Murtha, you dolt.


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.



  1. Mark Denovich
    May 15, 2006 4:45 pm

    When he spoke at my graduation I heard some girl behind me say: “Who’s the old guy with the big ears?”

    I’d counter that this was the proper venue to argue against the war. Unnecessary military entanglements should be of concern to those who are going to have to fight them… (I’m hopefully past the draft at 32) and the ones that will pay for it when the defict can no longer be ignored.

  2. Anonymous
    May 15, 2006 7:51 pm

    yeah really, you mean they gave diplomas to people who support a flagrantly illegal war that has murdered tens of thousands of innocent people ? Doesn’t seem like a good time to be talking about anything else.

  3. beth
    May 16, 2006 9:48 am

    This was my younger sister’s commencement and she, as well as the rest of my family, felt that Rep. Murtha was simply trying to make the point that it’s not wrong or shameful to change your views on something and that people should be brave enough to question the government when they don’t agree with its actions. Granted, his views on the war are well known, but you have to acknowledge that the administration probably knew the content of his speech before he made it. Perhaps they wanted to give the Seton Hill students a commencement speech to remember and talk about instead of a trite “you can do whatever you put your mind to!”