According to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, the Cabinet of Ministers supports a legislative initiative banning draft-dodgers from holding public office in Russia. On Saturday, he addressed a congress of volunteer supporters of the armed forces, saying, “In general, we believe that those who didn’t serve in the forces, or, rather, those who avoided service in the forces, shouldn’t have the right to hold public office”. Earlier this month, Franz Klintsevich, a United Russia deputy, suggested banning people who haven’t performed their mandatory military service from government jobs and slapping them with a 13 percent tax. Earlier, RIA-Novosti reported that Klintsevich’s proposal failed to win government approval. As Deputy Prime Minister, Rogozin oversees the Russian military-industrial complex.
29 September 2012
Mittens isn’t only a cowardly draft-dodger, he’s a grasping tax-cheat who pays less of his income in tax than many working stiffs. Is that the kind of America that you want? A land where the idle and feckless rich pay less in taxes (proportionately) than we do? Think hard on that before 6 November…
The present Republican Party (unlike the pre-Reagan GOP… let’s be truthful) is a warmongering organisation. Here’s the kicker… the most virulent sabre-rattlers are all cowards who refused to serve in the forces. Mittens had his gazillionaire daddy buy him a bogus “clergy” deferment during the Vietnam War. Rush Limbaugh claimed that he had a cyst on his arse (no lie). Former-US Vice President Richard Cheney, US Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Reinhold Reince Priebus, Governor Dropout Scott Walker (R-WI), and US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) all refused to serve (Cheney was honest, at least, saying, “I had better things to do”). US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) served on active duty for one month and US Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) served even less. In short, the current GOP is a set of arrant warmongering cowards who want to send other people to die so that they can rake in the cash and profit from the wars.
General Smedley Butler was right, “War is a racket”… that’s why we need universal national service. I mean not merely military service, “national service”… everyone gives 18 to 24 months of continuous national service doing something for the common good at a distance from home. We also need a law similar to that of France… no conscript can serve in a foreign war unless it’s a “declared war”. That is, no conscript soldier can go to war unless the war’s declared or it’s an attack on US territory.
I’m tired of selfish money-grubbing self-centred jingoistic rightwing pukes calling those of us on the left “unpatriotic”. I’ll say, “Most of these trashy sorts refused to serve their country, therefore, don’t let them serve in the government”. Not only that, we should make it law that no one convicted of or found responsible for an offence under the UCMJ can hold public office… that means that disreputable trash like US Representative Allen West (R-FL) would get the boot… he was found responsible for abusing a detainee, but he got a slap on the wrist because he was a “black Republican”… but the board did fine him (but his pals amongst the Bushies saw to it that he retained his pension), which means that he’s utterly unfit to serve in the US Congress, and that he stinks up the chamber with the reek of his dishonour to the uniform and flag.
Let everyone (and I do mean everyone, save for the severely-disabled) serve the country at age 18 (or after high school graduation). Not only should the physically-fit serve, but those physically-unable to do military duty should do civilian service of national importance. Let blind people do office work, let people in wheelchairs do what they can (and that’s a lot more than nothing, kids), and let deaf people serve, too. There’s good work for all the hands out there. Women should serve as well as men, although most women would serve in civil capacities. Let there be NO college deferments. Everyone serves before going on to school or to work. In fact, let no one go to the military academies until they’ve completed their national service successfully.
That’s my vision, and I’d describe myself as a Democratic Labour-Socialist. That’s how we’ll get the country on an even keel… not by kissing the arses of the rich and hoping that they’ll throw us a crumb or two. We need to stress SERVICE, not PROFIT. We need to stress what we share in common and what we need to do to preserve it, not foster a pointless, fruitless, and selfish “rugged individualism”. I AM my brother’s keeper… I AM one of many, not a “solitary consumer”… and, yes, this land is OUR land… and its well-worth defending and serving. As for the rich… the less that’s said of such godless Mammon-worshippers, the better…