We've sent soldiers like Willie to die for 12 years. Americans don't have to conserve food or gasoline, or give up shopping while the Willie Gilberts fight. If we don't know or love someone away at war, it doesn't affect our lives one bit.
12.4 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan vets are unemployed as of July. In real numbers, that's 232,000 new veterans struggling to find work. That's a number small enough that if our nation really focused on it, we could make a real dent.
There are growing ranks of veterans who return home and commit crimes. We help the entire country by helping veterans who are on the edge. It makes our communities safer and honors the values they fought for.
This isn't about insider partisan purges and who has beltway money, It's very clear, and it's very mainstream. If you take the outsider, radical position and support the war in Afghanistan, you're toast.
If present trends of industrial overfishing continue, there will be no commercially viable wild fisheries left by mid-century, and CITES failed at its recent meeting to intervene on this looming catastrophe.