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EDITORIAL: Blind hatred of the ROTC ban--Campus lefties bite the hand that defends them
The Washington Times ^ | February 22, 2011 | Editorial

Posted on 02/22/2011 4:44:19 PM PST by jazusamo

Former U.S. ArmyStaff Sgt. Anthony Maschek last week received an unfitting welcome at a town-hall meeting at Columbia University. The Iraq-War-veteran-turned-college-freshman was heckled, mocked and inexplicably called a “racist” during a forum convened to discuss reinstatement of ROTC on campus 43 years after the program’s expulsion. The university gave Iran‘s Islamic strongman Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a warmer welcome than this young man who shed his blood to serve his country.

Mr. Maschek uses a wheelchair to get around as a result of being shot 11 times in combat. Yet Columbia‘s leftists, blinded by their anti-war fervor, refused this disabled veteran even the most basic of courtesy as they sought to prevent him from exercising his right to free speech.

During the Vietnam conflict, military-leadership training programs were booted from some campuses in protest of the war or the draft or both. After U.S. forces withdrew and the draft was repealed, anti-ROTC schools did not change their stance. They just came up with a new justification. Opposition to the program was then a protest against the military’s ban on homosexuals. As a result of the Obama administration‘s embrace of homosexual conduct in the armed forces, it appears university leftists will need to come up with a new excuse.

In his State of the Union address, President Obama called on “all of our college campuses to open their doors to our military recruiters and the ROTC.” Though several schools have discussed bringing ROTC back, no college or university has actually done so.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: columbiau; columbiauniv; leftists; rotc
God bless former U.S. Army SSgt. Anthony Maschek for his sacrifice and service to our country.

Leftist scum are leftist scum no matter the decade and Columbia University has them in spades.

1 posted on 02/22/2011 4:44:25 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

This is what you get when the Gov’t subsidizes “higher education.”


2 posted on 02/22/2011 4:45:49 PM PST by PGR88
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To: jazusamo

Any parent that allows their spawn to attend this cesspool is an idiot. Period.


3 posted on 02/22/2011 4:47:34 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: RightOnline

No University which does not allow an ROTC program on campus or allow recruiters on campus should be prohibited from receiving any federal money..period.


4 posted on 02/22/2011 4:49:43 PM PST by Oldexpat
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To: RightOnline

No University which does not allow an ROTC program on campus or allow recruiters on campus should be prohibited from receiving any federal money..period.


5 posted on 02/22/2011 4:49:49 PM PST by Oldexpat
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To: Oldexpat

Now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is repealed, the liberals are supposed to respect the military again. What happened? What excuse will they use now to loathe the military, now that they can’t say they opposed the military’s “discrimination”????


6 posted on 02/22/2011 4:51:21 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: RightOnline
Any parent that allows their spawn to attend this cesspool is an idiot. Period.

Well said!

7 posted on 02/22/2011 4:52:02 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Calls for “civility” from the left didn’t last long, did they?


8 posted on 02/22/2011 4:52:51 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: jazusamo

This happened during Vietnam. We should never let it happen again.

Next time he speaks there I would love to see the Patriot Guard, Warrior’s Watch, Nam Knights MC, Leathernecks MC and American Legion Riders make sure he gets to exercise his first amendment right.


9 posted on 02/22/2011 4:52:51 PM PST by Outrance
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To: jazusamo

Leftisit scum have been really showing their true colors since BO got elected.


10 posted on 02/22/2011 4:54:55 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I heard part of the “student” ranting at the wounded patriot. Now they are bothered that “transgendered” won’t be let in and treated as normal. Would someone please smack the crap out of these disrespectful, naive loser students?


11 posted on 02/22/2011 4:57:34 PM PST by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: jazusamo
If I had been POTUS I would have issued an Executive Order that would have cut off all Federal Funds for Universities that denied ROTC Training on their Campuses. This would have included all R&D, all grants in aid and all Direct and Indirect Student Aid.

