Pomp and protest


The silly season of commencement speakers is here again and Republicans need not apply, as Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos discovered last Wednesday ~

Betsy DeVos was heavily booed while she was delivering a commencement address on Wednesday at Bethune-Cookman University, a historically black college in Florida.
Students jeered DeVos and turned their backs to her, BuzzFeed reports.


Obviously the students learned nothing about respectful dissent in a civil society during their four years of study. Nor, apparently, do they support school choice ~

As DeVos met further opposition, she urged the crowd to see reason, stressing that education works best when people with opposing views converse with one another. “Let’s choose to hear one another out,” she said.

Maybe they just don’t like white women ~

One student was escorted out to cheers after giving a “black power symbol.”



Unlike his progressive predecessor (beloved at reality-free, anti-American universities across the land) Donald Trump hasn’t exactly been in high demand for commencement addresses, although he was welcomed warmly at the college that officially endorsed his candidacy last year, Liberty University ~

This was Trump’s first commencement address as President. For generations now, the tradition has been for a new President to deliver his first commencement at Notre Dame.* But once again Trump bucked tradition, choosing instead to speak at the large evangelical university in Lynchburg, Va.

Also unlike his predecessor, Trump seems to understand and appreciate what made America great, and he doesn’t mock “bitter clingers” ~

“America has always been the land of dreams because America is a nation of true believers. When the pilgrims landed at Plymouth they prayed. When the founders wrote the Declaration of Independence, they invoked our creator four times, because in America we don’t worship government we worship God. That is why our elected officials put their hands on the Bible and say, ‘So help me God,’ as they take the oath of office. It is why our currency proudly declares, ‘In God we trust,’ and it’s why we proudly proclaim that we are one nation under God every time we say the pledge of allegiance.
“America is better off when people put their faith in action,” he said, urging students to carry out their Christian work whether in ministry or business.
“As long as you remember what you learned here at Liberty, as long as you have pride in your beliefs, courage in your convictions and faith in your God, you will not fail.”

Almost Reaganesque :)


*Trump seemingly shunned by universities as commencement season nears ~

Obama was the sixth president to speak at Notre Dame’s commencement ceremonies and the ninth commander-in-chief awarded an honorary degree. Yet the prestigious Catholic university will sidestep its presidential tradition this spring.
Vice President Mike Pence will instead address the 2017 graduates. Notre Dame President John Jenkins said it was fitting for the university to recognize “a native son who served our state and now the nation with quiet earnestness, moral conviction and a dedication to the common good characteristic of true statesmen.”

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