’s leadership and having invited me, if they do not have the strength and character to stand convincingly behind me … I am not coming.

        • Trivium

          No, you only allow yourself the spin… including the load of assumptions you passed off as indicative of what you imagine happened.

          What we know is the students protested and the speaker chose to withdraw. There’s still no subversion of the institution even if the administration chose not to support her for it was their choice.

          Spin it however you want, subversion still comes up ZERO.

      • Shane

        I guess it is hard for a liberal fascist to see the point that liberal fascists at American colleges are stifling the speech of anyone who dares to disagree with liberal dogma.

        • Trivium

          I don’t know squat about liberal fascists, but evidently it’s too hard for you to see this isn’t a free speech issue.

          It’s a private, not public, college and no one is “stifling” her anyway. She just won’t be giving her speech from the podium at Smith College – her choice, I might add.

          • Drew Page

            Christine LaGarde was disinvited by Smith College. To me and many others, retracting an invitation for a speaker to speak out of fear it will anger some of the audience is cowardly and it is stifling someone.

            Coni Rice chose not to speak at Rutgers, not wanting to turn a celebratory event into a political controversy.

          • Trivium

            She was not disinvited nor was the invitation retracted. She withdrew in response to the controversy caused by a small minority of students, as did Ms. Rice before her.

          • Drew Page

            Read the first sentence of Goldberg’s article. He says she was “disinvited” by Smith college. If you have a problem with that take it up with Goldberg, not with me.

            Goldberg puts his reputation on the line when he makes statements in print. What do you put on the line when you make your statements, a non-discript moniker?

      • equinox

        You may be right there, but how about the countless examples of student groups literally shouting down speakers because they are conservative, or Israeli, or voted against gay marriage and the fact that these Fascists (which when applied to the Mob is exactly what the word means) are allowed by the spineless administrators to get away with it and interfere with other peoples right to free speech. If you are one of those rare liberals who actually is familiar with history, you would recognize that the current atmosphere on US college campuses is very similar to that of Russian Universities in the 1920s and 1030s.

        • legal eagle

          Israeli’s being shouted down?…Where’d you come up with that one?….LMAO

      • Drew Page

        You are right. I defend the right of students and faculty to voice their opinions about who should or shouldn’t be allowed to address a graduating class. But the final decision should be up to the university president and the board of trustees. Once the decision on speakers has been made, Any attempt to disrupt the speaker should be dealt with sternly by the university and local police. Those opposed to the choice of speaker can opt out of the ceremony.

        • Trivium

          I am right the students have the right to voice their opinions, but only until a decision has been made? Seriously?!

          Once the decision was made and Obama elected did you stop voicing your opinions? How about once the ACA became law, did you suddenly stop denouncing it?

          • Drew Page

            I did not say that people lose their right to protest after a decision has been made. Once a university president and/or its board of trustees decide upon a guest speaker to deliver a commencement address, those who disagree with that decision have a right to disagree with and even protest that decision, but they shouldn’t have the right to force the administration to retract the invitation. If they don’t like the choice of speaker, they have the right to refuse to attend the ceremony and to encourage others to do the same. What they do not have a right to do is disrupt an ongoing graduation ceremony with their protests.

            Yes, I still protest Obama Care and most everything else Obama has done, or failed to do. But I am mature enough to understand that I can’t walk into an ongoing session of Congress and disrupt those proceedings with my vocal protests. My freedom of speech does not preclude others from exercising theirs. All I can do is voice my opposition through my elected representatives, vote and support groups and organizations that share my opinions.

          • Trivium

            We can read your post, of course you did: “After the decisions has been made, any attempt….”

            And nice deflection, but they neither forced the retraction of an invitation nor interrupted a speaker.

            But the did protest, as was their right, after the decision had been made and the invitation sent.

            You’re being more than a bit disingenuous, don’t ya’ think?

          • Drew Page

            Maybe you can read, but it’s obvious you can’t understand what you read. Either that, or you are just being obtuse.

            Try walking into Congress while it’s in session, or better yet, while the president is delivering a speech, and disrupting those proceedings with your protests and see what happens. Tell security about your rights of free speech as they drag your ass out of the chamber. Tell them they are being disingeunuous.

