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Leftwing Dems Send Few To Academies

From a race obsessed Associated Press:

AP IMPACT: Some lawmakers send few to academies

By Brian Witte, Associated Press Writer

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – As the nation’s military academies try to recruit more minorities, they aren’t getting much help from members of Congress from big-city districts with large numbers of blacks, Hispanics and Asians.

From New York to Chicago to Los Angeles, lawmakers from heavily minority areas rank at or near the bottom in the number of students they have nominated for appointment to West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy or the U.S. Air Force Academy, according to an Associated Press review of records from the past five years.

High school students applying to the academies must be nominated by a member of Congress or another high-ranking federal official. Congressional nominations account for about 75 percent of all students at the academies.

Academy records obtained by the AP through the Freedom of Information Act show that lawmakers in roughly half of the 435 House districts nominated more than 100 students each during the five-year period.

But Rep. Nydia Velazquez of New York City, chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, nominated only four students, the lowest among House members who served the entire five-year period. Rep. Charles Rangel, whose New York City district includes Harlem, was second-lowest, with eight nominations. And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whose San Francisco district is 29 percent Asian, was also near the bottom, with 19.

In fact, the bottom 20 House members were all from districts where whites make up less than a majority.

"It’s beyond my imagination how someone that has the ability to nominate doesn’t do it," Craig Duchossois said last December at his final meeting as chairman of the Naval Academy’s Board of Visitors.

He noted what an academy appointment means: a free four-year education and a guaranteed job as an officer for at least five years after graduation.

Velazquez, Rangel and Pelosi would not comment or did not return calls.

Academy leaders and some on Capitol Hill do not put all the blame on the politicians, pointing out that some districts might have a shortage of qualified candidates, either because students have not gotten the necessary academic preparation from their struggling schools, they are unaware of the opportunity, or they are uninterested.

But while the burden is ultimately on students to apply, academy leaders and others said elected officials should be doing more to publicize the opportunity by doing such things as visiting schools.

The academies have approached dozens of members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to discuss attracting more minority students.

Also, the military recently put together a how-to booklet on minority recruiting and sent it to all congressional offices, said Charles Garcia, chairman of the Air Force Academy’s board of visitors.

In addition, the Air Force Academy has begun flying in congressional staff members from districts with few minority nominations for lessons on recruiting, Garcia said…

Rangel, Velazquez and most of the rest of the lawmakers who have made the fewest nominations have been among the loudest critics of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Whether that is a factor in their low number of nominations is unclear

It’s not "unclear" to us.

Of course there could be several other factors involved in this, but that “most of the rest of the lawmakers who have made the fewest nominations have been among the loudest critics of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan” would seem to indicate that their radical anti-military sentiments are quite a large factor.

Indeed, that would seem to be the most obvious explantion here. But instead the AP is claiming that minorities are still not getting an equal opportunity to attend the service academies because of bad schools and social injustice in general.

It can’t simply be that radical leftwing Congressmen don’t want to send young men and women to ‘study war.’

After all, we know exactly what Mr. Rangel thinks about the military: it’s only for people who are too stupid to have any other options.

As we noted back on November 27, 2006, Mr. Rangel was quoted by the Washington Times as saying:

"If a young fellow has an option of having a decent career or joining the Army to fight in Iraq, you can bet your life that he would not be in Iraq."

Besides, Mr. Rangel doesn’t want volunteers going into the armed forces. He still wants to bring back the draft.

By the way, maybe we are growing cynical, but we can’t help but wonder about the AP’s sudden interest in ‘diversity’ in our military academies.

[The chairman of the Naval Academy’s Board of Visitors] noted what an academy appointment means: a free four-year education and a guaranteed job as an officer for at least five years after graduation.

Wasn’t that more or less what Major Hasan received?

(Granted he was not educated at a military academy. But he got far more than a free undergraduate degree.)

We suspect AP trotted out these academy records to remind us how important ‘diversity’ is to ‘our strength.’

(Thanks to Franco for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, November 20th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Leftwing Dems Send Few To Academies”

  1. proreason says:

    From each according to his ability to each according to his need.

    Elites need to be protected, and the rubes need to risk their lives to do it.

  2. Petronius says:

    This is just another sorry example of the failure of the American experiment with multiculturalism.

    Without question, the most important development in the past half century has been the change in the composition of the electorate in the United States and Europe, and in particular the steady increase in the proportion of nonwhite voters. In the US this trend began with the Kennedy Immigration Act of 1965, but has been mainly in evidence during the last 35 years. It is a direct result of increased immigration –– legal and illegal –– from Third World countries, but in particular from the Islamic countries of the MidEast, North Africa, and Asia.

    This development is directly responsible for the electoral success of Democrats such as Velazquez and Pelosi –– a success that has little to do with the ideology of Liberalism, which is a thick load of Marxist codswallop that only a fool would swallow.

    Instead Liberal success is the direct result of combining racial/identity politics with a program of importing a new electorate –– an electorate that lacks a strong tradition in the principles of republican constitutional government, and that is frequently more malleable, more amenable to manipulation, and more receptive to socialist doctrine –– through open borders, mass migration, and amnesty.

    It should, therefore, come as no surprise to anybody that many of the New Americans have little interest in our national defense or attending the service academies, inasmuch as –– like their representatives in Congress –– they often lack a sense of loyalty or attachment to America, or to Western Civilization and Christendom in general (of which the United States was, at least until recently, the strongest component).

