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Man the Guns. Join the Navy.

Updated: June 27, 2013, 11:25 PM ET
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

The big lie of our elite institutions is that they somehow transcend human nature. That they rise above greed or appetite or weakness, temptation or violence or cowardice. That they curb the worst in us.

They do not. We're all suckers for the ideals of tradition and devotion and honor, but no institution at any moment in its history is better than the worst individual it enables or protects. We were reminded of this last week when three male midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy football ...

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