Former Texas State Representative and Luby’s Massacre survivor Dr. Suzanna Gratia Hupp said these words that are allow instant understanding of almost every political figure:
How a politician stands on the Second Amendment tells you how he or she views you as an individual… as a trustworthy and productive citizen, or as part of an unruly crowd that needs to be lorded over, controlled, supervised, and taken care of.
Generals are ultimately politicians, and retired General McChrystal gave his opinion the other day on how citizens shouldn’t own effective guns. It’s also worth noting he’s lived on military bases where everyone is disarmed except for the military police. His interactions as a younger officer are often dealing with discipline problems among troops. I have little doubt this has colored many of his views about what people should be allowed to do and what they shouldn’t be allowed to do.
I personally believe that national service is important for the nation, and that’s having all young people serve a term of national service. Certainly not all military. But I believe those things do have two effects. One, those things that bind people to their nation are important, and another thing is that we’re also a nation that doesn’t get to know each other too well. Someone from one part of an inner city never meets another person from an upper class neighborhood. We need some things that pull people together in shared experience. We need to be ten years after the fact when they are meeting somewhere, ‘Where did you serve?’ begins a connection that allows them to move on because we are getting too fragmented in my view.
We don’t need a peacetime draft. During wartime, if it’s necessary, it’s one of the burdens placed upon members of a society. During peacetime, it’s an expansion of standing armies that we don’t need.
McChrystal is pushing for a draft (or alternate service) as some kind of a “shared experience” and cultural social program. He wants to bring people together by herding them into military camps so they can have “experiences”.
The reason for the slow, ongoing Balkanization of the US is that there are politicians who benefit from the Curley Effect (Democrats) and encourage it. The reason someone from one part of an inner city never meets another person from an upper class neighborhood is because the limousine liberal has made the inner city dude his pet cause – someone he taxes the suburban joe to subsidize – while all the while hating both; and driving wedges between Americans. Look at the tax fight for the last few months wherein Democrats fought the government to a standstill so they could begin to liquidate the Kulaks.
There isn’t a lack of connection because of lack of military service – there’s a lack of connection because social engineer politicians have developed their constiutencies that way. Instituting another social engineering program – that of a peacetime draft for “service” is just as bad.
The reason we honor military men and women is because they provide the peace that we enjoy. They fight so we don’t have to – that’s why they’re given respect. I fought so others wouldn’t have to. It’s a volunteer military for a reason.
America is supposed to be a society without classes and castes. In many places, it still is. Ranchers who own 20,000 acre spreads still talk to their ranchhands, and while one’s the employer and the other the employee, that’s all there is. They aren’t from different classes, just different income levels. In cities where half the people or more live off handouts extracted from the other half at gunpoint by a sliver of a redistributor class, there is a divide – and it’s a divide that didn’t used to exist.
McChrystal is one of those who believes Americans to be a crowd that needs to be lorded over and controlled, supervised and taken care of. The whole reason we have the class problems we do now is precisely because of social engineer progressive politicians like him. Instituting one more policy will only exacerbate the harm as it brings people into the military who don’t want to be there. Try telling the 47% that get handouts that they owe someone else something and are being drafted. That’s going to lead to a schism within the military and a breakdown of good order and discipline all around. People whose lives consist of “gimme gimme gimme” are not going to be exemplars of civic virtue and rectitude.
Leftists often lament the fact that the military is becoming more rural and Southern, but that was going on well before they started noticing it. That all started happening because their own institutions and beliefs demonized the military. Those in deep blue states often don’t have much interest in the military because it often stands counter to ideas they’ve been taught.
The idea of self-sacrifice by choice in order to preserve the liberties of their land is alien to people in a world where the government disarms them, won’t let them drink a 16 0z soda or have a cigarette. Their liberties have been taken by their masters, they have nothing to stand up for.
(Also keep in mind that the people in those deep blue states are the kind that reward, promote, protect and have as educators the terrorists who planned to kill troops and their dates at an NCO dance at Ft. Dix. So as a general rule, should it be surprising that someone who’s venerated by the left as an educational hero, and who dominates education and brainwashes the children for 12 years, might be an indicator of why there’s a divide?)
That whole cultural divide has been built with a lot of effort by devotees of Cloward and Piven and the Curley Effect. If you want to change it, you don’t change a victim of 12 years of state-sponsored indoctrination and expect it to wear off in 2-3 months of training. You get rid of the 12 years of indoctrination.
Now, if the retired general was advocating something like Starship Troopers, wherein completion of voluntary service risking one’s life was required to vote, I could see the logic to that. He’s trying the reverse. He’s trying to make everyone serve in order to instill virtue and understanding that cannot be instilled. If he was saying “hey, if you aren’t willing to put your butt on the line and ‘some skin in the game’, then you don’t get a voice when it comes to government”, he’d find some sympathy for that – but he’s also find that 47% of handout voters would be vehemently against it because they’ve been trained by their political leaders to vote themselves largesse. This is also why McChrystal’s draft will never pass, and why even if he wished it into existence, it would never work – he’d be drafting people with this mentality:
All you’ll do with someone of that mentality is waste the military’s time and add to the 10% of shitbirds already there who join up anyway. Drafting them in peacetime will be a failure in every way.