Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

An Open Letter to President Bollinger
Special[ to FreeRepublic ^ | 10 October 2006 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)

Posted on 10/10/2006 8:52:24 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob

To: President Lee Bollinger, Columbia University

I thought of writing you a letter, but my experience with people as important as you is they seldom answer their mail. So I thought it better to make this a public letter. Those who agree with me can make copies of this and send them in.

Let’s review. On 6 October, there was a planned speech by three representatives of the Minuteman Project, an organization which believes that immigration should be legal, and that illegal immigration should be stopped. They were invited by a recognized student group, and Columbia said it would take care of security.

Protesters of various stripes came to the speech, loaded for bear. When the first man spoke, protesters shouted “nigger” at him. (For some odd reason, the New York Times didn’t report this little wrinkle. You do know that is a very offensive word, don’t you?)

Next to speak was Jim Gilchrist, founder of the Minuteman Project. The protesters rushed the stage, stole his speech notes, and snatched his glasses off. They then crowded the stage with several banners; one said in Arabic and Spanish, “No one is illegal.” Again, the Times was reluctant to report accurately. It only said the banner was “in several languages." One concludes that the reporter couldn’t recognize those languages.

At least two Columbia University policemen were present. I saw them with my own eyes on TV. The police did nothing to stop the takeover of the stage. Mr. Gilchrist couldn’t speak. Your intrepid constables then “took charge” and shut down the event, forcing the 350 people present – most who came to hear the speakers -- out of Roone Arledge Auditorium.

You issued a lame statement about freedom of speech the following morning, and announced that there would be “an investigation.” Today, some of your students held a press conference to justify their actions because the Minutemen didn’t “deserve” to speak.

Does that cover the waterfront?

As far as the investigation is concerned, you do have a VCR, don’t you? Your Assistant can pop in tapes of the speech and press conference, and push the start button. The question is what are you going to do about it?

Do I have to remind you of the purpose of a university, yours or anyone else’s. It is a place where unfettered research leads to advances in human knowledge, and where such ideas are debated in a free speech environment. You have exactly two functions, One is to maintain that university environment. (The other is to raise the money to pay for ir.)

In short order you’ll have a list off students who violated the policies of Columbia by shutting down a public forum. You should also find out why your police did not act. If it on their own initiative, they should be fired. If because of policy set above them, the head of your police should be fired. If the policy goes all the way to the top, maybe you should be fired.

But I am getting ahead of myself.

What should you do with these students? Every last one of them should be at least suspended for a year.

I have experience with such actions. My older brother was suspended from Yale for violation of University policies. A high school classmate was also suspended from Princeton for a year. In both cases, they’d completed their degrees and were awaiting graduation. In case you’re interested, both infractions were minor at the time, and no violation today.

One concerned cutting too many classes. The other involved having a women in his room. In today’s environment, attendance isn’t kept. And all students are free to have consenting mammals in their rooms. But I digress.

Last Friday at Columbia some of your “students” acted like a group home for juvenile delinquents when the director of the home goes out for lunch. If you do not throw these “students” out, then the Trustees should throw you out. And if the Trustees don’t throw you out, then the alumni should throw them out, by triggering the fund-raising bomb.

While we’re on the subject of bombs, given their politics it’s likely the same demonstrators will call on the US to negotiate with Kim Song Il of North Korea. While those students are on involuntary sabbatical, you might suggest they read a good text on the First Amendment, and another on Chamberlain’s negotiations with Hitler which produced “peace for our times,” aka World War II.

No need for you to respond to this. I trust the national press will report what you do, and what is done to you as a result.

Go Ivy League,

John Armor, Yale, ‘64

- 30 -

About the Author: John Armor is a lawyer specializing in constitutional law, who may again be a candidate for Congress in the 11th District of North Carolina. John_Armor@aya.yale.edu

- 30 -


TOPICS: Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: adolfhitler; columbia; illegal; immigration; jimgilchrist; kimsongil; leebollinger; minutemen; nevillechamberlain; nytimes; princeton; yale
President Bollinger deserves to be treated with humor.

John . Billybob

1 posted on 10/10/2006 8:52:26 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Congressman Billybob

It's not really Bollinger's fault that the students and faculty at Columbia are neo-Marxist fools.


2 posted on 10/10/2006 8:55:28 AM PDT by Brilliant
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Congressman Billybob
One correction: "...but my experience with people as self- important as you is they seldom answer their mail...."
3 posted on 10/10/2006 8:57:13 AM PDT by GSlob
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Congressman Billybob
What should you do with these students? Every last one of them should be at least suspended for a year.

Actually, they should all be expelled.

Nice letter. Glad it was released to the public.

Bollinger is a weasel and a liberal. He's also politically correct. He will no nothing about this. Columbia is home of fascist liberal thugs.

