Saturday, January 31, 2009

Another leftwing speaker invited to campus

The standard contretemps between Peter Carusone on the right:

Why do we continually bring in speakers from the Left and, in this case, by anyone's definition, a radical of the first degree. What kind of message does this send to our students? Of course, since she's now 65 years old and has changed her hairdo, most students would have no idea who Angela Davis is/was.

They would not know that Angela Davis was once an avowed Communist and terrorist on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list. They would not know that she was once implicated (and, yes, then cleared in a controversial trial) for providing weapons that were used to kill a California judge in an attempt to free her imprisoned lover. They might not know that today her speaking fees range from $10,000 to $20,000!

For a preview of what you can expect to hear from Angela Davis when she visits us as our guest at WSU, don't take my word for it, as the Chronicle of Northwestern University has provided a student summary of her comments when speaking there about a year ago. Here is the link:

and everyone else on the left, specifically, Lawrence Hammar:

Peter, maybe Pat Buchanan or Pat Robertson or Dinesh D'Souza or William Bennett or Ann Coulter or Sean Hannity or Cal Thomas or Anita Bryant were booked, but I take it as a badge of honor when anyone calls for the overthrow of capitalism, radical or otherwise. Surely the planet, and the vast majority if not all of us, would be better off.

As for the contentions of the writers of the article to which you referred us that Dr. Davis had "insulted the founding fathers of this county," I say, "You go, Dr.!" Neither is she the first to have done so. I distinctly remember Ronald Reagan saying that the Contra in Nicaragua were "the moral equivalent of the Founding Fathers!" I know! What a diss!!!!!!!

In other words, Peter, the statement was true in ways that neither he nor likely you could surmise . . . which is why we need Dr. Davis to appear here on campus at about the same frequency as anyone else. I'm betting that you didn't complain when Reagan began getting paid in the many tens of thousands of dollars for the speeches he delivered in Japan and elsewhere upon leaving office.

One could argue that Reagan was helping to readdress the trade imbalance between the US and Japan by charging his speaking fees.

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