it'd make them a whole lot less cavalier about sending poor people off to die, thats for sure.
I'll assume cause you generally seem reasonable that you don't mean to imply everyone in the military is poor, but that's certainly the implication here....
3 words: all volunteer army.
let julie take wild guess: you for war, but intere43sted in fighting it. right?
Speaking as a veteran, Julie, I find that comment highly offensive.
I've never taken drugs, so I guess I have no right to speak about the danger of using/abusing drugs.
I've never had lung cancer, so I guess I have no right to speak about the dangers of smoking.
I've never had STD, but I guess I have no right to speak about somewhat safe sex (ie condoms) and safest sex (monogamous relationships).
After reading some of your posts, I think a two year stint in any of our armed forces, but particularly the Marines, would you do you a WORLD of good. You might understand what it means to support your country, to be more inclined to trust your government i/s/o just about every other international organization that insults and disparages it.
Also, the military is overwhelming conservative. I remember reading the Stars and Stripes last November which reported that about 80%.... THAT'S 80%.... of our armed forces who voted voted for Bush over Kerry.
So, in reponse to this assinine topic about Republicans being the first to volunteer to join the armed forces: WE'RE ALREADY THERE!!!
In the spirit of equality, I suggest we encourage more Democrats to join, so that instead of 80/20 split of conservatives to liberals, it'll be closer to 50/50.
Tell you kids what: if any of you 'progressive' pi$$ on the US types were to enlist, I'll reenlist. Swear to God.
You see, I know how good it feels to be a part of something greater than myself. To know that what I do truly matters. To know that if I would have to sacrifice myself for my country, I'd be able to look God in the eye, knowing that there is no greater love than to lay down my life in defense of true liberty and freedom.
Reading your posts almost makes me wonder why I bothered. Almost.