In May 2013 I was invited by the Co-Chair of the Columbia University Political Science Students Association to speak about my book The Perot Legacy.
I spoke to their events coordinator and everything was confirmed. After trying to contact this group by phone and e-mail for several months, on September 9 I received an
e-mail response from the Barnard Political Science Department Administrator regarding this group and the September 17th presentation. She was told that “there was not a good fit for your speech topic and their mission and goals.” First, they never asked me what my topic was going to be. They only told me to speak about the book I had written – The Perot Legacy. So this makes no sense.
The Events Chair of the group also e-mailed me 5 minutes before the Administrator saying budget constraints were the issue!! What budget?? I wasn’t charging anything to speak at Columbia.
As a Columbia Alumnus, I was quite surprised at how this was playing out.
If they had asked – the topic was getting students active politically. My book covered the problems in our system and talked about how to avoid these issues and succeed. In addition, I had planned to acquaint them with all the choices they had to get involved, such as: Common Cause, No Labels, Campaign Finance Reform under the group US, alternative political parties, working in an R or D political campaign, and even running for office.
Clearly, something was going on here behind the scenes. I leave it to you to draw your own conclusions. I have certainly drawn my conclusions about today’s Columbia students and Columbia University.