Over the weekend, over 3,100 students graduated from Notre Dame University. You know this, because news reports are hammering how students stormed out in protest over the presence of commencement speaker Mike Pence (who coincidentally is Vice-President of the United States) because somebody thought that would be oh-so-clever to stage.
People only read headlines, for the most part, and so the world is shocked to read this rolling out of the media, trying desperately to sell you a meme:
- Notre Dame students walk out on Mike Pence during commencement speech—ABC News
- Protesting Notre Dame students walk out of Pence’s commencement speech—Washington Post
- Notre Dame students walk out before Mike Pence’s commencement speech—WBAL TV, Baltimore
But here’s an alternate headline, from CNN: Some Notre Dame graduates walk out over VP Mike Pence speech
Some? Why, what is CNN suggesting?
Or, let’s go a little finer: Mike Pence tells Notre Dame grads to rely on ‘integrity and values’ as dozens stage walk-out—South Bend Tribune
Ah, there we have it: dozens walked out. In fact, we understand only about 100 people walked out, including audience members—estimates vary between 150 and less than 80, since some walkouts seem to have returned after merely using the bathroom.
Just like the scores of anti-Trump protesters and Hillary supporters who turn out to be small in number, the Pence mass walkout turned out to be another petty little temper tantrum by those who should know better. The Czar wonders how many of the students storming out were merely obeying their parents’ wishes to do so; probably not a whole lot, but perhaps a still-significant percentage.
The Vice President delivered his speech without any particular surprise, since Notre Dame’s protest was inconsequential compared to some other liberal-arts colleges’ behaviors when non-social justice-spouting speakers arrive on campus.
But curiously, as you likely already know, the Vice President is in good company—”outraged” liberals horrified not by what the speaker said, but by what someone thinks the speaker believes. You likely have heard that scores of people (why, perhaps the same number of people who walked out over the weekend) are convinced that Mike Pence wants to electrocute gays or something, or that he harbors deep-seated racism.
The reality is that Mike Pence isn’t a progressive liberal Democrat, and beyond that, nothing else matters for these mental toddlers. They’ve been informed by their superiors that anyone who thinks differently from their byzantine mess of internally contradictory bumper-sticker slogans Must Be Destroyed.
So while you may roll your eyes over the stupidity of the walkout, rest assured that it was really only an insignificant number of people who harbor these thoughts.
Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.