G. Murphy Donovan, with frank honesty, wrote a piece in The American Thinker, “The All-volunteer Military: Too Much From Too Few”, about our all-volunteer force, our detached self-absorbed citizenry and corrupted power-brokers in America, sure to give you pause for some reflection on the duty of being a good citizen in our floundering Republic. He writes:
“If every citizen benefits from national security, shouldn’t all beneficiaries have some skin in the game?
The all-volunteer army has created a chasm between the combat veteran and the population served. That chasm gets broader with every reckless military intervention or deployment. If national defense is a subset of national security, then every citizen, every family, and every institution that enjoys the benefits of safety and democracy should share the risks and costs.”
Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/06/the_allvolunteer_military_too_much_from_too_few.html#ixzz3crmdunwb
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“We need to have a discussion in America”, the popular buzz phrase from politicos, those agenda-drivers in academia, and mouthpieces in the media, hinting that those calling for the discussion will be the ones defining the parameters and censoring any discussion they allow to be aired in the public square, dooms any hope that words like “civic duty” and “what you owe your country” will ever be allowed to be uttered.
In our present bipolar polity, the political left learned to quite effectively mask their absolute loathing of our military, carried forward from the Vietnam era, and adopted the insincere, “thank-you for your service” throwaway line, while they advocate policies aimed at neutering our military might and transforming it into a Peace Corps with hired guns. The political right devolved into a advocacy for special moneyed interests and a spoonful of sugar remedy, masking noxious foreign policy nostrums and magic potion strategic cures for exotic ailments they little understand.
GMD offers some excellent links within his articles, so be sure and check those out too.