The President and his predecessors talk much about the man and women of the Military. They talk about their sacrifices, their deaths, and their maiming. The President and his predecessors visit Arlington National Cemetery, place wreaths, and look reflective as they stand over someones grave. But there is one thing missing.
Since World War Two, the children of the Oligarchy do not fight in the Nation's wars. Let's look at World War Two. It was considered treason for any able bodied man to avoid National service. Men who were within the age group acceptable for Military service volunteered, in droves, to serve. Entire families enlisted. Look at the Sullivan brothers!! Sports figures volunteered and served on the front lines of the fight. Bob Feller, Peewee Reece, and other sport figures in the prime of their careers volunteered to serve. Bob Feller joined the navy Seaman. He served the entire war on the USS Alabama and advanced to Chief Gunner's Mate! He was on the USS Alabama when it was the FIRST ship to pull into Tokyo harbor for the surrender ceremonies. There are other examples of Politicians resigning their positions to serve and their children dropping out of college to serve.
But since then, the celebrities and the politicians and their children have actively avoided military service. Even the son in law of President Johnson, was protected from from line service in Viet Nam eve though he was a Army officer. And Roger Starbach, who was a Naval Academy graduate, bound to six years of Active Naval Service, was discharged after three years of Naval service which included a tour in Viet Nam, in the rear, with the beer and the gear instead of on a PBR in the fire zone! We hold up Cascius Clay as a hero because he refused to serve and lost his boxing title. He said he would not fight for America but he was OK beating someone
Today, for the most part, the Military is made up of the children of the middle and lower class citizens with few if any children of the Landed Gentry! Why do I brig this up? The Presidents and Politicians can show remorse for the death of our Military men and women, but they do not have any flesh in the game! They are not loosing anyone close to them or even anyone they know, so why should they really care if these people die or are maimed for life. Again, the celebrities, the politicians, can all look sad, express remorse and sadness, but then they go home to their families, away from us, live their upper crust lives.
It is my experience that if you do not have an investment of substantial personal value in the game, you really don't care about the outcome. We have been at war, almost constantly, since 1979! Really, look at history. Iran hostages, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, the Iran/ Iraq war and the mining of the Straights of Hormuz, Desert Storm I, Somalia, Desert Storm II, Afghanistan, and other I have forgot! Have you seen the report of a Senator's son or daughter killed in action? How about one serving on the front lines? The answer is no. Look at the faces of the Moms and Dads who are at the funerals of these heroes. There are no rich people there.
My point is, everyone must have an investment in the future of the Nation and therefore I believe that mandatory National Service must be reinstated! No exceptions for college, religion, sex, or position in life! That way, everyone has an investment in our nation, like we had in World War Two! Think about it.