Given the amount of controversy my post Booing & Shouting: Standard Liberal Discourse? generated, I thought I’d cite another example of the phenomenon I described in that piece.
Last week, I saw this post on Powerline featuring a video of former Deputy White House White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove speaking to a student conference at George Washington University. In the middle of the speech, a group of left-wing students unfurled a banner reading “War Criminal” while another student rose to read some kind of indictment of the former Bush advisor, citing Article VI of the Nuremberg Trials.
Instead of listening to what this conservative had to say, they wanted to turn his address into a kangaroo court.
My question is this: If they really believe Karl Rove committed war crimes, why didn’t they have the guts to challenge him in the Question-and Answer-session? Why are so many left-wingers so afraid of confronting those conservatives they vehemently vilify?
I mean, this forum did allow students to speak up and pose questions. But, it seems these leftist students have been trained to discount anything a conservative has to day. And to judge him not by the actual words he speaks, the ideas he expresses, but what he learns about him from left-wing blogs and, alas, ever increasingly left-of-center professors. That’s why they don’t wait for him to finish his talk, but feel entitled to interrupt him, preventing themselves from familiarizing themselves with his opinions and letting others hear what he has to say.
But, at least, we know that Rove is a literate man. In response to a question about the “visceral reaction” liberals have to him, he made reference to the most important poem written between the fall of Rome and the Renaissance.