My Kids Will Not Be Going to Columbia University!
What is wrong with John Coatsworth? The Columbia Dean said today that if Hitler had wanted to come and engage in a debate with students about the issues of the day then he would have had a platform from which to speak at Columbia. (See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxmEGsOkEVc )
Are you kidding me? It is bad enough that they are inviting a man to speak at their University who likely opened a bottle of fine champagne and began to dance when the Towers fell, but to suggest that even Hitler would be allowed on campus is bordering on pure unadulterated insanity. As conservative as I am (which is something I do not hide-obviously) I am all for free speech and for the free exchange of ideas at college campuses–even if some of the ideas are nutty. But to allow men like the Iranian President or Hitler to speak to impressionalbe college students is treason. Maybe we need a short legal lesson on treason.
The Constitution of the United States, Art. III, defines treason against the United States to consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid or comfort. Certainly both of the individuals mentioned are or were (Hitler) our enemies. Allowing them to come to an AMERICAN College or University to expand the minds of our youth is giving them aid or comfort. Why? Because both of these men are propaganda maniacs. Propaganda is how they live, how they gain more power, more prestige. Hitler was a master at it–how else could he convince so many people that his evil intentions were somehow correct or proper? The same is true for Iran today.
Giving these men a “platform” to speak enhances their ability to spew their ridiculous, insane rhetoric. Not to mention it borders on harboring the enemy. I am appalled at this man’s obvious distaste for America and if I was an alumni of that University I would be ashamed of its current state. If I was a student there I would have already enrolled elsewhere for the Spring. I hope their board of regents considers removing this idiot immediately. This is Columbia for the love of it all–a very respectable and fine University.
I truly wonder why people like Mr. Coatsworth live here in the first place. Mr. Coatsworth, I suggest that if you want to allow a platform for known terrorists who are currently supplying weapons to individuals who are using those weapons against American troops, then take your willing students and faculty on a field trip to Iran for such an event–and good luck.