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Friday, April 29, 2005

Short-sighted liberals are at it again. At Carnegie Mellon University yesterday, activists effectively shutdown an Army Reserve recruitment table. Waving a banner that read "Resistance is Fertile," these clever kids are creating a problem their utopian-minded little heads can't comprehend.

Arising from these repeated incidents are a multitude of issues, none of which portend well for the country, the military, or the liberal platform. Recently I attended the Conservative Political Action Conference in D.C. Much to my surprise, the American Civil Liberties Union had their own booth there. Now, tell me if I'm wrong, but the advocation of full-blown gay marriage, defending the National-Man-Boy-Love-Association and supporting abortion whereever, whenever are hardly conservative stances. But this group was not only given a chance to be heard, they were invited. No pie-throwings were reported. While this conservative organization went out of its way for a dissident voice to be heard, it's increasingly trendy for some liberals to obstruct the conservative message through any means possible, i.e pies or banners. So much for freedom of expression, but I guess that's not needed anymore when you become so entrenched in your ideology that anyone who dares to think differently is clearly a "fascist/protofascist/racist/gay-basher/war-mongerer" etc.. Apparently, the basic right of expressing yourself doesn't apply to Army recruiters, probably for their utter lack of importance in the global war on terror.

Branching off of that, do these kids actually think about what would happen if their dream actualized and no one enlisted?
In an "all-volunteer military," the military relies on--no, it's not a play on words--volunteers. If those responsible for blocking the recruitment table had their way, there would be no volunteers. What has happened in the past when there were not enough volunteers? What is the logical extension of an "all-volunteer military" with no recruits? A draft. Smooth thinking, campus idiots. Not an end to war; as we've seen in the past drafts are instituted when needed. The Pentagon is as opposed to a draft as I am, because no one wants to rely on some punk with a gun who rather be hugging his teddy bear than serving his country. Someone who is not motivated to be in the military will be too laid-back and too lackadaisical; a perfect formula for more casualities on all sides. If that's your goal, Mr. College Activist, march on.

Here is a quote from Brian Dipippa, an organizer of the counterrecruitment on recruiters visiting local high schools:
"I get really mad, but then sad because I know people buy into it." Apparently buying into the ideal of serving your country by facing roadside bombs in Baghdad, of possibly sacrificing life or limb going cave-to-cave in Afghanistan, of becoming a part of something greater than yourself and contributing to the democratic potential in the Middle East is too much for this pimply-faced kid to grasp. Perhaps it's jealousy. Perhaps he knows he could never trade the possibility of macking some slamming brunette at the next Alpha Chi Omega Psi Delta Phi Rho Tau house party with a year in Wegetshotatalot, Iraq. He knows he couldn't handle the heat, the sand, the explosions, or the time lost. So rather than pay respect, he gets "sad" when someone else demonstrates their desire to stand up to the thugs blowing up innocent people, whether it be in NYC, Mosul, or Kabul. It's a shame the notion of military service to these kids is so antithetical to their views. In this dangerous time with an uncertain future, let's hope their seed of disservice doesn't sprout.


  • At 9:10 PM, Blogger spence0422 said…

    another great post, do you know where and when the military recruiters come on campus here? We should go thank them and make sure they aren't subjected to any of that crap. On a positive note, there was none of that BS at a recent CIA interest meeting. Thankfuly the recruiters were treated with respect, so atleast the bad seed hasn't spread to the University of Delaware yet.

  • At 5:21 PM, Blogger Daniel-of-Arabia said…

    nice post james, I really think you hit it on the nose with the first statement. These activists are quite short-sighted. However I don't think you can ignore a disturbing possibility. I believe it is posible that some liberals feel as though their whole movement was at its prime during the Vietnam years. Perhaps they seek to go back to the days of the draft since that is what gave them their base. They may feel that a draft now would be all they need to resurge and effectivly throw our country into a civil war. I know this sounds paranoid, but I don't think it is very far from the truth with some of these activists.

  • At 9:42 PM, Anonymous Mike M. said…

    Even these activists are too much for my pinko-Commie leanings.

  • At 11:20 PM, Blogger Jubilant James said…

    i heart your more or less commonsensical approach to politics and liberalism.

  • At 4:23 PM, Blogger St. Joan of Arc said…

    HAH. I have Carnegie Mellon in my region next semester.. If this happens again, it will be counter-counter-protested. promise.

    I love when schools are just dying for a piece of the conservative movement...

  • At 4:00 PM, Anonymous Brian DiPippa said…

    eh yo, I am Brian DiPippa, I am the kid in that picture, and I am pimpily faced, at least I don't try and hide it, I love my body. I am not short sided, I see the picture, I see the whole picture, not some single sided rebranded version of Vietnam. Yeah, we censored the military, just like we (anarchists) break windows at the gap for their sweatshop labor, or squat houses because rent is theft, or do banner drops over 6am rush hour. Oh how we are so hypocritical when the army has a don't ask, don't tell policy towards GLBT folks. I am an Anarchist who will use any means necessary to get free, wheather that means fighting cops in the street or planting flowers, making vegan food, having workshops, performing street theater. Ya damn right I get pissed when military recruiters tell half truths, use coercion, and even lie. My friends are going to Iraq, that makes me sick, they don't want to, they get screwed because they need money for college and buy into the military's sensational comercials about how great it is to be tuff, how you are such a man by fighting, how noble and honest and great it is to be a soldier. They think they won't go over there immediately. It's not brave to loose a limb or your life over something you don't believe in. It's not courageous to drop a bomb on a town.

