OFF MY CHEST

Several things this morning.
One, I believe that the United States needs to bring back the draft of our young citizens, ages 18-22. There would be two choices for them; military or community service. There could be a lottery put in place, but at some time in these four years, they would need to complete some type of service to this country. It would create, probably reluctantly, a furor over the pampered, self-serving youth of this country who see no obligation for the freedoms that they enjoy. It also would wake-up their pampered, self-indulgent parents who are more concerned about extra-curricular activities than learning. This country is becoming so self-indulgent that within fifty years it will not be able to sustain itself because the people will expect the world to come to our rescue and they won’t. There has to be a revitalization of individual effort and a stifling of self-indulgence. The service time will bring our young people in the austere, difficult world of reality which will strengthen them and our country.
Secondly, and this is purely a domestic issue, sports has become the diversion of the masses. I have played many sports and very well in my lifetime, but sports is gone beyond the pale of competiveness and growth for young people. Now it is the most important thing for our young people and for their parents. Do we really need underwater polo teams and the building of four swimming pools in $100,000,000. high schools? The answer is no and this country better begin to scale back its pre-occupation with sports as the way for young people to understand and actually compete in this world. Leanring is just that and playing volleyball ain’t going to do it.

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