We had an excellent speaker this year--Bruce Gordon, the President and C.E.O. of the NAACP. The New School, however, decided to invite John McCain (hello?). Anyway, via The (Liberal) Girl Next Door, I discovered this articulate, newly graduated student's pre-emptive speech discrediting McCain's remarks: Jean Rohe: Why I Spoke Up (at the Huffington Post).
Here is an excerpt from her remarks:
You have to love the guts of this woman. Sure, my more conservative readers are going to tell me that her pre-emptive strike was "immature" or "rude." But, since when does being polite trump articulating your convinctions, especially on an issue as important and devastating as the on-going war in Iraq and the utter disregard of genocide in Darfur? I particularly like how she deconstructs McCain's call to openmindedness amounting to nothing more than listening to those who are older and wiser. Nice!