Affirmative action and PC ideology smite the military

I remain absolutely convinced that Obama, the boy genius of the left, is a product of affirmative action who is hiding his academic record because it is dismal.  If it weren’t dismal, he’d be showing it off.  Frankly, though, after thirty years of affirmative action, we expected nothing more from our academic institutions.  That’s a shame, too, because it means that, for most Americans, a Harvard degree in the hands of a black or hispanic person is written off as a gift from a beneficent liberal bureaucracy, while a Harvard degree in the hands of a white or asian person means that person is damn smart.   The presumption is that a minority couldn’t have made it on his (or her) own.  Affirmative action, rather than removing hurdles, created an insuperable one, which is the virtually immovable assumption that all minorities are below average, and obtained their degrees with help.

For a long time, it seemed as if the military was the last bastion of quality in America:  a place in which race, color, creed, religion or place of origin were irrelevant.  What mattered in the military, we were told, was ability and commitment.  It was the most successfully integrated institution in America because it was color blind.  Turns out that is a lie.

The whole Hasan debacle revealed the PC horror of the military to a shocked America.  Here was a ticking jihadist time bomb within the heart of our military, and no one did anything for fear of offending PC sensibilities.  Then, in the wake of his massacre, the powers that be in the Obama administration and the military itself rushed out speeches, not to assure Americans that they were keeping us safe from jihadists, but to ensure jihadists that they were going to be kept safe from us.

That is a big, bloody story, but the PC corruption of a formerly egalitarian institution turns out to exist at all levels in the military.  CDR Salamander let the cat out of the bag when he blogged about the way in which the Navy Color Guard put together for the World Series was jiggered and rejiggered so that it would look “good” (read, victim identity appropriate) for television.  I was under the impression that Color Guard status was an assigned position based upon skills.  It turns out, however, that what matters is that the Guard’s appearance appeals to identity politic sensibilities.  I urge you to read Phibian’s original post (linked above), as well as his follow-up to that post.

Academic corruption is bad.  It means that, in the marketplace, I’m going to place substantially less value on a black or hispanic person, than I will on a white person.  If I were lawyer shopping, I’d pick the white Baylor grad over the black Harvard grad.  At least with the former, I actually know what product I’m buying.  With the military, though, because this is all about chain of command without any market freedom, the consequences are much worse than the devaluation of any specific diploma.  Instead, troops in the military stand to die (as they did in Fort Hood), and we Americans stand to lose our freedoms as our military becomes ever less efficient and increasingly in thrall to the destructive forces of Political Correctness.

I’d like to add here that I am not racist, in that I do not believe that any specific race is inherently better or worse than any other race.  Instead, I’m a smart shopper.  If I know that a factory is cheating to turn out a product, I won’t buy from that factor.  And it’s a damn shame that it’s minorities in America who are the ones being cheated.

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  • suek

    Securities Class Actions Securities class actions are typically brought on behalf of a group of investors who have been injured as a result of a company’s improper conduct, such as misstating earnings, concealing or misrepresenting risks, or otherwise engaging in activity detrimental to the company. Other securities actions are brought as direct result of a financial advisor or broker’s, or group of advisors, repeated misrepresentation, negligence, dishonesty or fraud. I am not a lawyer, so I just picked one that read right to me. I think the Navy Color Guard and Ft. Hood qualify for immediate prosecution.
    I, Sadie, on behalf of America and all my swell friends and buddies in Bookworm Room
    Lack of Common Sense, Addition to Political Correctness, any and all Stupidity hereby summon all, persons, groups and their affiliates, to appear before the PUBLIC and explain themselves.


    If you have the stomach, you can read about Anthony Sowell of Ohio. For me, it was the use of the word, ‘stench’. It’s harsh, strong and can make you feel woozy just listening or reading the word. We’ve all experienced an odor that makes you reel backwards on your heels, but we usually just say it wreaks, or stinks to high heaven. So bad, such evil, so many bodies that they dug up the backyard, taken the house apart and now will do with high tech measures to investigate the house next door with the same stench. What happened at Ft. Hood, who perpetrated, who neglected their duties as officers or human beings is not just repugnant, there is a taint of stench that has permeated the military. It’s not who dunnit, it’s what did it and how do we begin to ‘undo it’.

  • Oldflyer

    Book are you really surprised at the color guard revelation?  All you have to do is contemplate any group that is formed for some kind of ceremony or recognition,  and you can  usually predict in advance how it will look.
    But, speaking of our latest terrorist (can I say that?), I don’t know whether Major/Dr Hasan’s attained and retained his position through affirmative action.  There have been mixed stories about his professional competence.  I suspect that in his particular profession it would be hard to do an objective appraisal; and certainly some reluctance to do an adverse subjective one.
    I do believe that his ability to “slip under the radar” as an ideologue who was increasingly hostile  followed directly from  fear of consequences on the part of people who might have controlled him..  Clearly, we have protected groups in our society.  Unfortunately, as we should know by now, some of them are dangerous to us; and we are going to periodically pay a price for ignoring the facts  I hope this incident, tragic though it may be, will at least remind  us of our folly, and help us to guard against even more devastating attacks.

  • Gringo

    Regarding White Baylor Law grad versus Black Harvard Law grad here is what  Van Jones has to say about it.
    “I had a professor who encouraged me to apply to Harvard and Yale [for law school], which was almost unheard of for students coming from the kind of public schools that I was coming from in the rural South. I was accepted to both places, and decided to go to Yale because Yale didn’t have any grades and was smaller than Harvard. I figured, once I enroll I’m guaranteed to graduate, so I can just go and be a radical hellraiser student, and they can’t do anything about it. Which is pretty much what happened.”