What do a college professor and General George S. Patton have in
common? Hardly anything. Find out why students all
over America are refuting their professors urges to protest, and why
they prefer Patton over protest.
5, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 570
General George S. Patton vs. Protesting College Professors
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, Apr. 5-- It seems an unlikely match--WWII
bellicose General George S. Patton taking on a hoard of college
professors, all seeking to turn the act of war into a crime against
humanity, all eager to melt down all the weapons and turn them into
S. Patton, Jr.
But General Patton wouldn't be
alone in fighting the college professors.
Ironically, his greatest
infantry troops would be America's college students.
By the droves, the mindset of
the college student is radically shifting from liberal to
conservative, and from anti-war to pro-war despite the professors'
attempts to stir them.
The professors, shouting
and screaming protestations against the war, are being drowned out by
the roar of the legacy of Patton's Third Army tanks screaming across
the Iraqi desert, heading toward the heart of Baghdad. It's as
though they were enroute to destroy and demolish the liberalism of the
College protesting is a
dying breed, similar to tyrants and Terrorists like Saddam Hussein.
Most colleges today are
voting down the war protest efforts of their professors.
They're turning their backs on them.
protesting is a dying breed
The New York Times reported
yesterday that a student columnist at the University of Madison took a
professor to task for canceling classes to protest the war in Iraq.
She claims the university should reprimand the professor and refund
tuition for the missed periods.
Irvine Valley College in
Southern California sent faculty members a memo warning them not to
discuss the war unless it was specifically part of the course
At Yale and Berkeley, where
professors are overwhelmingly against the war, the Times said,
student's attitudes are fractured. The Yale Daily News
showed an even split, 50-50 pro- and anti-war.
Professors Saxton and O'Connell with dismayed student
Amherst College in Mass. serves
as a prime example of the major shift and rift between students and
professors. During the Vietnam era, the college president
John William Ward, joined the students in a sit-in at Westover Air
Force Base and was arrested. Over 1,000 students, 20
faculty members and the president's wife participated.
Today, the student government
voted down a proposal that would allow faculty members to take 15
minutes of class time to discuss the war. "It's a lonely place
to be an antiwar protestor on the Amherst campus," said Beatriz
Wallace, a junior.
Yale history professor, John Lewis
Gaddis, says according to the Times, "These are the kids of Reagan.
When I lecture on Reagan, the kids love him. Their parents are
horrified and appalled."
Princeton assistant professor of
politics, Gary J. Bass, says the generation is shaped by the events of
September 11. In a nationwide survey of freshmen by
the University of California at Los Angeles, more students called
themselves conservative than in other recent surveys. More than
45 percent supported an increase in military spending, double the
percentage in 1993.
I had a brush with the claws of
liberalism the other night.
Saddam = Evil
I went to a lecture at the New
University World Policy Institute on the subject: "What's
Happened To The Axis Of Evil?"
Each week, my wife and I attend
various different seminars held by the institute, to get a broad view
of world events. Generally, the panels are liberal,
intellectualistic in nature and show one side of the coin--the left
Every now and then someone will walk down
the middle, taking no particular side, but that's rare.
Last Thursday was one of the more gross
examples of a college professor wasting student's time berating the
war. The moderator, who was supposed to pose questions to
the two speakers--alleged authorities on America's foreign policy
against Terrorism--took off on his own agenda.
He threw the panelists
question after question about the illegitimacy of President Bush's
election. Over half the discussion was a
vainglorious attempt to demean the authority of the Chief Executive
Officer. I wanted to stand up and shout: "Will you
get on with the discussion," for there was no value in what was being
discussed as it relates to the issue of current and future foreign
any and all credibility
In the course of his diatribe, the moderator lost
any and all credibility. His two panelists were sucked
into the same incredulous quagmire. As they agreed
and agreed with the commentator, any respect I might have had for
their opinions waned. Finally, when they did speak,
their words were tainted. I saw them not as authorities on
the subject, but as liberal fishwives eager to use any subject to
thrash and trash conservative, Republican government.
