I've come to a sad realization: Pomona's The Student Life never really interviews anyone with a Republican viewpoint. Why they insist on marginalizing those voices is a bit above my pay grade, but I think it might have to do with the lack of political diversity and diversity of thought on Pomona's campus. Witness how desperately President Oxtoby tries to make the case for free speech and free inquiry at Pomona College.
Fortunately, Claremont McKenna does not have to make that case-- yet.
In any event, this past issue highlights that glaring political diversity. For starters, they write an article, "Gonzales Will Not Speak, Says Committee," about how the students won't attend the lecture without providing any real critical analysis. Why didn't they run a poll to see student interest?
Then, in this same article, they tried to tie the decision to the immigration debate and how it would have offended students because, like presumably Gonzales would have. How shallow.
I attended the debate. Alberto Gonzales's positions on immigration -- he supports the president's plan -- are anathema to everything modern conservatives believe. He supports the status quo, which is effectively open borders. Gonzales is more like Hornberger, the libertarian, than Steward, the illegal immigration activist. The connection, though, is that he will offend students. How does The Student Life know that in advance in the absence of any statistical evidence?
The penultimate paragraph is basically Williams ranting about this issue. Here's the quotation.
"...Call me old fashioned, but I think there’s something really gross about a celebrity lecture circuit that rewards people for misconduct, scandal, and even felony crimes.”Okay, Assistant Professor Williams, I will call you old-fashioned. After all, the net effect of your position is supporting y the Kafka-esque, kangaroo courts that find people guilty before any charges are even filed. Gonzales, you know, has never been charged, never been indicted, never been offered a plea deal. How then can you call him one who commits "felony crimes"?
As you write for Counterpunch.com, a progressive magazine, I'm left wondering how progressive it is to try someone without any trial at all. I wonder how you feel about Bill Clinton, a convicted liar who was disbarred from coming to Claremont McKenna, but of course, you were slight on that because you are a partisan.
On the question of misconduct and scandal, the reason there's a scandal is that it is a contrived Democrat political football. Just as it takes two to tango, so too does it take two to be scandalized.