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Truthdigger of the Week: Jean Rohe

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Posted on May 21, 2006
Jean Rohe and John McCain
McCain: AP / Rohe: folkproject.org

New School University graduating senior Jean Rohe scrapped her planned commencement speech at the last minute in favor of one that directly criticized Sen. John McCain for his support of the war, among other issues. McCain, who was receiving an award from the university, was sharing the stage with Rohe when she gave her speech.

Truthdig salutes New School University graduating senior Jean Rohe, whose commencement speech at Madison Square Garden on Friday preemptively struck against the address that Sen. John McCain was due to deliver directly after her.

Below, you’ll find links to the speech, biographical information on Rohe, and the instantly infamous response by one of McCain’s staffers in which he insulted Rohe’s graduating class and called her an “idiot” in print.

UPDATE: Rohe responds to the McCain staffer: “Please don’t try to bully me anymore.”

UPDATE #2: Rohe goes on MSNBC.


As she says in a blog at the Huffington Post, Rohe had been planning to deliver a traditional commencement speech until the night before graduation but decided at the last minute that she had a moral obligation to speak out against McCain, who was scheduled to receive an award during the ceremony and was due to speak directly after her. And because McCain had said publicly he would deliver the same speech at the New School that he had at several other universities earlier this year, Rohe had a minor epiphany:

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What if I tore McCain’s speech apart before he even opened his mouth? After reading his speech a couple of times I picked out a few particularly loathsome sections—and believe it or not, none of these actually came from the extensive section where he defends his position on the war in Iraq—and I began planning an attack against him using his own words.

Cleverly anticipating the part of McCain’s speech in which he would tell students that “dissent and disagreement are our ‘civic and moral obligation’ in times of crisis,” Rohe told the packed audience at Madison Square Garden, “I consider this a time of crisis and I feel obligated to speak.” She then criticized the Arizona senator on his support for the Iraq war:

I am young, and although I don’t profess to possess the wisdom that time affords us, I do know that preemptive war is dangerous and wrong, that George Bush’s agenda in Iraq is not worth the many lives lost.

She then closed on a note of unity and inclusion:

These words I speak do not reflect the arrogance of a young strong-headed woman, but belong to a line of great progressive thought, a history in which the founders of this institution play an important part. I speak today, even through my nervousness, out of a need to honor those voices that came before me, and I hope that we graduates can all strive to do the same.

Click here to read the speech in full, in addition to an essay she wrote for the Huffington Post on the story behind the address.

News of Rohe’s speech and student demonstrations against McCain made news all over the country, and Rohe’s essay on the Huffington Post garnered a huge amount of reader response (17 pages worth as of Sunday night). On Saturday night, Mark Salter, a longtime McCain aide who helped to draft the senator’s commencement speech, posted a hostile comment on the Huffington Post in response to Rohe’s essay. He wrote, in part:

It took no courage to do what you did, Ms. Rohe. It was an act of vanity and nothing more…. The only person you have succeeded in making look like an idiot is yourself….

You took exception to the paragraph in which he lightly deprecated the vanity of youth. Well, Ms. Rohe, [you] and your fellow graduates’ comical self-importance deserves a rebuke far stronger than the gentle suggestions he offered you. So, let me leave you with this. Should you grow up and ever get down to the hard business of making a living and finding a purpose for your lives beyond self-indulgence some of you might then know a happiness far more sublime than the fleeting pleasure of living in an echo chamber. And if you are that fortunate, you might look back on the day of your graduation and your discourtesy to a good and honest man with a little shame and the certain knowledge that it is very unlikely any of you will ever posses the [sic] one small fraction of the character of John McCain.

Click here to read the response in full (after clicking, search for “Mark Salter” in the list of comments).

Salter’s comments aside, it did take guts to do what Rohe did, and that’s why she is our Truthdigger of the Week.