It was also insulting.
Time is what we want the most of, and use
the least of, said William Penn. That evening, a great
deal of my time was wasted. Worse, the authenticity of the
speakers, one of whom was David Brinkley's son, was also whittled
Why this shift?
Why are the youth of America not leaping on
"hate America" bandstand?
Maybe it has something to do with General
In WWII, Patton's Third Army raced across
France enroute to Berlin. Patton vowed to want to execute Hitler
stormed across Iraq and now are surrounding Baghdad
The enemy in WWII had a face.
The enemy was cruel and indifferent to people. And, the
enemy was a threat to all humanity.
Saddam Hussein fits the bill as the arch
villain of modern time.
He's a clear and present danger to the
world. Even if the United Nations refused to support
America, the evidence was clear enough to indict Saddam as a Beast of
Once the invasion started, the treatment of
American prisoners only confirmed what a Beast of Terror he really
So Patton's tanks storming across the sands
and now at the gates of Baghdad, represent the great ideology of
America as a sheriff. America has come to Baghdad to clean
up the town. And, the invitation was delivered on September 11,
The college generation today has
vision. They're looking ahead. If conservatism
means protecting the future, then the youth have selected a very clear
objective--the Children's, Children's Children.
I believe the conservatism of
the newer generation signals their evolution as Sentinels of
generation sees the need to remove Saddam
A true Sentinel of Vigilance uses the
tools of Courage, Conviction and Right Actions for the Children's
Children's Children to make his or her decisions. They
avoid the enflamed emotionalism, and narrow one-sided thinking of the
protestor who seeks to defame America and deface the authority of
American leadership as the moderator at the World Policy Institute
attempted to do.
A Sentinel of Vigilance is not
interested in finding fault with something, as much as he or she is in
promoting its strengths and virtues. And, not
blindly, either. The Sentinel of Vigilance must see the
benefit to the Children's Children's Children.
The removal of Saddam Hussein is a
clear and present benefit to the Children's Children's Children not
only of the United States, but the entire world.
The question as to the legitimacy of
President Bush's election, however, is as moot as whether the sun will
rise and set.
Professors like to wallow in
the intellectual quagmire of Complacency--they do nothing but shout
about it in the quicksand of ultimate apathy. Most offer no
solutions except the tearing down of institutions, structures and
reputations. They offer no rebuilding, no replacing of a
better structure that is stronger, more Vigilant than the previous.
World Policy Institute panel insulted listeners with diatribes
against Bush and conservatism - panelists from left to right:
Nicholas Lemann, Eric Alterman, Alan Brinkley.
Listening to protestors rail, one
would be inclined to line up all members of the Bush Administration
and execute them for war crimes, and then turn all our military
weapons over to Russia and China, disband our armies and navies,
destroy our corporate leadership for their crimes of enslavement, and
all give each other hugs.
If there is a measure of Terrorism,
the above scene is ultimate Terrorism. Terrorism is composed of
Fear, Intimidation and Complacency. And if we listen to
protestors, they seek to make us afraid of our governments and
corporations, they make us feel Intimidated by our lack of power to do
anything but revolt, and they drive us into a state of Complacency
where there is no solution to our problems except to shout and scream.
If anything was learned in the
60's, it was that protests don't work.
At least, not to change things.
To change requires Vigilance.
Terrorism is a real entity. It
is not ethereal. It is a vivid and realistic as a wart.
General Patton removed it.
Today, as we sit on the edge of Baghdad,
ready to finalize the war, the world is looking at us in awe.
Like General Patton's troops, in 17 days
America has shoved one of the greatest bullies of the world up against
storming the gates of Terrorism
In lightening speed,
and with the most possible concern for civilian life,
America has put Terrorism on notice around the world.
America didn't merely
talk about it as France, Germany and Russia wanted.
Or, as the college professors wanted to.
America did something
If Vigilance has a virtue, it is in action.
You too, can take
action. You can take the Pledge of Vigilance.
You can storm the
gates of Terrorism. Take the Pledge today.
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