Why why why why why would Rep. John Murtha use a commencement speech to stir up shit?
Aren’t commencement speeches supposed to be all about the “go forth and do good works ye graduates for the world is your oyster and you are a light blahblah”? Mine was. So were all the ones I’ve attended.
This is NOT a political blog, so this post is in no way reflective of my views on the war in Iraq. This post is reflective of my views of using a little damn common sense in when you choose to exercise your freedom of speech.
One student, on his way to get his diploma, told the congressman that graduation was not the place to air the war issue, Murtha said.
“I told him, ‘This is America, not Russia,’ ” Murtha said.
Yes, Rep. Murtha, this is America, but don’t you think you could have found a slightly better venue to voice your already well known opinions on the war? Perhaps on CNN or something like that? Not at a function that is ceremonial in nature and meant to leave grads with a sense of “I’ma go out there and kick the world’s ass with my awesomeness.” NOT leave half of the grads with “The war is wrong and I’m glad he said it” feeling and the other half with, “I support the war and what the hell does that have to do with my working my ass off for four years so that I can sit here and get my diploma?” feelings.