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  •  Would [they] fire on civilians? (7+ / 0-)

    Ask the dead kids at Kent State.

    Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

    by Deward Hastings on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 09:39:30 AM PDT

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    •  Good point, but we've come a long way since (1+ / 0-)
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      then, I hope.

      -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

      by gerrilea on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 10:11:27 AM PDT

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      •  mostly, I fear, (0+ / 0-)

        in the wrong direction.  We now have an "all volunteer" Army of paid killers, many of a christo-fascist persuasion who have no particular appreciation for diversity of thought.  Or for thought at all.  They might have some problem facing down their own kind, but killing "libruls" wouldn't bother them any more than killing "muslims" does.

        Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

        by Deward Hastings on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 10:41:01 AM PDT

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        •  You obviously havesn't spent much time around them (0+ / 0-)

          Most of the enlisted troops voted Obama.

          The officer corps is hard core Republican, but they have been that way for the past 30 years.

          At least this time around, you don't have field grade officers at the Pentagon saying that "The Military should have a say in who the President is."  Like they were in '92.  (I was assigned there at the time.)

          •  having "voted for Obama" (0+ / 0-)

            (if that is actually true) does not seem to inhibit them from going out and killing thousands of innocent Afghans and Iraqis.

            Why would going out and killing anyone else be any different?  Once you're down with killing on command for "god and country" (and no other identifiable reason) does the identity of the victim matter?

            Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

            by Deward Hastings on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 01:36:18 PM PDT

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    •  That wouldn't be the guard now (1+ / 0-)
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      it would be the cops. Local or state, most likely.

      That's who handles protests and rallies now, not the guard.

    •  I might point out that the massacre at Kent State (1+ / 0-)
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      was done by the Ohio National Guard.

      Not federal troops.

      Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

      by Sirenus on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 10:41:35 AM PDT

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