File this tidbit under "They Won't Be Happy Unless There Is A Draft". Thomas Kilgannon writes a letter to Eleanor Clift because she made this ridiculous comment:
"But I think what we're coming to grips with is the fact that we actually have a mercenary Army. And it doesn't have a nice ring to it. We call it 'volunteers,' but we're basically paying people to serve their country.
So, let me get this right. If we have an all volunteer army they are a bunch of "mercenaries"? If we have an army of those forced to serve (i.e., draftees) they are the poor helpless victims of capitalist oppression?
She doesn't mention the fact that, if we don't pay them, then we can reasonably refer to them as either volunteer "slaves" or draftee "slaves".
How crazy is that?
This is just another example of Marxist theory in all its brilliance. According to that discredited theory, which has trickled down into the deep unconscious realms of the Left's right brain; everyone can be divided up into either VICTIM or OPPRESSOR. The Left would love to go back to the military draft so that they could maintain they are "supporting the troops" as they capitalize on their victimhood. They are most comfortable with this formulation of our military.
But, hey! If they won't fit into the victimhood template, then they must be the evil oppressors! They can deal with that formulation, too. Though it is a bit harder to claim that they are "supporting" the military.
Groucho once said, "Those are my principles. If you don't like them I have others." Perhaps he was speaking for the Left?