Skip to comments.My Commencement Speech to Rutgers’ Geniuses: Go Forth and Fail
Posted on 05/20/2014 7:03:07 AM PDT by Rummyfan
Greetings, Class of 2014. So Condoleezza Rice was too offensive for you. Just wait until Monday morning. Did you learn how to spell KFC?
Rutgers Did Not Invite Me to Give Its Commencement Speech Today
The university got pretty confused about who would, after Condoleezza Rice declined.
Rutgers invited, then disinvited, then re-invited Eric LeGrand, the Rutgers defensive tackle who was paralyzed from the shoulders down in a 2010 football game. LeGrand went on to write two books, become a motivational speaker, and finish his Rutgers degree via Skype.
Between inviting and re-inviting LeGrand, Rutgers invited and confirmed the invitation of former New Jersey governor and former head of the 9/11 Commission Tom Kean. So the university has twoand, for all I know, still countingcommencement speakers. But Rutgers never got confused enough to invite me.
Eric LeGrand and Tom Kean are uplifting figures. LeGrand has raised hope. Kean has raised hell with the CIA and FBI. I am not uplifting.
Here Is What I Would Tell the Rutgers Graduating Class of 2014:
(Excerpt) Read more at thedailybeast.com ...
Also, I was one of those rare breeds who is a staunch conservative and Milton Friedman was my idol. I heard him speak in person on several occasions and was the lucky grad student who got to have dinner with him once. Because of my conservative views, I ate lunch by myself a lot. Still, I learned a lot, and the most valuable lesson is that liberals have no idea why they believe what they do and they are totally incapable of reasoned debate. I used to argue frequently with one Sociology prof and would box her in a corner from which she had no escape. Her response: "Well, that may be but I don't believe it!" Debating a liberal is like talking to a fence post. You'll get equally intelligent answers from both.
This was a well deserved beat down of what is considered education these days.
My introduction to “Red” Rutgers was having to sit in an auditorium session in Newark and listen to a freak named Imamu Amirri Baraka (aka LeRoy Jones) give a scatological racist speech on evil white people. There were hundreds of other naive students there who acted as we had been trained to do - just sit there in the presence of authority figures - in this case the morons in Administration who invited this freak to perform. Today, being much older, I would have turned around, dropped by pants, bent over and then walked out.
Rutgers in the past several decades, has been a left-wing monstrosity run by overpaid administrators and employing left-wing Marxists on staff.
I'm sure a good number of students there would have liked to have had the opportunity to hear Ms. Rice speak. She is an intelligent, charming woman with much valuable experience in foreign policy. But since she represents the unacceptable to the radical leftists - a conservative black Republican female, the freaks who populate and control that institution couldn't permit her to generate the “wrong” impression.
They would prefer a moron like Imamu Amirri Baraka (aka LeRoy Jones) Screw Rutgers.
It was 40 pages typed, with 100+ pages more of attachments...took me four months, and one weekend to type using an electric typewriter.
Two thoughts on that:
Naive people caving in to a minority only strengthens that minority's power to pull crap like that.
Ideological people caving in to a minority all too willingly since it supports their own thinking.
Either way, the students lose.
Robert Frost - Mending Wall and no, I didn't need to look it up.
Rutgers grad here, O'Rourke owes me a song.
That was a joke, son!
I think that he was referring to the present graduating class, most of whom probably have no idea who Robert Frost was.
but ultimately, missing it did go a long way to prove his claim to being an economist...
Perhap...perhaps not. I know a lot of people who think exactly what he said. When I tell people my Ph.D. is in Cliometrics, they think I'm a weatherman. A lot of people just don't have a clue.
love Milton Freidman! Cool that you got to have dinner with him.
Super cool. I was a grad student and Dr. Gary Walton was my mentor. That night, dinner was with Robert Fogel and Stanley Engerman (authors of Time on the Cross), Douglas North (Dr. Walton’s mentor), and Milton Friedman. Friedman, Fogel, and North are all Nobel prize winners...I was afraid to open my mouth. Yet, the talk was little of economics, but mostly about other things. Friedman has just purchased his farm in VT, North bought some property in the South of France, and Fogel and Engerman just joined in the conversation, along with Gary and, rarely, me. Absolutely an amazing evening.