As it turns out though, I'm leaving for Scotland for a bit of holiday this afternoon. Expect no blogging from these parts for the next week or so.
Regarding Obama and ND, I'll say this:
Though ours is a godless age, it is the very opposite of irreligious. The true believer is everywhere on the march, shaping the world in his own image. Whether we line up with him or against him, it is well we should know all we can concerning his nature and potentialities.If Notre Dame wishes to support Catholicism (and I believe it does) and politics and the state has become the dominant contemporary religion (and I believe it has) then the choice of a commencement speaker based on his ability to gather popularity and power to himself is a poor choice. It is for this reason and this reason alone that I think heaping honors on statesmen is not the correct choice for ND to have made. I don't expect this to convince anyone who isn't both at least somewhat Christian and extremely libertarian, but there it is.
-- Eric Hoffer, The True Believer
To all those being graduated today in South Bend and elsewhere, well done.
Now I'm off to enjoy some castles, some museums, some whisky and ale, some shellfish, and whatever else Scotland throws my way.