Seeing Blue, Feeling Blue

Written by The Independent Voice

I did grow up inrepparttar Northeast but I have yet to experiencerepparttar 125933 people labeled asrepparttar 125934 “elites” or morally inferior. My neighborhood was atrepparttar 125935 lower half ofrepparttar 125936 middle class spectrum. It would be more likely to find a Chevy Nova on blocks inrepparttar 125937 driveway of a house in my neighborhood than it would to find a Benz or a Beamer. I went to public schools. When I was a kid I would go to morning mass every weekday, and once on Sunday. My father didn’t work on Wall St., he worked on Main St. My mother was a stay at home mom for much of my childhood. After graduating from public school I went to community college and from there, state school. I paid for it all and I still am.

We grew up in a worse area then some and a nicer area then others and I had friends who liked to hunt but not one of them feltrepparttar 125938 need to regularly carry a gun. I was taught thatrepparttar 125939 respect for life should be complete, that life begins at conception, “Thou Shalt Not Kill” no matter if it’s war or capital punishment. I was taught morals and a value for life. I was taught to act inrepparttar 125940 image of Christ, that justice is integral to society, as is food, shelter and health care.

I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my ass. I didn’t go to private school or an Ivy League school like Yale or Harvard. My father wasn’t a senator inrepparttar 125941 government, he was a deacon inrepparttar 125942 church. My house had visiting poor Vietnamese and black people living in it, not maids and hired help. We didn’t go to Kennebunkport for Thanksgiving; we delivered food torepparttar 125943 needy. On Christmas we went to church, like we did every Sunday and we always prayed before every meal. We never got everything we wanted on Christmas day or on any other day for that matter. We were taught that if you wanted something bad enough you worked for it. The few times that we went on vacation we didn’t get on a plane and head out to our 1000 acre ranch, we got in our car and drove to a cabin withinrepparttar 125944 same state.


Written by Jean Fritz

In his bid forrepparttar presidency, John Kerry pronounced a “secret plan” to reinstate selective service. The fact that New York Democrat and fellow leftist Charles Rangel had proposed this plan wasn’t mentioned, so Kerry’s allegation created hysteria withinrepparttar 125932 blue states. But there are several ways in which reinstatingrepparttar 125933 draft could benefit our country.

FREEDOM IS EARNED Too many people inrepparttar 125934 United States believe thatrepparttar 125935 freedoms granted them underrepparttar 125936 Constitution are an entitlement program provided byrepparttar 125937 government. A general paucity of historical education, combined with a public education agenda derogatory torepparttar 125938 Founding Fathers as well as God, contribute to this attitude. The fact is,repparttar 125939 Founding Fathers understood that codifying our freedoms within a constitution was only part ofrepparttar 125940 picture, but our freedoms are ultimately earned and protected through military preparedness andrepparttar 125941 judicious use of force, generation after generation. The reinstatement of selective service createsrepparttar 125942 opportunity for every citizen to participate inrepparttar 125943 protection ofrepparttar 125944 freedoms they hold dear, and having thus participated, would contribute to a greater appreciation of and gratitude for those freedoms.

ECONOMIC BENEFITS One reason that war has traditionally created a phenomenal decline inrepparttar 125945 unemployment rate is that during a war, a large section ofrepparttar 125946 workforce is taken out ofrepparttar 125947 labor market. By reinstatingrepparttar 125948 draft, unemployed young people would in fact become employed, and would no longer be counted amongrepparttar 125949 jobless.

Within that population, there are many with limited to no job experience or skill development. During peacetime, military service can help young people develop their skills and become more focused on “what they want to be when they grow up.” Military service is a more effective career development tool than is a series of low-paying, dead-end jobs.

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