An anonymous U.S. veteran sent the following e-mail to David Horowitz. We reproduce it below. -- The Editors.
Dear Mr. Horowitz:
I am Special Forces soldier, a former Marine, and I am currently a student at Metro State University in Denver. I heard your speech on Tuesday at Metro.
While your views are not popular, I do feel they are right, especially your effort to have the American education system more equally represent all political viewpoints. I have witnessed first hand the abuse of a teachers' political rhetoric in classes at Metro State. As a service member I have served in Panama (Operation Just Cause), Gulf War I, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo and most recently Afghanistan and Iraq. I have been told in classes that my political views are aggressive, violent, racist and offensive. I have even been told that the wearing of my uniform in class is inapproriate and offensive.
My current duties are with the state of Colorado as an instructor in the Officer Candidate School, where I teach young men leadership skills. While I may have my own opinions of what makes a great leader, I know that the classroom is not the place for me to force my opinions on others. Instead, I try to conduct myself as a professional at all times, whether in or out of my classroom. The service has taught me to respect other people and their opinions, and I try to instill this same tolerance in my students.
But no one taught my professors this value. As a college student myself, I am forced to endure hours of lectures about the evils of recent wars that I have fought in and lost friends in. Most recently I had to endure hours of liberal rhetoric on how bad this admistation is doing on the war on terrorism, and how the troops in Iraq are the reason other countries hate us. This hot air comes from individuals who have never served their nation in a time of war, and never had friends die in these wars. I put up with this attitude in order to get my degree. Like other veterans, I am just trying to improve myself by going back to school and getting more education. I am proud of my fellow veterans who take on the challege of raising a family and improving their intellect, too. I feel as a nation we have only learned not to spit on our vets from the Vietnam War. But it looks like not all of us have learned that the veterans' opinions are important -- that they hold merit -- and maybe they have some real world knowledge we can learn from. Instead, we're told to sit down and shut up."
I would like to thank you Mr. Horowitz for trying to improve the system and make it a better place to learn, instead of a liberal indoctornation program. Thank you. On behalf of all my veteran friends, serving and retired, you have our support.
M, SFC in the U.S. Army.