No, Lowest of the Low Doesn’t Even Begin to Describe How We Feel About You

Veterans, current members of the military, their families and supporters across the nation were shocked to hear a Southern California high school teacher refer to those who serve as “lowest of the low.” On Monday, Jan 29th the Pentagon even fired back, calling the educator “very uninformed”. Tame when compared to what others have said. Now I would like to have my say.

Mr. Salcido, a teacher at El Rancho High School as well as current Pico Rivera City councilman and former mayor was recorded ranting about his belief that those who choose the military are intellectually unable to do anything else. He specifically referred to members of the military as “dumb shits”, “not intellectual people” and “lowest of the low.” His comments were reportedly recorded by a student and released by that student’s mother after he became enraged when a student wore a USMC sweatshirt to class.

(Photo by Raul Romero Jr for the Whittier Daily News/SCNG)

You, sir, are worse than uninformed. With all due respect (everyone knows what this means) you are not as intellectually superior as you may believe and have no business molding the minds of our youth. Nor do you deserve the right to represent your community as an elected official. You referred to military recruiters as “pimps”, what do you consider yourself when you use your official position to unduly influence our children according, not to facts or science but guided by your personal, twisted views?

Yes, there was a time when many members of the military were from the lower classes of society. Although exaggerated, there was a time when judges would offer low-level criminals, usually youth offenders, a choice – jail or boot camp. It is also true that there was a time when the military was a home for those who not only did not go to college but never completed high school.

Some of that still exists today but to a far lesser degree.

(Photo by Raul Romero Jr for the Whittier Daily News/SCNG)

I could counter your claim by pointing out the number of highly educated members of each branch currently serving, on a voluntary basis. I could list the former members who have gone on to be leaders in a variety of civilian and political careers. Or I could point out that my uncle, my wife and I are both veterans AND college graduates with high degrees of success in our civilian careers. I could also point out that my soon to graduate honor student daughter has decided to follow in our footsteps of military service. But I should not have to.

The fact that someone volunteers to protect their nation and serve the citizens of this great nation should be enough to protect them from acts of this nature. These are the men and women who were once the subject of classroom honors, not personal attacks by the teachers. The answer is not changing those who stand up for the flag but those who stand in front of the classroom.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Tom Burrell

Tom enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1987. Following service in Desert Storm, he transitioned to active duty with the US Coast Guard. In 1997 he left the USCG to pursue a position in conservation & maritime law enforcement. Tom is currently a Captain and he oversees several programs, including his agency investigation unit. He is also a training instructor in several areas including firearms, defensive tactics and first aid/CPR. In 2006 Tom received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College and in 2010 a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University.
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2 thoughts on “No, Lowest of the Low Doesn’t Even Begin to Describe How We Feel About You

  1. Well said sir, I myself am a 2nd generation USAF, I followed my dad who spent 22 yrs in the USAF. I went in after high school and I got out I got my ass.degree in computer ops. I am also a 100% disabled vet.

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