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It was the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 when nations the world over celebrated the end of World War I.
Originally, this day was celebrated as “Armistice day” marking the peace agreement signed in Rethondes, France. In 1954 Congress designated November 11th as Veteran’s day in order to honor all Veterans.
In 1971 President Nixon declared it a Federal holiday on the second Monday in November which would be the 14th.
This year, the holiday is on a Friday, today. The kids are out of school, mail won’t be delivered and parades will be held throughout the nation. At 11am, consider a thanks, a salute, a moment of silence to honor our veterans then, pick one of the military veteran support charities at the bottom of our “Support our troops” page and give. They have.
I cannot take credit for this post, as it came to me in an email, and I felt it was too good not to pass on to as many people as possible. It most certainly puts things in perspective.
May God bless, protect and keep our soldiers and their families. Without their sacrifices, we would not know the freedoms we know today. May we never forget that they hold the freedom we take for granted every day in their very hands!
When A Soldier Comes Home
When a soldier comes home, he finds it hard…
…to listen to his son whine about being bored.
… to keep a straight face when people complain about potholes.
… to be tolerant of people who complain about the hassles of getting ready for work.
… to be understanding when a co-worker complains about a bad night’s sleep.
… to be silent when people pray to God for a new car.
… to control his panic when his wife tells him he needs to drive slower.
… to be compassionate when a businessman expresses a fear of flying.
… to keep from laughing when anxious parents say they’re afraid to send their kids off to summer camp.
… to keep from ridiculing someone who complains about hot weather.
… to control his frustration when a colleague gripes about his coffee being cold.
… to remain calm when his daughter complains about having to walk the dog.
… to be civil to people who complain about their jobs.
… to just walk away when someone says they only get two weeks of vacation a year.
… to be forgiving when someone says how hard it is to have a new baby in the house.
The only thing harder than being a Soldier…
Is loving one.
Freedom don’t come free!
As I start my day, this is a song that I’m listening to on this bright and beautiful morning.
To all of the American soldiers- past, present and future- thank you! Your sacrifice is not in vain! Though many in this country take their freedom for granted, there are many of us who do not. Thank you, to all who have served this great nation! God bless you and keep you- always!
When hearing a number of conservative (some real, some alleged) figures speak about China, the tone and rhetoric are usually a mix of concern, anger and fear. Donald Trump, one of the alleged conservatives, has spoken at length on the issue, which is probably a chief reason why he gained some traction while contemplating a run for president. Trump has lambasted China for manipulating their currency and “stealing our jobs”. To be clear, China has seen a number of American companies open up facilities there; but I hesitate to calling it “stealing” when we generally push our businesses their way. China, a partially communist country, has a lower corporate tax rate and much fewer regulations than the supposedly capitalist United States. In that sense, its our fault, not their's.
Does China manipulate their currency? Yes, they certainly do. Do we manipulate our currency? Yes, we certainly do. Is the federal reserve endlessly printing money economically beneficial or does it have a brief minor stimulative effect before damaging an economy long term? Most people would agree that its the latter. So if us doing it has negative effects on ourselves, how does China do it to their long term benefit?
China also gets talked up by President Obama as a nation that has invested in “green energy” and that if we don't also invest in green energy, we'll fall behind them. First, China does have a fair amount of factories producing green energy products; and not coincidentally GE has exported a large number of jobs there (yes, that’s correct, our President's chief economic adviser has outsourced thousands of jobs overseas). China also actively builds as many coal power plants as it possibly can. According to the BBC, China is the world's worst polluter; this is not a nation we should always take our cues from. In 2007, a study released by the World Bank has shown that 760,000 people die yearly from pollution related illnesses. But back to green energy briefly, I don't want to insinuate that I hate green energy, because I don't. What I hate is paying billions yearly to companies that produce products that don't work or people don't want. If green energy had such great potential, why do companies need the government to invest in it, wouldn't investors be lining up to make money in such a terrific venture? I am still curious what the realistic expectations from when solar/wind has been sufficiently explored; as far as I know, they aren't expected to be a main source of energy, just complimenting main energy sources. My next question is, why don't we let China dump tons of money into green energy, and if they come up with a product that works, our companies will begin improving on their methods and creating a better product. If not, and so far green energy has been a money sink, then the joke is on them; they've wasted billions of dollars in mal-investments.
