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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Elena Kagan's grades and thesis online - Have we seen Obama's yet?

Via Memeorandum
Thanks to Doug Ross for linking


Is it me, or does it seem odd that we can see the grades and college thesis online but no such material was available when electing a man with an unproven track record to the highest office in the land?  Kagan's thesis has since been pulled by Princeton for copyright claims.  What a shock.  It had been online for a year or more until she was nominated by the Obama administration for the Supreme Court.  Nevertheless the bit that got everyone concerned is available:
"In our own times, a coherent socialist movement is nowhere to be found in the United States. Americans are more likely to speak of a golden past than of a golden future, of capitalism's glories than of socialism's greatness. Conformity overrides dissent; the desire to conserve has overwhelmed the urge to alter. Such a state of affairs cries out for explanation. Why, in a society by no means perfect, has a radical party never attained the status of a major political force? Why, in particular, did the socialist movement never become an alternative to the nation's established parties?"(pp. 127)

"Through its own internal feuding, then, the SP exhausted itself forever and further reduced labor radicalism in New York to the position of marginality and insignificance from which it has never recovered. The story is a sad but also a chastening one for those who, more than half a century after socialism's decline, still wish to change America. Radicals have often succumbed to the devastating bane of sectarianism; it is easier, after all, to fight one's fellows than it is to battle an entrenched and powerful foe. Yet if the history of Local New York shows anything, it is that American radicals cannot afford to become their own worst enemies. In unity lies their only hope." (pp. 129-130)
 Well clearly she loved her some socialism in college.  Whether she still embraces the same ideology is something we may only find out if the Republicans in the Senate ask tough questions.

Her grades haven't been pulled from the internet, probably because they were quite good:
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Now why is it that things favoring the Obama administration are readily available online while other things remain under lock and key?  Wouldn't it have been nice to reassure the American people Obama was as brilliant as everyone claimed by releasing his grades?  


6 comments:

  1. Per Erick, the Princeton weenies pulled the thesis over "copyright" concerns. Yeah right.

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  2. Who believes that? Honestly they must think we are all too stupid for words.

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  3. It's amazing to me how many Democrats claim that accessing records was worse during the Bush years and this is just tit-for-tat. I'm so tired of that argument.

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  4. They also think that our knowing that they think "we are all too stupid for words" is better for them than our knowing the facts.

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  5. Yeah, you're right. Why can't we see Obama's grades and thesis online too? If Kagan's thesis and grades were made available for people to see how good she is and what her views are, then why was Obama's not displayed so the American citizens could have seen the kind of President he would be? But I guess, it's too late now.

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