John Ashcroft lecture
I can honestly say that I had never regretted anything in my entire life, until leaving CFA after John Ashcroft’s speech. I was so perturbed that I actually thought, “Why I am at Knox?”
I was tabling for the Knox GOP and granted, I expected hostile questions, but I never expected some Knox students to be disrespectful, rude, and closed minded. Over that short period of time I was called the devil’s advocate, falsely accused of condoning torture, and told I had no morals for spreading conservative propaganda. Why have people been resorting to personal attacks this year? It just undermines everything Knox has ever stood for. What happened to attacking ideas? That was at least somewhat civil!
I would really appreciate if you took the time to read and reflect on the following excerpt from a speech Robert Kennedy gave in 1966:
“But we can perhaps remember — even if only for a time — that those who live with us are our brothers; that they share with us the same short moment of life; that they seek — as we do — nothing but the chance to live out their lives in purpose and happiness, winning what satisfaction and fulfillment they can. Surely, this bond of common faith, this bond of common goal, can begin to teach us something.“
Please remember this next time you feel the need to lash out against people you don’t even know.
– Kelly Walsh, ‘10