12/31/2002 09:38:00 AM
PRO MILITARY, ANTI DRAFT - Sergeant Stryker has a forceful argument against the military draft. Excerpt:
The U.S. military is not your daycare center. We're not here to correct mommy and daddy's errors or make your son a better man. We're here to defend the Constitution and we employ whatever tools necessary to ensure the success of our mandate. The values the military attempts to instill in its members are those that have traditionally proven to be successful in providing a disciplined and orderly force capable of success in battle. Any secondary benefits these values provide to society at large are irrelevant. Our job is not to crank out patriotic young Americans to make America better. Our job is to crank out soldiers who will fight, kill and win against a hostile adversary. If these same soldiers translate the skills and values they learned in the military into a successful civilian life, so much the better, but that is neither the purpose nor the goal of military indoctrination and training.
12/15/2002 05:00:00 AM
HAPPY BILL OF RIGHTS DAY - The first ten amendments to the United States Constitution, also known as the Bill of Rights, were all ratified December 15, 1791. De facto repeal has been ongoing for quite some time now. Take a moment to get to know your Bill of Rights so you can appreciate what you stand to lose.