Monday, February 21, 2011

Can We Now Say The Excuse Of The DADT Policy In Keeping ROTC Off Campus Was B.S.?

The Left, especially on college campi has always hated the military, and showed this to be true in a disgraceful episode at Columbia University just the other night (Melanie Morgan).
It’s the most sickening and shocking display of anti-military hate that we’ve seen for a long time.

At a recent debate at Columbia about whether or not to allow ROTC back on campus, several ROTC students, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans and current service members were viciously attacked their own fellow students!

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…

- New York Post 02 / 20 / 2011

We have heard the anti-war activists say it a thousand times. “We support the troops, but not the war.” We’ve also heard every liberal politician claim that they wouldn’t allow our current veterans to be mistreated the way Vietnam vets were. Obama called the treatment of Vietnam vets a “national disgrace…we resolve to never let it happen again,” he proclaimed at a speech in 2009.

But where is their commitment? Where is that support for our troops? Obviously the students of Columbia didn’t get the memo. We can’t just sit by and let our troops be mistreated like this. Is this the kind of America we want our brave troops overseas to return home to?

...Maschek, who is studying economics, miraculously survived the insurgent attack in Kirkuk. In the hail of gunfire, he broke both legs and suffered wounds to his abdomen, arm and chest.

…Several students laughed and jeered the Idaho native, a 10th Mountain Division infantryman who spent two years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington recovering from grievous wounds.

José Robledo, 30, a Columbia student who commutes to Fordham University for ROTC coursework, said he found the treatment of Maschek abhorrent.

"The anti-ROTC side has been disrespectful and loud. They hiss and they jeer," he said. "It's been to the detriment of the argument."
Remember how the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy was used by these elitist institutions as an excuse to keep the military and ROTC programs off campus? Well, thanks to this despicable behavior at Columbia, now we can call bullshit on that excuse.

And what does it say about Columbia University that an Islamofascist dictator named Adolf Jr. Ahmadamnnutjob of Iran is given the opportunity to spew his hate there, while a member of our military, who has sacrificed his body for this nation, is mocked and jeered?


Anonymous said...

Two points: 1) How do you hold the President accountable for the behavior of students at Columbia. In his State of the Union address, he held institutions accountable for their past prejudice against ROTC - asking them to allow ROTC back on campus now that DADT is dead. Are you suggesting that he suspend the First Amendment in order to facilitate the transition?
State of the Union citations are a very big deal; clearly the President is doing his part as Commander-in-Chief to keep institutions mindful of their obligations.

2) How do you hold Columbia University - the institution - accountable for the First Amendment expression of its students? One the one hand, you point out that the University allowed Ahmadinejad to speak on campus, but didn't they similarly allow Maschek to speak there, too? And wasn't Ahmadinejad roundly excoriated for his speech at Columbia? He's a head of state; you certainly can't compare the treatment each man received by their respective audiences to each other.

I want to see ROTC back on all of these campuses, but you can't use these straw-man arguments to try and make your case. The left is doing enough to earn antipathy and ridicule from Americans, left, right and center; no need to draw such spurious associations to make your point.

MaroonedinMarin said...

First, I never "held the president accountable" for the behavior of students at Columbia. I was quoting from the article I used as a source. I'm holding the Left accountable for their lies, most of them have no intention of letting ROTC back on campusm DADT was a conveinient excuse to use.

Second, there is a double standard in the "free speech" expression of students. I certainly think Ahmadenijad, while he was held to task, was given much more of an open platform to spew his venom than this veteran I wrote about. And speaking of First Amendment expression, if anyone has a right to his opinion, this vet does, because he's paid the price for it. Calling him a racist? What proof do these snot nosed, elitist brats have? But this is Columbia University, where "free expression" is shutting up voices the elite don't agree with (ie The Minutement or pro-ROTC groups), while allowing a dictator an enemy of this nation to speak. That's the same thing you're claiming I suggested, except it's being done by the Left.