Other than this truthful R.I.P., free speech is gone on American college campuses as a new politically correct code has taken over. In March, 2014, for example, a ‘feminist studies’ professor at the University of California Santa Barbara was accused of attacking a 16-year-old female student for opposing abortion with a graphic pro-life sign. Who do you think the corrupt press supported in their biased recount of the story?
Alan Caruba says that “Hardly a day goes by without a report on an assault on free speech in America. This is a growing trend and it comes from the “Left” that regards any speech that does not agree with its agenda a target for repression.” The Left did not approve of Condoleezza Rice, and so we saw her being insulted at Rutgers University. But, she stopped that right in its tracks and now all the commies have a big price to pay.
Rice was one of just four conservatives chosen to give commencement speeches from America’s 150 largest universities in 2014. There are no discussions in a communistic state. The Democratic Party, with its newly reproduced Karl Marx playbook attempts to control all of our speech. Sometimes they win. Sometimes they lose.
- Rice is simply a great American, who would have given a great speech to potentially great students. However the communists, aligned with the Muslims on campus, would not permit that to happen.
With the Condoleezza Rice incident, the Left won an instance of their on-going game. Rice gracefully stepped down and the thought police in the Democratic Party took a major victory lap. Their victory unfortunately was for racism and against free speech in America. They won this small one because Dr. Rice was not ready to take them on.
She is already somebody special. She does not need nasty people at Rutgers in her life to make her feel good or bad. She already fought her own wars to get where she is. Some take issue with her for not fighting Rutgers. I do not. Rutgers has proven to be just another communist campus.
I would not ask Abraham Lincoln to fight for his spot on the dais either if he were the invitee. If students and a cowardly administration did not want George Washington or Abraham Lincoln to give an address, I think both would have disinvited themselves.
Should Americans be forced to shut down the opportunities to hear from our most respected citizens simply because non-patriots might be offended? This is unacceptable and inexcusable. All colleges that treat our finest citizens with disrespect should be held in contempt by all Americans.
It will be up to regular Americans to stop this ploy by the Left to shut down conservative speech—right in its tracks. Right now! Was it only Leftists that fought the American Revolution? If so, where were they when the fighting began, and why have they all survived?
We are Americans and free speech means no political correctness. The Revolution gave us the right to say what we want and you have the right to listen or not listen.
The State University of New Jersey (Rutgers) extended Dr. Rice an invitation to speak and she accepted. It should have been case closed. To have the former Secretary of State and a former National Security Advisor speak on campus should have been a great honor for Rutgers. Instead, the University’s cowardly actions may very well have awakened a sleeping giant (Patriotic Americans). How could this institution show reluctance to fight to assure a modern American hero, Condoleezza Rice, be given the agreed-upon opportunity for unfettered dialogue from the University’s official free-speech soapbox. Shame on Rutgers but there is a lot more shame to go around.
NJ Governor Chris Christie, missed a golden opportunity to be the bigger person, rather than the naked giant, sitting on the GW Bridge, blocking all traffic. In the State of New Jersey scandal at Rutgers, when Rice was badgered into declining her appearance, Christie should have stepped in and slammed the door on Rutgers by first not accepting Rice’s declination, and if that were not possible, he could have assured the correct remedy, which was for Rutgers to have no commencement speaker at all.
Rutgers now deserves a silent commencement so they can learn from the silence to shut their disrespectful mouths in the future. They showed great disrespect when they attacked Secretary Rice and refused to grant this heralded American the right to speak without disruption on their campus. Rutgers is not a welcoming institution. As a public-supported institution, they do not deserve to exist. They made NJ look bad to the rest of America.
As Governor of NJ, Chris Christie is the de-facto head of all state government functions, including the former Queens College, established in 1766, even before the American Revolution. Queens of course became Rutgers College in 1825, named after Colonel Henry Rutgers (1745–1830). If the Colonel were alive and had the power to take action, he would not have chosen to hide. He would have welcomed a fellow hero. Where was Chris Christie?
Like the three mystic apes in the pictorial maxim embodying the proverbial principle to "see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil," Christie was nowhere to be found. The Governor could have opened everybody’s eyes and he could have made a good and forceful decision. Instead he took the easy way out because he is a politician first and a caring human being second. Christie must have been overwhelmed that the burden was seemingly lifted from his shoulders when he twittered that Rice’s withdrawal was a class act: “As usual a class act by a great public servant RT”.
