What was the MoveOn.org meme from 2004–2007 again? That Bush was going to bring back the draft or something like that.
It got so bad and so ill-informed that among 18–29 year olds in 2004, a majority seriously believed it was going to happen.
Of course back then, the only ones really pushing for a re-introduction of the Draft were Democrats. Most of them using it as an anti-war tactic to turn public opinion against any future war (like they did in Vietnam) or to just confuse the general public.
Then there’s Congressional representatives like New York Democrat Charlie Rangel who say there isn’t enough “sacrifice” being done in America and the only way to remedy that is forced military conscription, not so that young people can learn things like honor, discipline, duty and selflessness. No, Rangel’s idea is all about his belief that the military is full of dumb, ignorant minorities (It is not) who the country feeds into an all-killing war machine.
So he’ back with his idea. The only change to it this time: Include women.
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) on Friday said he plans to introduce legislation that would bring back the military draft and extend it to women for the first time.
Rangel, who has pushed for years to bring back the draft, said the Pentagon’s decision to allow women to serve in combat means that they too should register for the Selective Service.
“Now that women can serve in combat they should register for the Selective Service alongside their male counterparts,” Rangel said in a statement. “Reinstating the draft and requiring women to register for the Selective Service would compel the American public to have a stake in the wars we fight as a nation. We must question why and how we go to war, and who decides to send our men and women into harm’s way.”
Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed an order rescinding the ban on women serving in combat units last month, potentially opening up as many as 237,000 positions to female service members.
The move raised a number of policy issues, including whether women will now be required to register with the Selective Service. The Pentagon is required to report on how changing the ban effects the constitutionality of the registration being males only.
In an interview on MSNBC, Rangel said the draft should be reinstated because the majority of Americans make “no real sacrifice” when the country goes to war.
“The Congress never gets a chance to vote up and down on these war questions. Every president just puts our kids in harm’s way and we just foot the bill, but there’s no real sacrifice in what’s going on. Less than 1 percent of American families are involved in the military and they really pay the price for it,” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Military conscription has been proven not to work and many even in the Pentagon at the moment doesn’t want. Studies have shown that you tend to get more accomplished by those who want to be there, not by those who are forced to be there against their wills. A draft would create the latter situation.
Perhaps someday the military will indeed see the need for another draft, but at the moment, the world is a long ways away from any type of World War II scenario where millions of brave, young adults are needed to save the world once again.
Rangel doesn’t want to bring back the draft to help the American military. He wants to bring back the draft to have the military destroyed from within by recruits who never wanted to serve in the first place.
By the way, can someone explain to me how Rangel’s still in Congress and not spending the rest of his days in an orange jumpsuit for his numerous ethics and criminal violations?