A broken clock is right twice a day, and even the blind squirrel finds the occasional acorn. Take whichever adage you prefer, but they both apply to something former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said during his commencement address at Harvard University.
Intelligent Americans scoffed at Mr. Bloomberg’s nanny-state mandates notions for the Big Apple — No more Big Gulps! — and took due umbrage for his repeatedly blaming Virginia’s gun laws for New York City’s crime. But one must stand up and cheer for what he said at Harvard, where he both rhetorical barrels on liberal academia, which is, of course, a redundancy.
Had the cognoscenit at Harvard known what he was going to say, they might have rescinded the invitation to speak, but alas, they were forced to listen to a withering critique against an academic community that walks in leftist lockstep.
“Today, on many college campuses, it is liberals trying to repress conservative ideas — even as conservative faculty members are at risk of becoming an endangered species,” said Mr. Bloomberg, a man never to be confused for a conservative.
That was merely his initial salvo. The coup de grace came moments later when, after citing a statistic indicating that 96 percent of Harvard’s faculty had donated to President Obama’s re-election effort, he said: “Ninty-six percent — there was more disagreement among the old Soviet Politburo than there was among Ivy League donors.” Indeed.
This provides one explanation for the continuing exclusion and harassment of conservative speakers invited to speak on college campuses, the unfortunate pass to which Mr. Bloomberg was referring. One example of the former was the faculty at Rutgers University creating such a ruckus over the scheduled commencement speech of former National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice that Ms. Rice felt compelled to withdraw. The latter includes leftist students hurling pies at conservative columnist Ann Coulter to stop her from speaking.
Given the venue, one wonders what what possessed Mr. Bloomberg to take such a stand. Whatever the answer, one must approve. The Harvard crowd didn’t. But then, there’s another old saying — “The truth hurts.”