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.
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?