Not so fast...
The Idiots on the left and the right have a strangle hold on these and
other issues that they neither merit on the strength of their
arguments or their position in the population. One side, as it has
been alluded to before, lies in wait for this type of controversy,
more interested in the fight than the issue while denigrating anyone
who does not sign up for the whole package.
Yes I am denigrating the moon-bats and frothing right for not sitting
down and attacking the argument vice the speaker or group from whence
they came. I cannot condone the wide spread trashing, but as an
element of free speech, I feel compelled to support it. Democracies
depend on it for their very survival. Many times in this country's
history, the mere appearance of suppression of a 'right', or
resistance to an "action", has brought together the opposition with
less than optimal results...
The following remarks taken from the minutes of the UW senate show at
least that thought is not dead on campus.
VI. Chair's Report
Alex Kim said he was excited to see so many people interested in
He welcomed Dan Boirum, a Cadet and member of the ROTC committee.
Dan Boirum said the UW has been receiving a lot of criticism it didn't
deserve. He presented a letter from the military community on campus.
Of the many student organizations on campus, the military community
often holds a negative image. The various Reserve Officer Training
Corp programs are frequently criticized by some as producing trained
killers. Yet these programs are designed with considerable effort to
produce leaders of integrity, courage and dedication. The individuals
thats(sic) come out of ROTC are some of the brightest leaders our
nation is capable of producing. They are exactly the sort of people
the UW should strive to produce.
The military community does not desire parades, monuments or banners.
We do our jobs not for thanks nor praise. We do our duty because we
believe we serve a purpose greater than ourselves. However, we resent
the fact that some members of the student government would liken us to
criminals or murderers. It is true that the profession of arms
is a violent one. But as a professional military, our services put an
unbelievable amount of effort to accomplish the mission with as little
damage and loss of life as possible. The world is still a violent
place and the only thing that keeps violence off of our doorstep, is
that other men and women stand ready to absorb that violence.
Soldiers are not responsible for making policy. We are assigned
missions by the duly appointed civilian leadership, one not unlike the
concept of the student senate. Like the American public we each have
our own political opinions and beliefs. The ideas and politics of each
person in uniform is as diverse as can be found anywhere on campus.
Yet we all share one commonly parroted ideal; that freedom of thought
and liberty are divine rights to be enjoyed by all humankind.
To this day there are millions of people who live under the weight of
oppression. Few people around the world enjoy the same security,
luxury and freedoms that are so openly taken for granted in our
nation. Gregory Boyington and men like him literally bled to protect
liberty from a growing oppressive empire. Many before him, many of his
peers, and many future graduates from his Alma Mater have, and will
continue to pay the price of liberty with their own blood.
So easy is it to condemn and criticize others. And so easy is it to
give way to ignorance and preconceived notions. We are all guilty of
it, all of us. While it is not uncommon, it is also not fair that some
confuse the necessity of violence with murder or fascism. No American
warrior fights solely for his appointed Commander in Chief. No
American warrior fights for oil. Americans take up arms not to force
their choices on others, but to give and protect the liberty of
Despite all the criticism and the apparent negative feelings of all
involved parties, we are PROUD to be members of the University
community. The UW may not always support the military community, but
we strongly support the University of Washington. The UW is and will
continue to be a main center of academic achievement, as well as a
diverse community of politics and ideas. We firmly support the
University of Washington because great minds do not think alike.
Great minds think for themselves.
With Genuine Respect,
The Military Community of the University of Washington
Alex Kim said much of the discussion across the country is more
argument than discussion.
He said he thought much of the country suffers from a wound by which
human beings cannot talk to each other.
He said the sort of dialogue that takes place within Senate is
critical for healing and consensus in today's crossfire democracy.
He said the last two weeks have taught him how important such dialogue
The left and the right have some good positions and some very bad
ones. As long as the left and the right fight their wars of attrition
on every one's else's time, we will not move forth. It is time for
the center to rise up and take the stage for a time.
Kevin McCollough, SFC USA (Ret)
What is history but a fable agreed upon? Napoleon Bonaparte
--tempest in teapot snipped--
(and pardon me for continuing this... can't leave it)
A) Keeping score? I guess that to the right, this is a game of sorts.
B) What campus radicals? (laughing out loud; really) these are elected
student body senators, not demonstrators or anything like that. These
are the leaders of student government, who will more than likely be
future political leaders (on whatever level)
(insert non-sequitor here) The US right is far more radical than the
left. The "left" in this country, as led by Clinton in his years, was
much more centrist than the current ... gulp.... "leadership". Not just
the disgraced and/or indicted ones either...
Anyhow, as the ASUW president said, just at the beginning of this
controversy, they wanted to honor all UW CMOH recipients, not just
Boyington. The perpetually-enraged right got this bone in their mouth
about a few comments made by some of the senators and it turned into
Guess what; this memorial was probably going to happen without the
national spotlight etc!!
The fellow who proposed it in the first place seems to gone into a
swoon after reading "Ba Ba Black Sheep". I doubt he could name two USMC
squadron CO's from WW2--and I doubt the chronically enraged among us
could name any that weren't also autobiographical fighter aces.
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