Christopher J. Ortiz
Vice President Dick Cheney will give the commencement speech at
Florida State’s graduation. FSU’s College Democrats organized an
effort demanding that FSU’s president ask Cheney not to use the
platform for another political speech, reports CNN.
Last Monday, Cheney used a speech at Westminster College in
Missouri to criticize Sen. John Kerry’s voting record against
funding for weapons programs. He was invited there to speak on
foreign policy; not to attack Kerry or his voting history.
Westminster College’s president Fletcher Lamkin sent an e-mail
to students, faculty and staff saying he “was surprised and
disappointed” that the vice president choose “Kerry-bashing” in his
address, CNN reports.
FSU’s vice president for Student Affairs assured the vice
president’s speech would not be political.
Though some might regard the student organization’s motives as
trying to censor the other side, we feel FSU students deserve
having a speech about the future and dreams and other
clich�s that usually fill up graduation speeches.
This year’s election is proving to be ugly and dirty and it
seems politicians on both sides will take advantage of any time in
the spotlight to attack each other.
Although Cheney was probably invited to speak because he is a
notable politician, there are times when politicians need to leave
out their political agendas.