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Brewer1Hale BrewerChristiansonEnglish 1 November 27, 2016Liberty and Patriotism in AmericaTo me, the 2016 Presidential election process, so far, has been quite incredible. With a domineering Republican businessman and a rather shifty Democrat, under FBI investigation, in the running, the race has become somewhat of a farce. Through the disorganized debates and chaotic campaign rallies, we’ve gotten a glimpse of each runner’s specific stance, for example, on foreign policy and the military. While speaking at a campaign rally at the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa, the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, stated he would revive the draft. Again sending millions of citizens off to war, for four years, “to make the military as strong as we were in the sixties”, as he put it. This, though we’ve seen the 19thcentury, and half of the 20thcentury, filled with one war after another, with many young people being drafted, or more recently volunteering instead. It seems citizens have been at least partly persuaded by mainstream media outlets, as well as posters and war-themed songs, to participate in wars any way they could. A popular example has been the “Uncle Sam” recruitment poster, depicting the U.S. government as a patriotic, bearded white man with a top hat, exclaiming “I want you”, for the U.S. Army starting back in 1917. And a popular wartime song “Over There”, written by George M. Cohan in the same year offers this verse:“Johnny, get your gun, get your gun, get your gun.