Thursday, August 11, 2005

'Our kind of people'

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Staff Sgt. Jason Rivera, 26, a Marine recruiter in Pittsburgh, went to the home of a high school student who had expressed interest in joining the Marine Reserve to talk to his parents.

It was a large home in a well-to-do suburb north of the city. Two American flags adorned the yard. The prospect's mom greeted him wearing an American flag T-shirt.

"I want you to know we support you," she gushed.
Rivera soon reached the limits of her support.

"Military service isn't for our son. It isn't for our kind of people," she told him.

That absolutely offends and disgusts me. But, it doesn't surprise me. We're more than happy to "support the troops" and support the war when we or our children are not the troops and not at war. We, as a country, send working class kids to fight our battles. And that's no problem. It'll only be when it starts to affect the middle class, the voting class, that we will see real change.

If my parents were forced to send their children to war, I bet they would fight to see the end of it. Especially if they knew we were lied to and that there was no "noble cause." But, it's easy to support something when you don't have to sacrifice, isn't it?

That house was all decked out in American flags. But, her son, join the military? No. "Our kind of people" simply don't do that!


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