At Columbia University, a wounded Iraq war veteran, Anthony Maschek, was booed and jeered for speaking out against that university’s 42-year ban of the ROTC on its campus. He was even called a “racist”, the left’s standard label for anyone not accepting their idealistic agenda. Mr. Maschek was subjected to the far left’s distortion of free speech by being shouted down.
In recent years, Columbia University used the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy as a reason to disallow the ROTC back on campus, but that is now revealed to have been a ruse. The military’s DADT policy has been overturned but the university will still not consider ending its ban of the ROTC.
Many other schools have been indoctrinating students with military hatred by vilifying the ROTC. Emory University, another school disallowing ROTC on campus, still refuses to give P.E. credits to students in ROTC programs off campus even though it gives P.E. credits for many other extracurricular activities. Stanford will give students one credit for an extracurricular yoga class, but will give nothing for ROTC classes taken at campuses that allow the ROTC.
For years, the far left tried to hide its hatred of the military. After despicable behavior towards soldiers during the Vietnam War turned the majority of America against them, the far left pretended they had seen the light. Their façade of respect for the military was most evident when John Kerry ran for president posing as a proud veteran, though his actions after returning from Vietnam clearly belied that claim. The country’s emotional reaction after the 9/11 attacks made it imperative for the far left to further hide their military hatred, but it is once again surfacing.
The freedoms we enjoy in the US are protected by our military and would not exist today if not for that protection. It is not surprising that military haters are also against many other values and traditions of this country. The military is at the very core of those values and traditions, so it is inevitable that far left hatred of the military would flow outward from that core.
In today’s world, being academically chic by hating the military is just dangerously ignorant. Unfortunately, the far left prides itself on that ignorance.
David J. Hentosh