posted on Aug, 28 2012 @ 02:32 AM
I think this is one of the big issues of the last hundred years. How does one maintain a democratic process, while preventing those who see the worst
sights, do the dirtiest deeds, and effectively are the armor which protects the nation, from making their political opinions known.
For generations, in the states, and in the UK, and many other democratic nations to boot, soldiers have had to refrain from making thier opinions of
the political system and its methods, clear publically. The individual warrior is accused of performing savage senseless acts, because he is part of a
system that some see as barbaric, and without voicing his opinion, will remain a target for the same. The individual warfighter may not show his
political affiliation, but may retain one none the less.
This leads to simmering, sub surface thought, which leads to under the radar planning. It is a foolish way to go about things. All that this does, is
push political leanings under the rug, where they can fester, and turn cancerous. Frankly, I believe that there ought to be more political freedoms
allowed to troops, because unlike most everyone else who operates under the political system in a nation, these are the people who actually fight for
the damned thing, and for the rights of every single man and woman and child in the territory they are sworn to protect. Denying these people the same
right to protest, to engage with the political process, as your standard citizen might have, is tantamount to ASKING for secretive meetings, and
malignant feelings souring in the guts of those who should have at least the same basic freedoms as you or I in this regard.
Obviously, in ancient times, in the first of the democratic structures to emerge in Greece and specifically in Sparta, one earned the right to
participate in the democratic process, by earning thier citizenship in battle, and proving themselves wise enough, and strong enough to lead people in
action, and in thought. Of course, these days different measures might arguably be applied to produce a healty politics in a nation. However, I do not
believe that casting warriors into a political black hole, from which only thier ballot ever escapes is a good way forward, as it has been proven
broken so many times before!
Who better than a warrior to understand the needs of people, to value the home he returns to when wounded, or when his work is done? Who better than
warriors to contemplate and understand the importance of a unified people under the flag to which thier oaths of loyalty are sworn? Bankers?
Investors? Radical leftists? I cannot understand why it is that the military are so removed from the operation of that which they are honour bound to
protect. This article is merely a side effect of that removal.