In February of this year, a student at the University of Washington introduced a bill in front of the Student Senate to commemorate Medal of Honor winner Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, USMC,ret.
In the ensuing debate, several student senators opined:
"...whether it was appropriate to honor a person who killed other people."
"...didn't believe a member of the Marine Corps was an example of the sort of person UW wanted to produce."
"...that many monuments at UW already commemorate rich white men."
"...understood the sentiment of not wanting to reward those who fought in the war..."
Yeah. The minutes of that particular Student Senate meeting hit BlogWorld, and, as my Dear Old Dad was fond of saying, "The manure hit the rotating, oscillating, vector-flow cooling unit."
Apparently to the enormous shock of the Univ. of Wash. Student Senate, the real world application of Cause-and-Effect is somewhat mind-erasing.
The Student Senate immediately went into Full Cover Yer Arse Mode, issuing multiple statements along the somewhat fuzzy lines of: "You
Yeah. Right. Whatever.
Then, of course, taking a leaf from the Liberal Playbook, the Student Senate then roundly took issue with anyone who dared speak their minds to the Student Senate about this. Damned pesky First Amendment.
Apparently the Student Senate has the Right to Free Speech, but if you want to criticize any actions of the Student Senate, you don't have the Right to Free Speech.
Much to the delight of BlogWorld.
Anyhoo, as of April 4, 2006, amid much prissy bitching, the Student Senate passed a resolution honoring five Univ. of Wash. alumni who had received the MoH with 61 voting "Aye!", 14 voting "Nay!" and 13 chickenshit "Abstain" votes, if I count correctly.
The minutes and record of who voted how are found here.
Rumors are, the Senatrix who expressed a couple of the above-quoted statements walked out during the vote, and as such wound up as an "Abstain". Which the Univ. of Wash.
Do I look like I fell off the turnip truck last night?
Ah, well. All's well that ends well, and all that.