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In the News: Stephen King’s Remarks on C-SPAN’s Book TV

Posted by JungleBoot on May 6, 2008

Stephen King spoke in front of an audience at the Library of Congress on 2008-May-04. During the program, he said the following:

 “I don’t want to sound like an ad–a public service ad on TV–but the fact is that if you can read you can walk into a job later on. If you don’t then you got the Army, Iraq, I don’t know, something like that. It’s not as bright. So that’s my little commercial for that.”

The blogs have already picked it up and started talking about it. Mark Levin discussed it during his radio show.  I bet it makes minor mention on national news.  However, I take offense to this type of thinking and other statements like it.  My brother and I both served in the armed forces of the United States.   We did our time and got out.

I want to draw attention to one thing.  The United States Armed Forces is made up of volunteers.  Each member takes an entrance exam to help place them into an appropriate field.  Some people choose to take combat roles.  Some people choose to take support roles.  The jobs all incorporate technology — some less than others.  People can’t hide out in the military anymore.  Performance marks are taken seriuosly.  If you don’t measure up, they don’t let you re-enlist.  The modern U. S. military is more agile, mobile, intelligent, and dedicated to it’s mission.

Anyway, I just wanted to say that.


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