Thursday, August 21, 2003

To whom much is given, much is required 

Via PowerLine, a commencement speech at Hillsdale College by Prof. Robert George of Princeton. The speech titled "Freedom and its Counterfeit" drives home the responsibilities that come with freedom and sings the praises of Hillsdale's graduates. They are trained already, he says, that true freedom comes from a commitment to truth and to virtue.

Such a wonderful speech in comparison to the many hateful graduation speeches like that at Rockford College. To Big Trunk's question of "who is going to explain this to our robed masters?" we add George's own words:

President Fairfield said one thing on that day in 1853 that we cannot, alas, say today. Near the end of his address, he declared that �our educational establishments ever have been the faithful allies and firm supporters of all that is ennobling in our free institutions.� Tragically, the legacy of our educational establishments in the twentieth century has been altogether different, and very much worse.