    The idea that disinterest in the military academies is the result of inadequate schools is ridiculous. Indeed, education actively exacerbates their feelings of alienation and estrangement.

    Liberals, in their approach to education, adamantly reject any education in the time-honored traditions, heroes, history (i.e., the true, glorious, and uplifting history), hallowed beliefs, institutions, manners and principles of conduct –– all of those really important things that instill cohesion, pride, and loyalty in the social order, that instill patriotism and willingness to fight and even die for one’s country. Indeed, these things are treated as errors and prejudices, which it is the duty of the public schools to ferret out and eradicate.

  3. Chuckk says:

    These same idiots will be the first to complain there aren’t enough minorities in the academies.

  4. MinnesotaRush says:

    Betcha we could fill an Academy for Rapper Wannabee’s and/or Gangsta Thugs!

  5. U NO HOO says:

    Wasn’t Rangel a Marine?

    “But while the burden is ultimately on students to apply, academy leaders and others said elected officials should be doing more to publicize the opportunity by doing such things as visiting schools.”

    Isn’t affirmative action intended to have “leaders in society” search out those that are underpriveliged (sp?) and help them fill out an application? Seems to me a visit to each high school to deliver applications to the top X% of the graduating class would be affirmative action of the best kind, with a later follow-up to collect the applications and help with filling in the applications. Isn’t that constituent service? Staff could do it.

    But maybe that would eliminate the mystique of “victimhood.”

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Rangel a “Marine?”

      PA-LEEZE!!

      Chuck looks out for himself while Marines look out for the whole.

      There are the select few that wiggle on the border. Such as Rev. Wright and his ilk. Murtha is another sorry case and waste of skin.

    • U NO HOO says:

      OOPS, Army.

      From wikipedia:

      “Rangel then enlisted in the United States Army, and served from 1948 to 1952.[16] During the Korean War, he was a member of the all-black 503rd Field Artillery Battalion in the 2nd Infantry Division.[17] In late November 1950, this unit was caught up in heavy fighting in North Korea as part of the U.N. forces retreat from the Yalu River. In the Battle of Kunu-Ri, Rangel was part of a vehicle column that was trapped and attacked by the Chinese Army.[17] In the subzero cold, Rangel was injured by shrapnel from a Chinese shell.[18] Some U.S. soldiers were being taken prisoner, but others looked to Rangel, who though only a private first class had a reputation for leadership in the unit. Rangel led some 40 men from his unit, during three days of freezing weather, out of the Chinese encirclement; nearly half of the battalion was killed in the overall battle.[19] Rangel was awarded a Purple Heart for his wounds and the Bronze Star with Valor for his actions in the face of death.[20] He was also awarded the Presidential Unit Citation,[21] the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, and three battle stars.[20] In 2000, Rangel reflected with CBS News that “Since Kunu Ri – and I mean it with all my heart, I have never, never had a bad day.”[17]

      Rangel would later view his time in the Army, away from the poverty of his youth, as a major turning point in his life: “When I was exposed to a different life, even if that life was just the Army, I knew damn well I couldn’t get back to the same life I had left.”[22] After an honorable discharge from the Army at the rank of staff sergeant,[16] he returned home to headlines in The New York Amsterdam News.”

    • Liberals Demise says:

      While Mr. Rangels feats on the battlefield are to be admired, here is more to the story you have posted.

      Pfc. Rangels unit was in retreat and in doing so left the flank exposed leaving US Marines out in the open at Chosin Reservoir, where they were encircled by the Chinese Army.
      The Marines were told they too would have to retreat.
      To which they responded, “Retreat hell, we’re just fighting in a different direction!”
      “They are in front of us and behind us …….. on our left and right. They can’t get away now!”

      The US Marines brought back all their dead and wounded and 90% of their weapons and gear. Everything else was destroyed in place.

      These Marines are referred to in the history books as “The Chosin Frozen.”

    • Steve says:

      “Rangel would later view his time in the Army, away from the poverty of his youth, as a major turning point in his life: “When I was exposed to a different life, even if that life was just the Army, I knew damn well I couldn’t get back to the same life I had left.””

      Well, this explains his low record for nominating people to the academies.

      He doesn’t want them to change their lives.

  6. skclewis says:

    And here’s another avenue that has not been mentioned in decades–ROTC. I believe it is still available in many schools despite the violence against it back in the ’60s. ROTC is also a congressional appointment with the same benefits–free tuition and a guaranteed job after graduation! I received one when I finished high school to one of the Ivy League schools. Though I was the last class to receive them (gee is there a connection there vis a vis Ivy League bastions of Liberalism shutting down military funded scholarships?). I left school to join the Marines and finished my education on the GI Bill. However it was (and still is) a great program and not tied to the academies. Given colleges and universities are clamoring for students and funding, one would think resurrection of this scholarship program would be a good idea. Besides the tuition, the program I was in (NROTC) provided all my books, paid my lab fees, and paid me $50 a month. During the summer I went on training exercises and also got paid for it. So besides the guaranteed job after college, you have a guaranteed job during summer vacation. Granted it may not be everyone’s choice, but it is still a viable choice. And given the economic situation currently in the States, what parent wouldn’t want their son or daughter to try and get a free education and a guaranteed job? But as others pointed out, there is very low incentive for non-native Americans to do this (as with the academies you must be a U.S, citizen to qualify), qualified miniority students would qualify. And they can attend private or public schools. And what was it President Kennedy is famous for saying?: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but rather what you can do for your country.”


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