Again the Governor was elated that there would be no caricatures painted of him on account of Rutgers. But there should be. Like many leaders of today, Christie chose not to lead. I think a good caricature would be of a person who cannot make a good decision if his life depends on it? I think we know what that looks like, and the caricature lives in the Governor’s Mansion at Drumthwaket in Princeton NJ.
Let me repeat Christie’s best and quickest Rutgers solution. The Governor should have immediately taken ownership to show he is the great leader he purports to be; but he did not. He then should have immediately contacted Dr. Rice to personally request her to change her mind. Finally, since the University officials agreed to accept the declination, which embarrassed both Dr. Rice and America, Christie could have and should have denied the University the opportunity to have any commencement speaker at all or any dignitaries of any kind on the dais at commencement. Nasty behavior deserves nasty consequences. Ask Donald Sterling how he is feeling today.
Christie could have mailed or emailed the students their degrees with a special note that intolerance for the freedom of others has its consequences. He could have permitted a mock silent commencement in which the students received just a blank white sheet of paper and that they picked up their degrees later at their department sites. Permitting Rutgers to gain any honor from this misdeed by having Governor Kean or any other dignitary speak to the rabble at Rutgers is misapplied etiquette. It teaches unruly children that their ad hoc misbehavior counts more than the rules of the game.
For full disclosure, you should know that I am the author of the book “Just Say No to Chris Christie for President.” (www.bookhawkers.com) Consequently, the NJ Governor behaved no differently than I expected. He put on his wimp hat and wimp cape and he acted like a wimp. From my perspective more and more Republicans are wimps, and maybe they deserve each other. Where was the national outrage from Republicans regarding Dr. Rice’s snubbing. Is it OK to snub conservatives and / or Republicans? I am not amazed at the lack of Republican outrage; but I am disappointed.
Condoleezza Rice is a great lady and for those who have not noticed, she is a black woman. Because she is a conservative black, however, she is fodder for ridicule and any of the cheap and dirty racist shots the Left choose to bring against her. Rutgers was simply an attack from the communist Left and its supporters. Yet, Dr. Rice never calls them racists for attempting to demean her. But they are indeed! She is a fine person and a great American. Rutgers is not a fine enough institution to deserve her speech.
Can it be that this was not about the Iraq war after all since Democrats fought to get photo ops at the time before the war to show their support for the country? I mean Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and many other big name progressives did not want to miss an opportunity for fame. Nobody is on their case as they defame Dr. Rice. Remember how quickly they jumped on the Bush Bandwagon for the Iraq War and did not care where it might lead them.
If not the war, what was this Rutgers flap all about? First of all, the Left never wants a US hero who originates from the Right to gain positive recognition by the people. Since the Democrats control the media, they most often succeed because their loyal following is mostly asleep and easily led. But the Rutgers deal was not orchestrated by the media. So, who got the Condoleezza Rice’s dis-invitation plan rolling. Nobody seems to really know.
Can the streets of Rutgers University know the secret? The word on those streets shows a campus consensus that this was all about Muslims, who hate anybody who was part of the backlash from 9/11. Dr. Rice backed a US policy that intended to punish the perpetrators of 9/11, who as we have become aware, were all Muslim extremists.
Fox News, the only mainstream news outlet that gives conservatives an even break, got the inside scoop about an open letter to the Rutgers’ president from the leaders of the university’s Islamic organizations, Ahluk Bayt, MuslimGirl, and the Muslim Student Organization.
Tough as it is to believe their voices were heard and that is why Dr. Rice’s voice was not heard on the former “Queens” campus. Think of this.
Muslims that apparently have no remorse for the 9/11 tragedy got their day in private meetings with the Rutgers president to defame Dr. Rice for “grave human rights violations, defrauding the American public” and for “unequivocal support for enhanced torture tactics.”
Has anybody heard of anybody in the administration, the faculty, or the student body on campus sticking up for the fine American who was being picked on, Condoleezza Rice? I thought the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon, and the Stonycreek Township, PA site in PA were American targets of Muslim extremists. They were not targets of Condoleezza Rice or any other American. Perhaps the Muslim student protesters and the faculty leaders have a different slant on US history.
One might conclude from this that if the Rev. Al Sharpton saw the light by a miracle, and he became a real and true conservative; somehow he would also have to renounce his black-ness, because blacks are not permitted by the rules of the Left, to be conservatives. Isn’t that silly?
Why is it impossible for great black people to honor their culture by being great conservative Americans without being caricaturized as Uncle Toms? Would the potentially conservative Reverend Al be caricaturized as an Uncle Tom if he made the big leap?
