jump to navigation

The Trench and the Ivory Tower April 16, 2009

Posted by federalist in Education, Social Politics.
add a comment

During the height of protests against the Vietnam War most Ivy League universities decided to formalize their anti-government views by rejecting the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC).  Prior to that point ROTC had been an integral part of the academy, commissioning thousands of American military officers.  But for the last forty years the liberal leaders of private colleges have, under variuos pretenses, enforced this official schism with American military institutions.  Since the mid-1990s the most commonly cited objection has been government policies against openly homosexual behavior by soldiers.  Retired Army Colonel Timothy Whalen points out the striking inconsistency in the academy’s continued opposition to the military:

The so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy is in fact public law, passed by a bipartisan vote of the U.S. Congress, signed into law by President Bill Clinton, and then sustained by a decision of the Supreme Court. When and if the government changes the policy, I am confident that the military will faithfully carry out the new policy, just as it has during over 230 years of unfailing allegiance to the civil government.

Perhaps the administration and faculty, including some law school deans and professors of institutions that oppose ROTC on campus, are unaware that the military is under civilian control. Perhaps they know that and so, acting with integrity in support of their principles, also oppose recruiting for clerkships to the Supreme Court that upheld the law, fellowships to Congress and the White House, and so on. The first is unbelievable and I have never heard of any instances of the second. This leaves me to suspect that this issue is a stalking horse for an antimilitary position that does not have the courage to speak its name.

For more information: AdvocatesForROTC.org has been tracking this issue for years.