Posted by lex, on November 15, 2006
The San Francisco school board voted yesterday to withdraw support from local school Junior ROTC programs, effectively killing them:
After 90 years in San Francisco high schools, the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps must go, the San Francisco school board decided Tuesday night.
The board voted 4-2 to eliminate the popular program, phasing it out over two years.
Dozens of JROTC cadets at the board meeting burst into tears or covered their faces after the votes were cast.
“We’re really shocked,’’ said fourth-year Cadet Eric Chu, a senior at Lowell High School, his eyes filling with tears. “It provided me with a place to go.’’
JROTC is a voluntary program of course, no one is compelled to partipate. So from a certain point of view it makes perfect sense to close it down, despite the fact that it brought in matching federal funds and helped to give city kids who chose to participate life skills, self-respect, leadership lessons and a safe place to be after school – for some of them, the only safe place they knew. Because after all, this decision was made by the kind of preening, morally supercillious, smugly self-satisfied pinch-faced shrews who are convinced that nothing should be permissible unless it is compulsory. But wait, I’ve lost perspective. The really important thing here, as one program critic was quoted to say, was containing the military:
“We don’t want the military ruining our civilian institutions,” said Sandra Schwartz, of the American Friends Service Committee, an organization actively opposing JROTC nationwide. “In a healthy democracy … you contain the military. You must contain the military.
Because the all-volunteer US military – routinely one of the country’s most respected institutions – is in danger of breaking out all over the place, apparently. Dedicated – resolved even – to the notion of ruining civilian institutions. High schools. Universities. We’ll be after your opera houses next, you don’t watch out. If only we weren’t so busy trying to fight and win the nation’s wars, there’s no telling what we’d do next.
By the way, I wonder how the San Francisco school board would stack up in one of those “most respected institution” surveys?
These people aren’t even useful idiots and their notions are as drearily predictable as they are morally obtuse: No more soldiers, no more wars! Get it?
Which is true, actually. But after the barbarians – and there are always barbarians – have finally slit enough throats, the rest of us will have to give up every privilege that we’ve come to consider as rights. We had that luxury, as well as the privilege of taking stylized positions inside our protected citadels, because somewhere on the outer rim good men and women are even now sacrificing a portion of their own freedoms in defense of ours.