I believe that black people, along with white, yellow, and brown people can be American heroes because heroism knows no color. Condoleezza Rice is an American hero as is Dr. Ben Carson. We cannot be luckier than to have such wonderful people, black or white, or any color, fighting on our behalf. Dr. Rice was a victim of Rutgers cowardice. Is that what America has become? America can do lots better than Rutgers!
The same kind of thing happened to Dr. Ben Carson in 2013. The slippery Left got their taste of success last year at Johns Hopkins University. Carson, as we know is a brain surgeon and he had recently retired from Johns Hopkins University Medical Center. The surgeon is most famous for being a pioneer in separating twins born conjoined at the head. Dr. Carson is another American hero defamed by the Left for political reasons.
Before he was to deliver the commencement address where his work contributed to the fame of Johns Hopkins University, he learned of dissent among the faculty and the student body. They did not want him to give the commencement speech.
The cowardly medical school dean Paul Rothman released a statement characterizing light remarks by Carson about the traditional definition of marriage as “hurtful, offensive,” and “inconsistent with the culture of our institution.” Carson had made the mistake of expressing Christian values, not acceptable in today’s politically correct US. But, who determines which speech is correct? The Left?
Carson, not ready to be taken in by the tricks of the Left (Democrats) to demonize him after he was invited to speak, initiated the same pattern of response that Condoleezza Rice used to combat the thugs at Rutgers. Carson responded to Rothman with a letter in which he volunteered to step aside as commencement speaker so as to avoid spoiling the graduates’ day with controversy and publicity. This is how the Left wins—because the Right actually respects all people and traditional values and American principles, and the Left tries to trick all Americans into believing that they care.
As most universities in America, Rutgers is just another academic institution that cares more about the Leftist Democrat agenda messages aka, communist messages, than the truth. There will be no truth at Rutgers until it is shut down.
The budget for Rutgers from year to year is about $3.5 billion. The forced sale of the LA Clippers may bring Donald Sterling over a billion dollars or roughly 1/3 of the Rutgers annual budget. Sterling made a big mistake that offended Americans. Rutgers made a big mistake that offended Americans. As an American, I am very upset about both Donald Sterling and the affiliates and students at Rutgers University. Both were speech violations.
Both violations have major racial overtones. Sterling made nasty comments about blacks, and Rice was discriminated against because she is black and Republican, a combination which the truth police on campuses say cannot exist. We have learned that speech violations should be very costly to the perpetrator(s). It is only fair that Rutgers be punished at the same level as Donald Sterling for their racist behavior and the shame they placed on America and the people of New Jersey.
Yes, Rutgers must be shut down and like the Clippers it must be sold to the highest bidder. It has tarnished itself too severely to survive. New Jersey and America can do better without a bad apple such as Rutgers spoiling race relations and free speech on other US campuses.
Just as individuals cannot get away with bad behavior, universities cannot commit racial atrocities with impunity. The university should be padlocked four years from now after today’s freshmen graduate. It should be opened only to give prospective buyers a look at the assets. If it ever opens under a private charter, which I would recommend, perhaps it can be renamed “The New School of Truth, NJ.”
New Jersey residents should demand from Governor Christie that four years from now, when all current students have graduated or when they should have graduated, Rutgers closes its doors and Rutgers as Rutgers never again reopens. The message to student activists and faculty is that you do not own New Jersey or America, and you have no right to censor black leaders from either party. America-loving Americans own America.
Some may suggest that it was just 50 or 100 students plus the full faculty on two campuses and a portion of the staff and administrators who were the perpetrators. They might ask: “Why should all Rutgers students be punished for this one racial incident?” Well, just one person from the Clippers was the perpetrator and yet his family is being punished and disrespected and all of his employees are facing an unknown future. They must now labor on without their top manager while facing the sale of the team, and their possible dismissal.
For the 45,000 + students and the many employees at Rutgers that stood idly by while this atrocity took place, you get no sympathy from me. You did not stop it and so you are a part of it. Where was your outrage? If you really did not agree with what the 50 or 100 students did, where were you when it counted?
Where is your face story on Facebook or in the campus newspapers? Where are the 45,000 + letters to the editor expressing outrage at those who you would now label as the only bad guys? Where is your #students for the Secretary hashtag? Where are your guts? Rutgers, you are all cowards and just like Donald Sterling, you deserve nothing from New-Jersey loving New-Jersians and nothing of course from America loving Americans.