‘Tis the season for insufferable, taxpayer-funded, liberal commencement speeches

‘Tis the season for insufferable, taxpayer-funded, liberal commencement speeches
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Cue the “Pomp and Circumstance” music — it’s time for college commencement ceremonies across the country.

The perennial song is a reminder that it’s time for another familiar tune — nauseating, anti-Trump, liberal commencement speeches often courtesy of the American taxpayer. 


Recently, former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGraham: There's a 'bureaucratic coup' taking place against Trump Fox News poll shows Dems with edge ahead of midterms Poll: Democrats in position to retake the House MORE couldn’t resist getting political and taking a jab at President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser MORE during her commencement address at Yale. Donning a traditional ushanka Russian hat Clinton mused, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” referring to Trump’s alleged Russian collusion and subsequent electoral victory. 


Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama officiated Chicago wedding: report Michelle Obama book tour fetching steep ticket prices Michelle Obama warns against voter apathy in new PSA MORE recently headlined a college signing day event at Temple University where, in self-aggrandizing manner, called herself the “forever first lady.” At prior publicly-funded events and while still first lady, she bashed then-candidate Donald Trump at a graduation ceremony at City University of New York in 2016.

At Lesley University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and College of Art and Design Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDemocrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her More Massachusetts Voters Prefer Deval Patrick for President than Elizabeth Warren Trump's trade war — firing all cannons or closing the portholes? MORE (D-Mass.) also took jabs at rapper, Kanye West. “Life is full of unexpected challenges, things that pop up and make you wonder about reality. I mean, is Kanye really OK?” she asked. “Did someone bite Beyoncé’s face? Did the president of the United States really tweet about — let’s not talk about that.”

Throughout this baccalaureate season, students across the country — and the parents who often foot the bill for tuition — will be forced to hear from many more speakers. 

However, those speakers won’t be conservatives.

It's also very presumptuous to assume that all of the graduates receiving their diplomas want to hear jabs against the president. Some may have a conservative view point and even if they don't they could still agree with Trump's policies. 

A recent survey conducted by the Young Americas Foundation shows that among the top 45 U.S. universities, zero will host a conservative speaker this year. Among the top 100 universities, only three will have a conservative headliner. 

In fact, despite the record number of women serving in the Trump administration, only two of them — U.N. Ambassador Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyNational security leaders: Trump's Iran strategy could spark war AP: Trump polled staff on board Air Force One over whether to fire Rosenstein Haley dismisses Iran's accusations over military parade attack MORE and Secretary of Education Betsy Devos — will give a commencement address.

“These liberal commencement addresses aren’t inspiring, they’re divisive,” said Spencer Brown, national spokesman for the Young Americas Foundation. “America’s institutions continue to be abandoned as sites of higher education and turned into indoctrination centers. As if four years of being fed leftist pablum wasn’t enough, too many schools shove their students out the door with one last liberal lesson.”

Conservatives are certainly used to being outnumbered and shouted down in the public square, including a recent high school graduation in Illinois where the valedictorian’s speech was actually censored by school administrators because it mentioned Jesus Christ.

However, a three percent representation at university commencement speeches nationwide is paltry — especially when one considers that most of those universities are publicly-funded institutions.

The federal government supports publicly-funded universities to the tune of $76 billion annually, while states chip in another whopping $73 billion. By the time a student earns his or her bachelor’s degree at a state university, the government has contributed $60,000 toward that degree according to the American Institutes for Research and the Nexus Research and Policy Center. In addition, there are a number of so-called “soft costs” that both the federal and state governments cover.

Parents, students and the taxpayers who pay for these public universities ought to demand more fairness and balance. After all, true enlightenment and education consists of hearing all viewpoints and not just the indoctrination of the liberal perspective.

 Jen Kerns has served as a GOP strategist and writer for the U.S. presidential debates for FOX News. She previously served as communications director and spokeswoman for the California Republican Party, the Colorado Recalls over gun control, and the Prop. 8 battle over marriage which went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.