Working Class War
Whenever I read Yellophant excuses, I'm always struck by their sense of entitlement. Social Darwinism is definitely alive and well in Bush's America. The sons and daughters of privilege seem to view military service as being somehow beneath them. They fight the war with flags, yellow ribbons, and "Support the Troops" parties while working class kids bleed on the streets of Iraq.
From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Staff Sgt. Jason Rivera, 26, a Marine recruiter in Pittsburgh, went to the
home of a high school student who had expressed interest in joining the
Marine Reserve to talk to his parents.
It was a large home in a well-to-do suburb north of the city. Two American
flags adorned the yard. The prospect's mom greeted him wearing an American
"I want you to know we support you," she gushed.
Rivera soon reached the limits of her support.
"Military service isn't for our son. It isn't for our kind of people," she
Thanks to reader Jack for the tip.