The draft board and Bernie

I anticipated this would be a curiosity, IE, that one of Sanders opponents would bring it up:

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/bernie-sanders-applied-conscientious-objector-status-vietnam-campaign/story?id=33434041

Couple few things….

Ya know, being a pacifist is one thing, but for the Vietnam era pacifists and draft evaders the moral high ground is kinda firmed up with an assumption that we the US, vaguely imperialist or worse as we are, wouldn’t have been righteous in fighting ostensibly egalitarian communist movements.  I think that moral high ground might be built on complete baloney such that communist revolutions almost universally involve going village to village, shooting the kulaks, and taking their farm land.  There’s not really a pacifist moral high ground to be attained by refusing your duty to a force that repels that.

That I think being true, that their pacifism was dubious….  I’ve got some sympathy for draft dodging because I’m not sure we all have cosmic duty to country to be conscripted and go do what the powers that be dictate.

So Sanders…. We went over this some months ago.  His explanation is he applied for CO status.   And?  There’s a notion he aged out to 26+ before his case was decided.  But there’s no way to know if that’s true, if a warrant was issued for his non-compliance, that’s all stuff that went in the trash with Carter’s amnesty.

I also had the sense for a profound irony if HRC smeared Sander’s for draft dodging, as WJC actually was drafted was he not, only to work feverishly among govt and academic connections to get it rescinded and his deferments extended.  But this irony has not appeared yet, it does not seem the HRC campaign itself is making this point about Sanders.

Jots w/ dots 9/2

Cops getting shot:  no link, but the observation within the conservative news loop is, I think, that there have been a buncha cop shootings in the past week, spawned by the rhetorical environment of BLM.  Ya get some sense that might be overstated, but there’s been a couple no doubt.  To the extent it happens, the vibe is reminiscent to me of when Ofc. J. Haaf was assassinated at a pizza place in Mpls, more than 20 years ago by now.  The instigating factor there was also ostensibly a heightened environment of police brutality.  I wanna preface I’m against both police brutality and cops getting shot, and move to an anthropological / political observation that is made unemotionally.  That observation being, there’s a vaguely or better insurrectionist thing going on here with the underclass when they assassinate members of the state’s constabulary, often spontaneously.  This is probably a timeless phenomenon that can be cultured by oppression or the perception of oppression.  And I think this is going on a bit now, though I also think it would be dubious to say one side has the blame for the rhetoric.  Escalation requires opposition, and we have that.

Coen movies:  Yeah, Fargo was undoubtedly inspired by this http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2015/09/t-eugene-thompson-dead-at-88/

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One thought on “The draft board and Bernie

  1. pm1956

    Cops getting shot….by all sorts of people, including other cops.
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/09/02/trigger-happy-cop-shot-one-of-his-own-and-kept-blasting-away.html

    The biggest problem is that there are too many trigger happy cops. too many people are being shot by cops. Sure, cops should not be shot, but then the people who shoot cops are criminals, so poor behavior is to be expected, right? But cops are not criminals, so poor behavior from them is extremely unexpected…or at least it should be. You simply can not compare the two, because cops should not be compared to criminals. We are hiring and training cops to protect us from criminals, not to act like criminals. The problem is that cops are not doing a good enough job (they are shooting too many people who should not be shot, even if (for the most part) they are criminals. Cops are resorting to violence too soon.

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