          • Trivium

            Again, Drew, there was no interrupting the speaker. Your post wasn’t any more relevant to this protest than had I written, “Try walking into a store while it’s open and rob the cashier.”

            Maybe you can construct a sentence, but it’s obvious you have no clue what’s relevant. Either that, or you are just deflecting.

          • Drew Page

            The point of my previous posts was to say that yes, students and faculty do have a right to continue to protest a decision made by a university, even after the decision is made to uphold that decision. I attempted to make the point that protesters still have a right to protest after their protests have been heard and overruled, that such protesters do not have the right to use a graduation ceremony as their venue for continued protests.

            The analogy I used about disrupting a session of Congress or presidential speech was to make the point that freedom of speech is not absolute. By the way, people have disrupted sessions of Congress and presidential speeches and when this has happened, those disrupting the proceedings were unceremoniously dragged out by government security people. Now if you want to keep arguing this, do it with someone else. I’m through with you.

          • legal eagle

            Since when do students “force” Administrators to do anything? Student fees pay for commencement speakers and if they want to protest that is their right…

          • Drew Page

            Touche`. You make a good point. Students can’t force a university administration to retract an invitation. In these cases, it took about as much force from students and faculty members on the administration to withdraw an invitation as it takes for someone to force an alcoholic to take another drink.

            As regards the students’ right to protest, I stand by my comments.

      • Tim Ned

        I can’t speak for everyone but I cannot find commentary that
        the students or faculty lack the right to protest a speaker. That is a silly contention and certainly not the
        subject matter of Bernie’s commentary.
        It is about the hypocrisy of those faculty and students that support the suppression of those speakers they disagree with. I don’t know the details of Lagarde’s withdrawal. But in the case of Conti Rice; to call it a
        protest and assembly is a lack of reality.
        This was a complaint filed by several faculty members who drew in the
        students in their submission to the board at Rutgers. They used the press, TV, rallies, and
        pressure to “disinvite” Rice. They used
        every capacity at their disposal to remove a speaker they disagreed with. Oh yes, well within the law.

        • Trivium

          What’s silly are your assertions. First, I replied directly to lark2, not Bernie. If you have a problem with what lark2 said, perhaps you should address him.

          And you have no information about these protesters other than what they were protesting and how, so a claim of hypocrisy is simply dishonest.

          Yes, when you want something not to occur you use all the legal means necessary and available to you – unless you are an idiot, which I’m not insinuating you are, but Rice wasn’t disinvited was she?

          And please, “But in the case of Conti [sic] Rice; to call it a protest and assembly is a lack of reality”? Are you saying they neither assembled or protested? Silly nonsense indeed.

          • Tim Ned

            “Yes, to prevent something form occurring…” This wasn’t something. This was an organised effort to prevent the students from hearing from a person they disagreed with. Read Bernie’s commentary as obviously you didn’t and perhaps you will understand the “disinvite” usage.

            And in the middle of this you use your reminder to all its a free speech matter. as if this is even up for debate.

          • Trivium

            “This wasn’t something.” – Surely you’re not saying it was nothing. I certainly don’t think that.

            Perhaps you should look up the meaning of “disinvite” Lagarde withdrew, she was not disinvited, period.

            (If you can’t even be honest about that, there’s really no point in discussing this further.)

            Lastly, this is not a free speech issue – Opinions are so much better when informed. They should always be the result of reasoned thought, not an excuse for it.

            Just out of curiosity, what’s your level of education?

          • Tim Ned

            “Just out of curiosity, what’s your level of education?”

            College. or over the 70 countries I have traveled; business and charity?

      • Floridastorm

        And, where were Al and Jesse? Where was our continuously aggrieved president? Where was the NAACP? Where was the Congressional Black Caucus (an oxymoron if there ever was one)? Where was NOW? Where were the crybaby Hollywood wooden heads? Here is a thoroughly accomplished black women with incredible credentials who was in a sense prevented from speaking at a university. The hypocrisy of it all would be laughable if it were not a travesty.

        • Trivium

          I don’t know, maybe they were all at the Playboy Mansion getting laid. Nice try

          (FYI, Your deflection was incredibly lame, Florida Man.)

