I'm sorry for the inadvertent confusion. I thought that using "institutions of liberalism," "institutions of liberal democracy," "liberal institutions," etc., was going to be clearer, especially when I offered examples of them. I've been using the first meaning of the word "institution" as found in the following Wiktionary link:You and I will never agree on any of this. You turn everything upside down and inside out with your reasoning.
|A custom or practice of a society or community.|
[e.g.] The institution of marriage...
Rule of law, separation of powers (including independent judiciary), civilian control of the military, protection of human rights, constitutionalism, are examples of the liberal institutions that I mean.Today's "liberal" institutions are nothing but methods of control and are used to stomp out liberty. That you fail to see that is telling.
Tell me which of today's "liberal institutions" are protecting the bill of rights. The DOJ? The FBI? The presidency? Public education? Academia?
What I've mostly heard is that people join the army for personal reasons, or to protect their Freedom.In this thread you've heard from many, including me, describe their views about the responsibility they owe to the country in terms of military service.
Did you overlook that?
We had a surge of patriotism and "defend my country" thinking after Pearl Harbor, and again after Tonkin Gulf. Definitely after 911. I'm of an age now where I'm less easily fooled by authorities and the media into responding emotionally to what I recognize as manipulation.Something patriotic perhaps: defend my country, responsibility towards my country- that sort of thing.
Perhaps it's best described by the Scout Oath - duty to God and Country and others, realized by self discipline.Which reminds me- you spoke of personal responsibility- but haven't defined it yet.
I would volunteer for the army if I believed my country was in danger. If I was drafted for a foreign war such as Vietnam or Korea or Kuwait or Iraq, at this point in my life I would not. I may have chosen differently when I was younger and stupider.So you'd volunteer for the army, but if drafted- you'd evade the draft and go to Canada?