"This does not mean that I want to see us grow into a flabby country, with men who are unable to defend it physically. We might as well face the fact that defense in the future, as well as aggression, needs mechanical equipment and scientific research.
I think, too, that we need to devote our energies to better health, stronger, finer people, better educated, better fed and, above all, better disciplined. If democracy is to succeed, we need well-disciplined citizens who use their citizenship with intelligence."
This is Eleanor Roosevelt, fromBrad DeLong's blog, writing in 1946. Note the emphasis on strength and discipline. Wouldn't see that in any current opinion writer.