We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I hope Bob did not copyright "wackademia," because Maggie's Farm is going to appropriate the term via eminent domain.
Many Boston College profs etc are protesting the selection of Condy Rice as graduation speaker. Why? Because she works in the interests of the USA. While this is clearly political, it is completely bizarre as a rationale, since that is what she is paid to do.
I understand where they are coming from - an anti-American, internationalist place in their dreams. But they are so far from the reality of life...they really need some reality therapy. Perhaps 9-11 wasn't sufficient to convince them that there is evil out in the world, and not just in themselves and their evil, evil country.
The authors of this letter, Theology Department Chair Kenneth Himes and theology professor David Hollenbach, seem to be arguing that any high U.S. official is unfit for a Boston College honorary degree. For what President, Vice President, or Secretary of State would not maintain that “U.S. foreign policy should be based on U.S. national interest”? Himes and Hollenbach betray their anti-American bias by assuming that the U.S national interest is somehow less concerned with “the common good of the entire human family” than is the “international community” interest.
Here's the contradiction: the US government is too evil and too powerful, but it should be the government of the world? Theologians need to stick to their knitting - God is a big enough job for them, or anybody. And the US Government needs to focus on protecting and defending the US - that's a big enough job for anybody, too.