Sunday, August 21, 2005

American Honor at Yale

In the next couple of weeks I will be on vacation from the blogosphere, making my move to the college campus and establishing yet another beachhead in the war against the receding tide of liberalism. (I plan to be back to blogolytical brilliance on the second Monday of September.)

I will leave you with an inspiring story from my future college campus. Unfortunately, some of the details no longer survive, but the story can still be told.

Yale University’s Political Union (a debate society) is made up of six parties: the leftist Liberals, Progressives, and Independents and the right-wing Conservatives, Tories, and the Party of the Right. Our story is about the Tories, who are perhaps the classiest political party, and have in particular one truly extraordinary moment they can look back on: on May Day, 1970, they rescued the American flag.

In the 70s, America’s college campuses were hotbeds of left-wing anti-Americanism (which has now moved from the students to the faculty). In 1969, under pressure from the Left, Yale had stopped allowing academic credit for ROTC. On May Day, 1970, the radicals on campus made a grab for something Americans hold dear – the flag.

Rioting liberals pulled down the flag hanging from Yale’s ROTC building, planning to burn it while other leftists prepared to burn an American flag in Beinecke Plaza. A small group of about ten Tories managed to rush in and save both flags.

Three photographs preserve the ROTC event.

The first shows a rabble of four hundred radicals ripping down the flag.

In the second, the Tories (in ties and jackets) have charged in to fight the libs, managing to beat them back and wrestle the flag free. I noticed in an enlargement of the second photo one protestor looking at the struggle from the steps of the ROTC building. Hand on his chin, he must be wondering what sort of affection could possibly have possessed this tiny group of students. What makes that piece of cloth so dear to them?

Finally, Tories triumphant, Stars and Stripes safely in hand. Holding the flag in the last photo are Kevin McKeegan, Yale '71(left) and Pat Quinn, Yale '72. The photographs belong to McKeegan, who wrote of the event:

"For Tories these were glorious days. On their shoulders rested the task of organizing resistance at Yale. During the awful first week of May, 1970 the Tories saved the American flag from desecration both at Beinecke Plaza and at the ROTC building. This defeat of some four hundred by ten probably better points up the physical weakness of the Left than the immense vitality of the Right. Still, let it be remembered with fondness."

My thanks to the Tories for having nobly and brilliantly done their duty. I hope to become one of them myself this fall.


At 4:40 PM, Blogger Commander Mike said...

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At 4:47 PM, Blogger Commander Mike said...

Tory: "What should we debate about?"

Dan: "We should go to war with Iran."

Tory: "Any other ideas?"

Dan: "Let's talk about how feminists hate women. If they liked women they wouldn't be feminists."

Tory: "Er, that's not really what the Tories believe."

Dan: "You know, people completely unrelated to you saved the american flag from the donkish hordes 30 years ago. Therefore, you're cool enough that you should agree with everything I say."

Tory (ignoring Dan): "Did you hear Ted Kennedy's in the news?"

Dan: "Yeah, but everyone knows he's secretly a KGB commie spy."

At 4:52 PM, Blogger Commander Mike said...

I mean, what an idiotic thing to write about. "Look at me, I'm Dan, I'm going to associate myself with people who seem to have no achievements more remarkable than 'saving the American flag' decades ago.' Everyone worship me and be in awe of my patriotosity."

Is anyone impressed?


At 6:01 PM, Blogger Matthew said...

Off to the old community college Mike?

At 5:35 PM, Blogger The Yankee said...

Commander Mike you are an idiot.

At 5:37 AM, Blogger allen said...

I guess long, off-topic, unattributed cut-and-pastes are a badge of intellectual depth, hey commander mike?

At 5:08 PM, Blogger Commander Mike said...

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At 5:26 PM, Blogger Commander Mike said...

So worthless it's depressing.

At 7:21 PM, Blogger Theorigamist said...

matthew, the yankee, and allen: Let's pretend for a minute that what you've said is true. Let's pretend that Commander Mike is some idiot who goes to community college. What's your point? Does that make what he said here less true? The content of his post says: "Nobody thinks that the Tories 'saving' the flag thirty years ago has any relevance to anything today." That's absolutely true.

At 8:03 AM, Blogger allen said...

I never referred to him as some idiot who goes to a community college. I don't know if he goes to a community college. The reason I beefed commander mike is that his calling card around here has been long, off-topic, unattributed, unexplained cut-and-pastes.

Whatever they're evidence of it isn't of anything good.

Maybe he's an idiot, maybe he's just a hate-filled idealogue who's so full of himself that those contentless c-and-p's meant a great deal to him.

On the basis of the times he's posted his own writing I'd say hate-filled idealogue is probably close to the mark.

With regard to the Tories saving the flag thirty years ago, it should be pretty obvious that the same culture war is still raging. There's still the same mindset that, among it's practitioners, accepts no limitations on their own actions while demanding to set limits on the actions of others. The elitists, the royalty without crown.

A victory over people like that is worth always worth commemorating.


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