The Left is out in full force attempting to whitewash Elena Kagan’s efforts to ban military recruiters from Harvard Law School.
There is not a shred of evidence that Kagan tried to help pro-military activities at Harvard. There is ample evidence that she carried on an anti-Solomon Amendment campaign, continued to bar equal treatment for military recruiters, and when forced to try to accommodate Federal law, she tried to set up “separate but equal” options that would have sent a signal to every Harvard student that the military was to be avoided.
The Left also claims that Harvard Law School didn’t join in the lawsuit against the Solomon amendment filed by The Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights (FAIR). But Kagan, along with 50 other Harvard faculty members, filed an amicus brief encouraging the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the Solomon Amendment despite Harvard President Larry Summers public opposition to a legal challenge. Kagan openly defied the will of Harvard’s president when he was attempting to create a friendlier atmosphere towards the military.
The Left also claims her opposition to military recruiters was because of her formers boss, namely President Clinton’s, policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Yet what does preventing students from meeting with recruiters do to change this policy? Why punish students who had nothing to do with the laws passed by Congress? Kagan could have easily stood up and allowed military recruiters to appear on campus and separately work to lobby Congress to change the law. Those who wish to serve in the military or those who are serving in the military should not be punished for policies over which they have no control.
Regardless, the Left’s opposition to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is just their latest argument. Anti-military elements on campus need to answer truthfully for why they oppose the military and why now? Many professors and campus activists were opposed to the military before “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” became policy in 1993. Discriminating against the military to make a philosophical point is shameful, particularly during a time of war when the threat to our liberties is greatest and our support for those who protect our freedoms should be the greatest.
Kagan had a chance to stand up for students rights and she was a leader in opposing them.