While that decree had an unintended political impact—the tacit recognition of the Confederacy as a belligerent—it was nevertheless an essential action on his part. The European nations had already determined that they would not recognize or honor a Union declaration that the Southern ports were closed to trade.
My son is one of them. He is the best I have to offer. He is my heart. My son has connected me to my country in a way that I was too selfish and insular to experience before. I feel closer to the waitress at our local diner than to some of my oldest friends.
She has two sons in the corps. When the guy who fixes my car asks me how John is doing, I know he means it. His younger brother is in the Navy. At one time, the sons and daughters of the most powerful and educated were proud to serve their country.
We can confirm that Schaeffer wrote the essay, and that it was published in the Washington Post. A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet: Interesting observation by this dad. A very interesting commentary that says a lot about our society. Now when I read of the war on terrorism or the coming conflict in Iraq, it cuts to my heart.
When I see a picture of a member of our military who has been killed, I read his or her name very carefully. Inwhen the barrel-chested Marine recruiter showed up in dress blues and bedazzled my son John, I did not stand in the way.
John was headstrong, and he seemed to understand these stern, clean men with straight backs and flawless uniforms. I live in the Volvo-driving, higher education-worshiping North Shore of Boston. I write novels for a living. I have never served in the military. It had been hard enough sending my two older children off to Georgetown and New York University.
At the private high school John attended, no other students were going into the military. We parents and our Marines not only were of many races but also were representative of many economic classes. Some arrived crammed in the backs of pickups, others by bus.
John told me that a lot of parents could not afford the trip. We in the audience were white and Native American. We were Southern whites from Nashville and skinheads from New Jersey, black kids from Cleveland wearing ghetto rags and white ex-cons with ham-hock forearms defaced by jailhouse tattoos.
She has two sons in the Corps. They are facing the same dangers as my boy. During World War II, the sons and daughters of the most powerful and educated families did their bit.
If the idea of the immorality of the Vietnam War was the only reason those lucky enough to go to college dodged the draft, why did we not encourage our children to volunteer for military service once that war was done?
Have we wealthy and educated Americans all become pacifists? Is the world a safe place? Or have we just gotten used to having somebody else defend us?
As the storm clouds of war gather, at least I know that I can look the men and women in uniform in the eye.If you’re applying for a scholarship, chances are you are going to need to write an essay. Very few scholarship programs are based solely on an application form or transcript.
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