Sunday, February 20, AD 2011
Hattip to John at Powerline. Anthony Maschek, pictured above with his fiancee, is a freshman at Columbia. He decided to speak at a public meeting at Columbia University on bringing back ROTC to Columbia. He spoke in favor of bringing back ROTC. During his speech he was booed and laughed at by other students and taunted with cries of “Racist” which in libspeak I guess means now speaking in favor of ROTC.
Before he entered college, Mr. Maschek was an Army Staff Sergeant serving in Iraq. He was seriously wounded, suffering 11 gunshot wounds. He spent two years in a hospital recovering. Those who jeered at Mr. Maschek, an American hero, are the living embodiment of something written long ago:
A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever-renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other.
John Stuart Mill