The De-Localization of PatriotismAlthough bases in Massachusetts will gain from the proposed realignment of military bases, New England is clearly losing out in favor of southern states. More than half of service positions in New England may be cut.
First, I think that the Pentagon is making a huge mistake closing the submarine base at Groton, CT, which will drive Electric Boat out of business.
Second, it will affect patriotism and the mentality of the military. Fewer New Englanders will experience a base in their neighborhoods, and thus will have a lower regard for military service. A less geographically diverse group of men and women will join, meaning that the leadership of the mililtary will be less representative of the nation as a whole.
It won't be enough to have recruiting offices in strip malls. The realignment will denigrate the landscape of American patriotism.