Television personality Mike Rowe is the antithesis of the new safe-space culture that seems to be growing more and more mainstream. Instead, Rowe is from a generation where he was taught the value of hard work, of standing up for what is right even when it is not convenient, and of showing respect to those serving in the military.
During a “Fox & Friends” segment on Veterans Day, Rowe put his patriotism and support for the military on full display.
“Is there a greater meritocracy in the world? Is there a better example of true diversity?” Rowe said per Fox News. “The thing that I’m most proud about when I go to bases when I visit with people, they are utterly colorblind. There’s no conversation about ‘trigger words.’ There’s no safe space. The military is not a safe space.”
“In the military, there’s a set of rules, there’s a different reality, and there’s a different commonality,” he continued per the report.
Rowe then mentioned his friend Travis Mills, a quadruple amputee who runs a foundation in Maine that works with veterans who suffer from PTSD, who he met more than eight years ago at a convention.
“In a heartbeat you go from put-upon, in a hurry, trying to take care of your stuff to saying, ‘OK, let’s cancel that, let’s sit down,’ and I talked to Travis for an hour,” he said, speaking of Mills and their first meeting. “Some people hit the reset button to start their life over and some people get the reset button hit for them. And that was Travis. He just simply refused to quit.”
The Daily Wire reports Rowe also delivered a message over the weekend about the student loan debt crisis and challenged the mainstream narrative than a young person needs a degree to be successful.
“We have unintendedly maligned an entire section of our workforce by promoting one form of education, in my opinion, at the expense of all of the other forms,” he said per the report. “Forty years ago, colleges needed a PR campaign. We needed more people to get into higher education, but when we gave the big push for college back the in ‘70s, we did it at the expense of alternative education. In other words, we told people, ‘If you don’t get your degree, you’re going to wind up turning a wrench.’”
Rowe may have a point about colleges and universities across the country creating safe spaces for their students as the University of Virginia announced they would forgo a veterans appreciation gesture due to potentially scaring its students.
The Washington Examiner reports:
The University of Virginia announced it would be eliminating the 21-gun salute from its Veterans Day ceremony because they did not want to cause any trauma to students who might hear the gunshots.
“One is that it would be disruptive to classes and two unfortunately with gun violence in the U.S., there was some concern that we would cause a panic if someone heard gunshots on grounds,” Jim Ryan, the college’s president, told NBC29.
Veteran Jay Levine, a former participant of UVA’s ROTC program, said he was discouraged by the decision. “I am very disillusioned, very upset, and very surprised that they would make such a decision,” Levine said.