A lot of people are down on the patriotism of the Kristol family at the moment due to William Kristol’s comments this week about how we need some “new Americans” because America’s white working class just isn’t cutting the mustard anymore, what with all their coupon-clipping.
But I wanted to point out this 2014 wedding announcement in the New York Times about Kristol’s son and his bride.
The couple met at Harvard, from which they graduated. …
The groom, 26, is a consultant at McKinsey & Company, the management consultancy in New York. From 2009-13, he served in the Marine Corps as an infantry officer with the Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, based in Camp Pendleton, Calif. He served in Afghanistan from September 2010 to April 2011. From September 2012 to May 2013, he was a part of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which toured the Middle East and parts of Africa. He was last stationed at Camp Pendleton, having achieved the rank of captain.
His father is the editor of The Weekly Standard in Washington.
Okay, I’m impressed.
Granted, this elite college to Marine Corps to elite business or law path isn’t incredibly rare: I’ve had several friends who followed it.
In fact, I need to write back to an old college friend who became a Marine infantry officer and is now a lawyer. He just invited me to give a speech at our alma mater. Should I do it?
Personally, I’m feeling a chilling effect. If I were brave enough to get whomped over the head by masked blackshirt leftist rioters while trying to exercise my First Amendment rights by giving a speech at a college, maybe I would have joined the Marines in the first place?
I’m reminded of when I was doing jury duty or giving a deposition or something where precision in speech is called for and one lawyer asked me: “Did you have the opportunity to serve your country in the military?”
“Yes, I did.”
“In what branch did you serve.”
“I didn’t serve in any branch. As I said, I had the opportunity; I just didn’t do it.”