Via Uncivil Peasants
With the pending repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the most commonly cited reason for the Ivy League’s continuing ban of ROTC on campus is crumbling. But don’t expect students at liberal institutions to celebrate.
Columbia University students heckled a war hero during a town-hall meeting on whether ROTC should be allowed back on campus.
“Racist!” some students yelled at Anthony Maschek, a Columbia freshman and former Army staff sergeant awarded the Purple Heart after being shot 11 times in a firefight in northern Iraq in February 2008. Others hissed and booed the veteran.
Maschek, 28, had bravely stepped up to the mike Tuesday at the meeting to issue an impassioned challenge to fellow students on their perceptions of the military.
“It doesn’t matter how you feel about the war. It doesn’t matter how you feel about fighting,” said Maschek. “There are bad men out there plotting to kill you.”
The irony is palpable here. One of the favorite ploys of the left is to claim that conservatives have a habit of marginalizing “the other.” That is, the left thinks that conservatives (defined as anyone not wholly on board with their “progressive” agenda) purposefully portrays people outside the fold as evil, scary, or otherwise unacceptable.
But in fact, in this case, it is the oh-so-brilliant progressive students that are marginalizing “the other.”
First, the military is not at all a monolithic conservative bloc. There are a large number of progressive or liberal service members. Indeed, the military is composed of bright, young, idealistic people motivated to take action. That should be a liberal movements recruiting dream. The fact is, most people in the military are rather apolitical.
But modern academia and the liberal movement know so little of the military that they cannot understand what the reality of military life is. And so they lash out, marginalizing the Army, and accept as truism their own projections of just how awful the military must be. Not only do they not know, they don’t know that they don’t know, and cannot be convinced that there might be some things they don’t know.
In the linked article, there’s a pic of a sign stating the military preys on low-income communities. Uh, not really. Most of the Army comes from a solidly middle class background. The sad fact is that low-income communities are terrible grounds for recruiting, because the average education level is so poor. And as an aside, I guess they haven’t been keeping track of Columbia’s abuse of eminent domain… I can’t recall the U.S. Army taking over large swaths of prime real estate any time recently…