Skip to comments.Dear Class of 2014: Thanks for Not Disinviting Me
Posted on 05/17/2014 8:46:28 AM PDT by Excellence
Members of the Class of 2014, I salute you. My warmest wishes on the occasion of your graduation from this fine institution.
And, before I go any further, I would like to express my personal thanks to all of you for not rescinding my invitation. I know that matters were dicey for a while, given that I have held and defended actual positions on politically contested issues. Now and then Ive strayed from the party line. And if the demonstrators would quiet down for a moment, Id like to offer an abject apology for any way in which I have offended against the increasingly narrow and often obscure values of the academy.
In my day, the college campus was a place that celebrated the diversity of ideas. Pure argument was our guide. Staking out an unpopular position was admired -- and the admiration, in turn, provided excellent training in the virtues of tolerance on the one hand and, on the other, integrity.
Your generation, I am pleased to say, seems to be doing away with all that.
Great! It would be even greater if he had the opportunity to actually deliver it.
I’m starting to feel like a counter culture “hippie” with respect to the current insanity coming out of the so-called establishment these days.
Perhaps the seeds are being planted for another revolution in that regard.
Nah, what was I thinking.
I would be the person they were protesting against back in 1968.
Yes, and it almost seems like the shoe is on the other foot now.
I’m confused - is he or is he not mocking them? First, he seems to be grateful to them for inviting him and NOT rescinding the invitation. Then, he goes on to talk to them as if they HAD rescinded the invitation. What gives?
Im confused - is he or is he not mocking them? First, he seems to be grateful to them for inviting him and NOT rescinding the invitation. Then, he goes on to talk to them as if they HAD rescinded the invitation. What gives?
Intolerance = Tyranny
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