Here's a comment left recently, on "Cards-to-the-Troops Campaign by Xerox" (July 23, 2007), from Solidinkoutlet:
"I am dedicating this post to all of our soldiers in Iraq and other states fighting for our country! Young men get drafted into the army and most are not really aware of the corruptness of the government with every political issue or economic issue.I think the comment is mostly spam for "Xerox Ink Sticks and Xerox Solid Ink for Phaser" - and might, possibly, be referring to a country other than the United States. However, since Xerox is an American company, and this blog is written from a rather unambiguously American viewpoint, I think it's reasonable to assume that Solidinkoutlet was referring to America's military draft. Berkeley, there hasn't been an active military draft in America since 1973.
"These young men in the army are literally fighting for their lives since it is their 'nations duty'
"Lets all take a moment and really admire our talented individuals fighting for our lives too.."
"January 1, 2009 8:36 PM"
Young Americans didn't even need to register with Selective Service from 1975 to 1980. President Carter restarted registration after the former Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Every administration since has kept registration going, and I think it's quite possible that Barack Obama does, too.
- Could Americans be drafted into the military?
- Are Americans being drafted into the military?
- Are Americans likely to be drafted into the military?
- In my opinion, not likely
America's soldiers must know how to use and maintain Information Age technology, and deal with a complicated set of tasks when they are deployed. Even if hordes of ignorant peasants were still available, they wouldn't be very effective. Except for giving the medics something to do.
First, I'm not at all sure that employment, plus training that can be transferred to civilian jobs, and educational opportunities constitutes "victimization."
Even if earning that combination-plate of money, training, and education is being 'victimized,' the pain is being spread around rather well, as I learned in research for another post.
American military victimizes:
- The uneducated
There's actually a grain of truth to this
- 2004 recruits' mean reading level was a full grade level higher than that of the comparable youth population
- You'll find a higher proportion of high school grads in the American military, than you will among civilians
- The poor
Again, true - sort of
- Young people from the poorest and the richest American families are underrepresented, and you're more likely to find middle-class kids in the military
There's real 'inequality' here, but probably not what you'd expect
- Asian - you're not as likely to see someone with this ethnic background in the American military, compared to the American population as a whole
- Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander - there are 649 percent more people with this ethnicity in the American armed forces, than in the general American population
- Want to be a soldier
- Have the qualities it takes to serve in the armed forces
The citizens in this country can vote, and have a voice in decisions that affect everybody. As GlobalSecurity.org put it, "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts."
- "American Soldiers? You Know What They're Like!"
Excerpt from "Looting in the News: Rape, Pillage, and the America Way " (November 24, 2008)
- "Everybody Knows that America's Poor and Minorities are Fighting America's Wars, Right?"
Excerpt from "911 Was an Inside Job! Our Boys Need to Know!" (June 10, 2008)
- "Anti-war movement wrestles with 1968"
Politico (February 28, 2008)
- "Background of Selective Service"
About.com: US Military
- "THE PRUSSIAN MODEL and Military Planning Today"
Holger H. Herwig (Spring, 1998)
- "How Much Obedience Does an Officer Need?" Ulrich F. Zwygart, via Combat Studies Institute (CSI) Press, Command and General Staff College (1993)
- "Prussia and the Evolution of the Reserve Army: A Forgotten Lesson of History"
Wilbur E. Gray, via the Defense Technical Information Center (October 20, 1992)
1 I'm not making that up. I wrote more about the Black Pope, secrets of the Vatican library, and global conspiracies, in another blog, A Catholic Citizen in America.