Juliette has it exactly right. I'm tired of the sneering condescension doled out by the elitist twits who think that I can't understand the underlying reasons for the oath that I took when I enlisted (and reenlisted twice more). I'd put my IQ up against theirs any day, and I seriously think I'd come out on top. I don't appreciate having them make speeches (ostensibly on my behalf) with which I wholeheartedly disagree. Further, the equation of military service to slavery is so thoroughly indefensible and repulsive that words fail me.
UPDATE: Brad R. Torgeson of Pool of Thought has the definitive exchange of e-mails with Mr. Rivers in reference to the column. To his credit, Rivers remains civil throughout the exchange, but is unwilling to change his view that volunteer soldiers are treated as slaves.