Look, college kids are stupid and I get that. You see, you may or may not be aware that it has been reported that members of the Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity from the University of Florida took it upon themselves to spit on and throw beer bottles at a group of wounded Veterans attending a Wounded Veteran retreat in Panama City Florida. Now, for all my Veteran followers, please apologize to the cat you just kicked, window you just broke, or excellent bourbon you spit out when you read that, but it appears true my brothers. And I have to admit, I am a little pissed off. Now, there are few pictures you will see regularly on Unprecedented Mediocrity. It is not that I am being lazy. No, it is simply that I want to portray a personal picture to convey a personal feeling on my personal blog. Thus, if you haven’t learned yet, the above picture is the, you actually pissed me off picture. This is my platoon on our way to Iraq in 2003 and the unofficial picture of what’s inside a can of you know what. ISIS was the recipient of this picture in prior posts and now you too Zeta Beta Tau, you have made the list. You and ISIS, best buds I guess. But let’s talk about the Fraternity of Zeta Beta Tau from the University of Florida.
Kids are Stupid
Actually, most kids are fairly stupid and some just take it to another level. You see, when the news broke this week what these Frat boys did to our brothers in arms, the nice part of me would have dismissed it as the stupidity of youth. Now, we have all seen Revenge of the Nerds and I don’t think that we ever really just had all that high expectations of Frat life. Yet, never in our wildest dreams would we have envisioned such disgusting behavior not seen since the travesties committed against our Vietnam Veteran brothers.
In this case, I don’t believe it is a product of a society opposed to war, but the by product of a society hardly touched by war. These little frat kids were 8 years old or younger when I was in Iraq and they grew up in a society that honestly could have cared less about the past decade of war. My heart continually breaks for what our Vietnam brothers experienced and I will have none of it in my generation.
Look, this is not an indictment of all Frat life. I was in a fraternity in college and I don’t think my fraternity would ever done anything like this and had they done so, I would have left immediately while leaving behind a trail of flames.But these nearly if not all the way criminal actions take it to another level. Now, I did stupid stuff in college and to be honest, an 18 to 20 year old Marine Grunt will do plenty of stupid stuff as well. Why? Because young and dumb is more than a catch phrase, it is life. Thus, I can have grace for kids being stupid as rich boy college kids who never bothered to serve this nation are more ignorant than malicious. You are just stupid and you can be stupid because you are a bunch of sheltered little kids and you have yet to pay the life tuition to not be stupid. But still, I got to tell you, what the University of Florida members of Zeta Beta Tau reportedly did was beyond disgusting and their must be a reckoning.
The Veteran Community
Now, I also feel like I have to state the following. Members of Zeta Beta Tau, man you are lucky. God had grace on you as either these wounded veterans showed unsurpassed restraint or the nature of their injuries made retaliation a poor option, but you are lucky. For I feel like I can speak for all Veterans when I say you warranted a beat down of epic proportions. It is not that Veterans are walking around angry ready to snap on anyone. Rather, it is just that we have not forgotten how to do so.
How I wish any of those Veterans would have had but a Bat or Thundercat signal to throw up to their fellow vets and there would have been a reckoning not seen since Fallujah, Ramadi, Marjah, or Sangin. Look here brothers of Zeta Beta Tau, I don’t know how many brothers you have at the University of Florida, but I promise you that if the Taliban and Al Qaida didn’t have enough, neither do you. Consider yourself lucky. For legal reasons I am guessing I can’t recommend what I am thinking, but you don’t want to know where my mind goes with this.
Yet, you survived and have moved on with your silly little frat life rituals and I say that having been in a fraternity myself. I am sure somewhere right now there are candles, robes, and other little homo-erotic traditions you call sacred taking place in your “brotherhood”. However, my brothers and my traditions go back to 1775 and are sealed with blood spilt on foreign soil and not keg stands and unecceasry male nudity. Ok, full disclosure, there is actually a lot of alcohol in the military as well and a gratuitous amount of nudity, but if you got a problem with it, then lodge a formal complaint at the Camp Lejeune or Camp Pendleton Grunt barracks. They will take your complaint with the best customer service you have ever received, I promise!
So what should happen now. Well, for one, the National Organization of Zeta Beta Tau should pull the fraternity’s charter. I know what you are saying, it was just some members right. Well, let’s teach these pieces of crap that if you want to claim brotherhood then you live and die by the actions of your brothers just like those you defamed. After all, it happens all the time in the fraternity world. Fraternity gets caught on film making racist chants, banned from the campus. Fraternity sends pledge to hospital for alcohol poisoning, banned from campus. Even the University of Tennessee suspended a chapter for doing something called butt-chugging which I honestly don’t want to know anything more about. But it happens.
Bottom line, this is a Fraternity and they should pay the reckoning. If they want to avoid this penalty then again, I will offer them an alternative by taking this issue up with their local Veterans in a dark alley. So, if you want to voice your opinion yourself, by the way, here is the link to the Zeta Beta Tau Facebook Page here: Zeta Beta Tau You might think this is a little crazy, but then again, they did spit on our wounded brothers. So, I am just saying if a frat will suspend a chapter for butt chugging, well, then an apology just doesn’t do in light of these atrocities. Again, ZBT, contact your local Veterans group or visit your local Marine Base if you want an alternative punishment. You can keep your chapter all you want after that.
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