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September 21, 2007

Join the Army, Get Free Citizenship, Are We Rome?

posted by MR WAVETHEORY at 9/21/2007 01:30:00 PM
When Rome ran out of recruits for its military two thousand years ago, it offered citizenship to Germanics who agreed to enlist in the Roman army. Two thousand years later, in the year 2007, America has run out of military recruits for its volunteer army. Guess what legislators are now doing? Congress is proposing a bill to offer illegal immigrants citizenship in return for military service. That means the military will be staffed with noncitizens and mercenaries.

Under the Dream Act, "tens of thousands of well-qualified potential recruits would become eligible for military service for the first time. They are eager to serve in the armed services, and under the Dream Act, they would have a very strong incentive to enlist because it would give them a path to permanent legal status."

Interesting that history repeats itself. I first learned about the Roman problem after reading the book Are We Rome? It's fascinating that America is now facing the same military crisis that Rome faced so long ago before us. I guess we lack creativity and feel compelled to copy the model that works for Rome.

The caveat? Do you want to know why Rome fell? Germanics serving in the Roman army sacked Rome because they got pissed at Rome for not giving them for land. In fact, Rome was invaded by one of their very own when the Germanic Odoacer deposed the last emperor ruling from Rome. Odoacer was a Roman mercenary!

Let that be a lesson to us all!

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