If you've gotten the impression that this year's round of college commencement speakers has a decidedly leftward lean, you are correct. A new report by the Young America’s Foundation documents the commencement speakers at each of the top 100 at the top 100 colleges (according to U.S. News & World Report).
Of the 51 speakers who were readily recognizable, only 13 were conservative. On the liberal side, seven of Obama’s cabinet secretaries were asked to speak. In the last two years, Obama administrators have made 16 commencement appearances. Bush cabinet secretaries made only 14 such appearances during his entire eight years in office.
YAF’s report pointed to the take-over of liberal ideology that is pushed onto students on college campuses:
“Once again, the number of liberal officials and commentators who are set to give graduation remarks is overwhelmingly disproportionate, and the lack of representation by their conservative peers highlights the stark ideological imbalance on today’s campuses.”
Another study conducted at the University of Miami confirms this impression, based on the academic world and its perception of past presidents.
The study found that liberal academics, when ranking presidencies, tend to rate Republican presidents 10 spots below the general public on average. Because of this, Democratic presidents are treated as models for “good” presidents in the classroom.
Political science professor Joseph E. Uscinski, one of the study’s authors, said this is not surprising: “Among the political scientists and historians that I work with, Democrats outnumber Republicans 8 to 1,” he told The Washington Times on Tuesday.