The liberal mainstream media gleefully reported glowing stories that
the Albertson College's academic staff and the Board of Trustee's selection
for their 2005 commencement speaker, Teresa Heinz Kerry, was because of her
well-known philanthropic support for "environment, education, young
children, the arts, women's issues and health care" matters; so wrote the
Idaho Statesman. (6-5-05)
What the mainstream media ignored was Teresa Heinz Kerry's massive
financial support to the secretive Tides Foundation which has "distributed
more than $300 million ... to rabid anti-war demonstrators, anti-trade
demonstrators, domestic Islamist organizations, pro-terrorist legal groups,
[radical] environmentalists, abortions partisans, extremist homosexual
activists and open borders activists," as reported by Ben Johnson, editor of
Front Page Magazine which is part of David Horowitz' Center for the Study of
Mr. Johnson details Teresa Heinz Kerry's charity as being "the bag
lady for the radical left," in his book 57 Varieties of Radical Causes.
(For a copy, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Her appearance at AC of I is an excellent opportunity to clearly
illustrate the ideological struggle that mankind has battled for over 2000
years. The struggle in large part is the difference between individual
human liberty and coercion by the collectivists.
While we celebrate the brave individuals throughout history, who by
way of their hard fought victories, have set the stage whereby a local
private college can freely invite a speaker even if that person's deeds and
actions have promoted the collectivist's coercive side of the ideological
At the same time, and upon the same premise, we exercise our
individual liberty to use this occasion as a stark reminder that individual
human liberties are (and have been) consistently under attack by those who
prey to lord over us with the willing help of today's higher education.
Rest assured that we would never call for "censoring" or "banning"
Teresa Heinz Kerry from speaking for the left at the AC of I commencement.
In fact, that would be abhorrent to us. Note, however, that the Canyon
County daily newspaper, the Idaho Press-Tribune did "censor" and "ban" our
paid newspaper advertisement, promoting Mr. Johnson's book, by refusing to
print it in their publication. The ad did run in the Idaho Statesman on
Wednesday, June 1, 2005 (albeit with three required disclaimers).
Along these same lines, the fact that our colleges and universities
have become a bastion for the "left" is truly an understatement. This has
been quantified over the years by measuring voter registration of
professors, scientific polling, and counting institutionally funded campus
speakers, to name a few. Student and professor testimonies abound about
leftist ideological discrimination. (For more research see:
www.frontpagemag.com or CATO or American Enterprise Institute)
Moreover, I would refer you to the proposed Idaho Academic Bill of
Rights (www.idtaxreform.com) which is clearly designed to protect both
professors and students from ideological discrimination from either the
"left" or the "right." The motto for the Idaho Academic Bill of Rights is:
"How can students get a good education when they are only telling them half
of the story?"
In closing, we hope that you would join us in celebrating the brave
individuals who throughout the ages have struggled for Adam Smith's
individual human liberty and against Karl Marx's coercion by the collective.
Enshrined at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial is the quote, "I have sworn upon
the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the
mind of man."
Laird Maxwell is the chairman of Idahoans for Tax Reform. Your can reach