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Thomas J Donegan
Thomas J Donegan
Born January 22, 1958 Graduated 1976 Lawrence County Vo-Tech U.S.Navy, 11/76 - 10/82 Cryptologic Technician M-branch Graduated 1989 Slippery Rock University B.S. Mathematics, minors: Philosophy, History U.S. Government 1990 -2001 Various private sector Electrical/Electronics jobs 2001- present


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Perhaps, following graduation, Military Service Ought to be a requirement in the USA?

Oct. 18, 2017 12:27 pm
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Once upon a time, this writer was opposed to mandated military service for high-school graduates (note: an idea a bit popular in the Reagan era and beyond), but has begun to think such may be a good idea, given how so many social institutions e.g., family, Church, schools, boy-scouts, girl-scouts, etc. are doing such a poor job of producing a plethora of adults of moral character i.e., individuals ordered in such a way as to eschew behaviors formerly considered vice (note: they are still vice, but this culture - the culture-of-death - extols vice, and impugns virtue...). and seek behaviors formerly viewed as virtuous... Moreover, Professor Shoaf - in a blog-post he titled: "No Child Left a Mind" complained about the fragility of youths today; he claimed a number of students became apoplectic and broke-down (cried) when given assignments e.g., writing term papers...

Professor Shoaf blamed George W. Bush's educational program for this new emerging phenomena - let us call it (borrowing from vernacular) the 'snowflake-syndrome." We did not agree with professor Shoaf's suggested etiology regarding the development of brittle youths, nor did we think one could make the claim that delicate souls were confined to the jejune. Anecdotally - we think mental/emotional frailty is prevalent singularly among the young, but we also have witnessed its evidence among other age brackets... So we do not dispute that an alteration in mental/emotional ruggedness of people may predominate among youths... And it is the youth that is to replace we elderly; thus in the interest of 'securing' "the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity," we want to inculcate a bit of John Wayne in our young.

Of course any immunity that the United States Armed Forces enjoyed from decadent cultural trends was systematically eliminated by President Obama who seemed to be driven to make everything he could perverse (Obama's view of the world - as all ideologues i.e., social-political Leftists - is principally in diametric opposition to a view circumscribed by objective moral principles; Obama - as something of a Nietzschean [ditto the social-political Left] - embraces evil as good*, and views good contemptuously, as evil...). So we feared that the United States Military may have received its mortal blow from the former President and Demon-in Chief. Thus, we wondered if any benefit may be derived by the young undergoing the rigors of boot-camp?

* Good we will define as final-cause i.e., the end/goal/purpose for which God intended a thing/entity to find its completion/perfection.

Boot-camp - formerly - not only was utilized to force recruits to accomplish many, many menial tasks quickly, and with an unreasonable degree precision/perfection - while simultaneously being chided and harangued and being given lessons in "French" (whereby mental/emotional weaknesses are exposed); this was an attempt to weed out or separate the stable from unstable... And of course boot-camp aimed at establishing a baseline of physical fitness (The U.S. Navy was big on marching, marching, marching at various paces); those which needed to lose weight were placed on a calorie limiting diet, those that were too thin generally gained weight (this writer was amazed that he gained 10 lbs during boot-camp; must have been the marching...). Additionally, boot-camp would remove its 'inmates' from their beloved social-media (we checked!). So if boot-camp is as it formerly was, the benefit to its participants may be immeasurable, but likely it would produce better socially adjusted individuals. And as we have stated we were worried that Obama's changes in the Military may have had long-term consequences; one wondered whether a benefit could be derived by the participant and for society.

Consequentially, we spoke to a number of fellow vets - whom recently left the military (those to which we spoke claimed they left because Obama's policies vis-à-vis the military, but also because they expected Hillary to become POTUS), and they have spoken to friends - or relatives - still in the service over the course of the last year. These individuals claim things are reverting back to the pre-Obama rigor. Additionally, we called the local recruiters (Navy, Army, Marines, and Air-Force), and they assured me that boot-camp was returning to its insensitive imperiously demanding days of yore.

We must acknowledge that Military service does not, and cannot, fully order the human-breast in self-possession i.e., in moral virtue, but it may well address the seeming growth and prevalence of 'wimptatude' (we borrow from Arnie) among American youths. Thus, we think that for the health and well-being of children matriculating to become adults (i.e., self-sufficient, self-motivated and self-limiting individuals), and for our Nation (which will benefit from a systematic bit of infusion of the Spirit-of-John-Wayne) we believe that a minimum mandated obligated service may be just the ticket; we may, of course, be wrong...

Thomas J. Donegan

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Thomas J Donegan
October 20, 2017 at 1:44 am
8-9 weeks in boot-camp may replace years and years on a couch...

Bishop Sheen said - in more than one article/book that 'Many mental problems could be solved in the confessional much more effectively than via a psychologist.' Father Benedict Groeschel, a practicing psychologist, and Catholic priest made the same claim. We are not making such a claim, although while we think such claims valid if the priests were as they formerly were... Our claim - or suggestion - is that boot-camp may provide a similar service, but it would be treating a different - although related malady; the Bishop and priest are intimating that unacknowledged sins best the soul and alter the demeanor of the sinner. Boot-camp will not help with that, but if one suffers from egoistic sensitivity i.e., wimptatude, then boot-camp will likely provide a much more efficacious remedy, than seeing a shrink...

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