Twitter-verse supports Condoleeza Rice, condemns Rutgers intolerance

Twitter-verse supports Condoleeza Rice, condemns Rutgers intolerance

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The Daily Targum
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WASHINGTON, May 4, 2014  – Condoleezza Rice, the former Secretary of State in the Bush Administration was invited to be the commencement speaker at Rutgers University.

She has stellar academic credentials and has spent half of her life in academia. She was raised in the “Jim Crow” South, fought to get an education, became a classic pianist, and Secretary of State.

She is a single, black woman who has overcome overwhelming odds to be come one of America’s leading persons. If she were a liberal, she would be on the road to canonization.

But because she is a Republican, and because she was a part of the Bush administration, a small group of Rutger’s radicals decided to raise hell about her visit.

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On Monday, students had a sit in at the Administration building at Rutgers outside of President Robert L. Barchi’s office. The students were protesting Rice as a speaker due to her “connection to the war in Iraq.”

Police were called as the students, chanting “Hey ho, hey ho, Condi Rice has got to go” where met by security guards but were unable to stop the group from entering into the “Old Queens” building, location of Barchi’s office. 

Barchi was not present and could not meet with the students.  A window was broken in the protest; the school attempted to use passive methods – barring the delivery of food and access to washrooms – as a means to move the students from the building, but not stop the protest that, one could believe, may have continued outside the building.

The school paper The Daily Targum posted a letter to the school’s paper citing “destruction” in Iraq “at the hands of the Bush administration” as the reason for the protest.

“Rice signed off to give the CIA authority to conduct their torture tactics for gathering information from detainees as well,” the letter continues. “These are clearly human rights issues. By inviting her to speak and awarding her an honorary degree, we are encouraging and perpetuating a world that justifies torture and debases humanity.”

What happened? Nothing. Except the interesting exchange of the #NoRice postings on Twitter social media that was used by the students, and others, to discuss the protests. What is interesting is the support given to Rice and the encouragement that she should in fact speak.

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Judson Phillips
Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet. A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says. Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC. “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based. Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville. Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’ I did.” The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown. It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed. Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker. He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should. He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.