While the DREAM Act has inspired bold activism led by educators and students, its status as a pillar of the immigration reform movement may be somewhat undercut by the taint of the military recruitment machine.
This weekend, please take a moment to remember those who have served us, those who do so today, and those whose dedication in scouring the globe for our soldiers shows that "no man left behind" is far more than an expression.
Our challenges cannot be resolved within our current manpower system. They can only be met by reinstituting conscription -- a "draft" -- albeit within a system of mandatory and universal national service.
Obama didn't have to go to Dover. Bush never went we're told. He could've stayed at the White House and kept some distance from the war. But instead he put himself firmly in front as commander in chief.
America ships soldiers off to Afghanistan and Iraq for free. If you come back in a body bag, they ship that back for free, too. However, we make families who send soldiers socks, food and underwear pay shipping costs.