Condoleezza Rice, censorship and liberty
Rutger’s University has been making the news lately – but not for any exemplary accomplishment. Recently, the University had invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to speak at their graduation ceremony. Ms. Rice, although not a true blue conservative by anyone’s standards, is an accomplished woman and has an incredible success story to tell. She also happened to have served under the much-hated Bush Administration as Secretary of State – and therein lies the rub. Apparently any association with our former 43rd President deserves liberal castigation.
The University that preaches tolerance has proven to be anything but – as several liberal professors reportedly spearheaded the largest protest that Rutgers had ever experienced (a total of 50 protesters). These students and professors objected to Condoleezza Rice based on her role in the Iraq War. While protesting may be a rite of passage in academia, censorship of opposing ideas is not a valued American virtue. It is an assault against our liberty of conscience that has always set us apart from other nations throughout the world.
To keep it in perspective, had the students initiated this protest on their own accord, it might not be such a problem. However, the University has a history of employing the most liberal of liberals to brainwash—I mean teach our children ideologies that many parents find objectionable. These professors may have just crossed the proverbial line and become the symbol of all the ideology that is destroying America. They may have also done something else – something many conservatives have been trying to do for decades – awakened the silent majority.
Condoleezza Rice the latest symbol
Our conservative point of view may have just been banished from the halls of academia one too many times. We’re tired of being bullied and we’re tired of being censored. You see, there is still a large contingent of us in these United States that will not be silenced any longer. We believe in free speech – and that it is not to be relegated to restricted zones delegated by the Bureau of Land Management or banished by any college professor. We have nothing against protesting, but have a problem with it when it has been manipulated by anti-American liberals and has infected our children. We also believe in tolerance, but we believe that those who preach tolerance should also be tolerant of us and our ideas. We don’t believe in stifling young minds – especially by those whom we are paying, and we don’t believe in censorship. We also believe in education but we believe good education should expand one’s mind not rustle up the thought police on campus.