Another fear is that China's military is growing stronger and has started to use advanced technology. China spent $100 billion last year on their military budget, the US by comparison is proposing a national defense expenditures of over $950 billion. In terms of money spent, they won't overtake us for a long while. At the moment, China has no bases outside of its borders and hasn't expressed plans to do so. If in the event this does happen, one can expect conservative talk radio to be paranoid and abuzz for weeks, but in my opinion this offers us an opportunity. China has been pressuring North Korea to quit threatening everyone with nuclear war, being as they are in the region, they have quite an interest in stability. If China is dumb enough to ever want to put military bases in locations that we currently police, we can give them the reins to the costly burden we currently carry. If they want to spend tens of billions to put bases in the Korea's and such, we should not only let them, we should encourage them. If needed we can pull the “rope a dope” and fund insurgents to bog them down, however we should be grateful we've found an idiot willing to pay the full cost of an expensive liability that yields no tangible benefits.
Lastly, another of Trump's main issues was the trade war with China. Trump proposed a 20% tariff on Chinese imports. Now, if our goal was to stick it to them, that would be one way of doing it. The problem though is that the goods purchased here by our lower income citizens would cost 20% more, a burden which they cannot afford. Worse, as was caused by the Smoot-Hawley tariff under Hoover, a trade war would likely ensue and China would put a 20%+ tariff on their imports; harming not only our companies but our diplomatic relations. So the best analogy I can think of to this whole 20% tariff on Chinese goods would be comparing it to the Middle Eastern punishment for thievery, which is cutting off the thief's hand. Except when the enforcer went to cut off the thief's hand, he accidentally cuts his hand off as well. Actually its a bit worse than that, because the Great Depression saw the harmful consequences of protectionism and trade wars, so really it'd be more like the enforcer seeing an instructional video of what to avoid doing when severing hands, and still screwing it up anyway.
Do not conclude from this writing that I am a fan of China. As a libertarian, I despise a collectivist state that crushes the individual and China assuredly is that. It is natural for Americans to resent China, as they see our nation's power and prominence transfer to China, in a tragic “changing of the guard” ceremony. But trade agreements only work if they are beneficial to both nations, and our trading with China is mutually beneficial. Spiting them will only cause diminished prosperity in both nations and besides, you don't really want to get on the bad side of your main creditor/a rising power. As Calvin Coolidge once said, “Don't expect to build up the weak by tearing down the strong”. China's rise doesn't have to be America's fall. Be skeptical of all governmental action, foreign and domestic, but don't let irrational fears cause irrational actions.
This song game out when George W. Bush was President of this great nation.
So many have given the ultimate sacrifice so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have today. May they never be forgotten!
To all the men and women who fight today to keep us safe- Thank you! Your service and dedication are not taken for granted! To the families of any and all who have served in the military- as the video says, then, now and forever- thank you, and God bless you!
For almost 236 years, the United States Marines has served our country with valor, honor, perseverance and clarity of goal – to preserve and protect the great nation known as the United States and all that live within her. Their heroism is legendary, first in, last to leave. Grunts, jarheads – terms we use affectionately, yet they describe the often unbelievable working conditions and sacrifices these men and women have made throughout the young history of our Republic.
Sadly, today marks a pivotal day in the history of the Corps as well as the other braches of our military. As of 12:01 this morning, the U.S. military officially lifted its ban on homosexuals serving openly in the armed forces
Is the Marine Corps now defunct? No. Will it collapse overnight? No. Will it (and the other forces) cease to be the most powerful in the world? Probably not. Will their efficiency, numbers and dependability fall off because of this? Perhaps – and that is what is of great concern.
There are scarce few, who have opposed homosexuals serving in the military, that would argue that they can’t do as good of job as heterosexuals or that they don’t have a right to defend their country. This isn’t the point.
We live in a society where being counter-culture or going against the norm has not only become popular, but militant. Contrary to rhetoric, atheists have always had the right to be atheists, but it has only been recently that they have begun to beat us over the head with it. The same can be said for certain sects of homosexuals who insist on forcing it onto the public (when most REALLY don’t care one way or another) and insist that we “accept” it as just another “normal” lifestyle.
