Class walkout counters protest’s goals


By Steve Hays
October 26, 2005
The Post: Letter to the editor


Danny Burridge’s Oct. 25 analysis, “Bush’s failures merit public response,” is quite good, but his conclusion is horsepucky: “If you disagree with Bush – then exercise your democratic rights and actualize your opposition. Walk out of your class at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 2.”

Help me out here. If students want to protest a president whose mind and character have been shaped by a lifetime of partying and intellectual laziness, they should walk out of a college class? The solution to idiocy and ignorance is more idiocy and ignorance?

Here’s an alternate conclusion for Burridge’s piece.

“If you disagree with Bush, exercise your responsibilities as a democratic citizen. Spend your time at Ohio University becoming better educated, wiser, smarter then Bush is so that when it’s your time to lead, you won’t be an incompetent idiot. And, to show the world that OU students are serious about wanting informed, serious leaders, actualize your opposition to intellectual laziness: Friday, Nov. 4 at 10:30 p.m. let’s empty every bar in town, and spend a few hours studying.

That public response would make sense.

Steve Hays is an associate professor in the Department of Classics and World Religion. Send him an e-mail at


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