Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Return of the Draft

Also known as, the shifting tide of the new party. Check this out from The Washington Times.

The incoming Democratic chairman of the House Ways and Means panel says he will introduce a bill to reinstitute a military draft in order to provide the U.S. with more troops, while Sen. John McCain continued his call for increase of troop levels in Iraq.

Rep. Charles B. Rangel of New York first called for a draft in January 2003, when Democrats were the minority party in both houses of Congress. Now that his party controls Capitol Hill, he was asked yesterday on CBS' "Face the Nation" if he was still serious about the proposal.

"You bet your life. Underscore 'serious,' " he said.

I think drafting 18 year-olds is wrong. If either of my boys was even close to the right age, I'd encourage them to sign up. The root problem isn't solved by the draft.

I'm all about solving the root problem (and yes, it pisses my co-workers off.)

The root problem is that citizens don't support the government and the way it has been operating. That's evident from recent elections, polls, etc. Why should anyone want to go to work for a cause they don't believe it? I couldn't ever work for an abortion clinic. I don't agree with the principles practiced there.

Come to think of it, that's part of why I had to quit teaching at the parochial school too. But that's another post.

If a draft is the only way to go, then the Military needs to recruit differently. Policies need to change in Washington. People need to know how this is a good career move, just like college and tech schools are.

Initiating a draft is only going to cause more problems. Solve the root cause.

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