Sunday, May 21, 2006
Their parents must be so proud........
Made it Nevada and took my time getting to my hotel. Did a few stops in a couple of casinos and invested a few dollars. I like table games and don't like the slots. The whole time I was on the base over in Japan, I was always amazed about how folks could spend hours in front of the slot machines in the clubs, I prefer the interaction with a real human being. ( Especially if she has a nice smile and big breasts......).
John McCain spoke at the commencement of the New School. The New School is not exactly a bastion of conservatism..:
No sooner had Mr. Kerrey welcomed the audience to the university's 70th commencement than the hoots began to rise through the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Several graduates held up a banner aimed at Mr. McCain, an Arizona Republican and likely 2008 presidential candidate, declaring:"Our commencement is not your platform." Other students and faculty members waved orange fliers with the same message.
Mr. Kerrey, a former Democratic senator from Nebraska, was unapologetic yesterday about inviting Mr.McCain, his friend and fellow Vietnam War veteran, to speak. He noted early in his welcoming remarks that there had been intense media coverage of Mr. McCain's graduation speech last week at Liberty University, headed by the Rev. Jerry Falwell, in which Mr. McCain strongly defended the Iraq war.
"Many predicted that his speech today would not receive as friendly a reception," Mr.Kerrey said. "The expectation is that, and that expectation has already been
realized, that some of you in this audience will act up to protest the senator's appearance."
It got worse and I can only imagine what it was like in the car on the ride home after graduation for this lady:
The first student speaker, Jean Sara Rohe, 21, said she had
discarded her original remarks to talk about Mr. McCain.
"The senator does not reflect the ideals upon which this university was founded," she said,to a roaring ovation. "This invitation was a top-down decision that did not take into account the desires and interests of the student body on an occasion that
is supposed to honor us above all."
Noting that Mr. McCain had promised to give the same speech at all of his graduation appearances, Ms. Rohe, who was one of two students selected to speak by university deans, attacked his remarks even before he delivered them.
"Senator McCain will tell us today that dissent and disagreement are our civic and moral obligation in times of crisis, and I agree," she said. "I consider this a time of crisis, and I feel obligated to speak."
She continued, "Senator McCain will also tell us about his strong-headed self-assuredness in his youth, which prevented him from hearing the ideas of others, and in so doing he will imply that those of us who are young are too naive to have valid opinions.
"I am young, and although I don't profess to possess the wisdom that time affords us, I do know that pre-emptive war is dangerous and wrong," she said.
Unlike Sen McCain's alma mater ( back when it actually cared about something other than being a bastion of feminism) its clear that the New School has failed in its primary obligation to to prepare students for the real world. I'll bet the parents of this young woman are so happy they spent $100,000 dollars over 4 years and she did not learn some basic truths about life.
So in the interest of saving you frustration in later years, here are some of the blank spots it seems your college neglected to tell you:
Jean, you ignorant slut,
Life is not fair. Get over it. Pull a stunt like you did at the graduation in a business meeting,you will be lucky if all you get is a scolding from the platform. Out here in the real world, its a lot different. THEY FIRE YOU.. Yea its not fair, but its legal and they will do it in a heart beat. Even if they don't, its clear to me that no one taught you this important concept: You only have so much credibiity to use up at any given time. Its important you use it carefully.
Secondly you will find that getting what you want, despite what Hollywood has taught you in the movies, does not come from direct frontal assaults. Generally you enact change by working through a variety of avenues to achieve the effect you want. That, by the way generally takes time, and requires making concessions along the way.
There are a lot of people who do not support the war in Iraq. I'm one of them. However like it or not your nation is committed there, and simply scolding a Senator does not help the situation. And by the way, it seems you forgot that there are a lot of 21 year olds who are not getting to walk the streets of Manhattan , thinking about the draft of their speech........but are out there getting shot at, trying to do what their duty requires of them. I'm quite sure they don't like it either, but they understand far better than it seems you do, what it means to make a commitment to one's country. I never saw the words , "Thank you" any where in your prepared remarks. These kids have not had your privledged upbringing, but they seemed to have learned something you did not. Your welcome.
I'd like to come back and see you in 15 years. When you weigh about 20 pounds more than you should, your husband is grousing about the money you spend, the food you cook, the sex you are not providing, and you have 2 kids that run around your house making a mess. And then pour your self a cup of coffee asking yourself "Is this all there is?"
In that moment, remember how good it felt to tell off a Senator in public. Either your roots will have prepared you for that or they won't have. My alma mater prepared me for that moment, by teaching me through getting shouted at and what some would call "hazed", that I have to make my my own happiness and understand my situation. I'm not sure your college taught you that. Trust me, the answer is not found in the works of Betty Freidan.................