Well, my dear Save Jerseyans, the Left has successfully bullied its way into another minor victory.
Dr. Condoleezza “Condi” Rice released a statement on Saturday morning announcing her decision to NOT serve as the Rutgers University commencement speaker this year in the wake of shrill campus protests led by old hippies in the faculty, or so-called university “educators” (h/t NRO):
Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families. Rutgers’ invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time.
I am honored to have served my country. I have defended America’s belief in free speech and the exchange of ideas. These values are essential to the health of our democracy. But that is not what is at issue here. As a Professor for thirty years at Stanford University and as it’s former Provost and Chief academic officer, I understand and embrace the purpose of the commencement ceremony and I am simply unwilling to detract from it in any way.
Good luck to the graduates and congratulations to the families, friends and loved ones who will gather to honor them.
Dr. Rice released the statement via her Facebook page.
What a day for the next generation preparing to enter the real world!
The young liberal students, for their part, learned a valuable albeit perverse life lesson from all of this: in 2014 America, the “tolerant” academia/media can intolerantly bully someone into silence… First Amendment be damned… whenever the unlucky dissenter disagrees with the dominant, liberal campus narrative. Don’t worry about actually WINNING the debate, kids! It’s much easier to gang up on the dissenting opinion, call them vile names, and scare/upset/tire them into surrender. You just incurred six-figure student loans to master Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals…
And what are we teaching young college women, future leaders, educators and mothers, when Snooki is welcome on campus with open arms (and huge checks) but Condi is slandered and reviled?
Is that truly “higher” education? Or something far less elevated?
I’d submit that an education devoid of engagement with diverse opinions isn’t an education at all, but an indoctrination. Shame on the Rutgers community for failing to understand the difference.
No one at Rutgers has anything to be proud of this morning…
Tolerance? Diversity of opinion? Freedom of speech? All foreign concepts on a modern college campus. That’s what was once again confirmed this morning.