Friday, December 28, 2007

Duty: Does America Expect Anything?

In "Duty" as a New Year's Resolution, W. Thomas Smith Jr. [right] cites Admiral Nelson's message at Trafalgar:

England expects that every man will do his duty.

Addressing contemporary Americans, Smith cites four duties for the New Year, which we summarize as follows:

First, Elect a competent President.

Second, Learn as much as possible of the nature of our enemy.

Third, Winning the war requires pursuing truth, solid information, good intelligence and a commitment to fight.

Fourth, Never give in, never surrender, never quit the fight.

However, even W. Thomas Smith Jr. seems to have forgotten something: Our military recruits from the very same civilian population it serves. Not everyone is eligible [healthy heterosexuals 41-or-under], of course, but lots of people not personally eligible to serve probably know somebody who is.

If W. Thomas Smith Jr. were really serious about helping America in its time of need, he would have called upon all of his readers to encourage their eligible relatives and friends, their circles of influence, at least to consider volunteering for military service.
He would also have urged his eligible readers to Be A Man! Enlist! directly.

OYE Comment:

England may have expected Every Man to Do His Duty, but does America expect anyone to do anything?

If even W. Thomas Smith Jr. cannot encourage those who agree with him to help boost military recruiting, how can he possibly expect America to succeed?


At 28 December, 2007 16:06, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed, what's the point of the second, third, and fourth duties if Americans aren't willing to actually fight in the 'War of Terror'?

At 29 December, 2007 02:41, Blogger Grung_e_Gene said...

Fighting the War 'Over Ther' is other peoples concerns, fighting the War on the Homefront is the concern of Young Republicians everywhere!

At 30 December, 2007 23:42, Blogger Sergeant Grumpy said...

Tell it like it is. I am so sick and tried of people thanking me for my service when they are in their 20s and 30s. "I wish I could do something too" - guess what raise your right fucking hand and swear to defend your Countrymen and I will hand you an M4 and put you in the turret. Good blog, keep it up. Your from Iraq.



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