Congratulations to the college graduates of 2013! You are ready to embark on a move back to your parents home while you desperately search for a good $8.00/hour job. You know, the thousands of dollars you owe in student loan debt will need to be paid off soon. However, let’s not talk about that, but discuss your joyful commencement ceremony.
Every year, the highlight is often the commencement speakers. This year, of the top 100 universities listed in U.S. News and World Report, only 17 had conservative commencement speakers. The Ivy league schools did not have one. In fact, 96% of the faculty and staff at the Ivy league schools contributed to Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. For those of you who just received such a prestigious education, surely, you can see there is no correlation between political ideology on college campuses and the selection of the commencement speakers. It is just one of those odd coincidences.
Dr. Ben Carson, distinguished pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins University was scheduled to speak at the University’s medical school commencement, but withdrew after many students and faculty protested. Dr. Carson, a children’s advocate and well respected man happens to hold conservative personal, political and social views. In an interview a few months ago, he stated that he believed marriage is between a man and a woman. For that obvious, radical, outlandish thought, a protest began. Dr. Carson, having class and dignity, decided that he would withdrawal from speaking as to not put a damper on a day that belongs to those graduates. What the graduates do not understand is that Dr.Carson withdrawing is their loss, not his. He works for a living, and is highly successful. He was doing the graduates a favor by fitting them into his busy schedule. He can continue to save children’s lives that day while the pompous protesters search for an abortion doctor to replace him. I hope those vocal graduates also thank Dr.Carson as well. Dr. Carson will likely be one of many conservatives who work for a living supporting those who will not be able to find a job under the President they helped elect. Let’s sincerely hope that none of these protesters someday ever need the expertise of Dr. Ben Carson to perhaps save a child that they know and love.
When CEO’s of major corporations are scheduled to speak, the same groups rally again. It’s the evil capitalism they rail against. Anyone want to take bets how fast these students would jump at an opportunity to work for one of these evil empires given the chance? Which graduate is going to turn down an offer at Bank of America to make lattes at Starbucks? Has any one of these students ever considered who supports the arts, charities and funds the endowments that may help make some of their education possible?
Bill O’Reilly, who leans conservative on some issues, but is not far right by any stretch, recently spoke concerning this very topic. He has decided to personally stop donating to those schools who unfairly punish those with differing points of view.
It appears that overpriced tuition buys you liberal professors and one viewpoint. All other viewpoints are obviously not welcome or seldom heard. In fairness, your tuition also buys you a few other things: a mountain of debt, a low paying, part time job, and a chip on your shoulder.
Class of 2013 congratulations! Keep shouting down those you disagree with, but take their money and live off their tax dollars. You were taught well.