What Passes for Intelligence

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Tuesday, May 21, 2002

What Passes for Intelligence

It's commencement time again. I wasn't invited to speak at any university or college this year. I guess I'm not dumb enough.

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has given a commencement speech to graduating law students at Tufts University. Albright - who isn't - criticized the Bush Administration for its supposed failures in foreign policy. Look who's talking! How inappropriate for a former secretary of state to do such a thing in wartime.

But the award for dumbest commencement address of the year (so far) goes to actress Goldie Hawn, who spoke at my alma mater - the American University in Washington. Hawn, who went to AU for one year, told the graduates, "Find out who you are, what you think. Learn to listen to the sounds of your own heart. Listen to the wisdom of elders and travel to destinations without a map. Now is the time for you to go to college for you!”

And that's what passes for intelligence in our modern age. I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.