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Democrat Chuck Rangel: “Hey, Let’s Draft Women!”

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?

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