Aside from the fact that homosexual behavior in the animal kingdom is contrary to the procreation of the species, it also is contrary to most of the belief systems of the world. Does our 1st amendment protect the minority? Yes, but one must ask if this protection extends to those who are minority by choice and at this point there is nothing to suggest that homosexuality is a genetic certainty. In essence, it is a choice. We could argue that for a long time – let’s get back to the military implications.
Military experts will tell you that the way to keep casualties down in a conflict is to not just defeat your opponent, but to basically kick the crap out of them in the fastest time possible. The widely lampooned term, “shock and awe” is quite accurate. This is how you get an enemy that swore that we would “swim in our own blood”, to surrender to the nearest camera crew, like what happened in the gulf wars. A fighting force that is just barely the best is going to have a long, protracted, bloody war with their adversary. The body count inevitably will skyrocket.
So it is not enough that we are better than the next guy, it is enough only when we are the best we can possibly be. In other words, if you can’t fully trust the guy in the foxhole with you, more people will die. This may or may not end up being significant in terms of this issue, but consider the cost of being wrong.
The other factor is that of the military being used as a social experiment. Imagine how shocked you may have been after seeing Top Gun in the late 80’s, running out and joining the service for all the wonderful work and educational experience (which is indeed wonderful), only to find out that when crackpots like Saddam Hussein pop up, you may actually have to go to war. Would you find great solace in knowing that your military had been sensitive and politically correct to all of the small, yet noisy minority (by choice) groups out there or the fact that you and the men and women around you had been trained with the best techniques, best instructors and best resources to insure the best possible condition for your safety and the success of the mission at hand?
For as much as the PC crowd has tried to “normalize” it, sexual preference continues to be a deeply dividing issue in the country – and the military. Granted, putting a death date on the Marine Corps at the top of this article was used as an attention getter. The U.S. military is FAR from deceased, but history may show this to be a turning point – good or bad. Only time with tell.
This post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Conservative Daily News, Anomalous Media, the staff or contributors therein. All opinions expressed are attributed to the author only.
Building Partner NWC Construction and Orlando community unite for injured soldier
ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Homes for Our Troops, a national non-profit, non-partisan organization building specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans, will begin building a home for Army SPC Luis Puertas September 16-18, 2011. The Build Brigade Ceremony, which will be held at 8:30 a.m. Friday, September 16, will kick off a weekend of activity, starting the home building process.
Specialist Puertas was left a double amputee following an explosion in Baghdad, Iraq, on September 20, 2006, claiming both of his legs on impact. He spent the following 14 months enduring surgeries and rehabilitation at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Following the ceremony, volunteers will work together to raise the home’s first wall. The goal of the three-day build is to frame, side, and roof the house and install windows and doors. Interior and finishing work will be completed in the following months. The home will provide Puertas maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently.
“This Build Brigade is a wonderful opportunity for us to come together as a nation,” said John Gonsalves, Founder and President of Homes for Our Troops. “Specialist Puertas is a brave man who sacrificed for our country, and I’m proud to come together with our Building Partner NWC Construction and the entire Orlando community to show appreciation and to give this soldier a home that will restore his freedom and independence.”
WHO: Specialist Luis Puertas; Full bio available at http://www.homesforourtroops.org/puertas
WHEN: Build Brigade Kick-Off: 8:30 a.m., Friday, September 16, 2011
Build Brigade event will continue Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: 12841 Robert’s Island Rd., Orlando, FL 32832
31st Modern Day Marine Military Exposition Set for Marine Corps Base, Quantico, VA, September 27 – 29
WASHINGTON, Sept. 1, 2011 — The 2011 edition of the world’s largest military exposition focusing on enhanced capabilities for expeditionary forces will be hosted by Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia, September 27 – 29.
Co-sponsored by the base, the 76,000-member Marine Corps League, and Marine Corps Systems Command, the 31st Modern Day Marine Military Exposition will showcase products and services of more than 500 companies, which support military land, air and sea operations. Much of the equipment now used by Marines and other U.S. and allied forces confronting enemies in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world was first showcased before military leaders, operations planners and acquisition managers at previous editions of the expo.
Exhibits at this year’s exposition will fill three large display halls and outdoor exhibit areas. Visitors see the latest operational equipment and technology and video presentations, models and prototypes of items soon to enter service. Defense contractors from throughout the U.S. and allied nations around the world will present their products and services, get feedback from the warfighters, and respond to questions.
