Twitter-verse supports Condoleeza Rice, condemns Rutgers intolerance

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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.



READ ALSO: ‘Free speech zones’ on campus: Hawaii to Harvard fear tomorrow’s free thinkers


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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  • michael

    Nice propaganda piece. Rich rightist fanatics do such a good job painting themselves as victims, and the booboise bites every time.

    • John McComas

      And liberals think their false morality trumps facts and logic and justifies their hypocrasy.

    • Sev

      Like every left wing victim group you guys rile up for election time? You know the ones. The blacks, the women, the hispanics, the muslims. Everyone is a victim and only white men are the cause of their ills. Not the horrendous economic policies of you socialist democrats. No, it’s the male white privilege that you victim groups pretend exists when it is in fact the opposite. Affirmative action is designed to discriminate by race. Against whites and for blacks regardless of actual merit. Christians are relentlessly attacked by left wing groups but muslims are vigorously defended despite the obvious fact that they are extremely intolerant of gays, oppressive of women and violent.

    • Joanna Miller

      Hey Michael, do you know the REAL history of the democratic party, do you even know how they started? Let me give you a short history lesson. The democratic party was started by the KKK, that’s a fact that is being rewritten because the democrats don’t want low information voters such as yourself to know. Lincoln who was a REPUBLICAN freed the slaves, and at the same time the DEMOCRATS not only opposed it but voted 100% against it, NOT one democrat voted to free the slaves, next you have the right to vote for those of color, once again NOT one damn DEMOCRAT voted for it, not 1, but it was passed and voted for 100% across the board by REPUBLICANS, next you have the Bill of Rights once again NOT one democrat supported it, NOT one, but 100% of the REPUBLICANS voted for it, the late Sen. Byrd from W. Va. belong to the KKK that is a fact, Martin Luther King a REPUBLICAN, but I think the late DEMOCRAT President Johnson said it best and I quote ” give a man of color ( I changed the “N” word because its repulsive) a welfare check and he will vote for a DEMOCRAT for the next 200 years. It’s funny how the left has tried to bury the truth and rewrite the truth, but in the end the democrats of Lincolns time is the same party of today the same party of slavery, only those who blindly follow them have no idea their true nature or their history. Johnson was right, give a man a small check and he will vote for the very party that enslaves them instead of a good paying job that gives them a future, the very party you support a party about control and nothing what so ever about freedom. The fact that the left has become so brainwashed that it is crystal clear that its all about control and God forbid anyone who speaks the truth about them, you’re called names for it. There are a lot of great leaders who have come from the right, Martin Luther King, (who I believe has rolled over in his grave many times over now) Allen West, Dr. Ben Carson all Republicans, yet because of the color of their skin and the fact that they support the right they get called every dirty name in the book by the DEMOCRATS who claim to want freedom, and if this was the case you would expect the same respect for those of color to have the freedom to chose which party they support without the name calling the left has so branded them.
      What’s sad about all of this is that if those who blindly follow the left knew the real history of the democrats I highly doubt they would be electable. Also if there is a great divide in this country this has come about in the last 6 years, by Obama who has done nothing but divide this great nation with his lies, his scandals, his own fraud, while those on the left blindly follow him, never mind the truth. Obama is a walking lie, really he is, from his birth, his name, his credentials, you name it, but we can’t get the truth about any of it because all his records are sealed. I have to ask if Obama is really an American like he claims, how come he applied for student loans as a foreign exchange student from Kenya, after all he is suppose to be a NATRUAL born citizen of the US, and since he applied for student loans under the foreign exchange student loans program at the same time as being a natural born citizen isn’t that called fraud? Also Obama claims to have been a Professor of the Constitution, who did he teach, after all if I were a student under someone who is now President I would be the first to say so, instead NO one to my knowledge has ever step forward about him teaching the Constitution, but I will give Obama one thing he sure does know the Constitution, after all he has walked all over it. Oh lets not forget Moooochell who has no problem spending our taxpayer money on first class vacations which included the 100 million dollar vacation to Africa while many here are homeless including vets, Mooochell was disbarred to practice law, why is that? We know NOTHING about the real Obama who went by the name Barry Sorto, its as if this guy dropped from the sky with no past, nothing, claiming one thing and doing another. I think however at some point the truth is going to come out, and Obama’s down fall will be Benghazi, because those 4 brave men deserved much better, Obama gave the order to stand down, then lied about it, covered it up because he was too busy trying to keep his job instead of doing his job. The IRS is now his attack dogs, the DOJ is run by his buddy who also is going to take a fall over the IRS and Spying all of which goes against the very thing that is suppose to keep us free the Constitution. Obama swore when he took office to protect our Constitution, and to date has done nothing but step over it, and if this would have been a republican in the Whitehouse the left would have already impeached him and tried him for treason and that is a fact. Obama is going down, and not because of his race, which I am sick to death hearing the race card being played when the simple fact is Obama would have never gotten into office in 08 with out the support of every race, this isn’t about race this about someone who has an agenda that is against every principal that this country stands for and that is a fact. So go on keep following like sheep keep thinking Obama has our best interest at heart, he doesn’t, and oh by the way, with out question Obama is a muslim. I think honestly when 9-11 happened and Al Qaeda couldn’t bring our country down with 4 planes that killed thousands, they went at us another way, and that would be Obama, they took control of our Whitehouse. Obama is a fraud and a danger to the very way of life most of us take for granted daily, and if this country doesn’t wake up soon there will be nothing left, and the old saying ” United we Stand, Divided we Fall, we will fall. So wake up, take a history lesson buddy, the democrats are not who they claim and neither is Obama.

