Laurence Vance has a very good piece at LRC, “I’m Sick of It.” He begins with a typical email he receives whenever he writes of his views of the military – and especially his views of those who join. Vance offers a wonderfully thorough rejoinder.
There are one or two comments from the subject email worth noting:
I’ve been a dedicated libertarian for nearly four decades, but I’m getting close to stop using LRC as one of my main sources of information.
What is the specific complaint of this “dedicated libertarian”?
Your misplaced hatred of the military is disgusting. I think we can agree that the mission of the U.S. military has been misused and abused all too often by just about every POTUS, and THAT is where your hostility should voice itself. Not on the individuals, who are UNDER CONTRACT, and are REQUIRED BY LAW to go wherever they’re sent.
You are obviously an otherwise intelligent and educated man. So GROW UP AND BLAME THOSE WHO ARE TRULY RESPONSIBLE.
This writer is a stupid libertarian. He openly offers that “just about every POTUS” has “misused and abused” the military, hence this is where Vance should direct his anger. Not toward those “who are UNDER CONTRACT, and are REQUIRED BY LAW to go wherever they are sent,” but against those who send them. Vance should “GROW UP AND BLAME THOSE WHO ARE TRULY RESPONSIBLE.”
For most of the four decades that this stupid libertarian has been a libertarian, not one soldier was drafted into forced service (the morality of action regarding those drafted is not necessary to address in this environment). Any “CONTRACT” has been entered into voluntarily.
I believe I am on safe ground in suggesting that virtually every single member of the US military today has joined voluntarily – during the same period where “just about every POTUS” has “misused and abused” the military.
They join, even though they know – or should know – that they will be asked to serve in immoral wars; killing people who have never presented a threat to Americans. After all, this is what POTUS has done for decades – as correctly noted in the email.
So, who is “responsible” in this scheme? Can you blame the criminal boss if people willingly sign up to break a few bones? Are the volunteers to be left blameless?
Volunteers for a criminal gang for some reason cannot be blamed for decisions made by the gang leader – according to this libertarian; decisions consistent with what the gang leader has decided for decades – according to this “dedicated libertarian.” Nothing new, nothing surprising.
Does blame belong on POTUS? Certainly. But there is no monopoly of blame here. Vance is placing blame where it belongs – on those who commit the acts, voluntarily.