The Modern Day Marine Military Exposition has issued a special invitation to federal, state and local law enforcement personnel to attend this year’s expo. Much of the equipment on display will be of types that can be used not only in military applications but also in law enforcement, including counter-terrorism operations.
Quantico is home of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, which develops Marine warfighting concepts and determines the Corps’ capability requirements for doctrine, equipment, organization, training, education and support. The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory at Quantico is part of the Development Command and responsible for improving current and future naval expeditionary warfare capabilities for the Marines and their amphibious roles and missions. Also at Quantico is the Marine Corps Systems Command, the Corps’ principal agency for acquisition and sustainment of systems and equipment for the Marines’ warfighting mission. Many of the personnel who staff those organizations will visit the exhibit halls and discuss missions, capabilities and requirements with defense industry professionals.
In addition to the large number of equipment displays, several special activities are held in conjunction with the Modern Day Marine Exposition. One of the most important is a special by-invitation-only Report to Industry covering equipment and systems research, development, testing and acquisition programs and policies. Those presenting the report will be LtGen John Wissler USMC, DCMC, Programs & Resources, HQMC; LtGen Richard Mills USMC, CG, MCCDC; BGen Frank Kelley USMC, Commander, MCSC; and Mr. Bill Taylor, PEO, Land Systems. The Report will be moderated by BGen Kelley. The Report to Industry will be held aboard the expo site 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 29. That report will be followed by Marine Corps Systems Command Program Director Briefings in which industry representatives will gain additional insight into requirements and acquisition procedures from the men and women who manage programs through which Marines acquire and field weapons and equipment for the Corps.
Another feature of the expo will be the “Warfighters Corner,” a venue in which Marines recently back from service in combat zones will describe what equipment and systems worked best for them, and also provide suggestions and recommendations for how improvements, modifications or replacements might be made to better help Marines survive and win on the battlefield, in seaborne operations and in aerial engagements. Subjects, this year, will be Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles, USMC Energy, Navy Marine Corps Medical Team, and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Combat Equipment.
A colorful Enlisted Awards Parade will be held, beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 28th. Awards will be presented to Marines and Sailors from units around the world. The awards are sponsored by the Capital Marines Detachment of the Marine Corps League. Later on that same day, September 28th, the Modern Day Marine Military Exposition’s Grand Banquet and Awards Dinner will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in the Crystal City section of Arlington, VA.
That event begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. During the Awards Dinner, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James F. Amos, will present the Marine Corps League’s top awards – the Iron Mike Award and the Dickey Chapelle Award – to two distinguished Americans for outstanding service to the nation and to the Marine Corps. The Iron Mike Award is named for a statue at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC, which is famous among Marines as a symbol of service, sacrifice and valor. The Dickey Chapelle Award is named for a woman war correspondent who covered the Marines in several wars. She was killed on a combat patrol with Marines in Vietnam. Recipient of the Iron Mike Award will be Major Paul F. Hastings, USMC (Retired), who has had a long, distinguished role in leadership and advisory positions with the Marine Corps League. The Dickie Chapelle Award will be presented to Ms. Bonnie Carroll for her leadership role as Founder and President, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, a national Veterans Service Organization.
Once again this year, the Modern Day Marine Exposition will have a “Family Day” – a day on which family members of Department of Defense military and civilian personnel can tour the exhibits, learn about today’s military equipment, systems and technology, and see what new items will soon be arriving in the inventories of military forces. Family Day is Thursday, September 29th.
News media representatives desiring to cover any portion of the exposition will be required to present their press credentials upon arrival at the exposition site in order to register for the event.
All attendees will be required to have picture identification available when entering the base at Quantico. Uniformed Marines may enter exhibit halls without a special registration badge. All other military personnel, civilians and industry representatives must register during registration hours. Additional information on the exposition is available at http://www.marinemilitaryexpos.com
SAINT JOSEPH, Mo., Aug. 22, 2011 — “G.I. Jobs,” the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has awarded American College of Technology the designation of Military Friendly School. A nationally accredited distance learning provider, American College of Technology offers 12 online associates degrees as well as certifications in IT, business, criminal justice and healthcare information technology.
