University's hate for military was never about DADT

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*Updated with audio

Colleges like Columbia University, who banned ROTC from their campus 42 years ago, would often cite the now repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military rule as reason to keep military recruiting off their campuses. Too many Americans accepted the phony and hypocritical nature of this argument. In one instance colleges wanted homosexuals to serve openly in the military, yet in the next instance post DADT repeal, college students and faculty are still harassing military recruiters for being the military. 

The NY Post reported on a Columbia University freshman who previously served in the military and was severely wounded in Iraq. His reception at the school was abhorrent to say the least. Here is the audio of the event recently released by Columbia University: (bolding is mine)

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.”

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.

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.

He enrolled last August at the Ivy League school, where an increasingly ugly battle is unfolding over the 42-year military ban there.

More than half of the students who spoke at the meeting — the second of three hearings on the subject — expressed opposition to ROTC’s return. Many of the 200 students in the audience held anti-military placards with slogans such as, “1 in 3 female soldiers experiences sexual assault in the military.”

The Columbia Spectator writes about the audioof the event: (bolding is mine)

The veteran who spoke, Anthony Maschek, 28 and a GS freshman, was shot nine times while in combat and was awarded a Purple Heart. During his speech, some students allegedly yelled “racist” and others “laughed and jeered,” according to the Post. In the released audio, remarks of “racist” can be heard at the 2:29 mark and the alleged jeering occurred from the 1:26 to 1:35 period.

In a Water Cooler post I wrote immediately following the repeal of DADT on December 18, I warned that the repeal of the  policy that banned homosexuals to serve openly in the military would not stop college students and faculty for showing hate towards the military:

Unfortunately, military recruiters, especially those on college campuses, will still be harassed despite the DADT repeal today. As long as liberals have a check list, military recruiters will continue to be the target of disgruntled dangerous progressives.

The prediction was an obvious one, as loathing towards the military has existed on college campuses prior the institution of DADT during the Clinton administration. Liberals portray the military as either victims or villains for their own agenda.

When liberals portray those in the military as victims, we see the “oppressed” military personnel (i.e.: gays, minorites, and women) struggling to prove themselves as good soldiers in a “discriminatory” environment. In the same breath, though, liberals excoriate the military as a whole as villains, calling all who serve: warmongers, baby killers, and uneducated. Is it no wonder that a vet is spit on by those who hate the military?

These hypocritical stances are blaring, and only show liberals more concerned about their agenda at large and not the military, which is why college and university students and faculty will never be satisfied with the U.S. military, no matter what policies are repealed.


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Kerry Picket

Kerry Picket

Kerry Picket, a former Opinion Blogger/Editor of The Watercooler, was associate producer for the Media Research Center, a content producer for Robin Quivers of "The Howard Stern Show" on Sirius satellite radio and a production assistant and copy writer at MTV.

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