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Radical Cutbacks on Children and Schools Surrender America’s Security

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Did you know that 75% of American’s young people 17 to 24 are unfit for military service?1 When I grew up in archconservative Wichita, Kansas, data showing our American kids were unfit for military …

Did you know that 75% of American’s young people 17 to 24 are unfit for military service?1 When I grew up in archconservative Wichita, Kansas, data showing our American kids were unfit for military service would be proof positive of a left-wing, communist, or socialist conspiracy. But who is really surrendering America to our enemies? You be the judge by reading the scientific evidence.

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  • 1. Radical  Cutbacks  on  Children  and  Schools  Surrender  America’s  Security    By  Dennis  D.  Embry1       Did  you  know?   Three  out  of  four   American  young   adults  are  unfit  for   military  service…      Are  the  radical  cutbacks  surrendering  America?    Did  you  know  that  75%  of  American’s  young  people  17  to  24  are  unfit  for  military  service?1    When  I  grew  up  in  archconservative  Wichita,  Kansas,  going  to  school  with  the  ultra-­‐rightwing  Koch  brothers,  data  like  these  showing  our  American  kids  were  unfit  for  military  service  would  be  proof  positive  of  a  left-­‐wing,  communist,  or  socialist  conspiracy.    But  who  is  really  surrendering  America  to  our  enemies?  You  be  the  judge.    First,  look  at  some  facts  in  a  report  by  a  bunch  of  retired  4-­‐star  generals.1    FACT:  Thirty-­‐five  (35)  percent  of  young  Americans  are  ineligible  for  military  service  because  medical  or  physical  problems.    All  across  America,  radical  “conservatives”  are  slashing  programs  to  prevent  medical  and  physical  problems  for  young  Americans?  So  is  that  going  to  increase  or  decrease  medical  or  physical  problems  of  our  young  people  for  military  service?       Question:  If  elected  officials  vote  to  stop,  reduce  or  impair  programs   documented  to  assure  the  health  and  physical  abilities  of  American  young   people  to  be  in  the  United  States  military,  are  those  extremist  elected  officials   betraying  the  United  States?                                                                                                                    1  Dennis  D.  Embry,  Ph.D.  is  senior  scientist  and  president  of  PAXIS  Institute  in  Tucson,  Arizona  and  a  leading  prevention  scientist  with  more  20  projects  in  North  America.    See  www.slideshare.net/drdennisembry    
  • 2. FACT:  Eighteen  (18)  percent  of  young  Americans  are  ineligible  for  military  service  because  of  the  use  and  abuse  of  illegal  drugs.  All  across  America,  radical  “conservatives”  are  defunding  and  dismantling  programs  proven  to  prevent  drug  addictions,  and  our  rates  of  serious  addictions  are  increasing  young  people.  It  is  our  young  people’s  addictions  fueling  the  border  violence  that  has  the  Tea  Party,  AZ  ranchers  and  international  travelers  in  an  uproar.    It  is  heroin  trafficking  for  the  s  America’s  youth  and  young  adults  loading  the  weapons  of  the  Taliban  killing  our  soldiers.       Question:  If  the  actions  of  these  elected  officials  are  increasing  the  addictions  of   American  youth,  are  they  not  aiding  and  abetting  the  America’s  sworn  enemies   and  giving  the  financial  resources  to  harm  America?    FACT:  Nine  percent  (9%)  of  America’s  potential  recruits  are  illegible  to  serve  because  of  poor  intellectual  functioning.    Again,  radical  “conservatives”  are  dumping  every  program  or  proven  effort  to  prevent  poor  intellectual  performance  from  prenatal  through  adolescent  years.  Most  of  the  rich  democracies  have  better  academic  outcomes  compared  to  the  United  States  in  virtually  every  domain—even  when  those  other  countries  are  experiencing  influxes  of  immigrants.     Question:  If  newly  elected  officials  are  causing  more  and  more  children  and   teens  to  be  intellectually  impaired,  is  this  not  allowing  our  enemies  to   overwhelm  America  economically  and  militarily?    FACT:  Six  percent  (6%)  of  the  young  people  cannot  enlist  in  the  military,  because  they  have  too  many  dependents  under  age  18.  Radical  “conservatives”  have  done  everything  the  can  to  make  sure  young  people  have  no  access  to  contraceptives,  and  they  support  FOX  network  that  shows  the  most  programs  showing  teen  sexual  promiscuity.     