Sunday, July 26, 2015

OpEd: The DRAFT, Give Our Children a FUTURE

theodore miraldi
Published 5/8/2015

Our nation is in the Age of Anomie. It has been 5 generations since the Greatest Generation experienced World War 2. The men and women who returned from the war are responsible for ending tyranny and giving us the nation and world we live in today. What can be said, is that our nation worked as one with intent and purpose that propelled us to supremacy around the world in every area of the human experience.

The innovation, education and nationalism created an atmosphere of success that pushed many to strive and achieve. This is what this country is about, making a better nation, and in doing so creating a safer world. 

As I stated before, we now live in the Age of Anomie. When people do not know their role in society. Not only do our children not know right and from wrong, but a vast majority of adults have been softened by opportunity and personal wealth.

Like all parents, we want our children to be safe and prosperous, but we live in a very dangerous world. Our nation is falling behind in every area necessary to maintain our place among nations. Our children are not the brightest anymore, or best behaved. Our culture has been subjugated by negative outsiders who wish to do us harm. Individual gratification means more that helping others.

Americans have lost their way.

Are we capable of defeating something evil like Nazi Germany again? I say no way! Americans are fighting with each other over race as well as a host of other social ills. We are no longer just Americans, we have been cut into a pie of many different cultures who can barely get along. I believe if we do not coalesce into one nation again controlling our future will be impossible.

As we decay into history there are evil people who will take advantage of our weakness. Nations are
approaching equality in technology and military might. Their strategy will be to defeat out technological advantage from the onset.

Our children have been rendered dumb by a political system more interested in maintaining power than propelling us through the 21st Century. 

We need to reinstate the Draft. There, I've said it!

Many of the men and women we continue to say we honor and admire came from our armed forces. Anyone who doesn't know that fact, will not understand my logic.

Our schools no longer teach the information a child needs to deal with this changing world. In many places in our nation police guard the doors to keep them in. Many of our children are close to illiterate. If you don't believe me, have a conversation with a young person from one of our Urban areas. This is where the majority of the population come. If you think they will be able to lead  us into the future, you really don't care about the future.

Nearly 18 million men and women fought in WW2 from 1941-1945.

  • 38.8% (6,332,000) of U.S. servicemen and all servicewomen were volunteers
  • 61.2% (11,535,000) were draftees

Our Armed forces are at a level that are pre-WW2?

The engine that ignited this nation into prospriety were GI's

Our children need to find a sense of responsibility to the nation. Service is a proven way to turn boys into men. It is better to learn the skills to become good citizens, than those found on some street corner.

 And if that time comes to defeat evil, our men and women will guarantee this nation will survive.

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