4 posted on 10/10/2006 8:59:01 AM PDT by MaestroLC ("Let him who wants peace prepare for war."--Vegetius, A.D. Fourth Century)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Brilliant
It's not really Bollinger's fault that the students and faculty at Columbia are neo-Marxist fools.

Thomas Piatak (e-mail on NRO 'the corner') wrotes in:

"John—-You are absolutely right to nominate Bollinger as Weasel of the Year. I went to the University of Michigan Law School when he was the dean there. The year before he became dean, a student singing group sang several Christmas carols at the school's end of semester gathering. After Bollinger became dean, he told the chorus that they could not perform any Christmas carols or even any songs that mentioned the word 'Christmas.' One of the banned songs was Mel Torme's 'The Christmas Song.' Bollinger confessed that he was rather fond of the song, but felt the need to ban it because it ends by wishing everyone a 'Merry Christmas.' If the song had only mentioned Christmas in passing at the beginning, he might have allowed the students to sing it, but the provocative ending was just too much to bear.

"Instead of Christmas music, we got to hear some awful contemporary music inspired by 'Antigone.' As a friend remarked at the time, 'It's beginning to look a lot like Thebes.'

"Bollinger was always doing stuff like this, which is why those of us in the Michigan Federalist Society (including the redoubtable Ann Coulter, one year ahead of me at Michigan) called Bollinger 'Dean Bolshevik.'"

5 posted on 10/10/2006 9:00:48 AM PDT by MaestroLC ("Let him who wants peace prepare for war."--Vegetius, A.D. Fourth Century)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: MaestroLC

Anyone who sends their son to Columbia is out of their minds. The school has a policy where anonymous female students can charge a male student with sexual harrassment. This may include bumping into them and they're taking offense. The male student may not know the nature of the charges against him, no cross examination, nor is he entitled to legal representation. Very Kafkaesque.


6 posted on 10/10/2006 9:04:37 AM PDT by massgopguy ((I owe everything to George Bailey))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: GSlob
I thought of writing this the way you suggested. But I thought it better to let my capable readers insert the word "self" before "important," as you did. LOL.

John / Billybob
7 posted on 10/10/2006 9:14:54 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Have a look-see. Please get involved.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Congressman Billybob

Well said... as usual...


8 posted on 10/10/2006 9:22:09 AM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (All of the answers remain available; Wisdom is gained by asking the right questions!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Congressman Billybob

Well, it is a sort of freudian slip. For example, whenever I am using the expression "big shots", "big sh*ts" comes out automatically.


9 posted on 10/10/2006 9:24:29 AM PDT by GSlob
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Congressman Billybob
Great letter.

Bollinger is at best inept, way over his head. I wonder if he realized what a laughing stock he has become to many.

10 posted on 10/10/2006 9:25:45 AM PDT by Dante3
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Congressman Billybob

Panty wearing University President bump.


11 posted on 10/10/2006 9:28:37 AM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Congressman Billybob

Gee, d'you think Keith Olbermann will name Bollinger "Worst Person in the World" any time soon?


12 posted on 10/10/2006 9:35:52 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MaestroLC

That's a pretty good description of Bollinger. Interestingly, I also went to the UofM Law School, though years earlier. Bollinger was just a professor at that time.


13 posted on 10/10/2006 10:07:54 AM PDT by Brilliant
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Congressman Billybob

Sadly Bollinger has a long history of accepting and excusing such violent anti-social behaviour. Clearly the Board of Trustees of the University are satisfied with his lack of control over the violence.


14 posted on 10/10/2006 10:11:36 AM PDT by OldFriend (Should we wait for them to come and kill us again? President Karzai 9/26/06)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: massgopguy
Clearly there are republicans at Columbia. They invited the Minutemen to speak. The event was well attended as well.

Clearly new leadership is needed at Columbia and Bollinger needs to go.

15 posted on 10/10/2006 10:12:45 AM PDT by OldFriend (Should we wait for them to come and kill us again? President Karzai 9/26/06)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Brilliant
>>>>It's not really Bollinger's fault that the students and faculty at Columbia are neo-Marxist fools.

Bollinger is a neo-Marxist fool himself, as others here have pointed out.

16 posted on 10/10/2006 10:42:55 AM PDT by Thorin ("I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Congressman Billybob
The banners were indeed in "several languages", including the one that read "No one is ilegal". Saw it on Fox News with my own eyes. While I realize that academic standards are slipping badly even at "Ive League" schools, it made me wonder how many of the protestors/disruptors were actually Columbia students. To be sure, Columbia students were active participants, but I'm sure one or more outside groups had a big hand in this. The obnoxious young woman (Columbia student) who was interviewed on Fox appeared to have been professionally trained in media-handling with hardcore ideological doublespeak.
17 posted on 10/10/2006 11:55:42 AM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Congressman Billybob

Good letter, John. I didn't know you were an Eli. My son is dying to go to Princeton!


