I get a lot if ideas for posts, and then something comes along to distract me, like my real job. I enjoy blogging, it’s a one sided conversation that I feel like I win every time I post. For those few readers who know me in “meatspace”, I am a bit argumentative. I have been known to take an opposing view just for the sake of the argument.
Yes, I was a debater in high school. It is an extracurricular activity which would benefit every young person, in my opinion. But I want to talk about an extracurricular activity which would be a detriment to the nation as a whole. That is Rep. Charlie Rangel idiotic legislation to reinstate the draft.
Rangel is a leading Democrat from
The American public has become used to a no risk, push button military able to deliver stunning victories with almost zero loss of life. The conflict in
The American military is the second largest in the world. It is the most professional and sophisticated. It is the most honest and able of ANY military service. A recent GAO report put forth the following;
The active duty force has undergone several demographic changes since
the end of the draft and the advent of an all-volunteer force in 1973. It
has become older and better educated, it has experienced increases in
the representation of minority and female service members, and a greater
proportion of its service members are married and have children.
Recognizing that a family’s satisfaction with military life can influence
retention, Congress and DOD have responded by establishing and
increasing support services for military families. However, opportunities
exist to further improve benefits in this area.
The military has grown, improved and continues to shape itself to meet the needs of the changing world. I do not believe any serving member, when asked directly, would want to serve alongside someone who is there against their will. We, as Americans, value individual liberty (rightly, I believe) above all other rights. It was Milton Friedman, President Nixon’s economist, who correctly labeled the draft as "slavery". Rarely will you find a direct link to an antiwar site, however, the point is critical.
Rangel, a descendant of slaves would have our nation burdened with a slave class again.