Why do the youth of America feel the U.S. military is the most
credible arm of government? Why do they support the U.S.
military while many of their parents decry it? Find out why
American Youth are Sentinels of U.S. Military Vigilance.
27, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 622
American Youth Support U.S. Military
Sentinels of Vigilance
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZER0, New York, New York--May 27,
2003--Many of their parents were Vietnam War protestors--snarling and
demeaning U.S. military force as "evil" and "corrupt." But their
children and grandchildren are taking an opposite tact--holding up the
military as a Sentinel of Vigilance and offering it more trust than
organizations such as the church, government, and business.
David C. King of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of
Government, reported in August 2000 that confidence in American
military leaders rose from 27% in 1971 to 43% in 1999. But
the surprising fact was that two-thirds of those born after 1978 said
they had a great deal of confidence in the U.S. military.
support the U.S. Military
In an article
today by Robin Toner in the New York Times, the reporter stated the
percentage of Americans who expressed a "great deal" or "quite a lot"
of confidence in people who ran organized religion fell to 45 percent
from 68. Congressional confidence declined to 29 percent
from 40, according to the Gallup Poll. But, in a similar
trend as noted by Professor King of Harvard, Americans expressing a
great deal or lot of confidence in the military in 2002 rose to 27
percent from 58 in 1975.
According to a poll by the Harvard
Institute of Politics of 1,200 college undergraduates last month
revealed that 75 percent said they trusted the military to "do the
right thing" either "all of the time" or "most of the time."
Two-thirds said they supported the Iraq war.
Professor King says part of the positive
attitude toward the military is the result of the 1991 Gulf War and
the swift victory both in Afghanistan and Iraq. He also suggests
that military role models such as the television show JAG and Major
Dad helps give a positive image to an institution often considered
bloodthirsty by Vietnam-era parents.
National protection and concern for nations
to stop Terrorism in its tracks, the result of the Nine Eleven attack
on America, have fueled the positive attitude toward the military,
students from Maryland
I see the
shift toward a positive support of U.S. military among our youth from
From my viewpoint, I look at the youth's
attitude as recognizing the need for Sentinels of Vigilance, men and
women willing to face the Beast of Terror and fight it, not just for
the blood letting, but to insure the world is safer for the future.
Since 1974, the U.S. military has been an
all-volunteer force. The young people who enlist in the
service are choosing to commit their lives in defense of freedom.
Even though many may wish to attack the word "freedom" on the grounds
that it is more philosophical than fact, such critics may find
themselves more bigoted and prejudiced than their younger
The internet has opened the world to the
Talking to other young people around the
world helps a young person realize the benefits of America, and the
freedoms we enjoy versus those in other lands who are deprived the
similar rights we enjoy.
Plus, there is an intuition among the
youth regarding the protection of the future. Nations such
as North Korea or Iraq, or any nation which harbors Terrorism or is
considered a rogue nation capable of attacking others with disregard
to the safety of the children, and the Children's Children's Children,
become an "enemy of all."
In a sense, the youth have become
Sentinels of Vigilance. They know that Fear, Intimidation and
Complacency can take many forms. Their parents, some of
whom are protestors, represent to them a state of Complacency.
By no action, the world is open to the Beast of Terror.
Protesting against America's military strips the land of its power and
might to ward off evil, and to serve as a policeman of a world
desperate for someone to stand up to the Beast.
threatens all children
I believe the
youth recognize the need for a Parent of National Vigilance to stand
up to the Bully of Terrorism.
In this case, it is Terrorism.
Terrorism threatens all children.
The young people, I believe, realize that a
world without Courage, Conviction and Right Actions in behalf of the
Children's Children's Children leaves it naked, vulnerable,
unprotected for those who seek to rule it with Terror.
That's why I believe the polls reflect a
Youth of Vigilance Corps--a nucleus of young people who shun their
parents' prejudices against the military, and accept the need for a
world force, comprising youth, willing to defend the rest of the world
from threats that rob them of their freedom.
The Youth of
Vigilance Corps help protect the world for their Children's
older person, I can take a page from the young people's book.
I can take the Pledge of Youthful
So can you.
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