The whole purpose of this post is simply to make you think. I’m not here to force my views down your throat or try to convince you to my way of thinking. In fact, I don’t even really know how I feel about this debate topic. But, I do find it very interesting.
I’m simply here to spark a debate about U.S. citizenship and hear what YOU think about this topic. I hope that you can read this post objectively, put some thought into a good comment, and share what you think by leaving a comment below.
My debate question is: Should citizenship have to earned via military service in the United States?” Should the U.S. government create a policy/law where everyone in the U.S. is born a civilian of the United States, and they have all the rights they have currently right now, except the right to vote, but could earn citizenship (and voting rights) by serving TWO YEARS in the military?
For the sake of the debate, let’s assume that EVERYONE was allowed to serve in the military, regardless of any physical ailment. And it’s also important to note that NO ONE is discriminated against, other than the right to vote.
The reason I am proposing this debate question is because I recently re-read the book “Starship Troopers” by Robert Heinlein, and it got me thinking. Yes, the book is science fiction. Yes, it’s about Soldiers fighting bugs on another planet. But, I have to tell you, the book is loaded with thought provoking PRINCIPLES. You should definitely read it if you haven’t done so already.
In the book, the people lived in a place called the Terran Federation. Everyone was either a civilian or citizen. Everyone was born a civilian, but citizenship had to be earned through military service. At the age of 18, ANYONE, even the blind, deaf and handicap could join the military. Once they successfully completed their two year military service obligation, they became a CITIZEN and had the right to vote. They could leave the military at any time after the two years and be a citizen.
At any point, people could quit the military BEFORE their two year service obligation was up. If they quit, they could never rejoin the military and they could never become a citizen. It’s important to note that only citizens could vote. Everyone had equal rights (citizens and civilians), except when it came to voting. And no one was FORCED to join the military.
The reasoning for this law was that people who served in the military were willing to put the needs of the community above the needs of their own. According to the book, someone who had never served in the military only thought about themselves and their own well being, so they weren’t qualified to vote for the greater good of their country.
I can definitely see a legitimate argument in this point.
Just to summarize the debate: everyone was born a civilian. Civilians had the same rights as citizens EXCEPT the right to vote. Citizenship was earned by two years of honorable military service. Anyone could serve in the military, but no on was forced to.