Legally I don't know if this was possible but I would have done it if at all possible. Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton (not surprising), Bush 2, Obama (really not surprising) have all failed in this regard. Again I'm not sure if this was legally possible but none of these presidents seemed to have the "stones" to do what should have been done. I would have loved to see what places like Columbia and the others would have done. It would have been epic.
12 posted on 02/22/2011 4:57:34 PM PST by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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To: Outrance; colorado tanker
This happened during Vietnam. We should never let it happen again.

You're absolutely right.

This was a daily occurrence back then and I believed we wouldn't see this in future years, how wrong I was.

13 posted on 02/22/2011 4:59:40 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

If a university - public or private - bans ROTC from their campus, they in turn should be banned from receiving federal funds.

Career college liberals, I’m convinced, use colleges as their sanctuary because they simply haven’t grown up - they’d never be able to cope in the world of grown ups. Banning federal funds would rip a big hole in that cocoon. They might actually have to get - gulp! - a real job!


14 posted on 02/22/2011 5:01:29 PM PST by Jaguarmike
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To: jazusamo
So much for civil discourse in our higher institutes of learning.
(They are no longer institutes of higher learning.)
15 posted on 02/22/2011 5:04:45 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: jazusamo
With out the American military, we would be living under some foreign military and these elitist free thinkers would be being told how they could think.
16 posted on 02/22/2011 5:04:59 PM PST by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.)
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To: jazusamo

fight on patriots...our day is coming soon!


17 posted on 02/22/2011 5:05:56 PM PST by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: PGR88

Columbia is a private school and Sgt. Mashek’s attendance there is government subsidized.


18 posted on 02/22/2011 5:09:59 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: jazusamo

The position taken by the left is not even reasonable in their own parlance. Do leftists really want ALL military officers trained in military academies? Shouldn’t they welcome the opportunity to get 4 years to brainwash future military leaders?

[As a conservative, I’m not too keen on having all future military leaders come out of the military academies. Rubbing shoulders with the common folk does them good.]


19 posted on 02/22/2011 5:10:47 PM PST by the_Watchman (Healthcare reform was never about health.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I heard some student this A.M. on WABC’S “Crummie” program who represented a Transgender (ac/dc/erh?) group that is not allowed to enter the Military.They are against ROTC being activated on the Campus if they are not accepted.Also the President of the University has probably been neutered and has no position up or down.


20 posted on 02/22/2011 5:11:01 PM PST by Jan Hus (w)
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To: truthguy; Jaguarmike

Agree with you both. If leftist and highbrow universities ban ROTC then they should forgo federal funds.


21 posted on 02/22/2011 5:13:05 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: RightOnline

And may I remind you former college of our fearless leader Barry Soetoro.


22 posted on 02/22/2011 5:17:25 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: the_Watchman

You make a good point. ROTC allows enables common folk to become officers in our military and brings a mix to the officer corps.


23 posted on 02/22/2011 5:20:52 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

They should thank the man for being wounded 11 times in defense of their fundamental right to be assholes.


24 posted on 02/22/2011 5:23:00 PM PST by ronnyquest (Barack H. Obama is the Manchurian Candidate. What are you going to do about it?)
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To: Mr. Lucky; PGR88
Columbia is a private school and Sgt. Mashek’s attendance there is government subsidized

That's true but Columbia also receives federal funds.

excerpt:

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) has introduced a bill to cut federal funding to Columbia University after it hosted a speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Hunter seeks to cut federal funds to Columbia University

25 posted on 02/22/2011 5:39:17 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Time to cut off their federal money. All of it - grants, contracts, tuition assistance of all kinds, etc, etc.


26 posted on 02/22/2011 5:49:34 PM PST by surely_you_jest
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To: jazusamo

I think that schools that do not allow ROTC or recruiters on campus should lose all federal funding.


27 posted on 02/22/2011 6:39:42 PM PST by 2CAVTrooper (For those who have had to fight for it, freedom has a flavor the protected shall never know.)
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To: 2CAVTrooper
Concur.

Land grant public colleges are required by their charters to offer military training. Any school, public or private, that discriminate in this way should have ALL federal funds taken away.

In Columbia's case, perhaps they need to make the acquaintance of a 22,000-lb. GBU-43/B MOAB (massive ordnance air blast) bomb.

28 posted on 02/22/2011 7:11:43 PM PST by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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