Monday, March 06, 2006

SCOTUS unanimous: Military recruiters welcome on campus

You just have to know that you are on the wrong side of an issue when the U.S. Supreme Court rules unanimously against you. From MSN:
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that colleges that accept federal money must allow military recruiters on campus, despite university objections to the Pentagon’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays.

Justices rejected a free-speech challenge from law schools and their professors who claimed they should not be forced to associate with military recruiters or promote their campus appearances.

Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the court, said that the campus visits are an effective military recruiting tool.

“A military recruiter’s mere presence on campus does not violate a law school’s right to associate, regardless of how repugnant the law school considers the recruiter’s message,” he wrote.

The ruling upheld a law that requires colleges that take federal money to accommodate recruiters. In addition, justices said that Congress could directly demand military access on campus, even without the threat of losing federal money.
The federal law, known as the Solomon Amendment after its first congressional sponsor, mandates that universities give the military the same access as other recruiters or forfeit federal money.

Roberts filed the only opinion, which was joined by every justice but Samuel Alito. Alito did not participate because he was not on the bench when the case was argued.

“The Solomon Amendment neither limits what law schools may say nor requires them to say anything,” Roberts wrote.
Look, colleges are still free to ban military recruiters from their campuses if they want. They just won't be subsidized by the American taxpayer for doing so.

I don't see why the left is upset at this ruling, or the Solomon Amendment in general. I mean, the government attaches conditions to every other doling out of taxpayer money, so why should this be any different? Because the military is involved? I thought the left wasn't anti-military!?!?

Think of it as colleges whoring themselves out to Uncle Sam: they can say no and abstain from doing something that they find repugnant, but the John won't leave the money on the dresser! ;-)

Finally, isn't the irony just dee-lish? Just as the left feels that the best way to fight discrimination in employment and college admissions is to discriminate even further (see "affirmative action"), they now feel that the best way to protest the military's perceived discrimination is to...discriminate against the military. In other words, discrimination is acceptable, as long as it is the left's kind of discrimination! Leave it to a leftist to find that logically untenable position to be acceptable.