Went to see Newt Gingrich at the American Enterprise Institute, talking up his book
Among his more interesting comments (not exact quotes, transcribed as best I could):
We ought to favor freedom everywhere on the planet – even when it embarrasses our so-called allies. We are in a war with Irreconcilable Islam. It’s only three or four percent of Muslims, but it’s still 30 to 40 million people, funded by Saudi Arabia and increasingly based in Europe… We are seeing a cancer growing in Europe. You saw it in Holland, when Van Gogh was killed by fanatics who were Dutch, not foreign. This is a long war. It will take 30 to 70 years to win this if we’re lucky, longer if we’re not lucky. And it is a threat to our survival if they get biological or nuclear weapons…
Ward Churchill is a viciously anti-American demagogue. He has every right to free speech, and I support his free speech… We should give him free speech by not paying him.
You don’t need tenure in this country anyway. The idea that he would be oppressed without tenure is nonsense. There are 75 whacked-out foundations that would hire him for life. Dozens of Hollywood stars would hold fundraisers for him. His life will become a film by Michael Moore.
The question here, is ‘What obligation does society have to fund its own sickness?’
We ought to say to campuses, it’s over…We should say to state legislatures, why are you making us pay for this? Boards of regents are artificial constructs of state law. Tenure is an artificial social construct. Tenure did not exist before the twentieth century, and we had free speech before then. You could introduce a bill that says, proof that you’re anti-American is grounds for dismissal.
I think Ward Churchill could accidentally and single-handedly launch a movement to end tenure at publicly-funded universities.
By the way, many folks have speculated
that Newt is running for president. But after listening to him talk, I wonder if instead of trying to be the next George W. Bush, he would rather be the next Karl Rove.
UPDATE: Michelle Malkin reports
on another odd development in the life of Ward Churchill. If this story was fiction, it would be dismissed as too unbelievable.