Whenever this question comes up on the DP, I always link to my own personal story. I understand your good intentions for joining. I had the same good intentions: Serve my country, be part of something bigger than myself, defend America's freedoms, blah blah blah - all the stuff your recruiter gives you.
I sincerely do appreciate good intentions, but they can only go so far. I appreciate many liberals' sincere compassion for the poor and needy, but I do not condone their actions for "helping" the poor.
Same for the military. I'm in the military. I get the draw and honestly, the Marine Corps has been great to me. I wish it were a club. Close relationships, discipline, great training. Unfortunately the military takes orders from people who do not serve the American public's interest and despite the good intentions, despite the brotherhood, despite the great training, and despite the spiffy uniforms, you are a pawn in a game you have no control over.
If we had a government that followed the constitution and only participated in just war, I'd be happy to keep the uniform on and truly "defend America's freedoms." But what was the last war that was really about freedoms?
Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty. -Thomas Jefferson
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