ACOT was added to the publication’s Military Friendly Schools list after a rigorous screening process by the G.I. Jobs Military Friendly Schools® team. The team found that the college offered numerous advantages to military students who opted for its distance courses. “We were considered the top tier of Military Friendly Schools out of several hundred or thousand that applied,” said Lute Atieh, ACOT’s director of operations and technology.
Among the financial support resources that resulted in the Military Friendly School title is ACOT’s registration with GoArmyEd, allowing military students to apply for the Department of Defense’s Tuition Assistance program. The college also offers Veterans Affairs education benefits and is also involved in the Service Members Opportunities Colleges (SOC(R)) program, so military students can make the most of their transfer credits. ACOT also provides military scholarships for active and non-active duty military students as well as their spouses and dependents.
“In addition to financial support, we offer our courses at half the cost of the national average,” said Atieh. “Many colleges and universities charge $350 – $550 per credit hour in addition to other charges. ACOT charges only $249 per semester credit hour, totaling $14,940 for any associate degree program. Students are charged $125 per course to cover cost of books, software and shipping. We guarantee that there are no hidden fees and that students’ costs will not go up while they are enrolled.”
Courses start every six weeks, and all courses are offered online three times a week. Instructors are specialists in their field, and the college keeps its instructor-to-student ratio low so that each student receives personal attention.
Audio and video streaming technology allows students to complete their degree or certification wherever they have Internet access, anywhere in the world. Students can use voice and video conferencing to participate in live, interactive lectures at set times. Classes are also available via mobile phone, so the distance learning provider can serve students who are literally on the go. ACOT also offers the option of accessing recorded lectures at whatever times are most convenient.
“Competition for military and veteran students is intense among tertiary institutions, and ACOT is extremely proud to have won the status of Military Friendly School,” said Atieh. “We are also very proud that military students already count for more than 75 percent of our student population, and we are committed to helping them achieve their career goals.”
Director of Operations & Technology
American College of Technology
Indeed, people sure have short memories.
This is a video that every American should see, no matter what their age.
To every man and woman who has fought for my freedoms, you have sacrificed so much so that I might be free. I salute you! Without you, your sacrifice, and the sacrifice of your family, I would not be blessed with the freedoms I have. May God bless you and keep you!
There is a song that that hit the charts in 1982 that became quite popular during that time, titled “War is Hell (On the Homefront Too)” . It was written by Curly Putman, Bucky Jones and Dan Wilson, and was recorded by T.G. Sheppard in 1982.
The song does not necessarily depict the life of the war hero this article is about, but the title, which is the chorus of the song, could depict the tragic way his life ended. However, from all reported accounts, this young man would not have said that.
Sergeant James Hackemer’s life ended yesterday when he fell from a roller coaster at a theme park in Syracuse, New York. Seartgeant Hackemer was enjoying an outing at the theme park with his daughters, sisters and other members of the family. His nephew was on the ride with him when the tragedy occurred.
Sergeant Hackemer’s mother, Nancy Hackemer, said:
‘It’s going to help a little bit that he was happy. We shouldn’t have had him for these last three years and four months. After he was hit by the IED, he died once in the field and once on the operating table.’
When discussing the theme park ride, Mrs. Hackemer said:
‘He was assisted on to the ride. He was doing what he wanted to do.’
Mrs. Hackemer also said that the family members are planning a ‘Celebration of Life’ for Sergeant Hackemer.
Reading his mother’s last statement really hit home for me. She did not say the family was planning a funeral for this young hero. She said they are planning a “Celebration of Life”.
I did not personally know this young hero who sacrificed his time and service for my freedoms, but I am saddened that his life ended while he was having a fun outing with his family and friends. He made it through the war- yes, with many adversities along the way, but he made it home alive, only to die while having fun. So as I sit, lamenting this young man’s life with a chorus about war being hell on the home front too, I can imagine that he would prefer we sing something along the lines of, “Life’s A Dance”.
It is quite obvious that this young hero did not allow his great loss to stop him from getting out in the world and having fun. In fact, he died… having fun.
I think we could all take a hint from Sergeant Hackemer life, and death. He is a hero in many ways. Yes, he was a brave soldier that fought for our freedoms. But he lived his life to the fullest until the day he died. He never allowed his adversities to hold him back.