    • Drew Page

      Seems like most university presidents got their training at the Neville Chamberlain Institute of University Administration.

      • lark2

        I agree with you but, on another level … consider what these same university administrators would do if the objections to the invited speaker came from Conservatives. I am a Republican and a Conservative … imagine if the speaker was Al Sharpton, Van Jones or Elizabeth Warren and Conservative faculty (if you could find any) and Conservative students objected and insisted these speakers be disinvited……. that wouldn’t happen because we believe in freedom of speech and diversity of opinion … but let your imagination run wild … what would these Neville Chamberlains do then? They would side with the Liberals and invoke “academic freedom” , fairness, and the university’s commitment to intellectual inquiry……. very troubling, but that is who these people are.

        • Drew Page

          Based on your hypothetical, conservative university students and professors objecting to a liberal (or worse) commencement speaker, I would agree that university presidents and trustees would defend the choice of speaker with the rationale of “freedom of speech, fairness, diversity of opinion and academic freedom”. But the chances of that happening are slightly less than Obama coming forward and admitting that he’s been a fool and a liar and resigning from Office.

  • equinox

    The reason that this looks so much like the Inquisition is because that is exactly what it is. Having abandoned religion in the 60’s -80’s because that is what their Left ideology required, the Left filled their deep human need for spiritual fulfillment by transforming their political ideology into a religion. That is why they become apoplectic when someone disagrees with them, because to them is is blasphemy. They are 21st century Authoritarians, so they will not seek to burn the infidels at the stake, or subject them to death by stoning as in Sudan. Rather, they will simply brand them as Racists or War Ciminals or whatever and thereby silence them, protect the Flock from having to deal with this overt propaganda that is all lies anyway. when you have the absolute Truth, then you feel that is is a rightious act to sideline and silence those who hae the audacity to challenge your dogma. It is the same reason the mainstream media, run by Leftists almost entirely, that have forsaken their core duty to the Republic, of being a non-partisan Watchdog on the governement. The irony is that we now need a new student movement to protest the rigidity and intolerance of the Left Wing authoritarian power structure in our schools and media!

    • Trivium

      Sure, it’s not even exactly like The Inquisition, it IS the Inquisition.

      Start with a false premise and follow it up with a load of nonsense.

      “Amongst our weaponry are such diverse elements as: fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope, and nice red uniforms – Oh damn!”

      • equinox

        I am afraid that you should have consulted your dictionary. “Like” was the correct word, not “is”. Plus “is” wouldbe the wrong tense wne referring to a past event. So the premise was not false and the “nonsense” seems to be coming exclusively from you.

        • Trivium

          The reason that this looks so much like the Inquisition is because that is exactly what it is.

          It’s not even much like an inquisition at all, let alone is the Inquisition. I’m afraid your reading comprehension leaves much to be desired.

          And if you think the Left’s “having abandoned religion” is not nonsense, then you must not have a problem with the RIght’s “having abandoned science.” (I, OTH, find them equally ridiculous.)

    • Tova Feinman

      Well written. I agree. I saw the seeds when I returned to academics in the early 1990s. Those seeds have sprouted into a thorny jungle of totalitarianism all under the guise of “for your own good”. Those are the four most dangerous words from a political movement. They imply we are all too stupid to know we are either 1)oppressed or 2)oppressors. If the latter, you need reeducation camps. If the former, you need the heavy controlling hand of the State to protect and guide you because you are weak and fragile. All of it is repugnant.

      • Guest

        Why imply when you can show ‘em just how stupid we are?

      • equinox

        Indeed. Which is why the racism that has most damaged the Black Community in the US is that of t the White Left. The reason that is is politically incorrect (and has been since the late 60s) to criticize Blacks, and why one is immediately and falsely accussed of racism iof one odes so criticize Blacks, is that the Left inwardly doesn’t believe that Blacks, except in Sports and Entertainment, are capable of being treated like everyone else. Moreover, if you criticize them you will hurt their feelings. The fact that you may stimulate a re-examination of the pivotal, but monumentally foolish act of rejecting all of the key values that made America great by catagorizing them all as “White” and therefore automatically bad and to be rejected, is ignored, despite the fact that this is the core reason that Black Culture in the US is demoralized and hopeless and where the family structure has been severely harmed (70% of children born =out of wedlock and where that is for the Black community in general, it must be like 90% in the inner cities). White Liberals and their allies in the civil rights (grievence) establishnent have done more to harm US Blacks than the Ku Klux Klan did throughout their entire history. They have basically created the New Slavery, a cultural slavery that is more vicious and disabling than the old slavery, and from whcih there is no way out because Blacks have been socially engineered to be unable to compete, partially as a result of the fact that fatherless children just will not do very well in life and in part because the values that led to American exceptionalism have been intentionally excised from their culture. While most Leftist were originally motivated by having a good heart, the failure to reconcile with a good head has resulted in an ideaology of disaster for the poor.

      • American1969

        Right on Tova! Excellent post!

    • soundnfury

      Well stated. Interestingly, they are starting to reap the absurdity of their leftist fundamentalist dogma. The current campus rape culture is a perfect example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKgrYVtYSCk

      • equinox

        the video was great, thanks.

  • Trivium

    Oh, please, she was not disinvited, she backed out, withdrew, buckled under the pressure of a small minority of students and faculty who signed an online petition and even fewer of whom protested.

    And neither was Birgeneau disinvited. At least Bernard was honest about Ms. Rice.

    • Tova Feinman

      Does she really need the aggravation? Her choice, ultimately. We like women choosing, don’t we?

      • Trivium

        Did she really need the gig? I like women choosing, don’t you?

        You had said you wouldn’t cave, so does that imply you really need the aggravation or it really wouldn’t be that bothersome? It’s an in-and-out speech where she’s paid to take the podium and from which she can excoriate the boorish protesters.

        They “protest” because people keep choosing to withdraw.

        • Tova Feinman

          I can’t really criticize her. I left that wretched Women’s Studies class because of the aggravation factor. I get why she chose what she did. I’d have enjoyed seeing her put those brats in their places though.

        • Tova Feinman

          I edited my comments because I made the choice she did many years ago. Would I make the same choice now? I don’t know. I still don’t like to be aggravated.

          • Trivium

            Well, the great thing about “being aggravated” is it, too, is a choice.

          • Tova Feinman

            I actually quite agree with you. I choose. Would I choose to stay in that Woman’s Studies class now, at middle age. Maybe. I like tilting at windmills and dosing out my own version of aggravation to the other side. On the other hand, knowing when to let the windmills just spin, is a useful and healthy skill.

  • Tova Feinman

    Ahhh, I know this “I stand in solidarity with my oppressed sisters” crowd. I was the victim of their paternalistic and pejorative condescention once. It didn’t feel nice. In fact the sheer arrogance made me nauseous.

    Here’s my story: In the early 1990s my daughter was 1 year old, I had a career as a research scientist I was very happy with, and my husband’s practice was coming into its own. Then our daughter was diagnosed with a rare eye disease that would result in complete blindness by the age of 2. After discussing our options my husband and I made the decison that I would stay home with our daughter and work weeknights and Sundays as a science writer, collaborating with colleagues on their work. That arrangement worked well. Toddler years are critical for the healthy development of any child but particularly blind children. She needed every opportunity we could give her to learn how to function without sight. Later, when she was ready for kindergarten, we decided as a family it was a good time for me to return to research full time. I wanted to do research with people rather than animals or bench work. So, I went back to school to pick up a second masters in psychology. I thought it would be useful. I wanted to be effective with the research participants I would be interacting with.

    This is where it gets flaky. I took a ‘Women’s Studies”” class while I was working on this degree. I quickly found myself in a room full of 19 to 22 year old girls. Thats ok, I expected to be the old lady. Part of class was to write an autobiography about our experiences as a woman and share it. What I didn’t expect was to find out that I was the only person in the room who was happily married, had a child, had held down a REAL career, left that career to care for my disabled child, dealt with real sexism in the work place (try being a woman scientist in the 1980s), and who didn’t blame the entire male gender and “establishment” because life gets complicated sometimes.

