Someone Needed to Say It

Unfortunately, someone did need to say it: “An open letter to America’s college cupcakes on Veterans Day”.

The next-to-last line is gratuitous, but the rest stands. They need to grow the F up.

(Thanks to DVH’61 for passing that on.)

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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6 Responses to Someone Needed to Say It

  1. DaveO says:

    These protests would have happened regardless of winner, though their tears for fears of Trumpismo are delicious. The organizers were revealed by Wikileaks as professional protestors and their goal is to move the goalposts far to the left. They viewed Clinton as going to the center (hah!), so the protests were to take her left of Obama, left of the Stalinist Bernie Sanders. Remember: they rooted for Saddam, they’re gaga for ISIS, and they booed when bin Laden died. They worship Mao, Che, and look to Venezuela for the only proper economic model. They want America’s warriors dead, dead, dead.

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  2. burkemblog says:

    There are about 20.5 million college students in the US for the fall semester, 2016, according to the US Department of Education. When you consider that number, the small group of protesters at various campuses is hardly a majority, let alone a movement. The author of the original article, while raising some legitimate questions, is unnecessarily tarring all college students with the same brush. FWIW, I’m willing to be most of the people being deprecated here don’t know who Mao or Che are. They’re not that well-read.

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    • vmijpp says:

      DaveO beat me to it. It doesn’t say much good for that generation when they don’t know who Mao and Che are– basic 20th Century history– or that someone in the know says “they’re not that well-read.” Many of them appear to be enrolled in he so-called elite universities. I was always taught that Ivy Leaguers quit school and signed on for WWI (and other conflicts) in large numbers. I must confess that I don’t have much use for them– the number of Ivy Leaguers I have known in the Marine Corps, since OCS in 1988, can still be counted on the fingers of both hands. I look forward to a day, some day in the broad, sunlit uplands of the future, when an Ivy League degree is an affirmative disqualification for any important post.

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  3. DaveO says:

    You raise a separate issue: the dumbing down of Americans. I disliked reading Marx, and studying his intellectual fathers Feuerbach and Hegal, and exposure to the Beats and Ginsburg and other worldviews, at least VMI and Scott Shipp Hall demonstrated both the courage of their convictions, and for a number of professors – facing students that were more conservative than the norm.

    What are you seeing among your peers in this years-long purge of heterodox thought and non-Marxist pedagogy? Any insights for our community of readers?

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  4. burkemblog says:

    You are probably asking the wrong guy. I teach at a community college, where our focus is on the first two years, the dreaded general education requirements for those who transfer to four-year schools. about 2/3 of our enrollment fits into that group, and about a third in career and tech programs–nursing, paralegal, allied health, IT–lots of stuff. There are over 1100 community colleges in the US and we enroll over 40% of the college students in the US.

    I don’t see any of what you see–I don’t see anything remotely like what is derided as politically correct here–I see lots of different views points expressed in a variety of ways and with different levels of civility. We work with a huge variety of students, and the majority of us are focused on making sure they’re ready for the next few years of school. In 15 years as a civilian faculty member, I have never heard the names Marx, Alinski, Che, or Mao from a colleague in any department. Some of the political science guys talk about neoliberalism, but I see that’s a fancy word for the disaffection that underlay so much of the pro-Trump vote.

    I do see, however, students who couch surf, who work two and three jobs, who bounce from major to major or repeat the same math course because they went to a crappy high school in the city or in an inner suburb; I see students with one parent only, or many times none–raised by grandparents or aunts because mom or dad is dead or in prison; I see students who come from families that make too much money for Missouri Medicaid (we have the lowest threshold of any state in the US) but not enough to get health insurance–some of these kids have ADD, ADHD, or depression so bad that they find it hard to function without medication–they are smart kids, but their biology is getting in the way. None of these are the kids I taught at West Point or went to school with at VMI. No one at either place lived in his car while trying to work an extra shift to pay for tuition beyond what his Pell grant covered (and it covers most tuition and books–70% of our students are on Pell grants). These kids are the ones that keep me teaching–I love to go to graduation to see the one kid with the 10 family members who got him or her through a two-year program.

    All this has taught me that glib, easy answers about college students and college faculty are not always true. Some clearly conform to the stereotypes and beliefs they are derided for. But that’s a very small percentage of both students and faculty in the US.

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