— our elected leaders have still asked us to pay no price, to bear no burden. Just slap a "Support Our Troops" sticker on the SUV and mumble an empty "thank you for your service" to the limping stranger in uniform at the airport.
Where is our patriotism, yours and mine, to demand that our leadership impose upon us taxes to pay for the wars waged in our name so that we do not selfishly shift all the burden for paying the trillions in costs to our children and grandchildren? Does anyone seriously doubt that if this nation today had a military draft — with no college or occupational deferments — that commanded into service the sons and daughters of CEOs, of senators, of talk show patriots and of the president of the United States, university campuses and the influential among the privileged elite would be loudly protesting sending any more Americans into wars with no end?
Thank you, John McCain, for reminding us, by the courageous example of your principled leadership, of the American value that war truly does demand equality of sacrifice.
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