    The class was run more like a bad group therapy session than an academic en devour. Several members of the class felt I needed “an intervention” because I didn’t realize my husband, religion (I’m an Orthodox Jew), and child were oppressing me. These girls felt truly like I needed to be saved from my own misguided choices. After all, how could I leave my job to take care of a kid, be an observant Jew, and consider myself a feminist. At first I appealed to the instructor. I asked her if we could PLEASE follow the syllibus. The readings looked interesting but I could due without the group therapy concept. She said she thought the “class discussion was quite instructive”. I thought about complaining to the dean, but I’m not 12. After getting some laughs with my husband over the twice weekly “interventions” to save my feminist soul, I decided life was too short to be this annoyed at pinheads (thanks Bill O’reilly) and I withdrew. I was paying MONEY to be deconstructed. Bizarre.

    So, I know these Smith girl types. I pity their parents paying over $50,000 a year to educate their little Tiffanys and Emmas only to have them emerge with a head full of useless nothing. This is no loss to Christine Lagarde. She’s broken the glass ceiling. Faced the adversity these women claim to champion the defeat of, and, however you feel about the IMF, it’s a heck of an acheivement on her part. That alone should be celebrated. That is solidarity in the “sisterhood”. Likemindness need not apply.

    • Guest

      Bizarre was what I was thinking. Did you ever get your psychology degree? If so, put on that hat, read your story in the context of it being presented online, etc., and give us your “best guess” analysis.

  • Paul Rush

    The left are the hypocrites and they have no tolerance for people with different views.

    • Guest

      How ironic that you would say that!

  • Mike

    Bernie, as you usually do, you went deep on this one and the ball left the park, a no-doubt-about-it homerun!

  • Bob From Virginia

    Remember how Huey Long put it; if fascism comes to the US it will be called anti-fascism.

  • Perry

    My good friend a former graduate of Harvard used to send them annually a
    Million dollars a year and since their transformation into a liberal school he
    sends them nothing. They have never inquired why he quit sending.

  • Tim Bertram Black

    O brother… Bernie — it’s all a game… colleges sometimes play games… probably so you can get on your white horse and gallop around like Sir Lancelot shouting to the world: yes, that’s right… a shrimpy piggish man like me can ride a horsey!
    Your article is just more kerosenic devisiveness. More of the same… which is all we ever get from you.
    DUDE — You can empathize with them without sympathizing with them… but articles like this just inflame your right-wing horde and make them spit-take their Bud… which is a waste of beer, right bernster? You’re preaching to the choir… nobody else listen to you.
    Try to “help” america … o right, the money ain’t as good.

    • Tim Bertram Black

      See??? See what you’ve done??? Read the idiotic blather of your dullard horde… “Derrr, dat’s right barney (sic)… you tell em barn”…
      Read this stuff. Stop feeding them and they’ll leave…

      • Integrity

        What is your favorite color? QED

    • stmichrick

      Somebody find Tims meds…., FAST.

      • Tim Bertram Black

        possessive…. Tim’s
        your ellipsis is too big.. comma is — don’t know what it is… your paw probably just hit the wrong key and your walnut brain couldn’t figure out how to get rid of it.

    • Floridastorm

      So, what is your point imbecile? Just rhetorical blather by another leftist moron. Go back to masturbating, something you are probably good at.

      • Tim Bertram Black

        yawn. read again… look at the shapes and stuff… those shapes “mean things”… that’s right… they do… just look at the shapes until you COMPREHEND THEM.

        • linda garris

          Really,take the advice troll. To youre liberal site. Oh wait i forgit u guys get paid to wtite on these sitez. Everyone is aware by now right. Liberals pay these assholes to troll and give liberal insight and opinions. Im pretty sure they are scripted for them. Its probably one of obamas drivers,that wasnt promoted to speaker.

    • Ryan Nichols

      Awww. Do you get mad when the truth is spoken:( If you could just force people’s silence. No opposing views allowed. Just call them all bad names! It shows how superior you are. Oh the bravery! Where oh where do you find the guts to be so bold? Oh ya, you don’t have to actually face anyone you insult. I think that’s called a keyboard tough guy. Your parents must be so proud.

