This is a song lyric by a band, named System of a Down. You can probably guess what the song is about. That's right, War. Most improtantly, Presidents declaring war, and poor kids always dying in the wars. I have a few answers and am hoping to get some feedback from former servicemen.
I will start out by saying this, all I ever hear, is that politicians don't have "Skin in the game". Or, rich people never have to deal with this problem. Before I continue, I would like to add this disclaimer, I only have two semesters of community college education. The ideas expressed in this post are not from a highly educated man, but that of a man who has a decent amount of life experience, I great deal of common sense(at least I think), and the undying love for my child.
Poor kids die in war for one reason, they are the most expendible. Before everyone gets their undies in a bunch, hear me out.
Poor kids don't have alot of options. They either come from parents that can't afford to make good choices, parents that make bad choices, or parents who are too naive, or uninformed to guide their children properly.
It seems to me that a great deal of kids who enlist, do so because they see it as a means to a free college education. I'm guessing, a great deal of these kids join the reserves, for obvious reasons. Now, when a war is declared, who is the first to go. I'm not trained, nor have I ever been in the service, but my guess would be that reservists are the first to go. Why? Because they are the most expendible. At least in the eyes of the federal government. It seems that it is a lot cheaper, for a reservist to be on the frontline, than an 8 year Marine. Doesn't it cost alot more to train that Marine?
I don't mean to sound unsympathetic, because I'm not. Young men and women who fight and die for this country, including our rights, makes me sad, and grateful at the same time. But it seems too many kids make this choice, without proper input from the most important guidance counsellors in their lives. Their parents.
As for my child. Her college education is taken care of. She will not be forced to choose between higher education and the possibility of giving her life for American freedoms. If she comes to me someday, and tells me that she wants to be in the armed forces, I will do my best to inform her properly of everything, and whatever choice she makes, will make me proud.
So, am I on the right track, close, or completely wrong? Let me know.