We all go through various phases in our lives. The terrible twos. The teens. Perhaps a mid-life crisis. Maybe even dementia. But surely the worst of all stages is as we exit the teens and become fully empowered with all the rights of adulthood that society chooses to bestow upon us, but none of the maturity and sense with which to use our new rights.
The picture, taken from this NY Post article, illustrates a student demonstration against allowing ROTC back onto the Columbia campus. The students are of course encouraged in their empty opposition by some of the ‘professional student’ types that never graduated to the real world, but who stayed on, first as teaching aides and then as junior professors and then as full tenured professors, people who are uniquely able then to ignore any and every aspect of the real world without care nor consequence, because their jobs, their amazingly easy working requirements, their once ever seven year paid full year of ‘sabbatical’, and their very generous salaries, benefits and pensions are all guaranteed, no matter what.
So we see a Sociology Professor Emeritus saying ‘Universities should not be involved in military activities. Columbia should come out against spending $300 billion a year on unnecessary wars’.
I guess he has no problems with spending billions of dollars a year on sociology professors? Or how about all the DARPA funded research grants that universities delight in taking – how does he feel about that?
But, back to the sign. This is an astonishingly ridiculous thing to protest about for two reasons. First, if there is an imbalance between rich and poor in the army, isn’t that a reason to encourage the army to recruit more rich kids from Columbia?
Second, do these people not know the services are all-volunteer forces these days? No-one is, hmmm, ‘pointing a gun’ at the lower income groups and conscripting them into service.
Third, don’t these people want low income communities to be offered one of the best tickets out of a cycle of poverty that exists? A services career gives a soldier training, education, a sense of pride and self-worth, a values system, and the motivation to improve his or her life upon leaving the services. Rather than condemn our services for hiring people that few other employers would touch, shouldn’t they be commending them, and in turn joining as officers so as to help the lower socio-economic group enlisted men to improve themselves even more?
Don’t get me wrong. These rich young fools are welcome to believe what they wish. But why do they seek to impose their own naieve view of the world on their fellow students? If some students wish to join ROTC, where is the harm in that?