      • Tim Bertram Black

        “keyboard tough guy”… that’s an actual term — I googled it!
        Hey, Bernie put his nutz on the anvil and I just happened to have a ball-peened hammer.
        O no… “bad names”… oooh… o no! The horror!

        • Integrity

          And later on you are going to cry that no one wants to engage you in a civil dialogue. Go outside and play now. QED

    • floridahank

      Hey Black, you sound like a total. boring. vain, jerk who has only has similar friends — please stay away from me and my beer-drinking buddies you’d ruin the occasion.

      • Tim Bertram Black

        Who you callin’ Black, man? lol… u kids.

    • Tim Ned

      I just need to say that I can’t talk to a person that calls me dude. So with that being said, I’m opening another Bud and returing to my seat back in the Choir

    • Integrity

      Most people just pull down the lever on the left side of the toilet to get rid of your ilk. QED

    • Jeff Webb

      >>articles like this just inflame your right-wing horde<<

      Seems it also gets left-wing douchebags to act like even bigger douchebags.

      • Tim Bertram Black

        I’m just calling a spade a spade. Fuddy duddies (right or wrong) have been galled by what goes on in colleges since … since forever… whether it is rock n roll, long hair, anti-war sentiment, earth activism, whatever the heck it is there have been people like The Bern being shocked by it.
        Why you people seem to see it anew each decade… O the humanity! Is beyond me.
        Like I said, bernie would have written the same article 10 years ago, 20 years ago, 30 years ago… onward and onward.
        The right is always “shocked” and “offended”… o the horror!
        I don’t mind the douchebag comment — let’s just say, the ladies like my style. :)

        • Integrity

          I think you need to have more fiber in your diet. QED

        • Jeff Webb

          >>whether it is rock n roll, long hair, anti-war sentiment, earth
          activism, whatever the heck it is there have been people like The Bern
          being shocked by it.<<

          You fancy yourself as quite a smart fella, so I'll humor you and ask that you not misrepresent Bernie's (or anyone else's) columns here.

  • Johnny Deadline

    Geez, Bernie, have the left-wing elite and Ivory Tower glitterati never heard of “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me?” What a bunch of word wimps, language losers and verbal vermin! Wonder if they view a dictionary as an auto-assault device and a thesaurus as a weapon of mass destruction?

  • floridahank

    In my earlier research I came across some interesting sites, and I now paste one that has some eerie similarities of our present educational indoctrination and by changing a few NAMES and TITLES, is very informative and revealing of this present educational generation.

    I quote, ” Propaganda within Nazi Germany was taken to a new and frequently perverse level. Hitler was very aware of the value of good propaganda and he appointed Joseph Goebbels as head of propaganda.

    Propaganda is the art of persuasion – persuading others that your ‘side of the story’ is correct. Propaganda might take the form of persuading others that your military might is too great to be challenged; that your political might within a nation is too great or popular to challenge etc. In Nazi Germany, Dr Joseph Goebbels was in charge of propaganda. Goebbels official title was Minister of Propaganda and National Enlightenment.

    As Minister of Enlightenment, Goebbels had two main tasks:

    to ensure nobody in Germany could read or see anything that was hostile or damaging to the Nazi Party.

    to ensure that the views of the Nazis were put across in the most persuasive manner possible.

    To ensure success, Goebbels had to work with the SS and Gestapo and Albert Speer. The former hunted out those who might produce articles defamatory to the Nazis and Hitler while Speer helped Goebbels with public displays of propaganda.

    To ensure that everybody thought in the correct manner, Goebbels set up the Reich Chamber of Commerce in 1933. This organisation dealt with literature, art, music, radio, film, newspapers etc. To produce anything that was in these groups, you had to be a member of the Reich Chamber. The Nazi Party decided if you had the right credentials to be a member. Any person who was not admitted was not allowed to have any work published or performed. Disobedience brought with it severe punishments. As a result of this policy, Nazi Germany introduced a system of censorship. You could only read, see and hear what the Nazis wanted you to read, see and hear. In this way, if you believed what you were told, the Nazi leaders logically assumed that opposition to their rule would be very small and practiced only by those on the very extreme who would be easy to catch.
    Anything sound and seem familiar happening today?

