Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,

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.

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