In a campaign stop in New Hampshire today, John Edwards stated that all all young people should serve their country, “not just poor kids who get sent to war.”
One does begin to wonder who this man thinks he is. I doubt that he has ever spent one minute in true service to his country, prancing about as a Senator notwithstanding. And I doubt that his children would be forced by the government into doing anything for this country. The children of wealth are never required to do anything. Just think about Paris Hilton, the child of wealth and privilege who gets jail time reduced for good behavior by just showing up to court. John Edwards’ children would most likely start a poverty study center and then work for a hedge fund to learn more about poverty to do their national service, while the middle class fellow down the road would be forced to dig ditches or something.
Second, and most infuriating, is his ridiculous statement about “poor kids who get sent to war”. Keep up the class war, Senator Edwards. However, your class-baiting , has no facts to back it up. According to a demographic study by the Heritage Foundation:
In summary, we found that, on average, 1999 recruits were more highly educated than the equivalent general population, more rural and less urban in origin, and of similar income status. We did not find evidence of minority racial exploitation (by race or by race-weighted ZIP code areas). We did find evidence of a ?Southern military tradition? in that some states, notably in the South and West, provide a much higher proportion of enlisted troops by population.
The household income of recruits generally matches the income distribution of the American population. There are slightly higher proportions of recruits from the middle class and slightly lower proportions from low-income brackets. However, the proportion of high-income recruits rose to a disproportionately high level after the war on terrorism began, as did the proportion of highly educated enlistees. All of the demographic evidence that we analyzed contradicts the pro-draft case
Just another case of demigoguery based upon outright lies. But, have we come to expect any less from the fair-haired boy from North Carolina?