Arthur Sulzberger Jr.’s Controversial Commencement Speech

I notice that rightwingers are upset about Arthur M. Sulzberger Jr.’s first commencement speech, a couple weeks back at New Paltz. In which he embraced liberal values. No!

I thought he made a pretty good point:

When I graduated from college in 1974, my fellow students and I had just ended the war in Vietnam and ousted President Nixon. Okay, that’s not quite true. Yes, the war did end and yes, Nixon did resign in disgrace but maybe there were larger forces at play.

Either way, we entered the real world committed to making it a better, safer, cleaner, more equal place. We were determined not to repeat the mistakes of our predecessors. We had seen the horrors and futility of war and smelled the stench of corruption in government. Our children, we vowed, would never know that.

So, well, sorry. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. You weren’t supposed to be graduating into an America fighting a misbegotten war in a foreign land…

Arthur Sulzberger Jr.’s Controversial Commencement Speech