Veteran of the United States Air Force and graduate from ivy league Yale University, Rob Henderson went on Fox News to discuss the prolific anti-American sentiment that is plaguing college campuses, including what he calls a “cold welcome” given to vets like him.
In an op-ed for the Wall St. Journal, Henderson lamented the current stranglehold of progressivism in higher education and the environment of hostility it creates for military veterans. He claims that while service has done a “very good job of building bonds” in an environment where characteristics like race and gender are largely irrelevant, higher education has done everything it can to thrust those identifiers, and others, into prime focus.
“These are continual points of discussion,” he noted, “and I was very disturbed at how focused these elite institutions are on these characteristics. To me, the military was proof that we could get beyond those superficial features and unite around a common purpose.”
He also admitted that other veterans had asked him whether he felt like a sucker for serving in the military to defend the Constitution, when the richest, most elite kids in the country are actively working to “undermine” what he fought for, from the safety of their posh dormitories. Henderson even wrote that he felt that he had to “keep his love for America” to himself at the risk of alienating his peers.
“On campus we learn to blend in, even at the cost of feeling betrayed. We keep our love for America to ourselves. We don’t want to give veterans a bad reputation…We want to make friends. We try to understand campus protesters, to see where they’re coming from.”
“There is this view on many of these campuses among people [that] things like patriotism or love for the country, these are kind of tacky or just something that educated people don’t engage in,” he explained to Brian Kilmeade while on “Fox & Friends.”
But not everyone is to blame for the unfortunate situation in our colleges. In fact, Henderson had praise for the “faculty and administrators,” but says their support alone is not enough to tackle the environment of unease that many military veterans feel while on campus.
“I just want to say that a lot of the faculty and administrators [have] done a decent job of recruiting veterans onto campus but, when they allow the campus activists to dictate the culture and establish the tone, they haven’t created a welcoming environment for these veterans,” he stated, going on to admit that “[i]t does sometimes cause a feeling of betrayal.”
Ironically, the people responsible for making veterans feel as if they have no place on college campuses were the same ones shrieking that Republicans needed to be more respectful of LTC Alexander Vindman’s military service after his loyalty was called into question.
Perhaps they only like the anti-Trump veterans?
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