Link of the Day: Satire – The Irony of Being an American Soldier

Posted on February 4, 2013 6:00 pm

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[CAUTION: Contains some uncensored cursing]
Soldier Fights For, Gives Up American Freedoms

On a personal note, it occurred to me while I was in the Navy that, in order to preserve American freedoms, members of the military must – in their day-to-day lives – live under a communist dictatorship. The entire organization is a gigantic central bureaucracy that uses people as mere tools to further the organization’s goals, with very little consideration for individual needs or desires.

That’s not a complaint. Just an observation.

And if you think about it, it’s quite sensible.

Nothing’s more efficient at killing people and destroying things on a massive scale than communism.

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10 Responses to “Link of the Day: Satire – The Irony of Being an American Soldier”

  1. Apostic says:

    Active duty military service also allows one to see

    1) What it’s like to go to prison, courtesy of Navy boot camp, and

    2) What fully implented socialized medicine is like, and how it isn’t a step up for a society. (Do you have a fever? Motrin. Break your arm. Motrin. Hatch slam on your hand? Motrin. )

  2. 1richard says:

    Yep… realized that while I was doing it.. The wall was still up. Brezhnev was still alive.. The irony was on a grand scale.

  3. CarolyntheMommy says:

    I didn’t serve in the Navy but I did become a shellback and pay the necessary dues to Poseidon. I think that earns me some sort of street credit. If that doesn’t then you should at least appreciate that I was able to convince 3 ultra libs with me that there is a piece of twine in the ocean at 0 degrees latitude to indicate where the equator lies.

  4. Jimmy says:

    CarolyntheMommy, as possibly the only shellback among us, you are commanded by King Neptune to write-up your crossing and submit it to Harvey.

  5. CarolyntheMommy says:

    Oooh. I’m getting a mental image of a ginger King Neptune going by code name: Jimmy. Rawr.

    I can’t say it was the most exciting day that everyone had: I still had a full head of hair at the end of the day and nothing with a blow-up doll was involved.

  6. Apostic says:

    I, too, am a shellback. And I seem to recall being told not to tell outsiders about it. (Holds as much weight as the White House saying don’t photoshop their pictures.)

    Regarding being active during the Cold War: During the late ’90’s, I was a full time student at a college in CA, and I’d sometimes get into a conversation with another student who was convinced the economic boom at the time was due to President Clinton’s leadership. “No,” I’d say, “we are living in a post war economic boom.” “Which war?” they’d ask, “the Desert Storm one?” “No, the Cold War. Did you miss it? Sometimes I do.” Funny thing is, it seems like some people in the former Soviet Union have been missing it, too….

  7. Matt Musson says:

    It is also important to understand that there are plenty of recruits who are mentally ill – before the join the military
    and before they are sent to a war zone.

  8. Ernie Loco says:

    Nothing’s more efficient at killing people and destroying things on a massive scale than communism.

    True, but they mostly kill their own citizens, not the enemy.

  9. CarolyntheMommy says:

    Apostic, I broke the first rule of the shellback club. You never never never never talk about the shellback club!

  10. Apostic says:

    9. CarolyntheMommy

    Heh. Yeah, you and about jillion other shellbacks. This stuff is just too enteraining to keep to one’s self.

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