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    Just curious about the term.  I'm also curious about the idea that people who join the military are "regular guys".  Many of them are.  But just what is a regular guy these days?

     If one is a member of an economically oppressed class and joins the military for a chance to break out, isn't there a pretty good chance that the  military will encourage channeling the anger caused by that oppression into hatred of the enemy?  Isn't it likely that the self-selection caused by the "volunteer" army will cause a preponderance of those who look to violence as a solution to enlist in the armed forces (Graner,for example).  Doesn't the relaxation of recruitment standards point to a greater number of ill-educated and ill-adjusted individuals who are also inexperienced in dealing with cultures other than those of their immediate surroundings?  

    There is an ugly and violent streak in the American culture which has been encouraged by our current political masters, and it behooves us all to guard against it wherever it manifests itself.  Loyalty to country is only valid when the country is loyal to its citizens.  I believe that is called the "Social Compact" and it is the theory upon which Democracy rests.

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