Michael Bloomberg is classless. Some things go without saying. If you are invited to give a college commencement speech it is your responsibility to leave politics out of the address. Isn’t that common sense? Saturday Michael Bloomberg gave a commencement speech to the Kenyon College (Ohio) Class of 2013 and “all due respect” became nothing more than another Bloomberg “IOU” that will never be resolved.
Let’s put this in perspective. I am a conservative and so are many of those students and their families. I don’t know what the percentage of conservatives is at Kenyon College, but it really doesn’t matter. The bottom line is that a 4-year degree at Kenyon College costs $217,800 per their website. If I would have shelled out over 200K to see my son or daughter graduate, and been exposed to this garbage, I’d be slightly more than furious. Bloomberg took the opportunity to speak at this college commencement to climb on his political soapbox. If he would have talked about the Ten Commandments this story would be all over the news but gay marriage is acceptable in our society. Morality is not.
Here is a partial transcript of his remarks taken from mikebloomberg.com:
“Last year, about 125 miles northeast of this campus, a 17-year student opened fire in his high school cafeteria, killing three people and seriously wounding others.
“It was national news – for a day or two. Then came mass shootings in Pittsburgh, Miami, Oakland, Tulsa, Seattle, Wilmington, Aurora, Milwaukee, Texas A&M, Minneapolis, Brookfield, Portland.
“After each one, those in Washington just shrugged.
“Then, Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
“20 children, six faculty members all gunned down.
“As a parent, it was just unthinkable. After Newtown, President Obama and some congressional leaders finally stood up and said: Something must be done.
“I did everything I could to support them and to push Congress to act. But our efforts weren’t enough to pass a piece of legislation – requiring background checks for all gun purchases – that 90 percent of Americans agree with including more than 80 percent of gun owners.
“I believe it comes down to one word: courage.
“Too many members of Congress did not have the courage to stand up to the increasingly extremist view of the NRA’s Washington lobbyists.
“Many of them feared that voting for a common sense policy would lead to someone challenging them in a party primary or hurt their chances to win their party’s nomination to higher office.
“They would have done well to remember the words of Kenyon’s Rutherford B. Hayes, who said at his inaugural: ‘He serves his party best who serves his country best.’
“Instead, we have a federal law that prohibits criminals and the mentally ill from buying guns – and we have a Congress that doesn’t have the courage to enforce it through a comprehensive background check system.
“As a result, 33 innocent people are murdered with guns every day. That’s 12,000 Americans every year.
“Since you graduates first signed the Matriculation Oath as freshman, more than 40,000 Americans have been murdered with guns.
“That’s nearly as many Americans as we lost in combat during the entire Vietnam War.
“Congress’s failure to act is Washington at its worst – but I would not be fighting for change if I didn’t believe we could win.
“In fact, I believe we will win – sooner or later. Because I believe in all of you.
“Your generation – more than any other, at least since the 1960s – is reshaping society in fundamental ways by making your values known and your voices heard.
“I’ve seen how powerful that can be. In New York, the voices of young people – some of them too young to vote – played a crucial role in passing a law legalizing same-sex marriage and it passed with bi-partisan support.
“Here in Ohio, the son of a Republican senator – who had the courage to come out – led his father to change his view of gay marriage and it gave him the courage to speak out.
“Individual courage – combined with collective action and teamwork – changes the world.
“Nine years ago, voters here in Ohio passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. But because so many young people are speaking up and organizing – make no mistake: its days are numbered.
“When all of you return for your 10-year reunion – and hopefully well before – that amendment will belong to history’s scrap heap.
“I can already hear some of the conversations at that reunion.”
Rather than take bits and pieces I wanted to include the entire sequence so you can see that it was not a short jab. It was a full-blown scripted rant and it is totally devoid of moral virtue.
For anyone who dares watch this train wreck, I was able to get a video. He continues to throw out the statistic that 90% of Americans support universal background checks and it is an outright lie. He sticks to his story because like any other good marxist he realizes that if you repeat a lie enough times, people will eventually accept it as truth. I am not a sheep and you Michael Bloomberg are a Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-d man.