    • costa rozza

      Cry me a river. The Left owns victimhood. Your main concern is that conservatives ma be starting to play your games.

    • trixiewoobeans

      “Rich rightist fanatics?” How old are you? The Nouveau Riche are and have been your greedy, deflecting phonies of the Left! Have you checked out the bank accounts and holdings of your heroes today? Any non-bazillionaire Dem politicians? Who owns most Media, Entertainment , Sports, Communications, Unions, Education, etc. and the people who work in same? That old, moldy “rich white Republican” shyte doesn’t fly anymore. Step into the last three decades please.

  • littlelizard25

    If the students don’t want a war criminal speaking at their college they have the right to say so.

    • Sev

      SO I guess that precludes Obama from speaking there too.

      • SuperWittySmitty

        It was the lies and the crimes committed by that bunch that lead to drone warfare in the first place. If you can’t see the difference, you do not even belong at the grown-up table, let alone to be part of the conversation.

        • jkubin

          (CNN) — Covert drone strikes are one of President Obama’s key national security policies. He has already authorized 283 strikes in Pakistan, six times more than the number during President George W. Bush’s eight years in office.

          http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/05/opinion/bergen-obama-drone/

        • jkubin

          But the day Obama was sworn in, a US drone strike hit Yemen. It was the third such attack in that country in as many days. Despite the rhetoric from the president on the Capitol steps, there was abundant evidence that he would continue to preside over a country that is in a state of perpetual war.

          http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/10/obama-drone-counterterrorism-war-legacy

        • jkubin

          Yet despite this disastrous start the Obama administration markedly stepped up the use of drones. Since Obama’s inauguration in 2009, the CIA has launched 330 strikes on Pakistan – his predecessor, President George Bush, conducted 51 strikes in four years. And in Yemen, Obama has opened a new front in the secret drone war.

          http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2014/01/23/more-than-2400-dead-as-obamas-drone-campaign-marks-five-years/

        • Sev

          I wasn’t referring to that. I support using drones and any means to kill the bad guys (But not US citizens without trial). I was referring to his violation of the War Powers act by sending troops to Libya without congressional approval for more than 30 days. The President can send in limited forces for no more than 30 days without congressional approval. He broke that law. Bush had the support of congress.

          Furthermore his gun running program “Fast and Furious” led to the deaths of thousands of innocent MExican civilians and one of our border agents.

          Then he sends F-16s and Tanks to the muslim brotherhood in Egypt, a terrorist group that has slaughtered thousands of coptic christians and supports terrorism. He also has several MB members in his administration. Meanwhile however, he allows Putin to break international law that was meant to protect Ukraine’s sovereignty in exchange for the Ukraine giving up it’s nuclear deterrent. HOw messed up is that? We send high tech weapons to muslim terror organizations and groups in Syria but won’t protect an ally being invaded by Russia. The one legitimate and legally binding treaty where we would be in the right to intervene we ignore. It isn’t preventing a war, it is setting the stage for a bigger one, just like the Nazi annexation of Czechoslovakia and Poland was. HIs priorities internationally are inconsistent and in a word, fuc8ed up.