    • Tim Bertram Black

      Derp… you broke Godwin’s Law… almost immediately! Kudo’s! You automatically lose — Larry Craig, tell him what he’s won!

  • nickshaw

    Diversity only applies to skin color these days.
    You can be any color you want as long as you have the correct thoughts for inclusion in the club.
    I always find it interesting that they want apologies for perceived transgressions.
    Theirs are meaningless (when they are forced to make them, if at all).
    Why do they figure anyone else would offer sincere apologies?
    Yeah, I know, for the sound bite.

  • Santa Fe Conservative

    I am a graduate of Smith and I quit sending money to them several years ago. In 2008, their Alumnae Quarterly featured an article about all the alums working on the election of Barack Obama. There was not even a sentence about any alum working on the McCain campaign. When I complained via email, I was told that my Smith education had failed me because not only was I racist but also intolerant.

    • AnMar22

      Ask for a refund and an apology!!!

  • TransplantedTexan

    “Liberals” fear free speech because they cannot defend their positions / principles when there is a free and open debate of those positions / principles. Nowhere is this more evident than in academia and on college campuses. Perhaps the most egregious example of that intolerance is in the debate over global warming.

  • ted

    It is clear now — and should be to ever American if it were widely known — that American universities join the ObamaProgressiveDemocratic campaign team. It joins the K-12 education-union boss monopoly, the entertainment industry from music, books, television, movies, fine art, and, an earlier joiner of the Democrats, the non-Fox media. This doesn’t leave many “opinion makers” understanding the small-government, low-tax, pro-business attitude of those who believe in jobs, entrepreneurs and self-reliance. Nor, for that matter, the United States Constitution. November will be a watershed. I believe Republicans will sputter amid a constant anti-Republican propaganda barrage that took down the Tea Party and Gov. Chris Christie and is elevating H. Clinton and, still, Barack Obama though that is becoming an uphill push against the outrages that even the media can]t completely ignore (but still spins anti-Bush and anti-conservative) the VA, IRS, Secret Service, Benghazi and more I can’t remember.

  • Buzzeroo

    It was many many moons ago when put my 4 kids through college. As best as possible i try to put myself today’s parents’ shoes who are trying to do so and honesty think that there is no way possible for me to write big checks to many of today’s one sided brain washing factories. Perhaps if more of the less virulent schools begin enrolling more students and the virulent ones start receiving less alumni money, they’ll start throttling back their liberal fascist doctrines and behaviors.
    Hillsdale college’s increasing success should be an inspiration to those seeking to return to some sort of decency and sanity.

  • savage24

    All of this proves that education is not the solution for stupidity. It seems that the more education these people get the more stupid they act. Over the years the institutions of higher learning have become hotbeds of socialism where free speech and the free exchange of thought are forbidden.

    • Jenn

      free speech???..what is that???….(sarcasm)…ever since that idiot in the white has been in there will be no free speech…IMPEACH THE BUM!!!

  • FloridaJim

    The 60’s radicals hated government until they took over and they, like Stalin, Mao and Hitler, became worse than what they despised. Using the hammer of power to indoctrinate the students at all levels , revising the sorry history of progressives and proclaiming the are tolerant and open to discussion while stealing freedom with their other hand they are becoming like Hitler, Stalin and Mao step by goose step.

  • joepotato

    The Feducation Indoctrination program is working… These brainiac students are just mirroring Obungatollah the Great. Obunga is ruling over the nation with his minority of Marxist symps and Muslim Nazi’s… He has a pen and phone so he can do that. Not to be outdone the congress has decided not to listen to the people who sent them there, while the USSC decides not to hear cases that are not in the interest of this regime, which may be an illegal regime, as it was brought in under a banner of fraud and continues with the help of forged documents. So in conclusion, these students are just trying to be like the National Socialists (aka Nazis) that they idolize. Is anyone else NOT shocked?

  • Mainline FL

    The real irony here is that none of these loons would exist in the very type of government and atmosphere that they aspire. They’d be the first to be silenced by their own Peter Pan desire. But I guess when your living in dreamworld anyway it doesn’t matter.

  • Mister G

    Hey Bernie, Send your money to Hillsdale.

