City of Roses
Frankly, I've found some of what has been said here heartaching.
Be a man? Stand up for your country? Learning French lessons?
I'm SICK to my stomach hearing this. To many others they find what I do for this country, in protesting this war and fighting for civil rights and cultural equality, standing up for this country. I've got feelings for my country too, different than others they may be, but I am proud of what I do in standing up for my country and I intend to continue remaining true to my nature and working for non-violent peace, building communities, stopping prejudice, racism, and the other injustices of the world.
Tere are those who do sign up and register in serving our country, and I believe it's your life, it's your body, so it is your choice, your decision to do what you want.
But I AM NOT interested in playing this game, can't you see that?
Can't you see I DO NOT want to go and spill the blood of others, and go against everything I believe in. I've never been in war of course, but I've heard enough terrifying stories that make me vomit sometimes. Stories of the young losing legs, stories of the young who live with constant migraine, stories of the young who were bleeding heavily from their shoulder and had no tourniquet and they had to suck their lips over the gaping wound to stop the hemorrhaging while standing on one foot. I'm sick and tired of hearing these sorts of stories. And, frankly, if I was forced to go over there and I saw the sight of my fire striking someone, I don't think I can ever live with myself anymore.
Can't you see I DO NOT want to go over there and inhale all that uranium and gunsmoke in the air, and return home one day with headaches all the time and have a child in the future with only three fingers on one hand and the other arm missing a whole hand, like some Iraqi and Gulf War soldiers already reported?
Can't you see I DO NOT want to lose a limb in fighting a war I myelf have continued to call "senseless" and which I always will continue to call it, where now many of us don't even know what we're fighting for?
I hae feelings too, you know. I, myself, have served this country in a different way, for working to build communities and empower the youth to believe they can make a difference and can fulfill their dreams. And should this draft fall through again, IS THIS THE THANKS WE GET? Is this the price those 91% of young voters pay for never voting or speaking out? Having to do the dirty laundry of others?
All I can say is, I'm appalled by some of the early remarks in this thread. I'm just a young man who only wants to live here and pursue my lifelong dream of educating children and songwriting, who only wants to find true love in this world and feel loves first kiss, who will only go far enough to see violence in action movies. I'm insulted by some of your earlier comments, and, in my opinion, I believe following your heart and reaching out to others is being a man. I have chosen my course in life, and I demand respect. There's more than just myself who are concerned a draft can re-surface, after all. Over half of youth fear this too. Many local scholers in my community fear this.
So now, seeing that many doubt the return of the draft, I ask, "How will Bush get the troops he needs should he decide to invade Iran or North Korea next, with the accelerating violence, without pulling away from Iraq?"
"You'll find something that's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you
You should turn yourself around and come back home" MB20