Kenneth Starr in The Bison at Harding College
Thirty years before he famously prosecuted President Bill Clinton in the out of control investigations from Whitewater to Monica Lewinsky that eventually resulted in Clinton’s impeachment for perjury, Kenneth Starr was an undergrad at Harding College.
During that time, the war in Vietnam was obviously a hot issue, but the talk in The Bison revolved around a related topic – war protesters and their patriotism. I read several articles from Harding’s paper during that period that probably represented the mainstream view: protesters are unpatriotic and un-American. It is fascinating to me that the same debates still occur here after more than forty years. There are still misguided apologists who invariably condemn dissent, whether it is against the government or the university administration.
Although it may seem surprising in retrospect, young Kenneth Starr, who at the time was a Harding undergrad and active member of the Young Democrats on campus, came to the ideological defense of dissenters. Starr wrote the article below for The Bison in the November 3, 1965 issue. This is a Political Cartel exclusive reprint straight from the archives of Harding University: