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Old 05-16-2015, 09:51 PM   #1
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Old 05-16-2015, 10:07 PM   #2
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This happened a while back. Why even bother showing up there if you aren't going to display the respect and awe that Arlington National Cemetery, and specifically the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier demands? Its not like you stumbled into the cemetery by accident and walked up the hill by the accident.


Shameful. Makes me think that perhaps the US should have compulsory military service for at least 2 years. Perhaps politicians wouldn't be so quick to send troops off to war, perhaps the public wouldn't be so quick to judge the troops, and perhaps we would be a better nation as a result.
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Spoon I feel that all politicians should be required to first serve a minimum of 4 years in the military before being allowed to run..
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I agree. If anything, it would make them understand the sacrifices our men and women in uniform and their families have to endure.
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Old 05-17-2015, 09:05 AM   #6
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Spoon I feel that all politicians should be required to first serve a minimum of 4 years in the military before being allowed to run..

2x, and not be allowed to be "CAREER" politicians... 4 or 6 year MAX!! NO lawyers, NO industry election contributions, must have the same insurance plans as the rest of us get...

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The problem is most people who have served in the military would rather work then run for political office.
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I am all in for compulsory military service- I was a National Guardsman whose unit was called to federal service during the Korean "police action"- I went, I served and endured the treatment we often received from the "peaceniks" of that period- Unfortunately, it was possible for some to evade the draft if they had the right "pull"- Some things never change, do they? JMHO- DD
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Went to Pearl Harbor Memorial with my father-in -law; navigator on Lancasters during II.

I remarked to a young navy launch crew member "How quiet the boat was on the way back from the Memorial.".

He said, "Sir, the boat is always quiet on the way back.".

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Let me preface my post with I didn’t serve. I do vote and I don’t plan to run for political office. I appreciate the tact this soldier used in quieting the crowd. Truly a professional who immediately commanded the attention and respect from the crowd as can be heard with the immediate silence.

There are some woefully clueless people in America today. A lot of that is the entitled attitude imparted by how they are raised. My wife and I aren't raising entitled kids. Opportunities may come easier for them because what I have accomplished, as could be same for many of our kids, but mine are NOT guaranteed anything and will reap what they sow.

Compulsory service sounds like a good idea, that is until I think about my kids being forced to serve.

We live is a military town, my wife teaches school on the military base, we have a much better than average understanding of military life. We see firsthand daily what a sacrifice families make when parents serve and respect them for it immensely. However I don't think a sacrifice that like that should be forced.

I was born as the Vietnam War was ending, and many of you likely have a much better perspective and understanding of that time in our history since you live it. However it’s my opinion a lot of the blow back in America was due to the draft and forced service. Although we still see protests, which is one of freedoms that makes America great, I don't see the blatant disrespect for soldiers today as I understood existed in the sixties and early seventies. I am not aware of people spitting on soldiers when they return from deployment. Chanting baby killer. In fact in my town they are celebrated as heroes up return.

In my opinion this is because we currently have an all-volunteer military. Folks want to be there. They accept the risk and sacrifice. Some even pay the ultimate price which is always sad and regretful -- but again they volunteered.

Maybe I a wrong, and need to do a bit more research of our history -- but isn’t what made the "Greatest Generation" the greatest the fact that they flocked to service because they believed in the cause. That would never have happened if folks didn't want to serve. The sacrifices made at home are because collectively the county believed in the cause. After 9/11 we had a very similar out pouring of patriotism – why, folks believed in the cause. It’s hard for American’s, or anyone else, to support something they don’t believe it.

Now I agree the government has many issues. I don't know the percentages, but the number of Politicians who served is significant. It’s my opinion that the issues we have today generally revolve around the Governments attempt to redistribute resources. This exacerbates the “entitlement attitude” the preservers in America today.

Sorry for the rant, and to be clear, I would support the notion that to be the Commander in Chief there should be some requirement of prior military experience. Right now all it takes is to be 35, born in America and have access to lots of money.
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