President Bush: No Higher Calling than Military Service

Leading the pack of Christian warmongers that I mentioned in my last post who practically elevate military service to the level of the Christian ministry is President Bush himself. But Bush does them one better. He insists that there is no higher calling than military service. In his June 28th speech, he said:

“And to those watching tonight who are considering a military career, there is no higher calling than service in our Armed Forces. We live in freedom because every generation has produced patriots willing to serve a cause greater than themselves. Those who serve today are taking their rightful place among the greatest generations that have worn our Nation’s uniform.”

To those who are considering a career in military “service,” I would say: Don’t take a chance on wasting your life for Bush and the U.S. global empire. There are other ways of getting money for college–like working for it. We live in relative freedom in spite of the military, not because of it.

Author: Laurence Vance

Laurence Vance holds degrees in history, theology, accounting, and economics. He has written and published twelve books and regularly contributes articles and book reviews to both secular and religious periodicals.

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    Mr. Vance, it may be a surprise to you… but we who have served in the US Army or any branch of the military do not join to for the small monetary benefits the military offers. We serve because the military is an ethical calling, which is tied to your internal calling; often for some particular personal set of beliefs or morals. It is a fact that we would not have a country without the current military. Without the military there can be no society. Likewise, without a society there can be no military, therefore it’s absolutely essential; so it’s an ethical obligation. It is distinguished in our societies as sacrifices and callings to a higher cause than one’s self, not merely a means to go to college or get a small amount of money. Thank you for listening to this Iraq war veteran. -1LT John Sorich IV (forth generation Army veteran)

    • In my experience, most people who joined the US military in the last part of the 20th century did it for reasons such as wanting employment, wanting money for college, etc.

      Which is not to say that we didn’t buy the “ethical calling” propaganda too, at least a little. On the other hand, as a friend of mine who joined the Navy at the same time I joined the Marine Corps put it, “it’s not an adventure, it’s just a job.”