Here are some biographical details on Rohe (from the Huffington Post):

Jean Rohe, a BA/BFA graduate of the Jazz Program and Eugene Lang [College]  [at New School University], was born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1984. As a youngster, Jean grew up singing and performing folk music with her family. Jean spent a year at Smith College followed by a summer at the Universidad de la Habana in Cuba on scholarship where she honed her Spanish skills, learned about Cuban history, culture, and politics, and made some of her dearest friends. Since she transferred to the New School in 2002, Jean has sung in venues throughout New York City, including the Birdland, Sweet Rhythm, the Cornelia Street Caf, Detour, Barbs, and others. She also teaches and performs music for young children at the Third Street Music School Settlement and at venues throughout the city. She recently completed her senior work at Eugene Lang, an audio documentary about her trip to Israel/Palestine during the Gaza disengagement last August. In July she will be performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.


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By Mark, December 12, 2006 at 2:08 pm Link to this comment
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Now that Jean Rohe and her supporters have announced that they will not listen to anyone else’s opinions and will try to shout out and intimidate anyone who disagrees with them, I wonder when they plan to register for membership in the Republican Party.

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By zack, June 6, 2006 at 4:56 pm Link to this comment
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That woman should be praised, of course, for her vision and intelligence… but also for her striking good looks. Wowowowee!

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By Cigar Mike, May 31, 2006 at 6:33 am Link to this comment
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Scholarship to the University of Havana…??? This speaks volumes. I bet she has a Che poster and t-shirt in her dorm and sympathizes with the likes of Fidel and his minions, Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales.

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By Loopy, May 29, 2006 at 2:19 pm Link to this comment
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Maybe if Osama could see how nice and laid back and peaceful we all are he would focus on Islamic revolution over there and leave us alone.

Too bad for the Israeli’s, but they haven’t been cool for years.

I figure that would give us at least 50 more years of hangin out at jazz clubs and smokin up before they impose Sharia law over here.

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By Steve Schultz, May 26, 2006 at 11:11 pm Link to this comment
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Mark Salter apparently feels some pride in the fact that he has risen in life to the level of, “Political Ramora”. He wrote the speech and must do what he can to save face from the critics of that dull, predictable hogwash. To attack Ms. Rohe as he did demonstrates the arrogance of these hangers-on. They have to attach themselves to those that have risen in their field to try to gain some measure of visibility and esteem from others. The irony of this is that he must try to fool others that he actually matters which means he must first fool himself of that idea. Hey, Marky, do you think McCain could not get along without you on his staff? You obviously can’t get along without being on his payroll, paid for by taxpayers. Kind of like welfare. How many times have you told the ladies in the bar that you work for a Senator. Just another dime a dozen hack. You are doomed to return to and remain in obscurity. You should feel right at home because that is where you belong. The courage of this young lady shines through this predictable political darkness.

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By Mace Price, May 26, 2006 at 4:48 pm Link to this comment
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Hey Little Miss can’t be wrong: If ya want to help people then leave Leftist Politics on the Graduate Library shelf and go get a job as a Paramedic with the Fire Dept. It’ll lessen Hillary’s bad karma for makin’ fun of ‘em that time in New York—You don’t wana grow up to be like Hillary do ya? Well I hope not.

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By LIBERALS_R_DANGEROUSLY_SHORT_ON_INTELLECT, May 26, 2006 at 3:14 pm Link to this comment
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Wow, a butt-kissing, spoiled, lazy, glutonous college punk agrees with the entire staff & student body of her school, and you call that bravery??

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By Doh!, May 26, 2006 at 3:09 pm Link to this comment
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I find it interesting to see people praising a girl who decries “Pre-emptive war as dangerous and wrong” for waging a pre-emptive war against McCain.

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By Joyce Dewsbury, May 26, 2006 at 12:49 pm Link to this comment
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Just today I learned about Jean Rohe’s commencement speech. It takes a lot of courage to stand up to those in power.  It is mean spirited to refer to her action as one of vanity.  Perhaps those folks who felt she did the wrong thing should bone up more on the history of our country. May I recommend the book “Overthrow” by Stephen Kinzer as a start.

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By D, May 26, 2006 at 12:17 pm Link to this comment
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If there are more young adults like Jean Rohe in our society - and in the world - there is hope. 

“And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.”

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By Mace Price, May 25, 2006 at 8:12 pm Link to this comment
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Little Miss Little Miss can’t be wrong. Whatcha ya gonna do to get into one of another one of those Rock n’ Roll songs?