          Also he breaks his own laws. The Individual mandate requiring all of us to buy health insurance (which costs have skyrocketed thanks to Obamacare) was set to take place in 2014. BUT since only the democrats voted for it and he knows the mandate will be extremely unpopular, he by fiat and without the will of congress, postponed the mandate until 2015, after the elections.

          He can’t do that! It doesn’t matter if it’s his law, it is law and by law he has to have COngress vote to change the law. Period. If Bush did that you would be all over him and rightly so.

          • costa rozza

            You are wasting your breath. Facts mean nothing to liberal tools like SuperWittySmitty, let alone a “product of CUNY…aka Sh**y University of New York.

      • littlelizard25

        No. He hasn’t committed any war crimes.

    • TotlKaos

      So the democrats that voted for those wars are ok to show up and talk? Just trying to figure out the fleabags.

      • littlelizard25

        Dems voted on Iraq based upon manufactured intel distributed by Bush. That is not a war crime. To knowingly alter intel to suit their desire to invade a country that was no threat to US in any way is a crime. The Dems did not vote to allow the use of torture against prisoners, which Bush and the criminals in is admin authorized. That is also a war crime. Rice knew about the torture, so is therefore complicit in war crimes.

  • SuperWittySmitty

    She’s tainted forever because of her words and her actions as a member of the Bush administration. Some of them dare not leave the country for fear of arrest and being charged with war crimes. Look back and refresh your memories- she was complicit in the lie that lead to thousands of American soldiers being killed, and trillions of dollars being spent that could have fed and educated millions of Americans. She did NOT deserve an honorary degree, according to over 70% of the faculty and student population of this school.

    Too bad to twitter community wasn’t consulted. What a joke.

    • jkubin

      50-100 students, depending on who you believe, is not 70% of Rutgers student population.

      • SuperWittySmitty

        You weren’t at the rally on Monday, were you. The mood on the campus was not receptive to her visiting them, whether you believe it or not. She canceled because she knew the idea had turned into a disaster.

        • jkubin

          She cancelled because she respects the students who are graduating. Rice was not going to let a handful of students using her as a reason to behave badly and ruin commencement for the others. There is a saying: “My rights end…”

          She has every right to speak, but when it might disrupt the solemn occasion by others who may or may not even be in that graduating class… (because if they were graduating, they would not be outside screaming through bullhorns) she has taken the position that it would be
          best to not allow them that platform.

          Additionally, regardless of the politics at play here, no one can deny that Condoleeza Rice is an exemplary person who has achieved milestones for woman, and black woman. The protestors have used politics to take away what would have been a meaningful commencement speaker for many.

          Obviously Rutgers has a commencement board and Ms. Rice was vetted by those organizing the commencement. The commencement was not for those picture above … and they really had not right to insert their political opinion into the event.

          It just wasn’t about them.

          • SuperWittySmitty

            What could she possibly have to say that isn’t political, and that wouldn’t be overshadowed by the many skeletons in her closet? Using words like “just a handful” of students is nothing more than a transparent attempt to diminish the outrage that has been present on the campus since her name was first mentioned.
            Have you been to the campus, or are you just going by what other conservative voices are saying? Are the feelings of so many faculty members as easily dismissible? No, Her political opinion isn’t as valued as you want it to be.

    • TotlKaos

      But all the democrats that voted for these wars are just fine in your book huh?

      • SuperWittySmitty

        Shame on them for trusting the Bush administration and their cherry-picked “evidence.”

        • calvin

          you are such a good sheeple… enjoy as Trey Gowdy rips your side a new one on the subject of Benghazi

        • Phil Asophical

          Bush used the evidence that the “intelligence community” gave them, you know the same guys who gave us the Benghazi talking points and intel on what was going on there..

          • SuperWittySmitty

            Had Bush shared ALL of the intelligence that they’d gathered, everyone would have understood that there was no immediate threat to the USA, there were no WMDs, no impending “mushroom cloud (Dr.Rice’s words.) Even after it became obvious that the invasion had been based on only pieces of the puzzle, they kept up the charade. Biggest blunder we could have made was to trust them and allow for the deaths of thousands of American soldiers and the expenditure of billions of dollars – like the Vietnam war, this will haunt the republican right for years to come. They are still in disarray over this, as they desperately try to distract by yelling Benghazi whenever they get the chance.

