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I read this yesterday and found it intersting. I'm kinda surprised though because it lends credence to the "they're better than you are" argument. Still better than Mark Sanford in So.Carolina just plain old trying to get himself out of it before he goes.



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I don't know. On one hand, it does stink of elitism, and it's going to definitely lend itself to more politicians to joining the reserves to look tough to the voters, all the while knowing they'll never actually have to go to war.

On the other hand, this country has always excempted people needed at home from military service. Farm deferments, Teaching deferments, etc. Maybe all this is saying is that lawmakers are also integral to the homefront during times of war.

I don't really buy this though. It's tough to find teachers, farmers, etc. to take the place of the ones sent off to war. It's not tough to find politicians.



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Since: 7.11.02
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    Originally posted by MoeGates
    I don't know. On one hand, it does stink of elitism, and it's going to definitely lend itself to more politicians to joining the reserves to look tough to the voters, all the while knowing they'll never actually have to go to war.

    On the other hand, this country has always excempted people needed at home from military service. Farm deferments, Teaching deferments, etc. Maybe all this is saying is that lawmakers are also integral to the homefront during times of war.

    I don't really buy this though. It's tough to find teachers, farmers, etc. to take the place of the ones sent off to war. It's not tough to find politicians.



One potential problem would be a Senator or Representative who was captured and became a POW. It's bad enough for anyone to become a POW, but it would be especially bad for a highly visible politician. Also, depending on what committees the politician served on, s/he also could possibly know some privileged information (even if it's not war plans) that could put them in greater danger. It's not tough to find politicians, but if this would put them in greater danger (I can't believe I'm typing this) then it would be better to send someone else. We're talking about a handful of reserves that would be exempt from serving. I don't see that as too big a deal. Sure it stinks of elitism and there is the possibility of an increased opportunity to grandstand, but it's hardly the most egregious example of these in national politics.

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This is a tough one- but I think I agree with the policy. It is tough to say why- and I do admire his desire to go and fight for his country, but unless he is REALLY needed on the battlefield, it is best to leave him behind. We have more than enough soldiers, so exposing a member of our government to battle is really an unecessary risk. No one can deny that the logistics of shipping out a Congressman, replacing him, potentially holding a special election for the seat, the loss of a voter in congress for any amount of time- it is just too much cost for the gain of one soldier. The sentiment is admirable, but his place is in Washington.





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