Former Arizona Cardinals football player Pat Tillman was an inspiration for almost all Americans. Even on campus, Tillman's death in Afghanistan caused a good deal of grief, soul-searching and pride in our fighting men and women.
But not everyone on campus was pro-Tillman. According to University of Massachusetts graduate student Rene Gonzalez, Tillman was a "pendejo," idiot, who died "in vain." In an opinion piece published in the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Daily Collegian, Gonzalez wrote: "This was a 'G.I. Joe' guy who got what was coming to him. That was not heroism, it was prophetic idiocy. ... He was acting out his macho, patriotic crap, and I guess someone with a bigger gun did him in."
To his credit, University of Massachusetts president Jack Wilson condemned the filth spilling from Gonzalez's pen, calling Gonzalez's words "a disgusting, arrogant and intellectually immature attack on a human being who died in service to his country." Gonzalez subsequently apologized for his column.
It shouldn't come as a shock to anyone that a grad student was writing this kind of garbage. After all, as I explain in my upcoming book "Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth," college campuses aren't exactly hotbeds of patriotism. With moral relativism as the guiding ideology, the American military and Al-Qaeda are often moral equals on campus.
Professor Noam Chomsky of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the champion of all causes anti-American, told CNN's Paula Zahn that the United States is responsible for "massive terrorism" and stated that "the World Court was quite correct in condemning the United States as an international terrorist state."
Professor Dana Cloud of the University of Texas wrote a submission to the Daily Texan titled "Pledge to the Workers," in which she advocated continued resistance on the part of terrorists: "I pledge allegiance to the people of Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan, and to their struggles to survive and resist ... "
Fellow University of Texas professor Robert Jensen stated after Sept. 11 that "My anger on this day is directed ... at those who have held power in the United States and have engineered attacks on civilians every bit as tragic."