          • John McComas

            It scares me that you are teaching our kids.

  • John McComas

    Good one. Quite a compelling response!

    • SuperWittySmitty

      Like shooting fish in a barrel. Right-wingers are such easy targets, it’s almost not that much fun,

      • costa rozza

        Shooting? Targets? Typical liberal promoting violence. Shameful. Check your hypocrisy.

        • trixiewoobeans

          This is why they hate the 2nd Amendment. They know they’re so unstable, vindictive and violent, they could NEVER be trusted with a weapon, and you DO know how they love to project!

          • SuperWittySmitty

            Like that “gun collector” who shot his nephew in the face a couple days ago in Pennsylvania? Before I allow you to change topics, what is more important: uncle’s “right to bear arms in a well-REGULATED militia,” or nephews right not to have a loaded gun pointed at his head and going off “accidentally?” As we all know, guns just “fire” on their own. Think about it and get back to me.

          • trixiewoobeans

            Chicago?

          • SuperWittySmitty

            Didn’t think you would be able to formulate a thoughtful response.

          • trixiewoobeans

            Ooookay, I’ll bite. I don’t particularly like guns, but I am not afraid of inanimate objects. To me and many others, they’re a tool, They are a necessary evil in a world of evil. You could not answer my Chicago query. It is an object lesson in Gun-Control, along with the killing fields of various campuses and public places that are Gun-Free Zones. Ignore it at your own risk. I decided to give up my fantasy Utopian dreams years ago…reality kept smacking me in the face. I have had my home brazenly broken into WHILE I WAS THERE, I’ve had my life threatened and a weapon pulled on me whilst out walking my dogs, minding my own business. It took the cops over an hour to get there. I will not be a defenseless victim again. It is your right to choose to be one, but it is mine to choose otherwise. The Penn. instance you noted is tragic, but you park on that and ignore the Chicago stats? Why?

        • SuperWittySmitty

          And now I have you in my sights, metaphorically speaking. I’d duck and cover, if I were you. BLAM! Look at you, all jumpy.

      • Greg B

        Yes being condescending makes you a much better person than name calling does.So you got that goin for ya.

  • neumaticrhymsz2

    The name of the game is credibility and gullibility. Politics in general lacks credibility in many aspects. For this we can blame the lefty, righty, nonvoters, the wealth mooches, and even members of low income. The most annoying and seemingly idiotic is the right wing. The article provides pretzel crumbs for rabid pigeons, if my brother had written it, I’d advise him it was a lawful execution of free speech, out of courtesy. Very next on my list would be the left and the non voters together. I believe once the GOP institution fails, mandatory voting should defeat the liberals political institution; at which point we can provide counter measures for the big money mooches, and the middle/low income slackers. Republicans in great numbers are unable to conceptualize the idea of mooches in every class of income. Most congressional leaders are bigger leeches than the Obama Cellphone Lady which stereotypical and pervasively comes to your mind.

    We just need mandatory voting for a decade or so, to de- and re- construct BOTH “parties” and restore some functionality. But it will take a few cycles of a multi perspective provisional party.

    Non voting was fine, until it got to this stagnant point. It is the only set of variables that can restore functionality IMO. Idiocy has tainted the conservative concept, and it might be point of no return. We need to invent a new, scientific, not biblical, minded route to the right.

  • Norma Serrano

    All of these leftist Democrats should just go to Cuba because right now Obama is trying to change this country to be socialist all they wants is free stuff food stamps etc.

  • october

    Yes, you know how to use spell check, call names, display intolerance, but rarely ever have anything persuasive to add to the conversation. Likely a product of some liberal institute of lower learning.

    • SuperWittySmitty

      But that’s not really true. You have to stoop to calling someone names because that’s all you have left. You can’t win the argument, so, like a child, you cry “Mommy, he called me a name!”

      I’m a product of CUNY and teach high school English. I know enough not to post and call someone something that I can’t even spell correctly. When you do so, it diminishes you greatly, because there is no reason to do so.

      • costa rozza

        A product of CUNY…say no more.

      • John McComas

        That’s the best you got? Implying ignorance over a typo. Aren’t you the smart one having to use spell-check? That’s how you get your spelling right? Pretty impressive. Try paying attention to content. You might try that with your high school students. Maybe they’d learn something for a change!

