Good question. Unlike Kerry(
“who served in viet nam” -’U end up in Iraq.’
It’s sad what America’s enemies have done to our language. When I read the word “pride”, my first thought is no longer positive.
Maine, I can believe. The jobs up there are limited, so there’s not that much to do.
And this is a surprise, why? Its the N/E Liberal patriots, they would rather have someone else’s sons protecting their freedom, rather than having their own do it. What the hell do you people think? It’s not 1944 anymore. Patriotism has a different meaning today than it did back then. Old style patriotism still seems to exist in small town USA, but not in the big city areas.
Has more to do with availability of employment than patriotism I am sad to say. A kid out of high school can at best get a job at McDonalds if they are lucky. As small as it is a military paycheck is better than they could expect elsewhere. Also, many are raised by poor parents and are pushed out the door come graduation.
Many on the east coast list Florida because you don’t get charged state income tax.
I think it has more to do with the employment situations in those states. Maine employment of young men is low, while North Dakota has jobs available out the Wazoo. I know when I graduated from high school in Maine, nearly my whole class went into the service.
I recall that Scotland provided a large percentage of the British Army because the area was poor and that was the only job they could get. They also were good soldiers.
The fact that our C-in-C is what he is would greatly diminish the likelihood of my enlisting, if I were of that age today.