Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Shooting the messenger 

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that colleges may exclude military recruiters from their campuses.

A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in Philadelphia, found that educational institutions have a First Amendment right to keep military recruiters off their campuses to protest the Defense Department policy of excluding gays from military service.
The real problem with keeping recruiters off campus to protest that policy is... that it's not a Defense Department policy. It's the law of the land, passed by both houses of Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton. Proposed by Clinton in the first place, actually. The military does not make laws. It follows the laws and the orders of the nation's civilian leaders. It would be a scary country otherwise. So blaming the military is misguided, not to mention ineffective since it doesn't target the people who made the law--the Congress and President Clinton.

New York University and George Washington University are among the schools involved in this case. But NYU and GW have had no problem allowing Clinton onto their campuses in the years since he signed the policy into law.

The military, which is legally bound to obey the law (duh), is barred from campus. But the man who actually proposed and then signed the law is welcomed with open arms.

Why is that, I wonder?
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