"Let’s face it, we have been and remain a nation in the majority that doesn’t care what happens so long as it happens to our neighbor or a generation other than our own. Our morality is based on our present comfort and Heaven help the man who would have it otherwise."
John You said a mouthful, couldn't agree with you more...and exactly why I believe in the draft more so...
Rhea...yes, I do, I believe this country needs training, and respect for education, respect for oneself...for instance, if you respect yourself, your going to respect me and everyone around you. It’s a ripple effect.
I can understand there will be those who surely do not want to go...but after their training, counseling about further careers, I see a lot more of our youth, heading in a more positive direction.
No one wants to attend high school either...but it is a mandatory
The draft would give our children a new network toward life, allow them to see more clearly their options and believe in them, teach them not to depend on mom or dad to pick up their cloths... make their bed, clean their room, cook their meals, or do their laundry, and it surely would get them away from video games and TV for a while, showing them, there is much more that life has to offer.
A mandatory draft for a year or two would be so much more beneficial to not only those that go, but also to our country...perhaps a very positive cleansing...and perhaps much more respect for our elderly.
A weak nation, in education, self worth, military, morals, leaves a door wide open for ruin. We are a nation of self imposed conditioning...sometimes people have to make unpopular decisions to strengthen majority and minority, in the long run. I believe the multitude would flourish by this...The military teaches to do what is best for the entire body of community, not just self.
My son, had no idea where he was going when he came out of high school, he could have gone to college right away...but decided to join the Air Force...he learned how to fly, utilize his time wisely, take classes, and when he came home, I saw the boy that left, turn into a man...one that held himself in much better posture & place, all the way around.
He is a dedicated and loyal husband, a good father who isn't afraid to be unpopular with his child because he disciplined her, and certainly not wishy washy in making decision...the confidence he cultured helped him make decision with buoyancy, realizing, that he might be wrong, but was not afraid to take that step into the unknown and try.
I'm very proud of him...his character, his fidelity not only to family, but as a citizen, neighbor and police officer. He is by far, not a violent person...never was...he is a peace maker and a care giver, who abandoned a small town mentality.
He doesn't fear moving, or taking a chance to better life for his wife and child. He doesn't fear change...and no matter who talks to him, he looks at the entire picture rather then taking someone's perspective matter of factly...
Is he perfect? Heck no, but he is, a better, stronger, responsible man, due to the military. He learned how to travel alone, and enjoy it...to take care of himself...he is not afraid to meet others and socialize, or to allow others their opinion, without demoralizing them with words, because he disagrees and wants to win an argument. I commend the military...and am behind them, no matter what I believe...if we should pull out of Iraq or not, I commend the men who are over there fighting for what they believe in, regardless of our government’s political intentions & agendas.
I'm going to relay what my son told me upon his discussion to become a police officer. I asked "Aren't you afraid of being killed", he said, “if I am mom, I want to go down knowing and believing I might have made a difference even if for one person’s life”.
It wouldn't kill our kids to have to serve a tour in the military, but more so, help give them direction and careers they might not realize otherwise there.
Yes, there are pro's and cons to everything...but in this situation, I strongly believe it would be a positive result, for our children and for our nation.
It might also ripple effect in a positive way to bring us together and closer with patience and understanding for opinion. I've heard so many extreme left and rights say, oh, they are so stupid for their beliefs...well, then, what is wrong with a little education...to teach people to really research an issue before making a decision, and to teach them that it is very important to look at the long term effects instead of instant gratification, that we can’t always be winners, and to step back and allow others to have their day in the sun, as well.
Discipline is a learning process we've also lost in this country...which the military teaches. Parents today are afraid or just plain to lazy to discipline their children...why, because someone came along and said, if you spank your children it will scar them for live...sheesh...we were conditioned to believe spanking children is abuse...it is not...
Again, teaching our young folks discipline will ripple down to & through their children and create a new generations of respectful young adults, who realize the necessity of obeying the law.
Some people think the military promotes violence...so do video games & movies, which seams to be a child’s influence today. The military teaches safety and how to protect oneself...defense, and how to be a leader, how to look at things objectively, how to utilize time wisely, how to invest, spiritually, morally, and physically in future...to be supportive regardless of opinion, to promote learning out side the culture of our parents not fearing to learn something new....to branch out and believe in opportunities, freedom, and there isn't anything one can’t do if they work for it. Learning other cultures is understanding them….not fearing them…the military also provides that opportunity.
We're becoming a nation of tradition, untouched by progress…military personal, moves with purpose, it gives the chance to grow up, how to tackle and deal with problems, it teaches to not fear change, to drive yourself to excel...instead of sitting back and allowing everyone else to be responsible...it also shows that one doesn't have to be married to be successful...
The military teaches one can live alone and enjoy the company he/she keeps...ex military often make better teachers, parents...citizens... movies...to learn to lead and follow depending on the situation at hand.
A Military Mandatory Draft would be healthy...
it would promote learning...teaching even though laws may not always seem fair, they are there for a reason...and we should respect them.
There is nothing wrong with education beyond parental culture, to explore other avenues, religions, friends, to learn stamina, strength of mind and character...to know what we want to do with out lives without the worry of it being an unpopular decision because it's something our parents never did.
We need to be reminded to be working citizens...and remember it's not just about us and our protective little bubbles of a world we have built around ourselves. It's about you and me...working together...which is also what the military teaches....the importance of team work...looking out for those around you...and how one mistake or concern for self, can upset the entire apple cart.
And yes, not all people will be happy with the draft…but in the end, they will have learned something…which later on in life could be beneficial. Not all experiences are fun or filled with self gratification…life is hard, it is a constant learning experience, or should be. When and if we become people stagnated in our beliefs, never open to other options and fear change, trial and yes, even error…then we stagnate our own learning capabilities.
These are just a few of my thoughts of why I do believe a mandatory draft would be beneficial to our children and to our nation…reinstating a lot more positive results then negative.
[This message has been edited by LeeJ (01-13-2007 09:29 AM).]