Skip to comments.Apple-polisher shows POW real courage — Ann Coulter
Posted on 05/24/2006 3:54:38 PM PDT by Conservative Coulter Fan
This week, the world gasped in awe at the raw heroism of Jean Rohe, the student at the New School who gave a speech attacking the commencement speaker, Republican Sen. John McCain, at the commencement ceremony.
We mostly heard about Rohe's bravery from Rohe and, really, who is in a better position to judge? As Rohe herself put it: "If there's one thing that I know about myself, it is that I care for people, and in that sense I have a great deal of character."
According to her posted biography, Rohe "grew up singing and performing folk music with her family. Jean spent a year at Smith College followed by a summer at the Universidad de la Habana in Cuba on scholarship where she honed her Spanish skills, learned about Cuban history, culture and politics, and made some of her dearest friends" mostly while waiting in line for hours and hours each day to get toilet paper.
In other words, Rohe is just a typical all-American girl, right down to a stint in Castro's Cuba.
In an unintentionally ironic article about her brave decision to attack the commencement speaker, Rohe describes going around campus the day before her speech and discovering how overwhelmingly popular it would be to attack McCain. At two graduation ceremonies a day earlier, attacks on McCain brought wild cheers from the audience.
See, where I come from, sucking up to the audience is not called "courageous." It's called "toadying."
Every place Rohe went that day she ran into students and faculty fashioning armbands and preparing their protests. As she said: "The situation seemed pretty serious."
Literally every person Rohe talked to the day before the ceremony opposed the war in Iraq and hated McCain with blind fury. Her mother the one who tortured the children by making them sing folk songs wept when Rohe read her illiterate speech over the phone.
Rohe's resolve to tell the audience what it wanted to hear, guaranteeing wild standing ovations for herself, was only hardened when she was told there would be media at the event.
While some might say it was gutless to suck up to the audience by insulting an invited guest, they didn't understand the incredible risks Rohe was taking by attacking a Republican at the New School: You'll be a pariah in the West Village! You'll never sing in a jazz club on the Lower East Side again! And don't even think about setting foot on the Upper West Side!
As Rohe later said: "It was something I didn't want to do, but knew I had to out of an obligation to my own values" which happened to be the exact same values as the entire audience, the faculty, her fellow students, her boyfriend and her mother, each of whom shared the value of being rude to an invited guest who also happened to be a Republican, a U.S. senator and decorated war hero.
And so Rohe attacked McCain's speech before he delivered it, with such devastating ripostes as this:
"Sen. McCain will tell us that we, those of us who are Americans, 'have nothing to fear from each other.' I agree strongly with this, but I take it one step further. We have nothing to fear from anyone on this living planet."
Except all the people who want to kill us.
Such as, for example, Osama bin Laden and that's according to Rohe, who is furious with Bush for not having caught him yet. Isn't Osama a person "on this living planet"? Does she think we have something to fear from him?
I'm sorry to be a snob, but this trusting view of terrorists is hard enough to take from smart liberals. When I have to hear the New School version of it, my eyeballs have rolled not only out of their sockets but out of the building.
Maybe in her heart of hearts, Rohe does think Bush is an imbecile, McCain a lout, and the war is wrong. Maybe she would think so even if she had ever met someone who holds a different opinion.
But then she should just admit: "I know, I know. I'm an utterly conventional brown-noser, the very definition of going-with-the-flow, middle-of-the pack, finger-to-the-wind follower, who doesn't have the candlepower to resist conforming to the beliefs of everyone around me but that's what I think."
If you want to find the cool, anti-establishment rebels who don't answer to "The Man" on college campuses today, you have to go to a meeting of the College Republicans. They are rebelling against at least 99 percent of their professors. Even the original '60s anti-war protesters were rebelling against at least 5 percent of their professors. Today's college liberals ape the beliefs of 99 percent of their professors and then pretend they're on-the-edge radicals.
We've always had to endure goody two-shoes apple-polishers kids with their hands always up, who turn in talkers when the teacher leaves the classroom and volunteer for extra work after school. But not until today's college liberals have we ever had to suffer the effrontery of the ass-kissers telling us: "I'm bad I clean erasers for teachers after class because I'm baaad."
I don't care what liberals think. I don't care that they're spineless suck-ups. Just don't insult my intelligence by telling me they're brave.
I wish there were a way to sig this. Unfortunately, it's too big.
I saw her at the beginning of the month at Wellesley College...I have to say, it was a GREAT performance!
She came into the belly of the beast (Wellesley, home of Hillary and Half-Bright) and didn't pull any punches!
I paid $10, but after being so entertatined, I would have easily paid $50-100 to see her.
I would love to see Ann run for office, but she is having too much fun!
Bump for later read.
The fact that she spent a year at Smith qualifies her as an out and out kook!
Put Rohe and and Osama in a darkened room with a knife and see who comes out with their head on.
I hear that... Liberalism and political correctness have become the establishment, and we (college-age conservatives) have become the underground, anti-establishment culture glorified in the '60s.
he he he
Take that a few steps farther:
Today's artists ape the beliefs of 99 percent of the artistic community and then pretend they're avant-garde.
Today's filmaker's ape the beliefs of 99 percent of Hollywood moneymen and then pretend they're "pushing the envelope."
Today's musicians ape the licks, lyrics, and fashions of 99 percent of their peers, and then pretend they're "leading the charge" against convention.
It's hard to accept that the Revolutionary has become the Establishment, and radicalism has become the status quo. Look at Madonna's tired antics. Been there, seen that. Or the Ditzy Hicks: want to pump up the publicity around a do-nothing album? Take a shot at the Republicans. That always plays well with the record-producer crowd. (Leaves the fans a little cold, but I hear the Hicks aren't particularly interested in THEM anyway.) Another exhibition featuring the Holy Mother in heels and fishnet stockings, or Christ as a two-bit pimp? Yawn.
Liberals really need to work up some new material. Their schtick is as stale as JoAnne Worley's.
(Denny Crane: "Every one should carry a gun strapped to their waist. We need more - not less guns.")
She has a good push pull arm locked grip, note how that long left thumb of hers is locking down on the other one.
She IS a kick! And probably a good shooter too. Any bets that her autographed targets with bulls might sell at about $100.00 each?
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