Remember a couple of months ago and the Texan Beto was the Dem candidate of hopey change? The candidate that the MSM was trying to force feed to the American public.
Well he has slid in the polls replaced by a Mayor of South Bend…..
There has been an uproar on the Left by something Mayor Pete Buttigieg proposed…..a National Service.
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Monday night advocated a form of national public service for all young adults as a way to create unity among Americans.
“We really want to talk about the threat to social cohesion that helps characterize this presidency but also just this era,” the mayor of South Bend, Ind., told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. “One thing we could do that would change that would be to make it, if not legally obligatory, but certainly a social norm that anybody after they’re 18 spends a year in national service.”
Buttigieg mentioned that for him and several former presidents, including John F. Kennedy and George H. W. Bush, serving in the military allowed them to meet and build trust with people of starkly different backgrounds, education and income. Buttigieg served in the Navy from 2009 to 2017, including a deployment to Afghanistan. Buttigieg and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) are the only current Democratic presidential candidates who are veterans. (Since writing this draft another vet entered the race Rep. Seth Moulton of Mass.)
Buttigieg was vague about what would constitute national service, but both he and Maddow acknowledged it would most likely not be a military draft. Without saying the program would be mandatory, Buttigieg did suggest colleges and employers ask applicants about participation in it.
My take as a Leftist is it is a good idea. There is NO shared experience by the people of this country. We allow 1% to do the heavy haul for all of us.
I consider myself an antiwar person……I am also a realist….if we are going to ever end our endless wars then we need a more shared experience in experiencing the horrors of armed conflict.
I have been wrestling with this decision on my part……I agree with Mayor Pete that this country needs to find a way for all its citizens to contribute to the country and all its people…..as it is now all we do is snipe at each other on social media……that is n way to strengthen our commitment to the health of the nation.
Mayor Pete stopped short of re-instituting the draft….sadly there is NO greater way to share a sense of community than by fighting endless wars by all the people.
Did not another Dem candidate suggest a “national service”?
Eleven years ago I wrote that I was not down with national service……but after 18 years of people insulting fellow Americans and endless wars…I have changed my mind….I am still antiwar but end these wars I must embrace some policies that I think suck…..then so shall it be……
In case the country has forgotten…….I shall remind you…..
For now Mayor Pete is the hope of the DNC…….but they sit and wait for Biden to make up his aging mind.
For me….he is the perfect centrist……the perfect candidate for corporate America…….he is the perfect candidate this country does not need.
BTW…the MSM is down with Mayor Pete….they will help all they can in his campaign……
Personally, I do not want the MSM deciding my candidate for me…..how about you?