Kieran Lalor is an Iraq war veteran and Pace University law student. He adds his personal experience to the point I tried to make last nigth in “A misdirected protest” regarding the Solomon Amendment. The case on the constitutionality of the Solomon Amendment is awaiting oral argument in the Supreme Court next week.
Lalor’s column concludes:
Under our Constitution, civilians control the military. (Legal scholars generally know this.) Why ban the military from campus when Congress passed “don’t ask, don’t tell” into law?
Rep. Nita Lowey, whose district includes my school, voted in favor of “don’t ask, don’t tell” in 1993. In March 2004, she voted to significantly strengthen the Solomon Amendment. That same month, Lowey was welcomed to campus and given the “Pioneer of Justice and Equality for Women and the Law” award.
An Army JAG recruiter who might not even support “don’t ask, don’t tell,” and is powerless to change it, is vilified and barred from campus. Meanwhile, the lawmaker who voted for the legislation is a “pioneer of equality and justice.”
The hypocrisy of legal educators who want to ban the military but remain on the federal dole and use the Constitution as a cloak for their hatred of the military stands in stark contrast to integrity of the Constitution’s defenders, whom many law professors want banned.
On a related note, reader Dale Wetzel writes:
Re your postings on the JAG recruiter’s visit to Yale Law School, I thought you’d be interested in a snippet of this C-SPAN interview with Nathaniel Fick, a former Marine captain and author of a book on his war experiences, called One Bullet Away.
Mr. Fick majored in classics at Dartmouth, and he speaks about being motivated to join the Marines by a talk given by Tom Ricks, a Washington Post reporter who covers the military. Fick says that Ricks was an advocate for ROTC on campus during his talk, and a professor challenged him, saying if you bring the military onto our campus you’ll screw up our peaceful nature and tolerance.
Ricks replied, no, what will happen is that you will liberalize the military. You will influence the military and it will influence you. The passage is right at the beginning of the interview. The whole thing is exceptionally worthwhile.