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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Legislative Hypocrisy

The hypocrisy I find so troubling is that Congress feels it has the moral standing to legislate business ethics. These are the same people who are the first to have their collective hands out for contributions. "Are not PAC's (political action commitees) merely vehicles to legally facilitate the influencing of members of Congress?" Our legislators do not consider these monies received from PACs as bribes but rather as a "contribution to defray the high cost of campaigning".

Democracy in the halls of Congress does have a price and it is called "to the highest bidder".

Thursday, December 08, 2005

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT

I find it most curious that after 9/11 most Americans seemed to demand retribution.

Very few however willing stepped up to make the personal sacrifices necessary.

Nor did they want their loved ones to be making sacrifices. The general consensus

seemed to be that sacrifices had to be made but someone else (i.e. the professional

military) should be making them.


The professional military developed personnel with greater skills and unit

cohesiveness. This makes for more effective and efficient fighting forces. This highly

skilled, highly motivated military was an excellent idea with regards to a quick

reaction force. The flaws arise when the military is being asked to fight a major

conflict. That is a conflict requiring large numbers of troops for extended periods of

time. In such a situation the burden of conflict is not equitably shared. I find it

reprehensible that our elected officials too often find there is no sacrifice too great for

the nation but virtually no sacrifice at all on the part of most of the Congress, Senate

and/or the Executive branch. I fully recognize and am humbled by the historical

personal contributions of many past and a number of present elected

officials. There is however a woefully inadequate representation from the immediate

families of our elected officials in the military.


If a major conflict is deemed necessary by an act of congress then a universal draft

should simultaneously be initiated and maintained until the conflict is resolved.

There should be no gender deferments, no college deferments, no family deferments

and damn few medical deferments. There is no reason why the sons of the privileged

should find shelter through loopholes. In World War II the conflict was deemed a

noble cause. The President's sons and many children of those in Congress served in

combat roles. If a conflict is not noble enough for all to serve and/or sacrifice, than

America should not be in the conflict. Under these "domestic rules of engagement"

as I like to call it Congress and the President would be much more circumspect about

military adventures if they knew a vote to send people in harm's way included their

own families and the families of their constituents.

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