President Barack Obama is the 2009 commencement speaker at Arizona State University on May 13th, but he will not receive an honorary degree. His accomplishments thus far are insufficient to merit such.
Let’s see. What has BHO done?
Magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School where he was also President of the Harvard Law Review.
Only the second graduate of Harvard Law School to be elected President of the United States (Rutherford B. Hayes, who ended the Reconstruction and ushered in Jim Crow, was the other graduate)
Professor at the University of Chicago Law School
Author of two best-selling books.
Raised almost a billion dollars to support his presidential campaignmore, by far, than any candidate in history.
Generated grass-roots enthusiasm like no other candidate in modern times.
Best orator to assume the presidency since John F. Kennedy.
Incidentally, he is the first African American to be elected President of the United States.
These laurels, notwithstanding, he is deemed unworthy of an honorary degree from Arizona State University, an institution so academically chaste that these accomplishments must surely pale before its lofty standards.
Recently there has been serious discussion of the draconian (and grossly inequitable) penalties meted out for possession or distribution of "crack" cocaine in comparison to punishment for possession or distribution of similar amounts of powdered cocaine. The former involved mostly African American men and many of these men will be released in the next five to ten years. Are we (society) ready to receive them?!? I see little evidence that we are.
They have been in "houses of corrections," but I dare say that few have been "corrected." As you know, billions of dollars are spent on our prisons and probably hundreds of millions of that money are allocated for education and skills-building. It would be interesting to know how many GED’s, barber’s licenses, cook’s certificates, etc., etc., result from those allocations.
In these straitened economic times everybody will cry poor-mouth, but the money is already there. California spent ten billion (yes, billion) last year on its prisons. Let’s say that 2% of that was spent on skills-building: That’s $200,000,000 dollars!!! Isn’t somebody answerable for that level of spending?
Well, I’m through railing–for now. 🙂