    You wonder what would happen if the military was all volunteer (not that I ever made that argument). Read about the Paris Communes, Learn your history. What do you mean democratic potential? Like the democrac potential in Cambodia, or like the one we have here? Fuck that. And these thugs you write about? Are you talking about the cops, in NYC who rape Haitian womyn with plungers? Or "our leaders" that fuck over the third world with the WTO, NAFTA, IMF, WB,G8, etc... You wanna talk about war, lets talk about class war. You wanna talk about jelousy, look who made the USA Today. ME. How are you going to help change any of the problems in this world? You don't know me, you don't know who and what I am afraid of, you don't know who and what I respect. And you sure as hell don't know about my love life.

    Thanks for identifying us as liberal group. We are not. We are an anarchist group. We organize using direct democracy, concensus, and we make real change happen.

    Loving every minute of my life and taking back what they stole,

  • At 9:18 AM, Blogger Daniel-of-Arabia said…

    Wow...just wow.

  • At 9:18 AM, Blogger Daniel-of-Arabia said…

    Wow...just wow.

  • At 10:03 AM, Anonymous A certain 777 said…

    Your article was interesting, except for your closing: "In this dangerous time with an uncertain future, let's hope their seed of disservice doesn't sprout."

    However "critical" you may think the war in Iraq is, this is not a dangerous and uncertain time for the US. Period. There is nothing uncertain about our future. We are the strongest country on the planet, and any country that could stand a real threat to our "future" has no interest in doing so. What we do in Iraq may have some nice consequences for the US and the world at large (hopefully), but to paint it as life or death for anyone living on US soil is silly. This is a war of choice, not of necessity.

  • At 10:51 AM, Blogger Heath Rock said…

    Dear Brian,
    First of all, I'm glad you like your body, that's nice. Secondly, if you don't like the way things work here, feel free to leave at any time. Ya know, go to Cambodia and see how long you last without our protection, tough guy. Next, I would like to address your comment about your friends. They did volunteer...if they did it for the money, then they did it for the worst possible reason. Military service is all about sacrifice, ask any of us. Also, it IS great to be tough, something that I'm sure is foreign to you and, therefore, you would know nothing about. Speaking of which, there is a part of me that would LOVE to see you get your "anarchy", because guys like you would be trampled in the streets. And willingness to sacrifice my well-being for your security so cry-babies can put in their two cents IS noble. I would like to close with some words of wisdom..."'We are told that the American soldier does not know what he is fighting for. Now, at least he will know what he is fighting against.'
    Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower--12 April 1945, after issuing an order for all troops to visit Ohrdruf, a Nazi concentration camp."...The men that freed those people made "real change happen," Brian. Not you.

  • At 8:30 PM, Blogger Daniel-of-Arabia said…

    I would like to quickly take issue with "A certain 777"s point. By reading his comment, you would almost have to think 9/11 never happened. NO I am NOT saying that Saddam or Iraq had ANYTHING to do with 9/11, and neither was anyone in the Bush Administration. However I would think that 9/11 would open your eyes to the fact that our future IS indeed as James puts it, UNCERTAIN and DANGEROUS. No longer do we need to worry only about other countrys. You state a half truth: any country that could stand a real threat to our "future" has no interest in doing so. This is a half truth because you seem to not understand that rogue states can pass off WMDs to third parties and leave no fingerprints on them. Terrorists can not operate easily without a state to harbor them, and almost certainly cannot creat WMDs on their own. They can either use our against us (as some would argue they did on 9/11), or they can buy them from a rogue nation. Next thing you know there is a mushroom cloud over Manhattan and people like you who live in a pre 9/11 mentality are looking for a country to claim responsibilty. Meanwhile, every country we accuse of perhaps planting the device or supplying terrorists with the device denies it and even offers aid to the victims or something. Then what the hell do we do?
    THE US IS THE MOST POWERFUL COUNTRY Military-wise and economically, but we are also maybe the most vulnerable when it comes to how open our society is. The only serious threat to America, I believe is through organized terrorism. People need to understand that with a few well placed attacks they could effectivlyt shut this country down. Try to imagine the damage they could do if we let them manifest and plot in other countries, then immigrate here as "students" who arent on any lists because they havent commited any crimes yet. Next thing you know its The Seige, and America is locked down and the military is powerless. Any attempts to nab these civilans will be met with resistance from the ACLU crowd. It will be a clusterfuck all around. I'm done.

  • At 6:30 PM, Anonymous anarchy fuck yeah said…

    brian dipippa rulez


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