March 18, 2016

Now and Then

America’s collegians are not sitting very tall in the saddle these days. To steal from Michael Barone's book title, “Hard America, Soft America,” this bunch is as soft as the Pillsbury Doughboy and has nothing in common with those "Doughboys" of military lore.

The current crop of campus “snowflakes" is calling attention to themselves and their universities by demanding "safe zones” and “trigger warnings” and decrying the "micro-aggressions" of offending speech. This uber level of self-absorption is beyond parody. They are in danger of a collective collapse into the fetal-position. College mental health clinics are getting swamped. Is there an explanation? Perhaps one need look no further than the self-esteem movement.

Well, there is a solution that’s cost-effective and cathartic.

Impose the following requirement on every regent, college administrator, professor, and student applicant:

You must read “Flags of Our Fathers” by James Bradley. The book centers on the WWII battle for Iwo Jima by the United States Marine Corps.   These young men were of the same age-cohort as today’s college students.

They came from typical slices of post-depression America; some urban, some rural; Christian and Jew; white, brown, red, and black; the Marines of Montford Point; old-blood and new-immigrant — the majority "poor" but hopeful. Many lacked indoor plumbing and electrical power; ethno-racial disparities were still evident across the land. Nevertheless, they believed in the promise of America. Most importantly, they accepted, without equivocation, their responsibility to another Marine — even at the risk of death.

One Marine described Iwo Jima as “a fuc— slaughter.” Those were his last words. Seconds later, his decapitated head landed with a thud on his buddy. Iwo Jima was an orgy of rifle fire, grenades, mortars, and artillery. The air was full of rounds, grenade fragments and shrapnel. The combatants fought hand-to-hand with K-Bars, bayonets and entrenching tools. The black sand was covered with arms, legs, and intestines unattached to any torso.

There were no “safe zones.”

There were no “trigger warnings.” Every trigger-pull sent a deadly missile of death in search of a young Marine or his corpsman.

“Micro-aggression”? Iwo Jima exemplified “macro-aggression” writ large. The “lucky” survivors had to live with all of those indelible psychic imprints for the rest of their lives.   So, academics and students, get reading “Flags of Our Fathers.” It’ll broaden your perspective, improve your mental health, and it'll make you better people and better citizens. You may not realize it, but you’re living on Easy Street, or, as the Marines would declare, “You’re crappin’ in tall clover.”   It’s time to count your blessings.

Start a conversation using these share links:

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!

The Patriot Post and Patriot Foundation Trust, in keeping with our Military Mission of Service to our uniformed service members and veterans, are proud to support and promote the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, both the Honoring the Sacrifice and Warrior Freedom Service Dogs aiding wounded veterans, the National Veterans Entrepreneurship Program, the Folds of Honor outreach, and Officer Christian Fellowship, the Air University Foundation, and Naval War College Foundation, and the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. "Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one's life for his friends." (John 15:13)


“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

Please join us in prayer for our nation — that righteous leaders would rise and prevail and we would be united as Americans. Pray also for the protection of our Military Patriots, Veterans, First Responders, and their families. Please lift up your Patriot team and our mission to support and defend our Republic's Founding Principle of Liberty, that the fires of freedom would be ignited in the hearts and minds of our countrymen.

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2023 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.