May you rest in peace, Sergeant Hackemer. This nation needs many more people with your tenacity. Thank you for your service. It was not in vain!
It’s not a question of to have or not to have. It’s a constitutional responsibility imposed upon Americans in Article I., Section 8. of our Constitution, wherein the enumerated powers of Congress are noted and among them are “To raise and support Armies,..” and “To provide and maintain a Navy;”. This plan does NOT meet the definition of “conscription”. It does NOT mandate service or even service by draft as it has a voluntary choice element to it at the inception. What it DOES is to mandate to Law an ‘availability to serve’ . Many under this plan will likely never be called, but they will be available.
My Suggested Plan
1. I would institute a draft “registration”, wherein males ONLY would know that immediately upon graduation from high school they would be required by Law to fulfill a mandatory 3 year military obligation to their nation. This being a necessity to meet that aforenoted constitutional responsibility. NO exclusions and VERY limited exceptions (examples being for those who are convicted felons, physically disabled and/or mentally disabled). The new Law that would create this system would include a statement acknowledging that when it comes to defending our country that role traditionally, and generally, has been a male responsibility.
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell would become an expunged protocol and homosexuals would NOT be accepted nor tolerated in the armed forces. All males would be required to register with the Selective Service upon entering their junior year of high school . At this time they would be asked on the registration form if they wished to enlist upon graduation in order to get their choice of service. It would be explained that by enlisting they’d be doing so for three years of active duty service regardless of branch of service chosen. It would also be noted that females would only be eliminated from the “Compulsory Military Service Availability” requirement”, NOT from voluntarily enlisting. Females would NOT serve in front-line combat positions in any branch of armed forces.
Rationale: Immature kids and those with behavioral problems would not be dumped on society and into colleges for which they are ill-prepared in the main. They would have the option of serving their obligation in a service branch of their own choice or accepting a draft call, based upon “the needs of the service” at a given time. As to women serving, there is NO need to encumber our daughters and mothers with such a ‘mandatory’ responsibility. In times of war THEY are needed at home. This is NOT an equal rights issue, it’s a ‘who’s responsible for and to what’ issue. Most importantly our male youth would, over the period of time that this is phased in, come to understand that there is an inherent patriotic responsibility that each generation has to assume if a nation is to survive. What I’m talking about here is a ready “pool” of men ready, able and fit to serve, but not necessarily needed at a particular time to serve. That defines why a draft registration process is needed. It’s up to Congress to finally establish levels of manpower needed for each branch of service. Those who were drafted and couldn’t make it through basic training would be discharged with “Unfit for Military Service” certificates that would be their adult start in civilian life, but before that, they’d be given the option to serve in another capacity to be determined by codified public law. A National Disaster Service Corps, operated under FEMA authority, BUT controlled directly by committees of Congress consisting of committees in BOTH houses come to mind as a possible option. The title indicates the ‘limited’ usage of such and oversight is transferred to Congress and away from being a tool of the Executive Branch. Since FEMA is actually an Executive Branch department. This sharing of control respects the Separation of Powers intent in our Constitution. A ‘domestic’ army under the thumb of an Obama-like, social order and social engineering control freakazoid President and Executive Branch would NOT meet that standard. After some few years of existence this registration process would become anticipated routine just like high school following junior high. As there would be very limited exceptions and no exclusions the rich man and poor man’s sons would be accorded equal responsibility in such a system and share common ground, maybe the only time they ever will. Educational deferments would no longer exist. That includes the politicians’ sons. It would make commitment to any war venture not at all a “given” and those whom we elect might be all the more circumspect about how they advise and consent to authorize war when THEIR sons are also being sent off!
2. All males would be required to register with the Selective Service upon entering their junior year of high school . At the start of their senior high school year all would sit for an indoctrination to explain the system and the ramifications of the system on them.
Rationale: The point to be made here is that the total needs of the annual armed forces requirements would be highest in the first few years of the system and likely lessen as some of those who entered decided to stay and make the military a career. In any event…it, the “annual draft”, would only be a small percentage of those ‘registered’, possibly even satisfied by the number who elect to volunteer for the branch of their choice. The number of registered who were not needed to meet the DOD requirements for all branches of service would become the eligible pool in the event of declared war and increased personnel needs. It is THAT POOL that we have NO provisions for now and are in dire need of. It may even make sense to require those in ‘the pool’ to serve their reserve obligation ‘ up front’ and be available for a two to three week period annually while in that “pool”. In that manner a reserve pool has at least a minimal amount of preparedness training when the need to actually serve during wartime comes to pass.
