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Yale, Stanford, Columbia: This means you!

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

I generally agree it’s unseemly how much the State of the Union now resembles a political pep rally. However, there’s one line in the president’s speech tonight that I will jump off my sofa to applaud: President Obama is reaffirming his support for ROTC and calling on colleges to return the program to their campuses. The excerpt:

Tonight, let us speak with one voice in reaffirming that our nation is united in support of our troops and their families. Let us serve them as well as they have served us – by giving them the equipment they need; by providing them with the care and benefits they have earned; and by enlisting our veterans in the great task of building our own nation.

Our troops come from every corner of this country – they are black, white, Latino, Asian and Native American. They are Christian and Hindu, Jewish and Muslim. And, yes, we know that some of them are gay. Starting this year, no American will be forbidden from serving the country they love because of who they love. And with that change, I call on all of our college campuses to open their doors to our military recruiters and the ROTC. It is time to leave behind the divisive battles of the past. It is time to move forward as one nation.

Here’s hoping ColumbiaYaleStanford, and all the rest are listening tonight.