Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Hypocrite Series: John Edwards Wants Mandatory Military Service

From Digg via the Washington Post, we get this quote:

One of the things we ought to be thinking about is some level of mandatory service to our country, so that everybody in America _ not just the poor kids who get sent to war _ are serving this country.

How do you address such ignorance and arrogance? If he's so committed to national service, has he served? Will he sign his kids up in the armed forces when they're eligible, or will he find an exemption? Regardless, it's not just the poor who go to war. Our army is a volunteer army, and whomever volunteers goes to war. And, isn't that the way it should be in a free country? In fact, I'm pretty sure the founders thought a standing army was a bad idea anyway so how do we get from there to mandatory service in the armed forces?

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