Washington University in St. Louis is planning a “Student Sexual Responsibility Week” next month. They decided to invite Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol to speak about abstinence at the event. Bristol is the Teen Abstinence Ambassador for The Candie’s Foundation, a group dedicated to preventing teen pregnancy. She’s also become a popular media figure in her own right, having appeared on one of television’s most popular shows, Dancing With The Stars.
Campus leftists immediately tugged on their jackboots and flew into a towering pillar of rage. Today they were able to intimidate the university and Palin into calling off her appearance – the latest evidence that campus liberals could teach Hosni Mubarak a thing or two about suppressing dissent.
The nominal reason given by the campus conformity police was that inviting Palin to speak would be too expensive. It’s a little-known fact that professional speakers work for free, especially famous ones who are guaranteed to draw huge crowds. The true professional speaker has transcended petty material needs like food and transportation, willingly devoting days of their time to hitch-hike across the country and give speeches. They don’t eat, they don’t sleep, and they have learned to use the Force only for knowledge and defense, never attack.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Palin has signed up with Single Source Speakers, where she should command “between $15,000 and $30,000 per speech.” The same report notes that the Student Union Treasury allocated $20,000 to sponsor the panel featuring Palin. It sounds like they were getting her for a discount price, since some of that twenty grand would have to be spent on other aspects of hosting the panel.
A November 2010 report from the Student Life newspaper at Washington University said that the Green Action environmentalist group paid disgraced Obama cabinet member Van Jones a $5000 honorarium, which is the maximum allowed for appeals made over the summer. Green Action tried to get another $2500 for him, but the Student Union Treasury voted them down. If Van Jones is worth five to seven thousand dollars, Bristol Palin for $20,000 is the deal of the century, especially since she would be speaking on the important topic of teen pregnancy, not the dead-end hysteria of economy-killing environmental radicalism. Also, Van Jones may have a lot of political influence, but his name isn’t exactly “marquee.” Nobody knows who he is except conservative pundits, communists, 9/11 conspiracy theorists, and Barack Obama.
Another claim made by the campus left is that Palin was “too controversial” to speak, a consideration that obviously doesn’t apply to people like Van Jones. You can see how a young mother discussing the perils of teen pregnancy would be more controversial than the views of a self-described Communist who was run out of the most radical Administration in modern history, because he entertained the notion that George Bush was the real villain behind the 9/11 attacks.
Elevating this line of reasoning to totalitarian art, Sean Janda wrote in Student Life that Palin’s appearance would “fundamentally shift the discourse that this event will create. Instead of discussing issues regarding abstinence in college, students will discuss the suitability of Ms. Palin as a keynote speaker. In this way, Ms. Palin’s appearance will suppress dialogue about the issues that Sex Week is meant to address and, instead, spark dialogue about Treasury’s use of its money.”
In other words, because the campus left is mad with hatred at the Palin family, her presence would be too much of a distraction. Their resistance automatically makes her too controversial to be allowed to speak, which means anyone they really dislike would instantly hit the same level of controversy, and be silenced. I don’t know what else is being taught at Washington U, but Sean Janda seems to understand fascism pretty well.
The real reason for suppressing Palin was provided by actress Kate Walsh, a Planned Parenthood drone who Twittered “Welcome to the idiocracy!” and asked “What does she know about college or abstaining?” when encouraging students to boycott the Palin appearance. Walsh herself is a highly educated graduate of… well, actually, she dropped out of the University of Arizona to do theater. It should also be noted that Walsh starred in the movie Legion, in which mankind was only saved from annihilation at the hands of avenging angels because a young single mother decided not to have an abortion.
Palin’s place on the Student Sexual Responsibility Week panel will be taken by Dr. Katie Plax, an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Washington University. I doubt she’ll pull the kind of crowds Bristol would have, since she’ll be walking across the quad to deliver her presentation. A May 2009 profile of Dr. Plax from the Washington University Newsroom mentions that she is the recipient of a two-year fellowship from the Soros Foundation, and actively campaigned for Barack Obama in the 2008 election. She sounds like someone the campus-left cowards will be more comfortable with.