From the “what were they thinking department….”
Oshkosh’s own, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson will make his way to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh to speak in September as part of the annual Constitution Day activities. Johnson will give a lecture in campus’ newest academic building, Sage Hall, on Monday, Sept. 26 from 7 until 8:15 p.m.
In an amazing example of “getting both sides" to the extreme, a UW professor offered this twisted reason for the invite:
“This is an exciting opportunity for our students and the community to hear Senator Ron Johnson deliver his first major address devoted to the Constitution,” said David Siemers, political science professor. “Senator Johnson’s appearance allows our students to hear from and interact with an important policy maker up close, and his speech should increase meaningful dialogue on campus about what the United States stands for.”
There is a chance that Prof. Siemers is speaking ironically…I hope. But this event also reflects either a fun side or sadly disturbing side of celebrating our constitution.
UW Oshkosh and the American Democracy Project will kick off the Constitution Day festivities activities:
Constitution Day cupcakes and pocket copies of the Constitution will be distributed at Reeve Union from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Outside Reeve Union, Constitution Day Dunk Tank Trivia will give students and opportunity to dunk a professor or campus leader by correctly answering trivia questions … Educational institutions that receive federal funding are mandated to recognize the day.
Please, I’m asking right now, if any student can record the Johnson speech and post it on YouTube, I would be eternally grateful.