Thursday, February 24, 2011

Leftist Academia Hates ROTC

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John R. Houk
© February 24, 2011

I have just read a Move America Forward email that calls for major Universities to allow ROTC back on their campuses. Evidently one of the chief reasons these Universities denied ROTC opportunities on their campuses is because of the military policy of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) in preventing open homosexuality in the military from occurring. Of course while the Dems had both Houses of Congress the DADT policy was repealed further opening America to the immorality of accepting the sin of same-sex as a normal part of society.

The MAF email correctly points out that the Leftist reasoning is a load of horse manure for many of America’s elite Universities have been fighting the existence of ROTC programs since 1960s. The recent student heckling of Purple Heart recipient Staff Sergeant Anthony Maschek for participating in a Townhall style debate at Columbia is a classic example of Leftist Professors programming the minds of College students to hate the very military that exists to protect the American way of life of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. These programmed Leftist hecklers were rude to Maschek even though he put his life on the line as a military hero. He was shot 11 times according MAF (I heard in a FOX News interview it was 9 times) and lost his leg.

I don’t have a problem with people expressing their First Amendment right to Free Speech to disagree with Maschek over the ROTC issue; however the open disrespect of interrupting, laughing and insulting Maschek while he was making his Townhall style point at Columbia University was a reprehensible act of disrespect.

The MAF email goes on to write now that DADT is off the table for Leftist academia to rail against the military they are now dreaming other Leftist reasons to keep ROTC off of major University campuses.

JRH 2/24/11
Cut Funding for Schools that Disparage our Troops!
Sent by Nathan Pizzo
Move America Forward
Sent: 2/23/2011 2:47 PM

The Solomon Act, first enacted in 1995, was established to address the problem of liberal universities  banning ROTC and military recruiters from campuses as far back as the 1960’s. Under the Solomon Act, schools and universities that receive federal funding could lose those funds if the school in question does not cooperate with ROTC and military recruitment programs.
For years, universities, even Ivy League schools like Harvard and Yale have closed their doors to our military, and when the Solomon Act became law and threatened their hefty federal government grants, schools scrambled to find a loop hole. Since then, schools like Columbia, which was the site of last week’s horrendous attack on a disabled Iraq war hero, have avoided being penalized through the Solomon Act by claiming that military discrimination of gays through “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” violated their school’s discrimination policies.
Now that DADT was repealed by Congress, these schools can no longer use DADT as an excuse for violating the requirements of the Solomon Act. Therefore there should be no reason why they continue to ban ROTC and military recruiters from campuses.
But despite the official policy change, we continue to see incidents of open hostility to our nation’s military and those who serve in it, such as the incident at Columbia which disgusted so many, and began this debate. So why do Columbia and other Ivy League schools maintain this anti-military attitude.

Jed Babbin writing for the American spectator reminds us that before DADT became the big scapegoat universities across the country had already banned ROTC, banned military recruiters, or both long before the Solomon Act.

First, let's set the record straight. Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, Brown, and Columbia -- and pretty much all the rest of the Ivies -- tossed ROTC out not in response to the DADT law, but back in about 1969 at the height of the Vietnam antiwar protests. They latched on to the DADT law only as an excuse to continue their exclusion of the military- JED BABBIN Jan 3, 2011

Students should be reminded that their very rights to protest are protected and ensured by the brave men and women of the military who risk their lives for our sake.
Isn’t it time we start enforcing the Solomon Act?! If schools don’t want to open their doors to our military, to which we owe everything, they don’t deserve the benefits of federal funding for other pet projects. Sign our petition to call on schools to either allow ROTC back on campus or finally face the penalties in accordance with the Solomon Act.

No sooner had the ink from President Obama’s pen dried on the paper that outlawed DADT were college professors and apologists for the universities already making more excuses. They needed a new rationalization, something else to be unhappy about, as justification to continue their policies of barring recruiters.
Even after Obama made the call for ROTC to be welcomed back in schools the university professors and administrators were undeterred!
In fact just weeks before the despicable incident at Columbia, a professor from that school, Jonathan R. Cole, penned an article for The Huffington Post, arguing against ROTC.

“… even the DADT policy left many inequalities between gays and straight members in the military. But more broadly, the legislation failed to address the broader inequalities that continue to haunt gay couples in America…there continue to be many ways in which gays and lesbians do not have equal rights on our campuses …”

According to Cole, accepting gays is not enough, it is also incumbent upon military leaders to ensure that gays are not only accepted by the military, but elevated to a high enough position within the greater society of America. Not only for gays, but also for the transgender, mixed gender, gender-confused and everything in between.

Since when did it become the military’s responsibility to fix society’s problems? Focusing their frustrations with other societal problems or factors on the military will not only fail to help whatever they’re unhappy about, it unfairly targets our military, which is not the source of the problem!
Cole, the University of Columbia and other schools are trying to come up with more excuses to violate the Solomon Act, it’s time to say no more excuses!

Please forward this e-mail to your friends and family and spread the word!
Leftist Academia Hates ROTC
John R. Houk
© February 24, 2011
Cut Funding for Schools that Disparage our Troops!
About MAF (This about page from an older MAF website that promoted a fund raiser to send the troops care packages)

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