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By Christian Jihad Watcher, May 25, 2006 at 7:45 am Link to this comment
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You:

You need to say, “Let us all remember: we’re all geniuses when we ARE 22.  Or you can say, “Let us all remember: we were all geniuses when we were 22.

Need to remember that you’re a tired middle-aged coward who’s let his mind rot because of the stupidity of compromise and the rationalization of bad choices.

You lost your guts as your gut started to hang over your belt.

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By S. Ray DeRusse, May 25, 2006 at 3:19 am Link to this comment
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I also dealt several preemptive strikes only in the area of scientific misconduct and fraud from many scientists at several Universities. I outed them and their conduct world-wide long before the US DoJ could come back and say “there was not sufficient evidence to launch an investigation”. As a matter of fact we knew this would happen so wasted no time pre-emptively striking against the greedy racist frauds making law enforcement action for or against both void and invalid and a non-issue. At the core of scientific misconduct and academic fraud are civil rights issues. This Republican Administration has such an arm twisting influence on our appointed federal agencies and other elected officials that civil rights issues are being tossed aside for political pasndering and expediencey. Here is our scientific misconduct and fraud page. (under construction)

http://www.bccmeteorites.com/scientific-misconduct.html

Cordially,
S. Ray DeRusse
http://www.bccmeteorites.com

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By Ga, May 24, 2006 at 8:45 pm Link to this comment
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Oh so telling what we have to fear…. Those who chose to insult and ridicule this young woman here have not backed-up nor explained their words. Mere insult sways none.

Embarrassed at speaking out when to have remained silent would have haunted anyone given such a chance to speak to so many about something they held dear? Is that a lesson to be learned at University? Do what you are told… what is expected…. Play it safe. Do not disturb.

Did she say anything even remotely that could be construed to be supporting the suppression of “the exchange of ideas?” Only in America could someone equate a speech about the necessity of speaking one’s mind with the “fringe-left.” Unless, of course, speaking one’s mind is un-American. Oh wait…. it is… if you are the of the entire-right, and such speech does not follow the party line.

It takes no courage to speak? Even at a liberal school? Must take a lot of courage to post to a website using old and tired “red-baiting” tactics that would bring shame to anyone who knew anything about basic rhetorical logic.

It was a commencement speech and she spoke to her fellow students. That is what commencement speeches are for. She said McCain tells us that today “dissent and disagreement are our ‘civic and moral obligation’ in times of crisis.”

Um, gee, did not she, like, um, do just that, kinda sorta? So, um, you “non-idiots” who are against her speech are like, um…... completely and utterly ridiculous! (Not to mention stupid. Or perhaps idiotic is the right word?)

Oh so telling…. She said, “Senator Mc Cain will also tell us about his cocky self-assuredness in his youth, which prevented him from hearing the ideas of others.” She must be psychic! For is not that what the commenters “dissenting” here are saying? That she is young and wrong?

She goes on to say that “Mc Cain will tell us that we, those of us who are Americans, ‘have nothing to fear from each other.’ I agree strongly with this, but I take it one step further.”

This is where I strongly disagree with her. For we have much to fear from many Americans. Yes, we should fear fellow Americans. But not those who support lies that send people to their deaths because the ends justifies the means and therefore lies are okay. We should fear those whose only rebuttal is insult or ridicule or calls for censorship and suppression. We should to fear those whose only rebuttal is “red-baiting” and propaganda and emotional mis-directions. We should fear those among us who insist that their way is the only way and that there is no such thing as compromise even if it kills us.

“You are either with us or against us!” is the cry of a tyrant. It has been said in one form or another by un-told number of tyrants throughout history.  And their followers are the book burners, the window smashers, the defenders of the party. Those we need to fear.

‘“Faith” was the key word in the creation of the Hitler myth. As [Jospeh Goebbels] himself said: “All certainty comes from faith”. A faith that he contrasted to “sterile intelligence.” He insisted that “feelings have to take the place of thinking.” The amazing thing is the number of people who had an absolute faith in Hitler. As Goebbels said in 1944: “We do not need to know what the Fuehrer is going to do—we believe in him.”’
See: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/goebbels/index.html

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By Patrick, May 24, 2006 at 8:43 pm Link to this comment
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The only truth Jane Rohe needs to wrap her pretty little rose colored mind around was espoused by George Orwell over 50 years ago.  “People sleep safe in their beds at night because there are rough men willing to do violence on their behalf”  If more people remembered that we wouldnt have so many kool-aid drinkers like Ms. Rohe throwing their kumbayahs at us.

