August 20th, 2007

Apollo 4 on column of fire

Hippie draft supporters

I’m a little irritated by Air America Radio host Thom Hartmann, in particular, for his endorsement of a mandatory one-year ‘national service’ for young people, in peacetime, with a choice of military and non-military service. In my opinion, what Hartmann is doing is trying to sound ‘serious’ by endorsing The Draft, while remaining a hippie. He wants both credentials. Just to further his liberal credentials, Hartmann says that in exchange the government could pay for your college education. I have a better idea, though, which is that the government simply pay for college educations at public schools.

While mandatory ‘national service’ in peacetime might be a good idea for other nations, in the US it is not. I would not look forward, for example, to what such a program might look like in our racist South.
Apollo 4 on column of fire

A moment Ronald Reagan dreaded

Direct quote from the just published REAGAN DIARIES.

The entry is dated May 17, 1986.

'A moment I've been dreading. George brought his ne're-do-well son around this morning and asked me to find the kid a job. Not the political one who lives in Florida. The one who hangs around here all the time looking shiftless. This so-called kid is already almost 40 and has never had a real job. Maybe I'll call Kinsley over at The New Republic and see if they'll hire him as a contributing editor or something. That looks like easy work.'