Students at the University of Notre Dame are reportedly planning to walk out of Vice President Mike Pence's commencement address on Sunday, seeking to protest the conservative policies he supported as governor of Indiana.
To these young progressives, people are not worth as much as their politics.
That the vice president of the United States, a man who served in the House of Representatives and governed an entire state, will impart his experiences on graduating seniors, matters little so long as he disagrees with their ideology. As we noted in an editorial last week, commencement speakers are not asked to lecture students on policy. Instead, they provide students with perspectives on success and achievement gleaned from careers spent earning both.
But, now, students see people with whom they disagree not simply as wrong, but as dangerous. Dissent is unacceptable and intolerable.
Robbing yourself of the ability to hear from a man who, like these protesters, believed strongly in his principles and worked hard to ascend to the highest ranks of our government is not a worthwhile publicity stunt. The only statement it makes is that they are too childish to respect the wisdom of people who do not share their political beliefs.
As we noted in our editorial last weekend, as this trend proliferates, moving with graduates from campuses to the working world, our collective struggle to connect with people different from ourselves will grow only more strained.
Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.