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Archive: 9 October 2002

Put Up or…

A random thought that came to me at 6:40am as I was pulling records for my radio show: wouldn’t it be cool if we restructured our government so that any declaration of war had to be approved by a majority vote of the country’s citizens, and those who voted in favor of the war were required to report for combat duty if the war referendum passed?  I suppose those physically unable to fight could be required to fund another soldier’s training, transportation, supplies, and funeral (if necessary).

I just wonder how many people would be willing to go to war if they knew they’d have to fight in it, or at least go broke for it—and how much more likely it would be to create a situation where we only went to war when it was felt truly necessary and just to do so.

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