Fort Knox by Paul Jon

Fort Knox

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  1. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, over 1 year ago

    That’s right. EVERY day is Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day.

  2. RogueLeader

    RogueLeader said, over 1 year ago

    If you can’t get behind our troops, feel free to get in front of them.

  3. cdward

    cdward said, over 1 year ago

    While I agree that the troops deserve respect, and I know I risk getting slammed here, I am not a fan of the glorification of the military. It is necessary that we have one, but I’m sorry they are used far too often for unjust ends. Since World War II, we haven’t really had much in the way of justifiable war. Too often, we invade places we shouldn’t for reasons that are not the defense of the nation from attack. Moreover, with a completely professional army, we have created a separate class of people who have little to do with the rest of the country. In the earliest days of the US, all able-bodied men were required to be part of a militia, much like Switzerland’s system. I’m beginning to think this was a wiser system than all-professional. Professional military go into it for a multitude of reasons, not all of which are “service.” For many, it’s all about career or getting skills to use in another job, or for some, just because they like blowing stuff up (one vet said this in an interview when asked why he had signed up). My pint isn’t that the military is bad…. just that the glorification of it is not always good. Last thing: we often forget that there are other equally valid and important ways to serve that don’t involve war. Teaching is one of the most important, for example.

  4. John Bollinger

    John Bollinger GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @cdward

    Interesting perspective, cdward. I don’t necessarily agree, but still well written.

  5. treesareus

    treesareus said, over 1 year ago

    @John Bollinger

    Dittos John. People like cdward are the ones that enjoy the fruits of other people’s labor and then comment that the “other people” don’t deserve their rewards for that labor.

  6. Doctor Toon

    Doctor Toon GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    I believe in giving respect to those who have earned respect


    The vast majority of those who have served in the military do indeed deserve that respect


    My only reservation on that point is that there are some truly awful people out there


    If one of them happens to have served in the military I do not accept that their service is a basis for granting automatic respect to an individual who is otherwise contemptible

  7. David B

    David B said, over 1 year ago

    Those of us that returned from Vietnam can attest that the treatment they are receiving now is much better than what we got.

  8. cdward

    cdward said, over 1 year ago

    @treesareus

    That’s just it. While, as I said, I fully honor those who have fought to protect us, especially those who fought in WW II, that is different from what we have been doing for much of the last fifty years. Vietnam vets, many of whom were drafted, were treated shamefully, and I have never condoned that. What I was saying was that there are many equally valid ways of serving, yet often we talk as if the only valid service is military. When political policy often dictates that the military is the aggressor rather than the defender, it’s hard to be terribly encouraged. Now, what exactly have I gained – what am I enjoying by our invasion of, say, Iraq? That hasn’t contributed to our security one bit.

  9. LOWRIDER84

    LOWRIDER84 said, over 1 year ago

    @cdward

    Teaching? Most teachers I know are little more than babysitters making their paycheck. The union convinces them that they need not worry about educating their charges, their main function is to support the union. The are mostly classroom managers who pass out worksheets and can seldom answer questions intelligently. Teachers no longer are required to have a specific specialty, such as math or history, only the ability to look up the lesson planned for that day on the standardised lesson plan. No wonder most kids graduate barely literate these days.

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