Angeline?now you went and do?ed it. You clicked on one of my citizen duty ?hot buttons.? Let me comment in 25 words or less?not a chance?but I will exercise key board rattling self control.
What?s being done to soldiers from Fort Carson is an All-American travesty. I know the story is true, because I have Rummie?s likely behavior calibrated from back in 1976, when he had the same job in the Ford Administration.
This problem is just the tip of the Military Service Manpower System iceberg.
Yes, we beat Iraq and the Taliban down to ?parade rest? with our smart weapons and world-class military might. It was no contest. I also knew of an 8th Grader in my Grade School graduating class who used to regularly beat up on 3rd Graders. It was no contest either.
The problem with today?s military service manpower system is an insidious one. Let me focus on the true health and history of Our Military Manpower System.
21st Century USA society-culture no longer believes in the concept of a Citizen Army, raised and pressed into SERVICE to defend God, Country and Constitution, as was the case in our 1776 Revolution; War of 1812, Civil War; Spanish American War; WWI; WWII; the Korean War and for Vietnam?s War.
In all wars fought using conscription, special laws and regulations were created by the government (under voting faction-lobbyist pressure) that made it easy for the wealthy and well connected to escape military service through deferments. Of course, all drafts over the years had various types and levels of deferment.
In the Civil War, it was even possible for one citizen to pay another citizen to do THEIR military service for THEM. WWII used a lottery system based on a ?draft the oldest man first? concept, with special subcategories of deferments running from 1A through 4F. If you were a ?milkman-teamster in New York? you were considered ?critical to national defense,? and could get and maintain a ?critical skills? draft deferment.
In the ~15-years of the Vietnam Era, they had a deferment system, as well as a lottery system that was used. The deferment system was similar to the one used in WWII. The Lottery System used later, was based on a random drawing of 366 plastic capsules. Each ?LOTTO? number representing the ?Julian-Calendar Date? of each day of the year including the extra ?leap day? in a Leap Year. Vietnam?s draft system included the well known, and much publicized student deferment and other special deferments such as critical skills, etc. This system of deferments still exists (though the draft is currently in the head-count only mode), and is still largely an ?elitist? one structured and designed to give those deemed ?more valuable? or of higher socioeconomic status ?deferments from death.? Those who can afford to go to and stay in college-school, and ?get good grades? or ?good jobs? can escape or delay being drafted.
President Clinton?s much publicized ROTC and student deferments, and Bush II's ANG Service are examples of such deferment ?escape? vehicles used, by some during the Vietnam Era to legally get ?deferments from death.?
Military conscription was not an issue 200+ years ago when our United States fought and won our War of Independence-Rebellion against Great Britain. If the U.S. Constitution had authorized a draft, there would have been no union of the 13 rebellious states.
Historian Jack Franklin Leach observes that, ?It is quite likely that, had the delegates at Philadelphia expanded the power ?to raise and support armies? by adding the phrase, ?by voluntary means, and if necessary by draft upon the male population,? to it, they would have generated insurmountable opposition through out the country and in the state ratifying conventions.?
Many federal powers that would once have been inconceivable in the past seem normal today, including ?the draft.? The very first U.S. draft was instituted to raise an army to fight the Civil War. The next major conflict was the Spanish American War, but it was fought without compulsory military service. Hence, Teddy Roosevelt?s now famous ?volunteer Rough Riders? came to the rescue?charging up San Juan Hill.
The U. S. Congress and FDR had already technically entered the U.S. into WWII when, in 1940, Congress passed, and FDR approved, the first ?peacetime? draft in stealth preparation for the U.S. formally entering WWII. The Lend-Lease Bill passed with FDR signing it nine months before Pearl Harbor. As a point of data, the U. S. Census form for the 1940 Census (crafted, approved and printed up back in 1939, long before Pearl Harbor), made a point to count and track those Americans-Residents of Japanese racial origins. So FDR & Company was already covertly spinning up for Pearl Harbor?s ?Surprise Attack,? way back in 1939.
Military conscription continued after WWII, with one short break, until 1973. In 1973 President Nixon inaugurated the All-Volunteer Force (AVF), largely in response to the decade of social conflict and protests over the Vietnam War.
This was the beginning of the end of the concept of a citizen soldier, drawn from a cross-section of our Nation, as well as the end of TRUE MILITARY SERVICE. Except for the professional Regular military, Duty, Honor, Country is now something we pay some other ?poor schlub? citizen to do for us. Kind of like the old Civil War approach of paying someone else to go serve and die in one?s place.
Back ?in the day,? the U. S. Navy used to have a recruiting slogan that went, ?It?s Not a Job, It?s an Adventure!!!? After inauguration of Nixon?s 1973 AVF, that slogan should have been turned around to say, ?It?s Not an Adventure, It?s a Job!!!?
Using the vernacular of the high tech world, beginning in 1973 the dirty business of war was out-sourced to volunteer African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Caucasian-Americans, Asian-Americans and Multi-Racial Americans who were looking for employment, upward mobility and opportunity.
As a result, our society today has devolved into maintaining an Armed Force of volunteer ?citizen? mercenaries. No longer is there a Pearl Harbor crisis call-to-arms answered by citizen militia, drawn from a cross-section of American citizenry, and led by a few military professionals like those who fought the Red Coats at Concord.
No citizen militia Paul Reveres were on duty 09112001 waiting and watching for a ?One if by land, two if by sea and three if by air? signal to warn us that the Rag-headed ?Red Coats? were coming to fly two fully fueled jetliners into the North & South WTC Towers located near the corner of Liberty St. & Joe DiMaggio Highway?Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.
Today?s American Society, through our elected politicians, now uses a narrow sector of out-sourced employee-citizens to do the job of providing for the common defense. These employee-citizens ?volunteer? because, for the most part, their other upward mobility and opportunity options don?t exist or are very limited. WE as a Nation of self-centered Sheep, accept this communal unfairness because, as a group, we would rather watch CNN and see the ?other guy?s kid? return home at Dover AFB inside a flag draped coffin. WE are glad to go down to the local chain grocery store or florist shop, and buy a bouquet of flowers to pile up or a candle to burn at a curb side memorial, in front of someone else?s house. There is no longer any true ?military service,? rather the military has become just another government funded employment program for ?minorities.?
The U.S. Armed Forces have been transformed from a citizen army, populated by a cross-section of American citizenry fighting for their country, into a mercenary global police force, maintained and inordinately manned and wo-manned by society?s poor or under-unemployed citizens. These American volunteers consist largely of Blacks, Hispanics, the Multi-Racial followed closely by blue-collar Caucasians and Asians.
Beginning with Nixon in 1973, what I call the New Elite-Noble Class emerged to manage and influence the U. S. Congress, and the various Democratic and Republican Administrations into maintaining this patently unfair mercenary U. S. Citizen global police force structure.
The demographics of today?s Volunteer Military Citizen Employees do not come close to matching the cross-sectional demographics of the general citizenry in today?s U. S. society. This makes today?s military service manpower system unfair.