A Lesson For New Hampshire From The University of Virginia

by Steve MacDonald

The University of Virginia has declined a campaign visit from Barack Obama, who is looking for a venue from which to promote his re-election bid for President of the United States.

The scheduled date would coincide with the second day of classes, and require them to shut down adjacent buildings that would cancel 186 classes to accommodate the campaign visit.  While this is a cost in and off itself, my favorite line from the list of reasons is this one…

In addition to the disruption to classes, the University would have to bear the full cost of security — a substantial and open-ended expenditure of staff time and money.

There you have it.  Sorry Mr. Obama.  We can’t afford to make in-kind contributions in the form of paying the expense for security and other accommodations so you can campaign here.

New Hampshire towns should approach it the same way when it is a campaign stop.  And might I suggest you ask for cash in advance?



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  • Hunter Dan

    Now THIS is rich! The Grok geeks coming down IN FAVOR of the University of Virginia. A PUBLIC UNIVERSITY. Founded by THOMAS JEFFERSON. The man who said this, “We wish to establish in the upper country of Virginia, and more
    centrally for the State, a University on a plan so broad and liberal and
    modern, as to be worth patronizing with the public support, and be a
    temptation to the youth of other States to come and drink of the cup of
    knowledge and fraternize with us.”

    and this, “I think by far the most important bill in our whole code is that for
    the diffusion of knowledge among the people. No other sure foundation
    can be devised, for the preservation of freedom and happiness…Preach,
    my dear Sir, a crusade against ignorance; establish & improve the
    law for educating the common people. Let our countrymen know that the
    people alone can protect us against these evils [tyranny, oppression,
    etc.] and that the tax which will be paid for this purpose is not more
    than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and
    nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance.”

    and this, “A system of general instruction, which shall reach every description of
    our citizens from the richest to the poorest, as it was the earliest, so
    will it be the latest, of all the public concerns in which I shall
    permit myself to take an interest.”

    Shall I continue . . . there’s lots more great pro-public education quotes from Jefferson out there.

    Poor Groksters . . . always on the wrong side of history!

    • Steve MacDonald

      Dan, you must be exhausted from leaping to conclusions. Let us revisit the point. An entity has declined to use its finances in support of a political campaign event.

      That’s it. And it is a very Conservative principle.

      No history, no bias, no partisanship. Be it a town, a business, a school, the freedom to decline forced tithing to the Obama campaign (or any political entity), in necessary donations, in cash or time, or services, is the only history we need observe.

      No do go rest up for your next leap. We wouldn’t want you worn out.

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