MichaelGraham.com – On Wednesday a member of the Suffolk Law School staff sent out an email soliciting “much needed supplies to put in care packages to be sent to deployed troops.” You know, stuff like beef jerky, instant coffee, trail mix, etc? Scout troops do stuff like this all the time. In fact, the email specifically mentioned that one Suffolk Law student deployed to Afghanistan would be a recipient. Pretty basic, patriotic stuff, right? Well, read this response from one of the Suffolk Law professors who received it, a (ahem) “gentleman” named Michael Avery:

Michael Avery’s Letter

“I think it is shameful that it is perceived as legitimate to solicit in an academic institution for support for men and women who have gone overseas to kill other human beings. I understand that there is a residual sympathy for service members, perhaps engendered by support for troops in World War II, or perhaps from when there was a draft and people with few resources to resist were involuntarily sent to battle.

That sympathy is not particularly rational in today’s world, however. The United States may well be the most war prone country in the history of civilization. We have been at war two years out of three since the Cold War ended. We have 700 overseas military bases. What other country has any? In the last ten years we have squandered hundreds of billions of dollars in unnecessary foreign invasions. Those are dollars that could have been used for people who are losing their homes due to the economic collapse, for education, to repair our infrastructure, or for any of a thousand better purposes than making war. And of course those hundreds of billions of dollars have gone for death and destruction.

Perhaps some of my colleagues will consider this to be an inappropriate political statement. But of course the solicitation email was a political statement, although cast as support for student activities. The politics of that solicitation are that war is legitimate, perhaps inevitable, and that patriotic Americans should get behind our troops.

We need to be more mindful of what message we are sending as a school. Since Sept. 11 we have had perhaps the largest flag in New England hanging in our atrium. This is not a politically neutral act. Excessive patriotic zeal is a hallmark of national security states. It permits, indeed encourages, excesses in the name of national security, as we saw during the Bush administration, and which continue during the Obama administration.

Why do we continue to have this oversized flag in our lobby? Why are we sending support to the military instead of Americans who are losing their homes, malnourished, unable to get necessary medical care, and suffering from other consequences of poverty? As a university community, we should debate these questions, not remain on automatic pilot in support of the war agenda. [all emphasis added]“


Happy Veterans Day everybody!  All things considered this is probably the most infuriating letter we’ve ever posted on the Stool. Honestly how delusional do you have to be to write something like this? To protest sending care packages to soldiers who are risking their lives defending our country? It has nothing to do with whether you’re pro war, anti war or what. Obviously everybody is entitled to their opinion. But you seriously must have a brain malfunction if you can’t separate protesting policy decisions and supporting our soldiers. Our troops do what our elected leaders feel is in the best interest of the country. You want to protest Washington go ahead. But the second you start protesting anything that enhances our troops quality of living than you deserve to be excommunicated in my mind. You just have no grasp on reality or how many families are being effected.  You have grasp on how big the sacrifice is.  You put more importance on your ego and opinions than the lives of America heroes.   If you can’t appreciate that from you cozy little office at Suffolk than you lose your right to live here nevermind spread your nazi propaganda to students. Let’s just hope Suffolk does the right thing and fires him because in no way does this lunatic deserve a job teaching kids.

PS – Yes as always in situations like these the great irony is that the very freedoms that our troops risk their lives protecting is what allow assholes like this to express their moronic views. Just such a shame.