Anh Minh wrote:
The American public school system may be terrible, but here, I think that out of the top twenty high school, one, maybe two, are private.
And...that's wherever you are. Which, from that statement, I interpret as 'not in the US.' Since I happen to be from America, I'll just continue to use examples that I'm familiar with.
Re: the draft. What Sun Tzu said. And the bit about putting your life on the line. And the Heinlein reference.
...and how do any of those count as wanting a draft? People have the choice
of serving the government or not. I know plenty of people who have, I know plenty of people who wouldn't touch the government with a twenty-foot pole.
Want to send all-volunteer firefighters into chemical plants?
Why not? If I were a firefighter and I had the training, I'd go ahead willingly. It's what I signed up to do, after all.
Yay corruption and oppression of minorities!
And again, do explain more fully than a six-word answer, please.
United States Navy.
Cool - also USN, current stationed at NNPTC.
To clarify what I said about my pride in no-one beign forced to serve, the discussion to that point had bordered dangerously close on the concept of having to serve to be able to vote.
Ah, but that's generally the point - A display of willingness to sacrifice the self for the greater good should be one of the key requirements to be able
I'm a firm believer in earning your priviliges, with a voice in the government being one of them - civili rights are basic and unalienable, but political rights aren't rights - they're responsiblities, and if you fail in them the privilige of voting should be taken away.
FireDepartments: I grew up in Central Illinois, and currently live in San Diego. I doubt many rural comunities would be able to support a full time fire department, and I doubt a volenteer service could adaquately provide for larger concentrated urban areas. Either way, it's still neccisary to purchase and maintain the equipment they use. (Fire Engines anyone?)
Get the community to do it, then - if the community wants adequate fire protection, they'll scrape up the money eventually, or they'll go without.
Schools: yup, some schools are better than others. Some teach as well as they can, others barely manage to teach to standards. But what public schools do provide is a difference between that level of education, and no education. (Don't get me started on home schooling. While it works well for some, I cannot see three generations of home schooling staying competitive)
All the public schools I've been in, and listening to my friends talk about the ones they've stayed in, do not teach anything at all. The information in the textbooks if oft-wrong, slanted, biased, or altered, the courses are designed to give even the lowest-scorer a passing grade, and you can sue the school to get your grades changed from an F to an A. I don't remember the specifics of that case, google for it if you want.
As for many federalized services, some of them have grown out of a recognition that there are sometimes problems states and comunities cannotor will not handle by themselves. (KKK, Mob, Civil rights) At the inception of our nation, even the army was to be made of state militias. Our Civil war demonstrated clearly the need for a federalised army. So did the Mexican/American wars.
And, out of curiosity, are the KKK and Mobs a problem, assuming that you've got communities with any sense of self-worth/capability of protecting themselves? So there's a crossburning. Personally, I loathe them, but yaknow, it's their right of political expression, as long as they do it on their own private property, or even public property.
The moment they step onto my
land to do it, well, time to drive'm off my land in whatever way I so choose, and since I have 'Trespassers will be shot with no warning' signs posted, it looks like I'd be hauling them off in bodybags. Same with the Mob/Mafia/whatever - they come onto my land and demand protection money, they'll get it - in the form of small elad pellets at high speed.
And what about civil rights? How the federal government was forced to slam it into the face of the southern states? That, no offense and all, was a side effect of the way the US developed with a tradition of slavery. And, being that, was a one-time-only societal event.
And there would
be a federalized military - it'd be about the entirety of the government. Responsible for maintaining the national borders, and nothing else.