Just when you thought Illinois had Academic Freedom…Loyola Boots Karl Rove

This from Tom Roeser, on the eve Feast of St. Ignatius

From the throttled throat of spurned academic non-freedom…Loyola University of Chicago…comes the report that Karl Rove has been denied permission to speak on the campus because he will imperil the university’s 501© (3) tax free status, said the University spokesperson Kimberley A. Moore, director of student affairs, struggling not manfully but person-fully to stifle a sardonic laugh. Reason, said Moore, is that the sacred non-political precincts of the university must retain…get this…it’s “impartiality” and utter pristine non-involvement in political affairs this campaign season.


Loyola said, after a long academic discussion, that it would allow Rove to come after the political season where he cannot pollute the celestial, non-participative university with his horrid political ideas. Of course Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont, ex-Democratic presidential candidate and Democratic National Chairman was allowed to speak at Loyola on September 1, 2004, a presidential election year—but as Dean is also a physician his speech could be expected to be categorized in the scientific, biological and health area. A couple of weeks later, Ralph Nader, a 3rd party presidential candidate, was welcomed on campus but, er, ah, ahem, he could be expected to address consumer protection issues apart from politics.

Rove, of course, is not involved in any campaigns. He is an author and commentator for Fox News Network that hated outlet of information to academic liberals. He was chief strategist for President George W. Bush the name of whom causes denizens of the faculty lounges to rush for the toilets.
Demonstrating how dedicated the institution is to keeping its virginity intact rather than lose it promiscuously to entertain political speakers, here is a rundown on its august Board of Trustees.

The chairman is Patrick Arbor, former president of the Chicago Board of Trade and heavy contributor to the campaigns of Mayor Richard M. Daley. Not that there’s anything political about that!

Another trustee is Shirley Madigan, wife of the Democratic Speaker of the Illinois House who is also state Democratic party chairman of Illinois…and mother of the Illinois Attorney General, Lisa and longtime chairwoman of the Illinois Arts Council, named to the post by a succession of governors, Republican and Democrat. Now who would dare allege there’s anything political about her? She’s just a housewife.

Still another is William A. Brandt, Jr. president and CEO of Development Specialists, Inc., a corporate turnaround expert, one of the national Democratic party’s major donors who hosted Obama and earlier Bill Clinton at lavish fundraisers held at his North Shore home; named chairman of the Illinois Finance Authority by Gov. Rod Blagojevich. There you go again, thinking that he would allow politics to flavor his judgment as a Loyola trustee! Shame on you!

Now we come to Joseph A. Power, Jr. named the number one personal injury lawyer in Chicago, the lawyer who sued former Gov. George Ryan for the deaths of six kids by an illegal immigrant trucker who had obtained his commercial drivers’ license fraudulently and hardly knew English, which resulted in his failing to heed warnings from drivers than a pipe was becoming dislodged from his truck, the pipe hitting the highway and striking the car behind leading to the kids being burned alive. Heavy Democratic fund-raiser with great influence in the party. Joe Power? Do you think he’d object to a civics speech by Karl Rove at the University where he sits as trustee? You’re getting paranoid you know!


Tom Roeser is the Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Chicago Daily Observer



  • John Powers

    marv, got it.

  • dufekin

    Large institutions like Loyola must cultivate positive relationships with politicians to avoid political persecutions against them. Think of these “relationships” as the price that Loyola must pay to the politicians so that the politicians continue to acquiesce in the existence of Loyola. Why all Democrats? That’s easy: the Democrats run Illinois and especially Chicago and ideologically oppose all things Catholic. Because of their ideological bent, the Republicans, even if in control nationally, probably wouldn’t launch a persecution against a Catholic college in Chicago–at least not immediately. That’s not to say that Republicans won’t develop and persecute vendettas against those who don’t contribute to their machine, but they’re not in charge right now, and granting them the right to speak on campus or other favors might infuriate the Democrats in power. It’s all corruption, nothing new here.

  • marv!!!

    Please, when quoting others, put their quotes in quotation marks so the reader can clearly recognize the personal quote differentiated from any words you personnally add. Your personal thoughts appear to be part of a quote from someone else. It’s important to differentiate your personal thoughts from those you appear to be quoting.

  • Andy

    I’m reading Rove’s memoir, Courage and Consequence, right now. It’s a great read and I highly recommend it. I can’t put it down!

  • George @ Convert Journal

    Something seriously needs to be done about the persistent, liberal, Democratic leanings of Catholic universities. They should be Catholic – period. Vigorously supporting both Democrats and Republicans whenever they are consistent with Catholic teaching. Is this really too much to ask?

  • JohnE

    Maybe they should lose their 501c(3) tax free status for NOT letting him speak.



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