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The Left’s Mob Rule on Campus

Posted on | May 3, 2014 | 57 Comments

Scarcely a day goes by that we don’t hear some report of the increasing turn toward totalitarianism by the campus Left. Progressive hegemony on university faculties, a humanities curriculum heavily influenced by crypto-Marxist “theory,” and the radicalization of students through an identity-group Culture of Grievance, all contribute to this growing climate of intolerance. Administrators, when not actually in sympathy with the radicals, abdicate authority in the face of intimidation tactics employed by the militant Left at universities and colleges.

We are therefore not surprised that left-wing smears of Condoleezza Rice as a “war criminal” have led the former Secretary of State — arguably the most powerful black woman in American history — to withdraw as commencement speaker at Rutgers University:

In a statement to be released this morning, Rice says,

Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families. Rutgers’ invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time.
I am honored to have served my country. I have defended America’s belief in free speech and the exchange of ideas. These values are essential to the health of our democracy. But that is not what is at issue here. As a Professor for thirty years at Stanford University and as it’s former Provost and Chief academic officer, I understand and embrace the purpose of the commencement ceremony and I am simply unwilling to detract from it in any way.
Good luck to the graduates and congratulations to the families, friends and loved ones who will gather to honor them.

Opposition to Rice had focused on her support for the Iraq War and Bush policies in the War on Terror. Rutgers faculty at the New Brunswick campus approved a resolution calling for Rice to be disinvited, citing her role in the Bush administration’s alleged “effort to mislead the American people about the presence of weapons of mass destruction.”

Insofar as this is not simply a reflection of raw partisanship — studies have shown university faculties to be dominated by Democrats by at least a 4-to-1 margin over Republicans — it is further proof (as if more proof were needed) of the profound, poisonous and pervasive spirit of anti-Americanism now prevalent in academia.

Via Memeorandum, with further reporting by the Associated Press, and commentary by American Power, Legal Insurrection and Patterico.



57 Responses to “The Left’s Mob Rule on Campus”

  1. Kirby McCain
    May 4th, 2014 @ 6:19 pm

    If you said the world was flat I wouldn’t go to the trouble to refute such a claim. You stupidly think we’re Bush fans, we’re not. We are , most of us, fairly well acquainted with the facts surrounding the Gulf War.

  2. Kirby McCain
    May 4th, 2014 @ 6:23 pm

    The cash for clunkers President has botched everything he has touched.

  3. Quartermaster
    May 4th, 2014 @ 6:54 pm

    He is speaking for a part of Zer0’s maladminstration so one more dummy in front of the public won’t make any difference.

  4. Kirby McCain
    May 4th, 2014 @ 7:46 pm

    A sock puppet hydra.

  5. Paul H. Lemmen
    May 4th, 2014 @ 10:42 pm

    There was a war?

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