Supporting Our Troops

I always cringe when I hear that phrase.

What is that supposed to mean, exactly?

I mean we should appreciate that people are willing to sacrifice their life for the rest

of us, right?

Except  which armed conflict in our lifetime has been  worth dying for?

Have any of them either improved the life of the people living in that region or has made the united states safer?

As far as I can tell, our  soldiers have died to protect corporate interests.

That doesn’t seem heroic to me, just sad and stupid.


I hear a lot of people complain about ” welfare”.

But I suggest that the armed services are the biggest form of welfare.

If you look at the services, they seem to be made up of people with few options.

I’ve heard it called ” the bubba army”.

The feed and clothe you and give you ( some ) educational opportunities.

They house you and  give you life time medical care.

If you last 20 years they give you a pension.

In exchange, you have a small chance of dying in combat.  The rate for the last hundred years is about 1%,

but that  includes two world wars and seems to be going down.

From what I read, you have way more chance of dying from a ton of more common things.

I dont see people tying a yellow ribbon around a tree every time a truck driver leaves to deliver a bunch of TV’s to

COSTCO , yet they use that TV all day every day.

That truck driver is much more likely to die  from  car accident, lung cancer, heart disease from truck stop

food, or listening to country music then being in the services.


Come to think of it, maybe country music is contributing to deaths in Iraq.


Red state types are fiercely loyal to the services.

I think this because it’s the only place many have known where there is a clear sense of order.

It’s the first time many have been told to stand up straight, make their bed, and be accountable..

And there are lots of rules.

Some people really like rules, it’s so much easier than having to think.

The services are  just about the only meritocracy we have which i think fuels the loyalty.


I get the symbolism of dying for an idea, I just haven’t found dying for Chevron to be that compelling.


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