Yes, yes. Join up and serve your country. See, this (link here) is one of the reasons I so abhor the religion of patriotism. With all of the information available to the general public today, how does anyone see fit to voluntarily go off and fight for the U.S. government without question?
“They have always taught and trained you to believe it to be your patriotic duty to go to war and to have yourselves slaughtered at their command. But in all the history of the world you, the people, have never had a voice in declaring war, and strange as it certainly appears, no war by any nation in any age has ever been declared by the people.”
–Eugene Debs, Socialist candidate for president, June 16, 1918. For giving this speech, Debs was stripped of his citizenship and sent to jail for 10 years.
On a marginally related note, it is rather depressing that everything I blather on about in this space, as watered-down and redundant as my rantings may be, is public knowledge easily available to anyone with internet access. More on this later.