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Elitists Think Alike 
5th-May-2008 07:25 pm
Inspiration
Remember when John Kerry dissed the troops, implying that only uneducatable illiterates went to Iraq?

Remember the photo created in response by a grinning group?

Now it's Stephen King who demonstrates the same incomprehension, saying if you can't read, you have to Iraq.

Do the elites and elitist wannabes subscribe to a service or something? They might bother doing a little fact checking:

In summary, the additional years of recruit data (2004–2005) sup­port the previous finding that U.S. military recruits are more similar than dissimilar to the American youth population. The slight dif­ferences are that wartime U.S. mil­itary enlistees are better educated, wealthier, and more rural on aver­age than their civilian peers. [Emphasis mine]
Comments 
6th-May-2008 03:24 am (UTC)
This perception that they have is because of a few things:

A) They're elitist assholes who look down on everyone else. There's no real getting around that. That's the sort of folks they are.

B) Several media reports in the last couple of years about the rising problem of gang activity within the military. I don't know how much real truth there is to the reports, but I've heard second and first-hand accounts from friends of mine in the military that seem to back them up, although the problem never seems as severe or pervasive whenever army buddies talk about it as when the media does.

C) Infantrymen. I mean, they're a rough bunch. Especially Marine infantry. Rough men that stand ready to do violence on my behalf. Let's not kid ourselves. I'm free, and my rights are protected, because we've got some natural born killers with M-4s ready to kill some bad guys. No question. I wouldn't have it any other way.

But I think that elitists tend to assume that everybody in the military is like Infantrymen, which just isn't the case.
6th-May-2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
And even the infantrymen aren't illiterates who failed at basic high school education--as Mr. King and Senator Kerry stated.

Even now, with demand high, the Army won't accept, and tries to weed out the uneducated and willfully ignorant (i.e. the "ain't gonna read no books" type) They don't need another Abu Grahib, after all.
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