On Monday night, March 3, Senator Chris McDaniel spoke to students in the Political Science Department at the University of Southern Mississippi in an event organized by Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society.
Throughout his lecture on interpreting the Constitution and the importance of the individual in government, “Professor” Kate Greene, an avowed lesbian and gay rights activist when she’s not brainwashing kids in her classroom (more on that later), kept disrupting the speech with comments from the back left corner of the room. But Senator McDaniel, being the class act he is, simply carried on with his speech and ignored her.
Senator McDaniel then took questions from the students. But before any students could inquire of the state lawmaker, “Professor” Greene leaped to her feet to confront McDaniel on his alleged intolerance toward groups of minorities she considers oppressed. Greene asked him about his views on constitutional rights for everyone, an obvious reference to gay rights, but also his views on abortion, facts of which she got completely wrong.
Channeling her inner McCarthy, which all liberals have in great abundance, Greene slung harsh allegations at the Senator during her time at the Q & A, accusing the Senator of discriminating against women and gays, and even against her smoking. To this last point, Senator McDaniel shot back, “By all means, smoke all you want to.” She next moved into the contentious abortion debate, and the two went back and forth in several tense exchanges, with Greene not giving McDaniel anytime to answer. It was at this point an aide to Senator McDaniel stepped in to stop it, saying that she needed to give him time to answer. He eventually stopped her completely and moved on to the next person.
This caused Greene to become enraged and storm out of the room, shouting “This is what I expected!” According to another aide to the Senator , Greene called McDaniel an “asshole” on her way out the door. Such class! I’m sure hardworking Mississippi taxpayers are proud to support her with their tax dollars.
Of course the student newspaper on campus, The Student Printz, jumped in with a story by a young and foolish journalism and political science student, Yolanda Cruz (obviously no relation to Ted), who is undoubtedly one of Greene’s minions, to trash Senator McDaniel, describing his talk as a “poor” one, which means he didn’t speak liberal so she hated it.
The article quoted one student, Connor Blakeney, a senior political science major, and an obvious liberal pet to the distinguished professor, who got in his digs at the Senator: “He … completely avoided the question while telling a constitutional law professor that she was wrong in regards to constitutional law. The fact that he made that insult, tried to take it back, then basically insulted her again by telling her she was wrong about her own field of study was egregious.”
Well Mr. Blakeney, I should inform you that your beloved “professor” does not have a law degree and did not attend law school. Yet Senator McDaniel not only graduated from the Ole Miss School of Law, he clerked for a federal judge and was recently named one of the top 100 lawyers in Mississippi. I think he knows quite a bit more about the law than a professor of political science at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Seeing the article in the student newspaper, one could easily conclude that Senator McDaniel’s talk did indeed “flop,” and he got his hat handed to him by “Professor” Greene, but that’s not the real story. Of the 45 or so students in the room, at least 40 of them came up to congratulate the Senator after his remarks, praising what many said was a good speech, shaking hands, and seeking to pose for pictures. Mr. Blakeney and Ms. Cruz were obviously not among them.
But what about this “Professor” Greene, this champion of women, gays, and smokers who lives off the hard work of Mississippi taxpayers? Well her career as a shaper of young minds has been a bit rocky.
In July 2012, when the Chick-fil-A controversy blew up around the nation, as Christian and conservatives rose up to defend a God-fearing company from leftwing assaults, “Professor” Greene, in her tolerant ways, attempted to have the restaurant, which has a franchise in the student union building, thrown off campus.
“We have a non-discrimination policy at USM that includes sexual orientation and so if we have that policy, I think to live up to that, then we should not be doing anything to support organizations that are anti-gay,” she said. Alas, her crusade failed and Chick-fil-A is still on campus.
But does she live up to the non-discrimination policy? It would seem not.
In 2011, during a discussion about abortion and privacy rights in her class, “The Supreme Court and Civil Liberties,” Greene got into a heated argument with a student, Jeffery McClendon, an altercation that got so out of hand that Greene threw the student out of her classroom, even threatening to have him tossed out of school.
Many sided with Greene and her version of events, that the student was out of line, and Greene was in the right. But then-President Martha Saunders suspended Greene for two weeks and ordered her to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, but this latter requirement was eventually dropped. Yet after her performance with Senator McDaniel, perhaps she should have kept her appointment with the shrink.
Greene believed she was denied due process. So why would Saunders side with the student and not the professor? Because of Greene’s reputation. It is very well known around USM’s campus, particularly in the liberals arts building, that “Professor” Greene is harsh and intolerant. Here are a few examples of the opinions of some of her former students:
“She is very opinionated, and not afraid to tell you hers. Same as all of the other comments, do NOT make her mad!”
“She makes no apologies for anything that comes out of her mouth. If you are offended easily don’t take her class. I would also not piss her off. Even though she is one that you can joke with, take her seriously when she begins to warn you. The whole class will feel her wrath if angered.”
“She is very unprofessional and creates a hostile environment for those who don’t share her personal views. She is a militant feminist who uses her class to promote a liberal agenda and doesn’t even try to present class material in an objective manner.”
These opinions speak for themselves, proof that tenure laws should be ended and university instructors subject to the same employment rules as everyone else. If they are not doing a quality, unbiased job for the taxpayers of Mississippi, they should not be in a classroom.
Greene’s reputation on campus is solid. Ask any sensible, non-brainwashed student and they will tell you the truth. She’s a bully (Wait, I thought liberals were against bullying?) who enjoys powering over young, intimidated students who are in a captive audience.
Though she models herself as a bastion of tolerance, she, like everyone on the Left, believes tolerance is everyone agreeing with their positions. An intolerant person is anyone not agreeing with them, giving them the right to shut them up. This is especially true on college campuses, run as they are like little fiefdoms, where conservatives are often shouted down and denied the opportunity to speak.
But Senator Chris McDaniel stood up to her and her bullying ways, putting her in her place to such a degree that it was she that stormed out in the cowardly fashion typical of liberals.
Would Senator Thad Cochran have done that? Of course not. He would have just taken the abuse or agreed with her and moved on. It’s obvious he’s never stood up to anyone, not Harry Reid or Barack Obama, even when he’s had the chance.
It’s time for new leadership for Mississippi in Washington. Senator Chris McDaniel has proven time and again that he will stand up to the bullies on the Left and defend the values, traditions, and liberties of the people of our state.