Or maybe Jacoby is just a beacon of light in the darkness. It wouldn't be the first time I've thought that after reading his work.
And the problem certainly isn't an absence of diversity. In a story on JROTC cadets at Galileo High School, Chronicle reporter Jill Tucker writes: "These students are 4-foot-10 to 6-foot-4. Athletic and disabled. College-bound and barely graduating. Gay and straight. White, black, and brown. Some leave school for large homes with ocean views. Others board buses for Bayview-Hunters Point." Several of the students come from immigrant families. At least one is autistic.
That's what some of us would call "diversity". Apparently they have differing views on that topic in San Francisco.
But then, facts tend not to matter to smug ideologues like (school board members) Schwartz and Kelly, who are free to parade their contempt for the military because they live in a nation that affords such freedom even to idiots and ingrates. It never seems to occur to them that the liberties and security they take for granted would vanish in a heartbeat if it weren't for the young men and women who do choose to wear the uniform, willingly risking life and limb in service to their country.
Gavin Newsome, described by some radio talk show hosts I listen to as "the prettiest man in politics", had this to say about the decision (over which he had no control):
To his credit, Mayor Gavin Newsom excoriated the school board last week for "disrespecting the sacrifice of men and women in uniform" and warned that killing JROTC would only accelerate the flight of city residents from the public schools. "You think this is going to help keep families in San Francisco?" he asked. "No. It's going to hurt."
Well, he was elected by the same people who elected the school board members. In a republic, you get the government you deserve--even in a People's Republic like San Francisco. But good job, school board, on doing something else to make your city less attractive to families.
P.S. No, I don't think Newsom's all that pretty.