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By DHFabian, May 24, 2006 at 7:05 am Link to this comment
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As the parent of a college student, I’ve seen that it’s not that “we know everything” at that age, but rather, that the young can take a “clear-eyed view” of issues, unencumbered by too many years of convincing ourselves to accept what we know is wrong, what we can (if we let ourselves) grow too lazy and self-involved to consider. It is this clear view, sans any personal agenda, that some can find so threatening. At the least, we self-righteously brush aside their views, saying they’ll “grow out of it”.  With time, many do put aside their “youthful values” as they become self-focused, concerned only about career, family, etc., but those core values remain.  We need people like Ms. Rohe to wake us up and shake the dust out of our brains!

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By Craig, May 24, 2006 at 4:13 am Link to this comment
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Reading these comments makes me so very glad I had an epiphany at 19 years old (May 4, 1970) the day the Ohio National Guard killed four students at Kent State University.  I had been raised by a flaming Repugnican mother who, a couple years later, believed that the June 22 Nixon tapes were “a communist plot to discredit the president.”  I believed all of that bullshit until kids were killed for expressing their views.  I cast my first vote in the 1972 election and I voted a straight Democratic ticket. I’ve never missed an election since and I’ve never voted outside of the D column.  Yup, the wisdom of youth.  Some get theirs on the battlefield of a university campus. Others get theirs exposing the lies of a pompous conservative prick.  Go Jane.  Keep kicking asses and dont ever let the Repugnican noise machine try to silence you.

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By Brian, May 24, 2006 at 3:48 am Link to this comment
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“It takes NO courage to spout a line of whiney, liberal pap at a whiney, liberal school. You don’t get thrown into jail for what she did here. In Cuba, the Great Exalted Ruler, Fidel Castro does that. The one she sings praises to.’Nother liberal idiot.”

—Stop whining, it makes you sound like a ‘Nother idiot. Yet one more example that, “the better the education, the BLUER the state.”

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By Mace Price, May 24, 2006 at 3:09 am Link to this comment
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Even if the absolutism and blind faith of The Left’s respective leadership and mass following astonishes me sometimes. Robert Scheer’s willingness to publish any comment within the contemporary confines of decency and reason is far more obvious an exercise in Democracy than any election anyone who herein contributes is likely to participate in; and I hope such an uncommon, if not novel reality isn’t lost on them. While any and all stories are tinged with opinion and thus purpose. I promise you that there is little in the way of mendacity and pandering to most of these comments. After all, I would know such things. In terms of a chance for people to live up to a Liberal ideal, this section comes far closer than watching reruns of Josiah Bartlett. Even if that ideal has been defined for them.

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By Karen, May 23, 2006 at 8:45 pm Link to this comment
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Bill (#10100) you wrote:  In about 10 years, Jane will be embarrassed that her mouth was larger than her knowledge base.  Let us all remember:  we’re all geniuses when we were 22.  It is only with time that our I.Q.’s drop.  Jane’s parents should be embarrassed.
(I hope you are not embarrassed.  Maybe it is not good to speak of geniuses when one clearly is not sir.  You see, you have mixed tenses.

You need to say, “Let us all remember: we’re all geniuses when we ARE 22.  Or you can say, “Let us all remember: we were all geniuses when we were 22.


To William Halfpenny (#10025) how I would like to see your words come true.  Unfortunately, since we have not done anything about the voting machines and since the President of Diebold promised (and delivered) Ohio to Bush in 2004, I fear that our days of free and fair elections are essentially over.  Now that they have the system in place to put in place whomever they wish, they will simply continue.  What are we doing other than accepting it?

Investigating the computers and the systems used for voting should be our number one priority from this moment on.  All fundraising and campaigning will be for naught if we do not address this number one problem!

