Monday, November 27, 2006

Reinstating the draft pure folly

The way we figured it, Congressman Charlie Rangel saying he wants to reinstate the draft was his way of making a point that all you gung-ho warmakers love to talk the talk, but don't necessarily wanna walk the walk when it comes to sending Junior overseas.

Our Congressman Ron Paul chimes in today via his weekly newsletter that "most military experts" think reinstating the draft would impair our readiness cause it would cause "training and morale" problems.

Then he says this:

The political right favors sending young people to fight in aggressive wars like Iraq. The political left longs to send young people into harm's way to save the world in places like Darfur. But both sides share the same belief that citizens should serve the needs of the state-- a belief our founders clearly rejected in the Declaration of Independence.

To many politicians, the American government is America. This is why, on a crude level, the draft appeals to patriotic fervor. Compulsory national service, whether in the form of military conscription or make-work programs like AmeriCorps, still sells on Capitol Hill. Conscription is wrongly associated with patriotism, when really it represents collectivism and involuntary servitude.

Here's another thought. If they reinstated the draft, I guess they'd have to include the gals this time. This could make the Vietnam-era demonstrations look like a picnic in the park, we suspect.


JD Allen said...

Maybe someone in your hugemongous reading public can explain why it is that our draftees in previous wars were trained for, and put into, combat in a few weeks, but Iraqis haven't been able to get certified in - how many years is it, now?

Leigh said...

Re the grumpy gynecologist's remarks. The political left would like to see UN peacekeeping forces in Darfur -- ie a strategy arising out of a consensus of opinion. The political right probably wouldn't even want young people in Iraq, if they had been drafted.

IthinkthereforeIam said...

If they reinstate the draft, then they should ask Canada to reinstate the welcome mat for draft dodgers.

It's the right thing to do.

Freudian Slip said...

Funny comment about Canada and teh draft dodgers. Laughed outloud at my desk here :)