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Thursday, February 24, 2005

Immigration is the key to a strong military


As my fellow contributors can attest, I have been saying this for years. In fact, Seth Y called me today and said: "You won't believe this, but someone just wrote an op-ed that basically outlines your crazy immigration/military idea."

I think the piece hits on all the reasons I think such a proposal would work, but my argument mostly focused on the immigrants themselves.

People are willing to die to get into the US. They are willing to sit in storage crates on long boat rides. They are willing to build a raft out of fruit rollups. They are willing to risk life and limb just to enter the country. I think people would also be willing to risk life and limb to enter the country and gain full citizenship. Plus dieing on the field of battle just seems more honorable than dying while being forced into prostitution by some immigrant traffickers or dying of starvation on a raft.

Not only should the idea appeal to people who want to become citizens of the US, but it should also appeal to citizens of the US. Here are people that are willing to die for our country, our safety, and the ideas that make this country great. I say if someone is willing to die for our country, than they are more than worthy of being an American citizen.


  • This theory worked especially well when the Romans followed it.

    By Anonymous Mark, at 4:58 PM  

  • Mark,
    I'm glad you agree. But, if that was sarcasm in your comment, then:
    1. Arguably, it did work well for the Romans. Of course, eventually the civilization crumbled, but after quite a long time, and for more involved reasons than because foreigners being included in the military.
    2. The approach would work differently than it did in Ancient Rome. For one, the United States would not force people into slavery if they did not join the service. Also, the US would not be fragmenting the command of the military.
    3. Using a "the Romans did that and look what happaned to them" argument is cliched and merely plucking the low hanging fruit. Obviously the Romans did a lot of things, and when one wants to criticize yet can't think of anything interesting to say, one could always fall back on "Romans did it, idiot" arguments. I just think it is lazy. Most scholarship points to a conglameration of reasons for the fall of the Roman civilization, and picking out one idea as inherently flawed because it was adopted by the Romans would preclude many worthy ideas.

    (warning: impending ad hominem attack)

    For instance, the Romans embraced philosophy, and that's a good thing. The Romans also liked corruption, and we know that ain't so bad. The Romans liked theater, and that's cool too. The point, Mark, is: stick to the law books before you hurt yourself.

    By Blogger Dan J, at 5:27 PM  

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