So NYT reporter Chris Hedges got booed off the stage while speaking at a college commencement ceremony in Rockford, Illinois. Good.
If a professor brings a guest speaker to your poli sci class, then you should give him a listen even if you think he’s a fool. You need to be exposed to other people’s points of view, etc.
If someone is speaking at a lecture hall or out on the green saying stuff you don’t like, you have no right to prevent them from saying their piece. When some punks show up at a speech just for the purpose of being disruptive, they need beat down. Let them say their piece. Maybe you can argue with them afterward or during Q&A if you please. Or you can just stay the hell away from them.
That does not, however, mean that you have a right to inflict yourself on people anytime you can weasel your way to a microphone. A graduation ceremony is for graduates and their families, not for some yahoo to jack himself off in front of a captive audience.
Graduation is about the graduates. Junior has worked for years to earn this degree. His folks have put themselves out tens of thousands of dollars to get him through. It’s THEIR day.
Then some jackass from the NYT comes out to wag his finger at them at precisely this important personal moment, telling them that they’re a bunch of bullies and everybody in the world hates them. Honk off, jackass. Do it on your own time.
Then this buttmunch reporter comes back the next day with his little feelings all hurt. He’s heartbroken at how uncivil we’ve become because his captive audience refused to remain captive. The graduates booed you? Hey, that’s THEIR free speech- and it is THEIR day.
Mr. Hedges, when your people from the New York Times are having a meeting to figure out better ways to lie to people and spread commie propoganda, I don’t come storming in to rant Ayn Rand at you and tell you that you’re going to hell [even though you are:)].
Mr. Hedges showed rudeness and disrespect for the graduates and their families by inflicting his harangue on a captive audience that didn’t sign up for a political argument. For my part, I would be most delighted to have Ann Coulter show up at a graduation ceremony and start harassing the damned liberals. However, it would not be welcome by all the hard working Democrats in attendance, and would be just as inappropriate as Mr. Hedges’ remarks. Plus, Ms. Coulter has better manners than that.
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