Ted Rall for December 13, 2004
The reserve backup guard defends America when everyone else is too busy. Well, they're busy. Which is why we're looking for a few so-so hombres! We're the nation's 4th line of defense. When the president runs out of regular army, reserve and national guard troops, he calls us: The reserve National Guard! Do you have what it takes? Our promise. With the exception of the frost emergency of 1911, the U.S. reserve backup guard has never, ever been called up to do anything.