        • SuperWittySmitty

          No, I have a lot more than that- have you not been reading these comments?. That was a small aside, a piece of advice. Posting online comments and misspelling words will almost always be noticed and pointed out. Your response is childish.

      • trixiewoobeans

        I don’t know if I’d want you for an English teacher. Your name implies you don’t even know the true definition of “Witty,” as I’ve not read one witty remark from you. I’d request a transfer.

  • richard

    Students at Rutgers are intolerant ignorant progressive democratic pigs who would love nothing more then to have a scum bag muslim speak on the advantages of beheading christians and raping young prepubescent girls.

  • killer62

    Let’s not forget who is taking in three-quarters of a million dollars as head of the California university system – none other than Janet Napolitano. Knowing that, is it any wonder these students had no respect for such a well-learned and accomplished woman?

  • George Kenderdine

    Condoleeza Rice did one of the Best job that anybody has done, I wished she ran for President, she would have been way better than Obama.

  • Marie Saunders Batten

    I feel sympathy for the Tea Party Gang as they are yesterday’s “fish wrap”. Their 15 minutes of fame are over. The feeble attempts to rehash Benghazi are proof of their demise. Condi Rice should have been smarter than to have been on board during the Bush/Cheny debacle. Whether she – and they, want to admit it or not, taking monies for speaking engagements seems criminal when compared to the deaths of American soldiers on her watch. WMDs indeed!

    • october

      You trivialize the deaths of those at Benghazi yet use the deaths in Iraq as reason to attack C. Rice. How disgusting! Not surprising you are just fine with the lies and deaths from a liberal democrat led administration. And since you attack the Tea Party, seems you must be either a socialist or a communist as you’re opposed to balancing the budget, following the Constitution, and controlling spending and taxation.

      • Marie Saunders Batten

        “Disgusting” is watching Cheny on Sunday morning talk shows establish reasons for going into Iraq name dropping Judith Miller/New York Post, etc for doing so. He new exactly what his objective was! And how many died? As to being a socialist or communist, try on just being a “Christian” and see how that feels.

    • trixiewoobeans

      Yep, that’s why the IRS was illegally targeting them, they’re so “yesterday.” You know what’s funny? The old 60’s, 70’s and some 80’s “radicals” and activists, and today’s Tea Party, pretty much protest(ed) the same things, I see little difference between them. What’s changed is those activists are now in the seats of power and money…and they like it…a LOT. They’ve become the corrupt establishment, X 10, they protested against back in the day. Oh, they still endlessly recycle the old 60’s memes, but it’s all surface. Now the Tea Party comes along and throws it all back in their faces…a constant reminder they’ve sold out…and they don’t like it one bit. Neither do they intend to give up one iota of that power and money they’ve grown to love. THIS is one of the reasons the Tea Party has been relentlessly mocked and demonized. They ARE what they used to be.

      • Marie Saunders Batten

        I may be wrong, but didnt Darrell Issa’s little IRS ‘fishing expedition’ prove ill fated on specifically targeting anyone? The policy makers in DC today are burdened with the same ambitions and egos as Jefferson, Hamilton, Burr, etc. It is the unfortunate environment where “sausage” was and continues to be made. Congressional elections vs State elections are interesting in dissecting this. Gerrymandering Districts should be criminal but it is a tool used by both parties to keep their cronies in office….Foxes guarding the chicken coop! Term limits should be considered but falls under the same heading of poor governance.

  • Wiscats8

    Shame on these children. They soak up the liberal noise because they have yet to learn to think for themselves. Some day they will be ashamed, as they should be now! Their behavior is disgraceful. Shame on them!!

    • DublinIreland

      They feel so cool. But they are being led around by the nose, like sheep.

  • AlexisJaime

    I’m not a “big fan” of Rice, Bush and certainly not Obama. I personally don’t care one little bit if someone wants to hear Rice or Obama speak, but what I do care about is that the people who hold Rice to a certain standard, also hold Obama to that same standard.

    Hypocrisy is abundant in both the republican and democratic party, but the leftist hypocrisy is right there in our faces in a no holds bard kind of way.

  • Coachswidow

    This isn’t about free speech. This is about the failure of academia to teach truth in history. History should be fact based not biased!

  • Phil Asophical

    if you do a little research on twitter and see the people involved in the protest at rutgers most kook like they are from middle east, they were also seen on their knees praying in front of principals office, men in front women in back, Not sure what religon that would be cough cough.