Question:  If  the  radical  conservatives  are  promoting  increased  teen   pregnancies  that  impair  America’s  readiness,  is  this  allowing  our  enemies  to   claim  moral  superiority  over  decadence  caused  by  our  elected  officials  and   right-­‐wing  media.    FACT:    Five  percent  (5%)  of  young  adults  in  America  are  ineligible  to  be  in  the  military  because  of  criminal  record  as  juveniles.  Radical  right-­‐wing  elected  officials  have  stripped  delinquency  and  crime  prevention  programs  from  local  and  state  governments  while  relaxing  any  restraints  on  those  very  persons  having  access  to  deadly  weapons.     Question:      If  the  radical  cutbacks  by  right-­‐wing  zealots  are  encouraging  more   and  more  young  people  to  become  violent  and  criminal,  is  this  inciting   domestic  disturbance  and  rebellion?    
  • 3. Now,  my  fellow  citizens,  this  essay  will  engender  a  hue  and  cry  from  the  paid  agitators  of  the  radical  right.    They  will  say  this  is  essay  is  un-­‐American.  They  will  say  the  problems  are  the  fault  of  the  decline  in  morals,  the  lack  of  prayer  in  schools,  two-­‐working  parents,  single  parents,  unionized  teachers  and  gays  in  America.  So  if  that  is  true,  why  on  earth  do  all  those  other  rich  democracies  have  fewer  of  these  problems  like  Canada,  Norway,  Sweden  or  the  Netherlands?    Aren’t  they  the  heathen  lands?    Maybe  those  “bad”  countries  actually  apply  and  implement  the  proven  strategies  that  prevent  all  the  above  problems.  Even  more  ironic,  the  proven  strategies  that  those  “bad”  countries  use  were  invented  and  proven  in  American—thanks  for  all  our  incredible  scientific  excellence  that  they  use  and  the  hired  bounty  hunter  radical  right  decry.        If  you  detect  more  than  a  bit  of  outrange  and  righteous  anger,  you  would  be  correct.  Why  would  these  newly  elected,  over-­‐the-­‐top  so-­‐called  “patriots”  consciously  surrender  America’s  youth  and  future  to  our  sworn  enemies?    Perhaps,  for  the  same  reason  that  Judas  gave  up  Jesus—for  pieces  of  silver,  a  few  moments  of  fame,  and  the  solicitations  of  the  rich  and  powerful  who  flatter  others  for  their  own  purposes.    Every  other  rich  democracy  seeks  to  assure  their  young  adults  are  healthy,  clean  or  sober,  think  and  learn  well,  avoid  having  children  when  children  themselves,  and  do  not  engaged  in  crime—but  not  our  newly  elected  Radical  Republicans.  No,  they  truly  want  to  plunge  American  children  and  youth  into  some  sort  of  Hell.    The  new  radicals  are  NOT  the  conservatives  I  grew  up  with  and  admired  in  Western  Kansas  like  Bob  Dole.  These  are  not  the  conservatives  like  Gerry  Ford  or  Everett  Dirksen  who  were  Republican  leaders  when  I  worked  as  a  page  in  Congress.    Dole,  Ford  and  Dirksen  were  good  people  who  wanted  good  for  all—not  just  financial  patrons.  When  I  went  to  see  Bob  Dole  in  his  retirement,  he  talked  with  pride  about  taking  on  the  food  giants  who  were  selling  soda  and  junk  food  in  schools—and  that  meant  even  going  against  Big  Agriculture.    No,  the  new  rightwing,  radicals  are  more  like  Judas.  They  will  sell  your  children,  my  children  and  America’s  safety  and  security  for  a  few  pieces  of  silver.  The  really  rich  who  pass  out  the  thirty  pieces  of  silver  will  be  fine;  they  will  hire  private  armies  like  the  Mexican  drug  lords  to  protect  themselves  and  fly  above  the  chaos  in  the  helicopters.  You  and  I  will  simply  tremble  for  ourselves,  for  our  children,  and  for  our  futures—because  America  won’t  be  safe  or  secure  in  any  way.    PS.  If  you  think  it  is  impossible  to  prevent  all  these  nasty  problems,  then  please  go  on  line  to  read  the  Institute  of  Medicine  Report  on  the  Prevention  of  Mental,  Emotional  and  Behavioral  Disorders.2        
  • 4. 1.  McMichael  WH.  Most  U.S.  youths  unfit  to  serve,  data  show.  Army  Times  2009  Nov.   5,  2009.  2.  OConnell  ME,  Boat  T,  Warner  KE,  editors.  Preventing  Mental,  Emotional,  and   Behavioral  Disorders  Among  Young  People:  Progress  and  Possibilities.  .   Washington,  DC:  Institute  of  Medicine;  National  Research  Council,  2009.      

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