posted on Sep, 11 2008 @ 03:19 AM
Originally posted by Slothrop
i see and hear a lot of paranoia these days about the government instituting another draft. in my mind, a draft would be about the best thing for the
current generation of american kids.
ever since vietnam, which was a necessary if unpopular war, american democracy has been debased until it has become no more than a tyranny of the
masses. the government is now expected to bow down to popular cowardices and feelings of entitlement. we have welfare and food stamps, but no
compulsory service to one's country.
an entire generation of americans is involved in their country in theory only, playing world of warcraft or writing blogs from the safety of basement
rooms while the world grows more dangerous day by day.
these people should be made to realize that, in being a patriot and a citizen, something is always at stake. a draft may be the only way.
I agree to an extent with your underlying point, expect that the United States should have no role whatsoever in "safeguarding" an ever increasingly
dangerous world, which "grows more dangerous day by day". It's not this government's responsibility, nor is it this military's, and especially
not our sons' and daughters'.
Perhaps all eligible men and women should be drafted to University instead? I have a hunch, but it might be more important to include this nation's
general population in the study of history, for example, where so few are capable of participating in that scholarly experience because of the vast
array of socioeconomic difficulties, which plague this country.
It's a shame that people such as yourself have been given the tools to communicate and worse, advocate your own ideals at all. Those tools include
the comfort and livelihood to make such cruel accusations, your apparently easy access to internet and other media sources, and the cynicism, which
could only arise out of spoiled adolescence, or traumatically afflicted senior aged citizen.
[edit on 11-9-2008 by cognoscente]