If you’ve seen the movie “Fahrenheit 9/11”, you undoubtedly groaned when you watched the section where the Marine recruiters were coming off like a couple of used car salesmen when attempting to sucker kids in the “poor mall” (As they put it) to sign up. Yeah, I’m sure that the Marine Corps has been responsible for many successful music careers, as these guys tried to infer.
One of them, Staff Sergeant Raymond Plouhar, aged 30, was killed Monday in the Anbar province of Iraq.
By all accounts, besides his tote-the-note car salesman tactics demonstrated in the movie, he seems like a heck of a guy. The reason he was working as a recruiter was that he had to take time off from active duty after donating one of his kidneys to an uncle. He leaves behind a wife and two children, ages 5 and 9.
My sympathies go out to his family. I’m certainly not here to gloat over his death.
In fact, I’d say he had a quality rare among advocates of this war— The testicular fortitude to go off and fight in it. We need more like him.
To quote Paul Begala, “When they attack our patriotism, we should challenge them to sign their kids up for the military: “Since when did the sons and daughters of working people corner the market on patriotism, Senator? If this war is so wonderful, so noble, so vital, why the hell is your son throwing up on his date at Ivy League frat parties?”.
At the very least, it’s an interesting question, is is not?
So in honor of Staff Sgt. Plouhan, we need to do some recruitment of our own. We need to find a group of young people that are looking for a way to profess their love of country and happen to think this war is a swell idea.
I know just where to look— The College Republicans.
Think about it— They’re the right age. They’re the same age as the kids at the “poor mall” that the recruiters were willing to dump this war on the laps of. Considering the platform of their party, I’m sure they have weapons training that would be useful in Iraq.
And if that isn’t enough, they’re easy to spot, as they think the “Support our Troops” bumper sticker they paid a buck for at the convenience store somehow amounts to actual support of the troops.
So let’s see if we can do right by our nation. Let’s encourage the U of M College Republicans to hold a recruiting drive from within their own ranks. They support their president, they think the war is a swell idea… Then should they not do their part?