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I recently watched the movie The King's Speech . In one scene the Archbishop of Canterbury tells the king about his duties. The king's duties were much like the American president's duties: to lead and follow the advice of the Congress and the will of the American people -- neither of which President Obama has done. His arrogance knows no bounds.

And he takes credit for what he hasn't done. Americans can thank George W. Bush for "nailing" Osama bin Laden. He set the plan in action. Also, thank the American military, particularly the Navy SEALs, for a job well done .

Americans may not agree with the "current" wars, or the deployments in places such as Afghanistan or Pakistan and elsewhere, but you should thank all of the men and women who serve this country.

I believe at least four more years should be added to the number of years an individual needs to graduate high school. Two of those years should be served in VISTA or the Peace Corps, and the other two in a branch of the military. Military service should be mandatory for men and women.

Americans can no longer be irresponsible for their own safety.

Victoria E. Antonacci


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noaharkwright 05/20/11 - 12:36 am
I have a feeling Mrs.

I have a feeling Mrs. Antonacci would also maintain "don't ask, don't tell" in her dystopian future world.

Jon Lester
Jon Lester 05/20/11 - 07:48 am
If you feel like seeing a

If you feel like seeing a movie this weekend, may I suggest "Starship Troopers?"

To be fair, a reading of the book would give balance to the film. While director Paul Verhoeven thought the concept of earned citizenship through service was a recipe for fascism, novelist Robert A. Heinlein actually thought it was a good idea.

Beck Tears
Beck Tears 05/20/11 - 08:45 am
The book Starship Troopers is

The book Starship Troopers is amazing, from a political science standpoint. Heinlein pretty mush said that only unselfish people are those who serve their country, and they in turn are the only ones capable of making decisions that benefit everyone. That they know what sacrifice, and they have the ability to think for others. It's an interesting concept.

I'm curious what the age is of the writer who believes four years of service should be mandatory, and I'm curious if the writer herself has ever served. What about folks who are not physically able to serve, should they not be allowed to graduate and be a functional member of society?

I'm also curious why the writer put quotations around current, as if we the service members are not at war. Are people forgetting about the service members who are "currently" in Iraq?

I'm also curious how someone can make the connection that Obama giving the order for SEALs to go get bin Laden in 2011, some how credit should be given the previous administration from 2008.

Chillen 05/20/11 - 10:27 am
I don't think we need to be

I don't think we need to be sending our daughters into the Peace Corps right now. Just sayin'.

Carleton Duvall
Carleton Duvall 05/20/11 - 11:50 am
Having served in the military

Having served in the military during WWII where a large portion of those serving were draftees I can say with some authority that a volunteer army is better. We lost a lot of men because of lack of proper training given to draftees because of time constraints.

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