May 21, 2006
Something to Think About Before Going to West Point
“A cadet will not lie, cheat, or steal, or tolerate those who do.”

Cadet Honor Code

Please note that it doesn’t say anything about Freedom of Speech.

Thanks to the New York Times Select for pointing me to an intriguing website run by a group of West Point graduates who are against the War in Iraq. The Institution, according to this New York Times article (no free link) is trying to shut down the graduates’ website based on the fact that the Institution filed for a trademark on the use of the word “West Point” a few years ago. We should point out to those comtemplating going to West Point — Beware! The Institution might not let you lay claim to being a graduate if they don’t like your ideas or your politics at any point in the future.

It might be wise to choose another institution of higher learning rather than go to West Point. If you can’t speak freely about who you are and where you’ve been, it seems to me that one must ask the question: Is West Point really worth all that? It does appear that you must give up one of your Four Freedoms if you decide to attend West Point.

It sure doesn’t seem to me that the West Point Honor Code is all it’s cracked up to be.



Posted by Buck Batard at May 21, 2006 09:32 PM
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And the New York Times story [of May 21st 2006] is hidden in "Select" because $50(?) subscribers to NYT Select are likely to be of the Establishment Class deemed trustworthy to receive the real news.

Posted by: Hoffmann on May 22, 2006 8:05 PM
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