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Reprise: The disappearance of American military service

A bit of Veterans Day insight, just one day late. Sorry about that:

I would not especially care to see the return of the Draft, which caught me just days after my college graduation in 1967 and sent me to war in 1969-70 and home again to job discrimination and psychological abuse.

The draft was inequitable then and likely would be again, but it would spread the burden among more of the educated than volunteering does now, to the detriment of those who do serve and, yes, even those who do not.

“The loss of the martial virtues weakens an entire culture. Whole generations begin to rate themselves too special, ‘with a special kind of hide to be saved,’ as Gen. Savage puts it in Twelve O’Clock High, to risk their careers, let alone their lives, for their country.”

Insight from an academic blogger who burned his draft card back in the day and now regrets his youthful arrogance. At least he’s not a wannabee politician lying about serving when he didn’t. A too-common phenom these days.

The disappearance of military service

I would not especially care to see the return of the Draft, which was inequitable before and likely would be again, but it would at least spread the burden among more of the educated than volunteering does now, to the detriment of all:

“The loss of the martial virtues weakens an entire culture. Whole generations begin to rate themselves too special, ‘with a special kind of hide to be saved,’ as Gen. Savage puts it in Twelve O’Clock High, to risk their careers, let alone their lives, for their country.”

Insight from an academic blogger who burned his draft card back in the day and now regrets his youthful arrogance. At least he’s not a wannabee lying about serving when he didn’t.

Launch dee meesiles

Of course President Barry  could provoke a nuclear war. He can even pronounce nuclear, so he’s obviously readier than most. It doesn’t take a Weatherman (Ayers) to see that Barry never served, so he has to prove he has the cojones to be CINC. So, breeng heem the red button. Now, honky!

At the very least (wouldn’t this be ironic), Barry might bring back the draft

Service Nation

No Little Red Books or armbands are mentioned, but otherwise this proposed new Democrat public service shebang (which adopts some of Baby Barry’s rhetoric, piggybacks on a bill sponsored by notable loudmouth pol Charlie Rangel of New York, and whose bandwagon will be driven by that paragon of journalistic wheeze TIME magazine), certainly sounds fascistic, even communist.

It would, apparently, start out voluntary, but turn into an involuntary, no exceptions national draft for everyone 18 to 42. The really disturbing part is that the "service" they talk about, as an alternative to traditional military service, is never explained. There are no specifics at all. Guess they’d be getting to that part later. Uh, huh.

Via Instapundit.