3. Prior to graduation those who wished to elect their choice of service branch would so indicate and also provide a secondary choice. Each year the DOD (Dept of Defense) would determine how many new recruits for each branch of service would be required and those would be selected by a computer generated process that would select from a master alphabetized, by surname, list. If, for example, 10% of the available pool were needed the computer would select every tenth name.
Rationale: Such a system satisfies the armed forces needs and is as fair and equitable as reasonably possible. After such a system had been in place for 5 or 6 years, I submit that enough young people in all branches would have re-enlisedt, indicative of making the military a career. That goes to building a more efficient, well-trained and professional armed forces at the ready at all times. Need to access the draft pool would the likely only occur during actual wartime periods.
4. Those who could not meet the health standard minimum requirements and conscientious objecters judged to be legitimate would be offered the option to serve in a local chapter of the Natural Disaster Service Corps doing bookkeeping, liason or communications functions. The NDSC would be a program setup and administered by the federal government. Stringent standards would be enforced with latitude granted in only single, case-by-case individual reviews and by a review board formed for just that purpose. Board rulings would have to be unanimous and have only a single instance right of appeal.
Rationale: The advantages are obvious as the society needs are satisfied and these young people have a hands-on, one-on-one lesson in reality to help inculcate them with a ‘sense of responsibility’ at a time in their lives where the present experience is diametrically opposite.
This is a completely equitable and workable plan in my opinion. It should be obvious that I’ve given it much though. I’d appreciate you giving it as much before you criticize it.
“As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also.”-Thomas Jefferson
We the American people were lucky enough to be blessed by God Almighty to be born in the greatest country ever formed. With guidance from Godly men this country was birthed on the principles that all men are created equal and that no man should be allowed to be a tyrant. We have been given a charge to protect and defend these rights even if it means bloodshed. Our forefathers made sure to write in our constitution the means of defending the founding principles. The Second Amendment gives us this RIGHT AND OBLIGATION.
“A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”- 2nd Amendment of the UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION
Many have tried to take the word “Militia” and interpret that to mean that the government controlled military group are the ones that have the right to bear arms, not the common citizen. “The right of the people to keep and bear Arms” is the phrase they make sure not to talk about, for it is we the people that make up the militia that our founding fathers speak of. The first line of the oath our military personnel take is, “I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic”. This puts the primary objective for the great men and women who serve our country to be the protection of the country and her people. “That I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same” reaffirms that the protection of the principles this country was founded on is their primary objective. “And that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.” For those of you that have served, and some that have not, we know that there are provisions that entitle the removal of officers that do not uphold the oath.
I believe that every citizen should take the first two points of the Military Oath and actually act on it, first in the ballot box and physically if absolutely necessary. The reason the left wants to disarm us is so that we cannot fight the tyranny they want to impose on us. If we give up our right to bear arms we will become defenseless against tyranny.
“An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.” -Thomas Paine
Thomas Paine was a true Patriot and wise man. He understood that the principles we live by is what will make us or break us. The principle of defending oneself and their beliefs and virtues is what built this great nation. Let us not destroy the great work that they achieved with our laziness and fear of being politically incorrect.
For those of you that own firearms, train hard and well and teach those that do not know how. Be good stewards of the right to bear arms, for we are the last line of defense against tyranny.
June 6, 1944: On this day sixty-seven years ago, men of the United States and Allied Forces landed on a beach in northern France, in an epic battle to reclaim Europe from Hitler’s Nazi regime. Thousands would never leave the sands of Normandy alive.
The rest would carry on through the coming battles in Europe and back to the homefront they successfully protected, a success made possible by the D-Day Invasion.
Today, on this anniversary of D-Day, remember the bravery of the thousands of men who went into battle to stop the Nazi cancer from spreading to our shores.
If you know a WWII veteran, please take a moment to thank them for their service and sacrifice, for keeping the flame of liberty alive, whether they were at Normandy, in the Pacific theatre or protecting their country state-side. Click the photo for a link to more D-Day information from the U.S. Army. (Photo credit: army.mil)