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By denise, May 23, 2006 at 6:45 pm Link to this comment
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One of the purposes of the academy (college) is the free flow of thoughts and ideas in hopes that by sharing ideas and values, people learn, grow, and civilization is enhanced. So, McCain had the right to appear when invited, Jane had the right to express her view of his speech and people had the right to protest either view.
This is what America is all about and this is what ought to be encouraged and valued in our nation. . . open and honest idea exchange in the public square!
Bravo Jane and thanks for your words!

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By Mace Price, May 23, 2006 at 1:49 pm Link to this comment
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In cerebral terms Miss Rohe is obviously a well groomed 22 going on 50; which makes me suspect that portions of, if not the entirety of this Political theatre may well have been wired for maximum mileage. If humans are incapable of meeting the demands of their History—and I think this case could be made—then the situation brings to mind the precocious girl orator Anna Elizabeth Dickinson burning Honest Abe Lincoln’s ass with some fiery Abolitionist rhetoric during the Civil War. The context of their respective speeches are of course disimilar, but the intent and personalities adjusted for the elapse of 140 years are not. Both are studies in feminine intellectual confidence and the exploitation of the same. In short: Bono’s gotta envy her. Past that her performance seems to confirm that neo-Conservatisim continues to re-enable the American Left, almost as if it’d been planned to. To quote FDR: “Nothing at the top happens by accident” and if you ask me neither did these shenanigans.

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By casey, May 23, 2006 at 1:28 pm Link to this comment
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dont know how old “bill” is but judging from his comment on jane i’d say his i q was probably never approaching ‘genius’ at age 22 but whatever it might have been it has evidently dropped to an embarrassing degree

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By Timmeh, May 23, 2006 at 1:16 pm Link to this comment
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It takes NO courage to spout a line of whiney, liberal pap at a whiney, liberal school. You don’t get thrown into jail for what she did here. In Cuba, the Great Exalted Ruler, Fidel Castro does that. The one she sings praises to.‘Nother liberal idiot.

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By tom, May 23, 2006 at 10:03 am Link to this comment
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Yep she has learned how the fringe-left would run a democracy, kill free speach and the exchange of ideas.

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By TSop, May 23, 2006 at 8:35 am Link to this comment
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Bravo Jane Rohe! Mr. Salter lashed out in embarassment at the thought of being educated about the idea that “dissent and disagreement are our ‘civic and moral obligation’ in times of crisis,” by an intelligent young woman. Now when he writes those words into one of McCain’s speeches, he’ll actually know what they mean.

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By Daryl Furr, May 23, 2006 at 8:17 am Link to this comment
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As a former graduate of the New School for Social Research, I want to commend Ms. Rohe for her speech, and also applaud her fellow students for their protests.

For years the adminstration of the New School has been attempting to erase it’s connections to it’s leftist political past (by truncating the school’s name for starters).

Inviting McCain to give the commencement is an affront to those who believe in the New School’s tradition just as much as it would be an affront to the students of Bob Jones University or Texas A&M if Ted Kennedy or Cindy Sheehan were to give their commencements.

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By Bill, May 23, 2006 at 6:58 am Link to this comment
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In about 10 years, Jane will be embarrassed that her mouth was larger than her knowledge base.  Let us all remember:  we’re all geniuses when we were 22.  It is only with time that our I.Q.‘s drop.  Jane’s parents should be embarrassed.

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By Mary Webber, May 23, 2006 at 5:13 am Link to this comment
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thanks, Jean, bravo!

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By xargaw, May 22, 2006 at 10:59 pm Link to this comment
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This young woman speaks for millions of Americans that either lack the courage or opportunity to speak out. May she inspire the rest of us to stand and be counted.

I don’t know what kind of a job this young woman is seeking now that she has graduated, but an employer would be very lucky to have a woman of her courage and integrity on their staff. I hope she finds a great position.

The rest of us can thank her by working for candidates that oppose this War and will work to restore peace and justice to our country. It is sorely lacking in this Administration.  It is also a fitting response to Mr McCain and his bullying cohort.

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By Becky Dose, May 22, 2006 at 9:45 pm Link to this comment
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Praise Jane!  The TRUTH is so infrequently spoken.

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By Tom, May 22, 2006 at 8:09 pm Link to this comment
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Isn’t Salter much like McCain? Overly defensive, surprisingly immature, hostile when challenged? John McCain is a pathetic suck-up ... a small man whose ambition grossly exceeds his stature (except in the minds of sycophants like Salter). And to think I once admired him. Sigh.

