So evidently the gang problem in the U.S. military is continuing to worsen. It was an issue when I was in the Army a decade ago and I’m sure it’s only gotten worse given our ever lowering standards for entry. Here’s a picture for you: large numbers of non-native-born young men who are already in gangs joining the U.S. military because it’s a path to citizenship and a steady paycheck (think cars, rims, and stereos). It’s like working welfare for a lot of these people, and thanks to Bush and the aggressive recruiting there are even more of them entering service now.
The thing that really gets me is that the loyalty of these guys is to their neighborhood, to their barrio/hood, to their gang family — not to the United States. Once again we have the U.S. being humiliated in broad daylight — taken advantage of and mocked by those who should absolutely personify the love of this country.
And policy-makers just sit and watch because they’re too weak and frightened to take action. The vast majority of the gang activity is Hispanic, in case you’re wondering, so it causes people in charge to squirm just thinking about the repercussions of being called racist or prejudiced. And so it continues.
Hell, even 10 years ago it was bad enough that the CID (Criminal Investigation Division) had to closely monitor various Latino groups in the barracks because of issues with gang violence breaking out. Even back then they were already running around tagging U.S. government property with their various gang symbols. It’s sickening. Sorry-ass gang members wearing a United States military uniform and saluting officers.
This country doesn’t have long before we cross the threshold into inevitable chaos. All because we’re too naive to realize that our country’s identity and standards are being eroded from within. Soon we’ll be nothing but a collection of other things.: