One Percent

On this Veterans’ Day, I heard the statistic that 1% of this country’s population is either active or reserve military personnel. Of course, retired veterans make that figure higher, but there are over 3 million people who are ready to serve this country in battle. There are other ways people can work for this country, but the military is the only service that one voluntarily gives up the freedom of self-determination for their term.

We hear a lot about 1% vs. 99% these days. A supposedly monolithic group of people is using the labor of the general population to enrich themselves. What we also have is a group of 1% of the population tasked with the protection of this country. They serve not only the 99% not currently serving, but also their own ranks.

We can carve out 1% of the public in any way we choose. There are the 1% richest. There are the 1% most powerful. There are the 1% most intelligent. The 1% in the military is deserving of distinction. They sacrifice in a way many of us don’t have to. Many of them sacrifice their lives. They are the 1% who may not be better than us, but they are the best of us.


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9 Responses to One Percent

  1. HELENK says:

    I just started to read Seal Target Geronimo. These people are absolutely amazing. This country is so lucky to have them.

  2. HELENK says:

    White House area shooting update: Suspect at large; recovered machine gun appears equipped with scope – NBC Washington

  3. Lola-at-Large says:

    I’m part of the 88% non-union workforce. Or at least I will be next week when I start working as a substitute teacher because I was shut out of a permanent job in education by teacher’s unions. I actually majored in a degree that rewarded excellence. My bad.

    • elliesmom says:

      Some advice from trenches – establish yourself as a “bad-ass take no prisoners” substitute teacher on day one. Familiarize yourself with all of the school’s rules and make sure you know where everything is in the building. If the kids turn out to be lovely children who are eager to please you, you can always get nicer, but if they decide they can walk all over you the first day, you’ll never get control back. Substitute teaching is nothing like being a full time classroom teacher. It requires a very different skill set. When I was teaching in the classroom, if a really good sub filled in for me and I came back and found my classroom in good shape, I’d go to work sick for a day or two to get to a day when he or she was available again.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      my gd has the same problem

  4. soupcity says:

    Beautiful, 1539days, thank you.

  5. HELENK says:


    michelle obama’s court ordered inactive law license

    interesting, wonder why the court would do that

  6. DeniseVB says:

    Speaking of the 1%…..

  7. HELENK says:

    here is an ordinary man who became extraordinary when it was needed

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