Gut Rumbles

April 06, 2005

a fine reaction

I certainly can't bitch about this post. When I said that I was a "man" at the age of 28, I was married, I had a child and I owned my own home. I earned a steady paycheck, but I was far from being "financially independent." Hell, like most people, I lived from paycheck to paycheck, and I was in debt up to my ass.

I didn't read the article as carefully as Jay did. Yeah, that last paragraph is a real kicker. You can't be a REAL man until you give your life to government. Sweet Bejus.

Is that what we've really become as a nation? I can understand joining the military. The finiancial incentives are good, the benefits are fine and young people with no direction in life may learn the kind of discipline and self-reliance that it takes to succeed in the real world by doing a hitch in service. Plus, the military can teach you some really marketable skills if you're willing to take advantage of the opportunity.

The VERY BEST electricians and instrument techs I ever worked with all learned their skills from the Navy. Want a good millwright? Hire some guy who learned the trade repairing aircraft engines in the Air Force. Want somebody who will come to work every day and bust his ass on the job? Hire an ex-Marine.

But this idea of doing "government service" as a way to mature just chaps my Cracker ass. Performing "government service" is the quickest way to go completely to shit that I can think of. Just LOOK at government. What sort of lessons about hard work and responsibility do you think those clowns can teach you? Nada.

Join the service. Learn a skill. Get all of you shit in one sock and then go out into the workplace ready to compete.

But DO NOT ever buy into that "Americorps" crap, which will teach you nothing except how to lean on a shovel without ever digging a hole. You will not go far in life that way, and I could argue that the government even EXPECTING people to "serve" that way are asking for slaves, not workers.

You may have to pay taxes, but never forget one fact--- you don't owe the government a goddam thing. It is supposed to serve YOU, not the other way around.


Yep, I never understood the concept of mandatory volunteerism.

Posted by: Jim on April 6, 2005 08:45 PM

Hmmm..."mandatory volunteerism"? Sounds like "draft" to me.

There were two reasons I joined the Navy -

1. Stay out of the Army - the idea of slogging around in the mud in 'Nam absolutely did not appeal to me. Plus, my Pop was in the Army in WW2, in the Infantry. He spoke, I listened.

2. I've always lived somewhere near big water - either on the East Coast in NJ/NY, or in Calif. To this day, the ocean.... draws me. I can stare for hours and be happy, plus it's good for me - I just plain feel better.

So, in 1969, when my draft number turned out to be 5 (out of 365), I beat feet down to the Navy recruiter. Did my four years without getting court martialed and got out.

Looking back, I'm glad I did it, even if I was miserable some of the time. A lot of it was difficult, some was terrifying, but it was ultimately very satisfying. I've BEEN down to the sea on a ship. Mother nature (and the ship) DID try to kill me a couple of times. But I'm still here. So's mother nature. The ship (the first one) is razor blades, I guess.

But, back to the draft. Ask any Sailor, Soldier, Airman, or Marine if they want the guy next to them to be a draftee. You'll get a real fast "Hell, NO!"

If you don't have the .... spirit in you, then don't join up.

Yeah, I joined up under pressure. But, and it's a big one, I still volunteered for 4 years, instead of getting drafted for 2.

Posted by: Ward Gerlach on April 6, 2005 09:13 PM

Just thought I would de-lurk myself. I really like your site - your opinions are pretty close to mine. I don't agree with drafting or with mandatory military service. I have been in the AF for 9 years - 4 active and 5 reserve - and I am an instruments tech:-)

Posted by: lissa ann on April 7, 2005 06:11 PM

Damn LISSA, Didn't have no good lookin' gals like you when I was in the military. (checked yer sight out) Smart and pretty. Damn I love this country.

Posted by: DONGER on April 7, 2005 07:55 PM

Ex-Marine????? Never heard of one!

Posted by: witch on April 8, 2005 07:22 PM
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