Politics & Media
Jun 05, 2008, 09:01AM

Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and Don't Pontificate

Harvard President Drew G. Faust recently used her end-of-the-year commencement address to the university's ROTC group to discuss the shamefulness of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." One Harvard Crimson writer feels that such an event is no time for political grandstanding, regardless of affiliation, and that the incident exemplifies the academic tendency towards "overwrought human rights rhetoric."

Last year, with her schedule presumably packed with planning the details of her incipient administration, President-elect Drew G. Faust neglected to attend the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) commissioning ceremony. This spring, however, she has indicated that she will grace the proceedings not only with her presence but also with a short sermon.

Far be it for President Faust simply to honor her charges for their decision to serve: She must also, to confirm the politically correct prejudices that govern the Academy, use the opportunity for ideological grandstanding.

Aside from commending the soon-to-be lieutenants and ensigns, President Faust will use her pulpit at the ROTC ceremony to decry the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy, which precludes homosexuals from openly serving in the military.

For, in a campus culture contemptuous of patriotic ardor and saturated with overwrought human rights rhetoric, a word in praise of military service stands proxy for anti-gay sentiment.

  • After reading the article, it's pretty clear that the Hahvahd prez was taking a stand against a policy that goes against stated Hahvahd anti-discrimination policy. But in the context of a very trendily liberal envrionment like a university, it does reek of opportunism. Cut these poor kids a break.

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  • I only read this article because of Filthy's snooty comment. I wish I hadn't; yes, don't ask, don't tell is weird, especially considering the danger members of the military face (not to mention the de facto DADT policies of most police and fire departments. But who needs the "poor kids" at Harvard of the Crimson to state the obvious.

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  • The "poor kids" I was referring to were the ROTC students who are about to enter the military. I'm anti-Iraq war, I'm anti-DADT, but I agree with the article's author that neither of those things matter when addressing the ROTC kids.

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  • I didn't think there were many anti-Iraq, anti-DADT characters in Dallas, of all places. Are you considered an odd bird there, Filthy?

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