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"The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead."
"I guess what surprised me as I dug into this dark side of American life, is that a lot of the people who were cutting corners to get ahead academically, professionally and financially, these are normal people," he said. "This is not some kind of 'them' problem, this is an 'us' problem."
Callahan said. The first compass dictates decisions people make regarding sex, drugs, violence or drunk driving. The second compass guides behavior when it comes to getting ahead in school, work or money matters, he said. The second compass has developed because America has changed in the last few decades, Callahan said.
"When it comes to money and success, we have become more cut throat," he said. "It's more of a dog-eat-dog society."
This is not intended to a debate about whether or not the war is right or wrong, but how our society is really not supporting our armed forces.
I think part of the problem stems from the fact that we're dealing with an altogether differnt generation. A generation that is used to being the center of attention. A generation that demands instant gratification.
It comes as no surprise that these long-distance marriages are experiencing relationship problems. They don't understand, nor care about long-term commitments. Especially when couples are pulled apart by overseas military duty.
Originally posted by Double Eights
I cannot comprehend how some individuals don't support the troops. Who ever said you had to support the war in order to support the troops?
Thats like saying "who ever said you have to support the sun to support photosynthesis?" You cant have war without soldiers, you cant have photosynthesis without sun.
It is absolutely shocking to hear people say, "I don't support the troops." It's equally disgusting to hear them say, "they volunteered for it." Do you know how ignorant you sound when you say those things?
uneducated in general; lacking knowledge or sophistication; "an ignorant man"; "nescient of contemporary literature"; "an unlearned group ...
uneducated in the fundamentals of a given art or branch of learning; lacking knowledge of a specific field; "she is ignorant of quantum mechanics"; "he is musically illiterate"
unaware because of a lack of relevant information or knowledge; "he was completely ignorant of the circumstances"; "an unknowledgeable assistant"; "his rudeness was unwitting"
My opinion could only be considered ignorant if i wasn't educated on the subject.
I am completely, unequivically, one-hundred percent opposed to both the war in Afghanistan and our invasion and occupation of Iraq, however, I support our troops 100%. I wish them all a safe and speedy return to the States, and I support their decision to enlist in the first place. Most every soldier enlists to protect and defend this country, how can you fault them for that? (I will admit there are those who join just to kill # and blow stuff up).
Illustrate to me how they are protecting me and defending me.
Many individuals joined the Military right after 9/11, to protect and defend this country. How can you blame them for being duped by the government, 90% of this country was duped as well.
You just called me ignorant but wrote a free pass for them and 90% of people everywhere to be ignorant.
Many soliders were in the military prior to 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq, so how do you expect them to quit now? This is their life, and their livelihood; it's all they know. Some are also extremely close to their twenty years of service, which makes them eligible for retirement (my brother included). What do you expect them to do? Quit, and find another job, having to work another twenty years to get the benefits for retirement?
I expect them to exercise their rights as free willed free thinking americans to do what they choose, and to accept the consequences of their choice. If they don't support my choices they aren't fighting for my freedom, thats certain.
My brother served twelve months in Afghanistan, and will be shipped to Iraq in just under two weeks. Do I want him to go? Do I support the cause he is fighting for? ABSOLUTELY not. Does that mean I should stop supporting him and his fellow soldiers, because I disagree with what they are doing? Like everyone has said, they have NO choice in the matter. They are forced to fight overseas, or face prison time.
Cause and effect, action and consequence. The Merovingian can explain it to you.
Many soldiers are also in the military because it's what's best for their families. My brother has four children, and being in the military is his best way to support his wife and children.
Saying you don't support the troops is absolutely ridiculous. How is saying you don't support the troops any different than spitting on them when they return home, ala Vietnam?
Because they are 2 different things
Oppose the war, in fact, I hope you do, but never, never, say you don't support the troops.
[edit on 8-7-2008 by Double Eights]