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By Roger Drowne EC, May 22, 2006 at 9:24 am Link to this comment
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Jean Rohe

EARTH CITIZEN of the Week

Your Words Fly High Around OUR Earth

Thank U, OGC staff

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By Rommel, May 22, 2006 at 9:22 am Link to this comment
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It was the courage of people like Jane and not of McCain that stopped evil megalomaniacs from further carnage in the past.

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By richard kivowitz, May 22, 2006 at 9:14 am Link to this comment
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a big “yes” to the coments made by jean. as for McCain, if he thinks he is fooling anyone he is badly mistaken.

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By J William Halfpenny, May 22, 2006 at 8:50 am Link to this comment
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It’s a bit of a relief to learn that her generation is turning out more than the usual “Airheads” that are usually refered to by the media. Maybe we can start electing humans to office instead of these big oil clones that we have now. 1/2d.

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By Glen Camomile, May 22, 2006 at 8:30 am Link to this comment
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Ms. Rohe is more heroic than all of the obdient soldiers now fighting for King George’s peace and liberty (?).  Now is the time for more heoric stands like hers.  Attack them to their face first Colbert, now Rohe.  Keep the ball rolling and vote the bastards out.

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By Harris Contos, May 22, 2006 at 8:21 am Link to this comment
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Mark Salter should pause and reflect on his own words imparted to Jean Rohe and her classmates to “grow up and ... get down to the hard business of making a living and finding a purpose for your lives.” It’s all too evident how Mark Salter makes his living, and what purpose his life serves.

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By robert de rycke, May 22, 2006 at 7:51 am Link to this comment
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Praise to this young graduate for expressing her opinion. Praise to McCain’s stafffer for asking for our compassion. The hurt shows clearly in his words, hurt that his boss is tacking and shifting positions as he seeks to attract voters. Hostile words are always requests for compassion and understanding. Progressives will win this time if they have the courage to put themselves in the place of their opponents without abandoning their beliefs.

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By Hilding Lindquist, May 22, 2006 at 6:02 am Link to this comment
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My god, Salter and McCain! a la Rove and Bush.

Deja vu as in “Dull familiarity; monotony: the déjà vu of the tabloid headlines.” (from dictionary.com)

Well, McCain was becoming a caricature of a caricature of the American Hero. Now Salter has become a caricature of Rove: the emotionally stunted junior high schoolyard bully who wants to ride in the limo of his rich friend to the party.

How does US politics keep coming up with these comic strip characters? At least Rove and Bush had the shock value of originality ... I mean who else but Bush would pull that aircraft carrier stunt to prove his machismo? Could you even in your wildest imagination think of Ike doing something like that? I mean that carrier landing was a “moment”, wasn’t it?

And now we have Salter, a political cycle late and short on credibility from McCain’s trip to Liberty University, swift-boating a college graduate ... who had the courage to standup and be heard ... McCain might as well hang it up. He’s lost any chance he has to be anything other than one of the characters in our political history comic book section.

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By Irena, May 22, 2006 at 5:49 am Link to this comment
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No matter what you think of the content of Jean’s speech, it was an act of strength and courage: she risked everything that date to act on her convictions. And it must have hit a deep nerve indeed for Salter to respond so viciously and personally. He could have easily disagreed while giving her her due but instead, he showed his and McCain’s dissoulute hand complete with venom, twisted logic and plain old meanness. He meows about her attacking a “good and honest” man yet is blind to the insult slapped by McCain to the graduates in his canned, camapaign stint. And they were smart enough to see through the smoke and mirrors: it’s about him, not about them as it should have been on their graduation day.

We need millions of Jeans, talking very loudly as they take a stand. You go girl! Congrats to having more integrity and nerve than the bloviates who get paid hefty 6 figures and give nothing back to the ones that put them into their priviledges cocoons.

Regards,
Irena Slywkanycz

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By bobbyjay, May 22, 2006 at 2:08 am Link to this comment
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jane should be praised for her courage and truthfulness,other young people need to stand up and be counted,if not they will be fighting more wars.peace

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