The ceremony at Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day this year came as a calm in the eye of the political hurricane. The national graveyard for the bodies and memories of warriors who shed their life blood to purchase and protect our freedom was on that day far from a silent ground. It was filled with remembrances, testimonies to courage, bravery, and sacrifice along with the accompanying sighs and tears of those families whose losses are so fresh they still feel the initial pain. Again, stories, often recent, were told of the bravery and sacrifice of heroes worthy of honors, medals, and medallions that will have to hang on someone else’s neck because those who earned them are gone forever. That iconic ground is revered as a campus for the bravest, the least selfish and the most sacrificial of this nation’s young. Below the surface, the ground is filled with the bodies of those who were willingly in the line of fire, those who were mortally wounded and sent into eternity. The brave, who died, all knew the danger and ran to the fight anyway, to protect a nation of people they couldn’t even know. They did it because they believed evil must be stopped in its destructive path. They were noble warriors, protectors giving their lives for strangers who shared their homeland, their flag, and their dream of peace and goodness. Many lost their lives because they rushed into the triggers of the enemy, in an effort to save their comrades.
Contrast that noble, manly courage in the face of deadly danger and murderous enemies with the attitude of another campus of young people who are demanding to be respected. Students at the University of California at Santa Barbara, who compose the student senate, recently passed a resolution calling for (out of all ironies) “trigger warnings.” What is that? Is it a warning system to alert students to a campus shooter or some kind of terrorist assault? Not hardly. Here is what the students are demanding: “trigger warnings” are cautions from professors alerting students that the lecture or syllabus might include something that would trigger feelings of emotional or physical distress.
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