Who Are They Really Fighting For?

April 26, 2012 § 1 Comment

Essay 60,  “How Safe Is America?,” got me thinking about our armed services. There is a section in the essay that discusses that one’s safety depends on money. I can definitely see this. If someone has more money they can afford to buy themselves a more stable home with a basement, rather than a home without a basement or a trailer. By having more money they are safer. Having more money also allows someone to purchase better quality of items, in all aspects, this could make someone safer with a better quality item. Someone with more money is able to hire a better attorney to protect themselves from the law. Having more money gives you more power and in return this makes you safer. Some will argue an example being 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. The 9/11 attack was downtown New York, where many successful business men and women were. The help was almost instant and it was top priority. Hurricane Katrina hit in a very low economic level area. Many were of poverty and African American minority. The issue wasn’t completely over looked, but help was not instant and the amount of help was slim. Here is a case where having money and class rank gives you more safety in a disaster.

The article then mentions the armed services. I found it quite interesting to think about who is actually fighting in our country. The majority of the men and women that make up our armed services are of lower or middle class. Many of them felt that they had no other choice but to join, for financial reasons. When there are no jobs or money to survive on, many turn to the armed services as another route. How many upper class have you heard of having a child in the army? There are some cases where it is a family tradition and many will follow in their parents footsteps. But most upperclassmen are not worrying about their child and if they will ever come home. Our lower class is out fighting for our country’s freedoms, while the upper-class have nothing to worry about. They do not have to worry about their children coming back from war. They don’t have to worry about the post-effects of war. They don’t have to worry about having a job or income when getting back from war. It’s something that I never really thought about. I find the whole system and how some can have no other option, quite sad. To be fighting for a county, that will help the upper class sooner than the your own, I’m sure is quite motivational.

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§ One Response to Who Are They Really Fighting For?

  • nurumu says:

    What’s unfortunate is that the people who are in the army (the lower and middle class that you mention) don’t even know what or who they’re fighting for. While reading your comment the phrase “the rich will get richer and the poor, poorer” stood out a lot. The rich don’t have to worry about it because they’re “in control” of everything and would rather not get their hands dirty, while the poor constantly have to look for other ways to better themselves whether it be by war or any other job that’s meant for people of lower socioeconomic status. It’s unfair because they’ve never been in a position or have had the help to actually be part of that upper, rich class.

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