Op Ed Commentary
Ya heard the news: The American Military Industrial Empire wants women to become combat soldiers. USA Today had this front page photo of this poor soul in full combat gear, weapon in hand. She was a young lady, and one doubts that she comes from a middle or upper class family. No, most of the others who serve this empire most likely joined up for the money… plain and simple. Most of them, you can believe, are not college educated kids. Matter of fact, many of them join up so as to become eligible for money for college after they serve, or should I say after they go and occupy a nation in the desert that we have no business occupying. Such is the ‘sin ‘of all empires.
So, let us imagine for a minute that this latest announcement came right after the Congress passed a new bill for a military draft, with no deferments except for medical reasons. Imagine legislation stating that women as well as men were eligible for induction. Simply put, with a draft allowing only medical deferments, and with women eligible for combat… the street corners where I now stand in peaceful protest would be flooded with people… especially you ladies. Not only you who could be sent to the hornet’s nest in some desert, but your moms and grand moms… all shouting NO to the Congress and President. The empire would have no choice but to listen… and to watch the overwhelming sea of protests nationwide. You would not need the so called activists leading the way, or those who have been labeled as communists, anarchists or terrorist lovers. No, you ladies would be in control of the circus that would follow. Praise the Lord and pass the protest signs!
If one carefully inspects the (Democratic Party led) Dream Act, it is really about the hidden agenda that this shrewd military empire orchestrated. That being how children of the undocumented can obtain citizenship by going to college (which costs lots of money for a kid whose parents have to live and work in the ‘shadows ‘ ) or… serving in the military! This empire is getting desperate for boots on the ground, so it got this act passed. Now, they still need more and more young and low income bodies to invade and occupy places of choice for the corporate masters. Why struggle to get into a college when you can put on a uniform and patrol some A-rab village for a nice enlistment bonus and the GI bill if and when you survive? Are the mean streets of Chicago or LA’s slums any safer?
So, ladies, as they say in the military: “Be advised. The empire is comin to get ya!”
Philip A Farruggio is son and grandson of Brooklyn, NYC longshoremen. He is a free lance columnist (found on Information Clearing house, The Sleuth Journal, Doomstead Diner, Op Ed News, Dandelion Salad, Activist Post, Dissident Voice and many other sites worldwide). Philip works as an environmental products sales rep and has been an activist leader since 2000. In 2010 he became a local spokesperson for the 25% Solution Movement to Save Our Cities by cutting military spending 25%. Philip can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.