  • Ryan Nichols

    Many of you may have already, but for those who haven’t. You must do some reading on a website called “the daily kos” It gives you a look into the American liberal mindset. I don’t suggest any of you join, after all its a progressive site and they’re intolorent.

    • lilyvonshtupp00

      No, thank you.

      • Ryan Nichols

        Hey I think it’s a site full of some of the most closed minds you’ll ever see. But it’s important for people to see it. So when liberals speak about division and hate speech. Well you’ll have endless examples of their complete hypocrisy. Not just hypocrisy, but their obsession with silencing their opposition.

        • lilyvonshtupp00

          Thats absolutely true.

  • Ksp48

    Its still ok to offend Jews, Christians, Conservatives, Conservative African Americans, Conservative women and Moslem women. Indeed, that is encouraged.

  • newsjoc2004

    I honestly believe that these people equate the idea of giving equal time to the conservative point of view is the same thing–in every single case–as being forced to include the KKK perspective in the Civil Rights Debate in 1965.

  • Seattle Sam

    Two words: Mob Rule. I lived through this in the 1968-1972 era, and so did you, Bernie. When I was in school we had an “assembly” to “vote” on ending the war in Vietnam. One of the organizers actually said, “It doesn’t matter what you think because I have the proxy votes of millions of third world peasants”.

  • EddieD_Boston

    Trust me on this. I’m a member of the NEA and it’s not run by liberals. It’s owned lock, stock and barrel by people who are so far out on the looney fringe they’re beyond being liberal. They’re completely unhinged.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    Limerick?
    .
    Don’t tread on me now, a minute man once said,
    infringing my speech, just makes me see red,
    if my words hurt your ears,
    they’re the least of your fears,
    because if free speech is lost, he’ll start talking with lead.

  • chuck.tatum

    What’s next, castigating man-made climate change deniers?

  • Thewryobservator

    I wonder how far it will go, and if it will be confined to the universities. Is it confined to the universities?

    • chuck.tatum

      MSNBC is one place where the opposing view need not apply.

  • Brian Stover

    Perhaps students who are distressed by “imperfect” speakers should refuse employment at “imperfect” companies.

    • Tim Ned

      Good one Brian.

    • Seattle Sam

      You’re assuming that these people would be attractive enough to employers to get a job offer?

  • Jeff Webb

    Bernie, if you really wanted to punish them, you should’ve sent them the picture at the top of John Daly’s current column.

    • Tim Ned

      Ha, no further explanation required. Of course Bernie probably didn’t want to scare them straight.

  • George Ortiz

    The fight begins with what we teach the children of this nation. That we have a Constitution, that we have the Freedom of Speech, that civil debate is our strongest asset to fight off potential enemies.

  • Skip in VA

    I have said it before and I’ll say it again, we have a severe case of the tail wagging the dog. I see too many examples where a minority can, by making a lot of noise, force the majority to bow to their wishes. I’ve see this with the gay rights movement, the way some blacks holler “racist” if I drop a banana in the grocery store, and the worst of all is the Sandra Fluke syndrome. Boo Hoo! To them all!

  • brendan horn

    The left-wing anti-free speech crusaders continue in their ways. I do not understand what these liberals are so afraid of. I can listen to and enjoy talking to people that have entirely different views than me. It never hurts me. It is actually often much more challenging and interesting to speak and/or listen to people that do not agree with me.

  • Tim Ned

    “So instead of a check, I put my column in the envelope and just this morning sent it back.”

    I quit sending money to my alma mater a few years ago. As well as a couple of other colleges I used to support because of their selective ideals of free speech. I always explain why either by mail or phone if they call me. Recently, many large contributors are starting to follow suit.

    Liberal professors who preach the evils of free enterprise, are the first to cry when those same contributors cut their funding.

    Good move Bernie.

    • Chuck

      Better yet, besides sending the column to the fundraising office, Bernie should have mailed some copies to professors and students who have been quoted in the media. In the age of the internet, getting addressess isn’t that hard.

  • JerBear

    On the money as usual, Mr. Goldberg. Thank you for my Monday dose of logic.

    • Bernie

      Thanks, JerBear