Saturday, December 16, 2006

So A Volunteer Army Isn’t Fair?

World renowned super genius Matt Damon has come to the brilliant conclusion that an all volunteer army is not fair. "I don't think that it's fair as I said before, that it seems like we have a fighting class in our country that's comprised of people who have to go for either financial reasons or, I don't think that that is fair," said Damon, 36. "And if you're gonna send people to war ... then that needs to be shared by everybody, you know, and if the president has daughters who are of age then maybe they should go too."

So, let’s see if I have this straight: it’s not fair to send people to war who have chosen of their own free will to be soldiers, but it’s much more fair to draft, and thus force, a randomly selected group of people who may or may not be willing to go, just to satisfy your vision of what the make up of the armed forces should be? That fairness is in the demography of the group as opposed to the desires of the individuals in that group? And that the President’s daughters should be sent to war against their wishes because you don’t agree with their old man’s decision to go to war? By that rationale, shouldn’t you be punished for decisions your father made that I don't agree with? Like when he chose not to use birth control, for example?

Here’s a clue for you Matt: The soldiers in our modern day armed forces are in uniform because the chose to be there. They made this choice knowing full well the risks involved, and knowing full well that if our country went to war, they would be the tip of the spear. Many of them joined up AFTER we went to war, precisely BECAUSE we were going to war, and they wanted to do their part. They are not poor, ignorant, helpless dupes as you and you buddy John Kerry believe. And they are better people than you, or him, or I, will ever be. So STFU, dumbass.

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