March 15, 2010
You Can’t Cure Stupak

Bart Stupak might want to beef up his obstructionism by weighing down the health care bill with the language William Blum suggests below. Go for it, Bart. There are innocent lives to be saved!

About half the states in the US require that a woman seeking an abortion be told certain things before she can obtain the medical procedure. In South Dakota, for example, until a few months ago, staff was required to tell women: “The abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being”; the pregnant woman has “an existing relationship with that unborn human being,” a relationship protected by the U.S. Constitution and the laws of South Dakota; and a “known medical risk” of abortion is an “increased risk of suicide ideation and suicide.”

…I'd like to suggest that before a young American man or woman can enlist in the armed forces s/he must be told the following by the staff of the military recruitment office:

“The United States is at war [this statement is always factually correct]. You will likely be sent to a battlefield where you will be expected to do your best to terminate the lives of whole, separate, unique, living human beings you know nothing about and who have never done you or your country any harm. You may in the process lose an arm or a leg. Or your life. If you come home alive and with all your body parts intact there’s a good chance you will be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Do not expect the government to provide you particularly good care for that, or any care at all. In any case, you may wind up physically abusing your spouse and children and/or others, killing various individuals, abusing drugs and/or alcohol, and having an increased risk of suicide ideation and suicide.

“No matter how bad a condition you may be in, the Pentagon may send you back to the battlefield for another tour of duty. They call this ‘stop-loss’. Your only alternative may be to go AWOL. Do you have any friends in Canada? And don’t ever ask any of your officers what we’re fighting for. Even the generals don’t know. In fact, the generals especially don’t know. They would never have reached their high position if they had been able to go beyond the propaganda we’re all fed, the same propaganda that has influenced you to come to this office.”


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at March 15, 2010 12:51 PM
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Anyone who is enlisting in the military should take the document offered to an attorney familiar with military contracts and have each individual sentence and paragraph explained clearly.

I think that it was paragraph (5(d(1))) that said that "You may be reassigned according to the needs of the Army." In real real small print.

Not knowing that, what happened cost me my sanity, my health, my self pride, my soul, my honor and any respect for any rules, regulations, laws or authority figures. God died within two weeks of my arrival in Vietnam.

Posted by: regulararmyfool on March 15, 2010 4:44 PM

There are lies, damned lies, and recruiters.

Posted by: Aitch Jay on March 15, 2010 5:29 PM

The ability to breach contract should not be a unilateral privilege.

Posted by: Phil on March 15, 2010 7:31 PM

This is one of the most amusing aspects of the subprime mortgage mess — the banksters talking about the sanctity of contracts. When it comes to honoring a mortgage you got talked into by a horse thief, that is. The banksters and M & A swindlers themselves, of course, regard a contract as something to be broken. Nobody whines and complains when some real estate developer or investment banker walks away from his bad debts for somebody else to eat. Ultimately, usually, us. Or when a captain of the universe collects a pile of IOUs from other people and uses it to take over a corporation, then slithers out from his pension and union obligations. That's just smart business. Contracts are for the little people.

Posted by: PSymbol on March 15, 2010 9:25 PM

Incidenatllay, you'll find the name of the anti-choice, pro-coathanger Shtupak where you might not expect it: among the ayes along with the likes of Ellison, Grayson, and Kucinich. Go figure.

Posted by: Weniger Gottquatsch on March 17, 2010 1:43 PM
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