In what should come as a shock to absolutely nodody, Elena Kagan's newly surfaced college thesis centered on socialism...and not in a critical way.
In it, she thanks her brother, "whose involvement in radical causes led me to explore the history of American radicalism in the hope of clarifying my own political ideas."
An in part of her conclusion, she states:
The story is a sad but also a chastening one for those who, more than half a century after socialism's decline, still wish to change America. Radicals have often succumbed to the devastating bane of sectarianism; it is easier, after all, to fight one's fellows than it is'to battle an entrenched and powerful' foe. Yet if 'the history of Local New York shows anything, it is that American radicals cannot afford to become their own worst enemies. In unity lies their only hope.
Workers of the world unite!
In other words, she basically laments the fact that too many liberal/socialist bretheren here in American can't stop fighting among themselves long enough to impose socialist purity on their country.
Of course, you have to appreciate the ironic situation this presents to liberal (such as those at the Washington Post) who attempted to crucify Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell over his college senior thesis in his campaign late last year.
For their part, liberals are sure to ignore it, just as they ignore anything else that points to their hypocrisy. read more »
As the newly appointed Dean of Harvard Law School, Obama Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan decided, in the middle of the War on Terror, to cripple the Reserve Officer Training Corps’ recruitment capability on campus by denying it crucial access to funding, operating space, and assistance from the Office of Career Services.
Kagan’s action fits into a shameful history of antiwar college administrators’ kicking ROTC off university campuses nationwide, most visibly at Ivy League schools, out of opposition to the Vietnam War in the late 60s and 70s. After the war ended, officials extended the policy out of supposed concern over the military’s ban on gays in the 80s and the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the 90s.
After the Solomon Amendment barring federal funding to universities that ban military recruitment on campus was fully implemented at Harvard in 2003, Kagan signed on to a legal challenge to the amendment. The Third Circuit Court overturned the amendment in 2004, but stayed its ruling pending Supreme Court review. Kagan, impatient with the vagaries of the legal system, decided to force Harvard back onto its anti-ROTC policy, even though the law hadn’t yet been changed. The Supreme Court unanimously overturned the Third Circuit ruling in 2006, at which point Kagan reversed her actions to comply with the ruling.
Gay rights supporters defend Kagan’s actions as a necessary stopgap against government-sponsored military discrimination.
It is instructive to reconsider Kagan’s stance in the context of the role our military plays, the people and the rights it protects, and our enemies’ attitudes toward individual liberty and their treatment of gays. read more »