Over at the Democratic Underground Forums, there's a thread asking, "Why are people still joining the military?"
*obama_girl: 2 things. Blood money and blood lust.
*catmandu57: Offhand I'd say poverty and lack of hope. there are many areas of this country where there isn't any hope of employment, or meaningful employment from the rural areas to the inner cities. I can speak more to the rural situation, in the town where I lived when I was a young adult there should have been a sign at the limits saying abandon hope all ye who live here.
It hasn't changed, for some there may be some misguided sense of patriotism, but mostly I think it's the avenue of last chance for many.
*lonestarnot: Sanctimonious sacrificers. Pat themselves on the back for "doing their duty."
*Solon: As the saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. n/t
*Karenina: (#57) Why? A lifetime of miseducation. How? It can't be by anyone who has the critical thinking tools to view it.
This is what the democrats really think about our troops.