On March 27th, Former Vice President Dick Cheney came to my alma mater, American University, to discuss Russia, Iran, gay rights, and his life in politics. Sure, an interesting choice for the Kennedy Political Union, and for AU in general, but still makes perfect sense – after all, American is often ranked as the number one politically active school in the nation, and is based on Washington, D.C., and is home to a student body remarkably impassioned, inspired, and interested in politics.
Which is why I was so incredibly disappointed to hear about what happened on Thursday.
As I had expected, a number of students gathered outside of Bender Arena, where Cheney was speaking, holding protest signs and really epic protest attire (Seriously, I didn’t even know they still made “Dick Cheney in prison uniform” costumes anymore. Kudos, AU student body).
This protest was the American University students that makes me proud to be an alumni – they respectfully obeyed the rules, kept their signs and protest outside the event; in a way that was respectful of the rules, the event, and still got their point across.
Then I saw this video, of American University students screaming during Dick Cheney’s speech, and walking out:
And then I was disappointed. My time at American taught me to keep an open mind, hear the other side, be an informed, knowledgeable member of society. What these students did was the opposite. While I’m sure I wouldn’t have agreed with many of the things Vice President Cheney said, I would have either protested outside or sat in on the discussion, politely listened, come up with a few questions to ask at the microphone at the end of the speech, taken a moment to consider his point of view, and channeled my outrage and frustration into activism on an issue, volunteering, or even just plain old writing a blog. The answer to an open discourse and solving our country’s problems isn’t angrily screaming and walking out – it’s asking informed questions and taking action.
I sincerely apologize for my terrrrible blogging habits lately, but I have two REALLY GOOD reasons this time – promise!
- I just started a new job at the NWLC – which just posted my first blog today! Read it here. And while you’re at it, contribute to our blog carnival about Title IX’s 40th anniversary!
- I’m starting up a new blog with some pretty fabulous ladies (spearheaded by the magnificent Danielle Burch) which will launch fully sometime this summer. WE ARE GONNA BLOW YOUR MIND!
As for BTA, it isn’t going anywhere – and once July rolls around, I’ll have loads more time to catch up both here and on Couch Potatoes with a Cause.
Yours until the Peanut Brittles,
Hope everyone is hunkered down and braving the storm in a safe place. I’m with my family in New York (luckily in a non-evacuation zone), and we’re stocked up with water, flashlights, and batteries; and I visited the library yesterday and checked out Entourage Season 2, 3 movies, and 2 books to add to my arsenal of crossword puzzles, lanyard, and coloring books. Stay safe and only go outside if it’s an emergency!
So excited to be on the Mall for it! Who else is going? Watching on TV? Doesn’t care?
I’ll be live-tweeting the event so feel free to follow me on Twitter. 🙂
As a student about to enter the working force, this idea greatly interests me. As a student, I’ve had the magnificent ability to make my own schedule. I learn for the sake of learning, more often than not – taking classes in subjects that are beyond just “this teaches me this applicable skill” and genuinely becoming a better person. But the working world doesn’t quite value that as much. We’re taught and told to do things because they raise profits, because we’ll be rewarded. But this video points out a great thing – there’s a reason we don’t love work like that. We need to feel fulfilled, satisfied, like we’ve achieved something real that satisfies us. I mean, of course, money is nice and necessary, but we also need personal fulfillment. Something to think about!
That is, unless you have no intention of eating it.
Apparently, at “Right Nation 2010”, Beck “ridiculed first lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to get people to eat healthier snacks like apples or carrots. ‘“Get away from my french fries, Mrs. Obama,” Beck warned. “First politician that comes up to me with a carrot stick, I’ve got a place for it. And it’s not in my tummy.'” (via Chicago-Sun Times)
I mean, let’s just ignore the fact that there’s an obesity problem in this country, and ask – what politicians are even considering coming up and waving carrot sticks in Glenn Beck’s face and then running away with his carton of French Fries?
Beck actually then acknowleged he was part of the media establishment:
Which then begs another question: If Glenn Beck is now part of the Media Establishment, IS HIS CAREER OVER? I mean, if he’s part of it, he’s destroyed the liberal media elite … RIGHT? WOAH. This is universe-changing.