Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 3 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds   

Is Stop-Loss Fair?

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)   No comments

Is Stop-loss Fair?

All’s fair in love, also in war, so once the bard did say,
Well, maybe not in love, but then, we speak of war today.
The soldier who, in empire’s name, does trouble Arab land,
Once signed upon the line, I think, and he must understand

A promise is a promise, and in the finest print
It says there is no limit on where they may be sent
And if our ranks do wane and thin, well, son, those are the breaks
The empire’s needs always come first, no matter what it takes

We dare not ask the well-to-do to offer up their sons,
Or take their chances in a draft, it simply isn’t done
This fight is for survival, the decider does decree
But ask for sacrifice by all, why no sir, no siree!

Karl Rove the wise (who did not serve) is only too aware
That drafting rich kids is taboo, revolt would fill the air
Thus fairness is a luxury we simply can’t afford
You’re volunteers, your plane awaits, turn round, get back on board.

Shelton F. Lankford
Salisbury, MD

NB. This also works as a song, set to the Marine Corps Hymn.

Rate It | View Ratings

Shelton Lankford Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Retired Lt. Col. of Marines, technology manager, video producer/editor, and gadfly. Salisbury, MD
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Is Stop-Loss Fair?

Up a cul de sac without a clue


Getting hot in here

The Ballad of Scooter

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend