Alpine Summit

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Continuing the Tradition

Staying true to the tradition started by their professors, students at the University of Washington are spitting on this country's heroes.

Student senator Jill Edwards, according to minutes of the student government's meeting last week, said she "didn't believe a member of the Marine Corps was an example of the sort of person UW wanted to produce."


Ashley Miller, another senator, argued "many monuments at UW already commemorate rich white men."

Senate member Karl Smith amended the resolution to eliminate a clause that said Boyington "was credited with destroying 26 enemy aircraft, tying the record for most aircraft destroyed by a pilot in American Uniform," for which he was awarded the Navy Cross.

Smith, according to the minutes, said "the resolution should commend Colonel Boyington's service, not his killing of others."

I think Smith forgets that Boyington's service to his country WAS to kill others or rather, to keep others from killing the rest of us. The talk radio host who broke this story had this to say about the event.

"Pappy Boyington went beyond the call of duty to serve and protect this country – he simply deserves better," Ludeman said. "Just last year, the university erected a memorial to diversity. Why can't we do the same for Pappy Boyington and others who have defended our country?"

"Diversity" is such a disingenuous term for liberals. They throw it around as if diversity were a good thing that they all wanted where the reality is they only care about diversity as long as it agrees with their worldview. Which, of course, isn't true diversity. This is a perfect example of that. A blogger cited in the article makes a good point about these students.

The blogger wondered, "have our Washington youth revised history so much as this? To compare Boyington – or for that matter any of our WW2 vets – to murderers? What are these kids being taught today? They don't deserve those 20 months Pappy spent being tortured and beaten in a Japanese prison camp ... they don't deserve any of what our grandfathers and grandmothers sacrificed to free Europe and the Pacific."

True, they don't deserve it; but they get it anyway because that was Boyington's true gift to them. I only pray they will someday find a mind of their own enough to understand that. Read the whole thing and try to keep your jaw from hitting the floor.