Friday, March 11, 2005
A couple of days ago, San Francisco State University held a job fair featuring recruiters doing their usual on-campus search for interested parties. And, as usual, the United States military was represented, just like when I was in school.
So some not-so-bright students decided to protest the presence of the military recruiters. They don't want the military to recruit any more, because they lie to people to get them to join. I suppose if I joined the military, I would think that combat would be the most remote of remote possibilities, right? After all, the recruiters sell it the same way a software company sells marketing jobs.
So anyway, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry at one idiot's comment. Paraphrasing: "We don't want them to recruit anymore, because then they won't have enough people in the military and we won't go to war anymore." I wanted to laugh because of the sheer schtoopidity and ignorance of this comment (I wonder if she looks up to pacifist Europe, where service is compulsory?), but then I got the urge to cry because this is the thought process of America's future. Please tell me that all college students are not that stupid?! She should go live in those countries that were against the war in Iraq if she hates our system so much.
If she gets her way, she'd end up having to serve whether she wants to or not, because there will be war as long as we humans roam the earth. I personally want my country to be either a) so pumped up with miiltary might that nobody would be foolish enough to mess with us, or b) ready to win any war we enter. Our all-volunteer system has made our military the best in the world. If you don't want to serve, then don't. But don't try to take away the option for others. It is a very good and sensible option for many, many Americans. Also, if it's not for you, that's great, but don't paint the people who choose to serve their country as less enlightened, just dumb dogs obeying their master's commands. Get off the high horse!
By the way, these protesters disrupted the entire recruiting event. Some businesses packed up and left early because they were not able to talk to interested students. They shouted down anybody who wanted to talk to the military recruiters. As the military recruiters exited the event, the enlightened protesters sang the stupid (BEYOND stupid) "na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, good-bye", while flipping them the bird. How's that for maturity and civil discourse? One has to wonder how many students they brought to their side with their little side show. I'd be ashamed if those kids were my friends or family. So much for every individual's rights in the U.S. of A. The students that had a recruiting opportunity taken away from them should be beyond peeved. In this job market, you need every chance you can get. What these people did was selfish, unproductive, and just plain idiotic.
Good job, kids!
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