Jeff Jacoby on San Fransisco’s elimination of JROTC

Antimilitary bigotry

Last week, the San Fransisco school board voted 4-2 in favor of dumping the local Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. 1,600 kids participate in the program. Err, participated.

This column is really too good to excerpt, but I’ll grab this bit:

The problem is with the anti military bigotry of the school board majority and the “peace” activists who lobbied against the program on the grounds that San Francisco’s schools should not be sullied by an association with the US armed forces.

“We don’t want the military ruining our civilian institutions,” said Sandra Schwartz of the American Friends Service Committee, a far-left pacifist organization that routinely condemns American foreign policy and opposes JROTC nationwide. “In a healthy democracy . . . you contain the military.” Board member Dan Kelly, who voted with the majority, called JROTC “basically a branding program or a recruiting program for the military.” In fact, it is nothing of the kind: The great majority of cadets do not end up serving in the military.

But then, facts tend not to matter to smug ideologues like Schwartz and Kelly, who are free to parade their contempt for the military because they live in a nation that affords such freedom even to idiots and ingrates.

Many claim that the resistance to the program is based upon the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy regarding gays. But it should be clear to almost anyone who’s paying attention that there’s a lot more involved here than that. Pathetic.

You really ought to go read the whole thing.

Also, Rebekah Sanderlin points out a “fun link” at, one of the San Fransisco ban’s largest supporters, and writes:

Perhaps they could build us a nice little leper colony somewhere…


  1. I’m conflicted… Reading things like those found at those links make me feel two distinct things: 1. *ABSOLUTE PRIDE* for the country in which folks can spout crap like that without any fear of retaliation. 2. *SHAME* for the people of that country, because they choose to exercise their freedom of speech against the very element that upholds that freedom of speech for them. I like to dwell on the former, knowing even dumb folks can be lucky enough to be born into a country they probably don’t deserve.