18 posted on 10/10/2006 12:42:11 PM PDT by The Right Stuff
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Brilliant
Thats BULLS@#T and you know it everything that goes on at a University is the responsibility of the president since it was his office that gave the OK for the speeches.
19 posted on 10/10/2006 3:37:55 PM PDT by snowman1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: GovernmentShrinker

Many years ago, one of our student interns came in bragging how well he had done on his GRE's....He had gotten a 1250, and I was impressed, until he reminded me that that was for 3 parts -- Math, Verbal, and Analytical -- rather than 2. I told him that his scores were on the low end of mediocre. One of his fellow students, with whom I dealt on several occasions, although he did not actually work for us, went to the same school. I did not think he was as bright as Mr. 1250 -- but then his mentor comes in bragging that he got this fellow a graduate assistantship at Columbia. I tried to squeeze out of the mentor and the student what the GRE scores were. All either of them told me was that they were "good."

So no, I don't believe that Columbia has high academic standards at all.


20 posted on 10/10/2006 10:18:13 PM PDT by scrabblehack
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Congressman Billybob

Excellent.


21 posted on 10/11/2006 7:45:17 AM PDT by Egon (I stand beside you as your partner, in front as your defender, behind as... hey! nice butt!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: scrabblehack

Me either, but I'd sort of think they'd be able to spell "illegal", at least with the help of a dictionary or spellchecker, especially when it's the single topic of an aggressive demonstration they're participating in.


22 posted on 10/11/2006 8:53:15 AM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: OldFriend

It's the unofficial PoliSci course: Destructive Protesting 101.


23 posted on 10/14/2006 2:03:45 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Congressman Billybob

It's the unofficial PoliSci course: Destructive Protesting 101.


24 posted on 10/14/2006 2:04:19 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: scrabblehack
Admissions to the Ivy's is contingent upon a certain agenda.

What follows is a graduating class, if they ever do graduate, full of louts.

25 posted on 10/14/2006 9:34:36 AM PDT by OldFriend (ANNOY THE MEDIA ~ VOTE REPUBLICAN)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Brilliant
It's not really Bollinger's fault that the students and faculty at Columbia are neo-Marxist fools.

Fault ? maybe, maybe not..

RESPONSIBILITY? Definitely !

26 posted on 10/14/2006 10:28:18 AM PDT by Wil H
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: massgopguy

Good to see the ACLU has been all over this situation.

SARCASM.


27 posted on 10/21/2006 7:34:39 AM PDT by kjo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Congressman Billybob
Mr. Armor,
Would you mind pinging me on articles relating to the Ivy League?
I run the unofficial Columbia Ping list and want to start an Ivy League Pong List.
28 posted on 10/22/2006 2:45:40 PM PDT by rmlew (DeathKlok Rules!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pyro7480; SlowBoat407; cyborg; Rodney King; Piranha; Pitiricus; Seeing More Clearly Now; lancer; ...
Columbia Ping
29 posted on 10/22/2006 2:46:30 PM PDT by rmlew (DeathKlok Rules!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: rmlew; Congressman Billybob
want to start an Ivy League Pong List.


30 posted on 10/22/2006 2:59:18 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: Paleo Conservative

I really should start to spell check.


31 posted on 10/22/2006 3:00:50 PM PDT by rmlew (DeathKlok Rules!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: rmlew
I seldom write about "Ivy League" issues, because they seldom rise to the level deserving coverage. Most of the time, my references there are in passing, such as debating against John Kerry's Liberal Party in the Political Union (and beating them).

But feel free on the few occasions that I write about such things to ping it out to your list.

John / Billybob
32 posted on 10/22/2006 3:49:45 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Have a look-see. Please get involved.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: Congressman Billybob

The Eighth Wonder of the World is that liberal cesspits like Columbia continue to get students willing to pay $160,000 for a degree from same.


33 posted on 10/22/2006 6:22:03 PM PDT by pabianice
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Congressman Billybob
I just happened by, three weeks after you posted this, and want to commend you for an excellent treatment of the subject. The advent of thuggery on what were once prestigious institutions of "higher education," would once have chilled every educated American. But that was before the velvet glove imposition of our home grown version of National Socialist ideology throughout much of American Academia. The ideological thugs are now so well entrenched, the old fashioned type of street bullies can now come out and openly strut their stuff.

We need to look at these antics as one more wakeup call to the need to try to recapture lost resources.

William Flax

34 posted on 10/31/2006 1:32:02 PM PST by Ohioan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson