Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 21:22:19 -0400 (EDT)
Resent-Date: Sun, 27 Jul 97 16:32:45 EDT
From: "Tom Davis" <DavisTW@vmi.edu>
Resent-From: "Tom Davis" <DavisTW@vmi.edu>
Subject: resignation on principle
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Comments by: DAVISTW@History@VMI
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Please remove my name and e-mail address from
the e-mail listings above
and from anything associated with the "Fathers Manifesto."
Considering the interconnected problems we
face at the approach of the
21st century, I believe more than ever that we need to be inclusive,
need to cooperate in finding common solutions, that we need to knock
down rather than build them up. I want to be inclusive, not exclusive.
need to heal and mend the wounds out there, not aggravate them.
and your supporters seem to be view the world so differently than I,
you were still in the 18th century, please remove me from your list
Above all, I want to make sure that terms
such as "equal justice for
all" and "equal protection of the law" have real meaning in the years
I hope you have been paying tribute to Justice William Brennan, since
death a few days ago. Men and women from all points on the judicial
political spectrum have joined in their statements of respect for this
Supreme Court justice, a man who worked so diligently to make the Bill
Rights meaningful--his cogent and powerful judicial mind, combined
Irish charm and congenial spirit, led this nation forward. Quite
the flags at VMI flew at half staff in honor and memory of this man.
Justice Brennan published an essay in 1997
that contains a statement to
which I fully subscribe: "The genius of the Constitution rests
not in any
static meaning it may have had in a world that is dead and gone, but
adaptability of its great principles to cope with current problems
present needs." There is genius in that statement as well as
Here are other areas in which you and your
supporters differ with me.
1. Justice Ginsburg will NOT be impeached. It's that
will NOT be impeached. It's ludicrous to even suggest such an
idea, when the
motivation is so transparent--you don't agree with her judicial philosophy.
And would you please spell her name corrrectly from now on--I'm not
to make of the frequent misspellings that you and your supporters make
name, but I don't want to read too much into that.
2. VMI WILL admit women in August. They are a splendid
might leave this Fall, as some of the male Rats have always done.
are here to stay; there's no going back. The cadets and VMI's
have been magnificent in their preparation for assimilation.
If you and
others truly care about VMI, you will fully support this court-mandated
decision that we are now implementing. VMI and the Commonwealth of
had a legal case and point of view worth pursuing in our courts.
It went to
the Supreme Court and the decision was rendered. Now we salute
forward, something that General Marshall always did and something Smith,
Crozet, and Preston would, I think, approve.
3. Don't mislead people by saying that 96% of the alumni
VMI remain all male. Instead, admit that VMI produces honorable
who obey the law of the land. More than 96% obey the law, I hope.
4. Quit dumping on Justice Ginsburg for the Supreme Court
She simply wrote the majority opinion for SEVEN justices, most of whom
appointed by conservative Republican presidents.
5. Stating that Justice Ginsburg included 24 lies in her
a statement that's somewhere between ludicrous and outrageous.
greement with a judicial opinion does not make that opinion a lie.
6. Learn that quoting "The Washington Times" for your sources
helping your cause. Surely you know the reputation of that paper.
looking at that paper from time to time, but we all know of its pronounced
conservative slant. And that's fine for it to be that way, but be sure
keep that fact in mind when citing it as a source.
7. When things don't go the way you and your supporters
don't throw around terms such as "socialism" and "radical feminists."
said on that point.
8. One final reason for leaving: I have examined the mailings
by you and your supporters and find very disturbing statements of misogyny,
racism against black Americans (see your response, for which you should
embarrassed and for which you should apologize, to Keith Stewart, a
States military officer serving this country), and hate messages in
I also recommend that you be very careful about citing Louis Farrakhan
supporter of your causes. There's too much hatred in your stuff;
deliberate acts of kindness.
As assimilation begins at
VMI, let us close ranks at VMI, as others
have said, and move forward. From an academic point of view,
will undoubtedly be better, and I think it might be better in an overall
sense. In that belief, I take encouragement from a noted West
graduate, Ed Ruggero, who was there when women were first admitted
1970's. He now writes, "I realize that these women weren't lucky
Point allowed them to enter--and sweat and drill and study. Instead,
see now is that the academy was lucky these women chose West Point.
women in my class, no less than the men, have enriched the academy,
and the wider society they serve now as senior officers, as leaders
business, as executives and mothers, teachers and scientists." (Philadelphia
Enquirer, January 1997) I'll sign off for good by using
a statement often
spoken by President Ronald Reagan at the end of his speeches:
"God bless the
United States of America." Sincerely, Tom Davis
You have my permission to post my message to your readers.