Liberals claim to love “diversity,” Save Jerseyans. But what does it truly mean to them?
As you’ve already heard, the Rutgers Board of Governors had planned to pay Rice $35,000 for her commencement address and award an honorary Doctor of Laws degree to the former Secretary of State. Due to growing opposition among the school’s students and faculty, Dr. Rice decided not to give the May 18 address.
It’s a shame that Condoleezza Rice was effectively denied an opportunity to speak at Rutgers simply because of a student body and a Faculty Council that felt she was an inappropriate choice due to her involvement in the Bush Administration; because, they claim, she misled the American people in Iraq about weapons of mass destruction.
Who is REALLY being misled in this situation (and by whom) is the subject of my inquiry…
In her very thoughtful statement announcing the decision to withdraw, she graciously wrote, “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.”
Sean Hannity had asked Rutgers University history professor Rudolph Bell if he would support President Obama speaking at commencement even though he misled the American people when the Commander-in-Chief infamously claimed, “If you like your plan, you can keep it” in reference to Obamacare.
What Bell didn’t say is that the same Rutgers students or University Faculty Council would not have objected to letting the POTUS speak, full-well knowing he outright lied about his statement, because they agree with his ideological worldview. They’re not interested in an honest exchange of ideas!
As if anticipating my criticism, Bell shortly thereafter added, “I’m not trying to silence her at all. She’s entirely welcome to come as anything but commencement speaker.”
So what he is saying there, I suppose, is that he would put Rice in the same category as ‘Snooki’.
Professor Rudy Bell is hypocritical to the extreme and if you read the Hannity interview transcript, Save Jerseyans, you can see how he twists, turns, dodges and evades a response to any direct question. That’s how professors like Bell teach our students to not to have an open mind without really admitting they don’t want to listen to anyone who is of a different opinion.
I also wonder if Hillary Clinton, should she decide to run for US President, would receive the same reaction if she were invited to speak particularly in light of new proof that she was responsible for the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, State Information Officer Sean Smith, Navy Seals Glen Doherty and Tyrone S. Woods.
Again, overwhelming evidence has been uncovered to prove statements made by Clinton were false, and that she did deny requests for help. No one can say Dr. Rice knowingly lied about anything even if you emphatically disagree with her approach to foreign affairs.
Here’s one that isn’t hypothetical: Jersey Shore’s “Snooki” Polizzi was paid $32,000 to speak at Rutgers. She offered important advice on her hairstyle, fist pumps, as well as gym, tanning, laundry and lifestyle. She left students with this pearl of wisdom: “Study hard, but party harder.”
Worth $32,000? But Dr. Rice isn’t worth $3,000 more?
Lest we forget that Condoleezza Rice SHOULD be a hero of the left but for the “R” at the end of her name. She was the first female African-American secretary of state, the first women to serve as National Security Advisor, and a professor of political science at Stanford.
As Stanford’s Provost, Rice was responsible for managing the university’s multi-billion dollar operation. The school at that time was running a shortfall of $20 million. When Rice took office, she promised that the budget would be balanced within “two years.” Stanford’s deputy director, Coit Blacker, said there “was a sort of conventional wisdom that said it couldn’t be done… the deficit was structural, that we just had to live with it.” Two years later, Rice announced that the deficit had been eliminated and the university was holding a record surplus of over $14.5 million.
Could Snooki have pulled THAT off?
Moreover, few people probably know Rice was a Democrat until 1982, the year when she decided to change her political affiliation to Republican in part due to the fact that she disagreed with the foreign policy of Democratic President Jimmy Carter.
Another factor was the influence of her father, a Republican. At an RNC Convention in 2000 she said “My father joined our party because the Democrats in Jim Crow Alabama of 1952 would not register him to vote. The Republicans did.”
The list goes on and Rice’s credentials are impeccable. Her knowledge of foreign policy is vast and her presentation is unquestionably erudite. She is a smart, tough, along with being a deeply religious woman. She is probably one of the most qualified women to date ever asked to speak at a Rutgers commencement.
So who is truly committing a crime and misleading the next generation, Save Jerseyans? The faculty? Or Dr. Rice?
Rutgers University and those who claim to love “diversity” lost out, but far more distressing is the fact that they passed on the opportunity of a lifetime for thousands of non-consenting students who quietly went to class, paid their tuition bills and didn’t plan any commencement ceremony disruptions.
I’d be willing to be that Condoleezza Rice’s words of wisdom to college students about to enter the real world would not have been “Study hard, but party harder.”