Navy midshipmen warn of ‘awakening’ at academy: ‘We’re no longer focused on excellence’

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Several former and current members of the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) are raising the alarm about the “woke” ideology that has infiltrated the academy and is affecting their education.

A An anonymous candidate told Fox News Digital It is unfortunate that the academy has become politicized and the situation is getting worse. “It’s like we’re the last frontier of woke ideology,” he said.

Heritage Foundation President Kevin Roberts on “Fox & Friends” Sunday accused Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg of leading the academy and said Buttigieg is a “secretary of wake.”

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is again in the national spotlight for delaying a trip to the scene of a train derailment in Ohio. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, file)

The USMMA reports to the Department of Transportation and trains leaders who are “inspired to serve the national security, maritime transportation and economic needs of the United States,” according to its website.

Roberts said Buttigieg is under a lot of pressure because of his “political incompetence” but is confident USMMA leadership will change for the better.

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“It is very important to get to the heart of the decision to put more political pressure on the Merchant Marine Academy to revive it. I think we should have a lot of optimism that we can turn this around. At the end of the day, this is a very common problem. As you know, we have to think about other institutions where our children and grandchildren will go,” he said. he told host Pete Hegseth.

Marines from the Merchant Marine Academy during the national anthem before the Arizona Diamondbacks' MLB regular season game against the New York Mets at Citi Field on August 23, 2017 in New York City.

Marines from the Merchant Marine Academy during the national anthem before the Arizona Diamondbacks’ MLB regular season game against the New York Mets at Citi Field on August 23, 2017 in New York City. (Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

In a statement, USMMA said it is “proud to build a campus that reflects our nation’s values ​​of excellence, service and respect and provides mutual respect for all.”

Roberts said the statement raised “huge” red flags. When you see phrases like “mutual respect for all” or multiculturalism, these are giant red flags where the transportation secretary, the head of that academy, has introduced regime icons, the rainbow flag, and all that LGBTQ nonsense. “, he explained.

“This, of course, means that we no longer focus on excellence. We have put education at a high level and this is exactly what we have to deal with.”

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Merchant sailors greet each other as they head to class at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, August 1, 2016.

Merchant sailors greet each other as they head to class at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, August 1, 2016. (Yana Paskova/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

The president of the Heritage Foundation recommended several colleges for young people who did not want to get a “woke” education. Rounding out the top five are Grove City College, Hillsdale College, St. John’s University, University of Dallas and Wyoming Catholic College.

“I want to direct everyone to the website of our friends at the American Board of Trustees and Alumni, who every year look at every campus, every college in the country, and they rate it based on the teaching of civics, American history. and American values. There are several dozen schools on this list, some of which are very famous, like Baylor in Texas,” he added.

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Roberts said he was calling on Americans to “let go of the institutions that hurt America.” “Look at places like Hillsdale, Dallas, Wyoming, Catholic College, where I’ve had the privilege of serving as president. Let’s compile them and expand the list. And if we do that, we will get out of this depression and wake up in 10-20 years and realize that we have taken possession of this great republic.”

Fox News’ John Brown contributed to this report

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