MoonDawg's Den: Dude, *Here's* My Draft

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Monday, November 20, 2006

Dude, *Here's* My Draft

Last month I had a post (Dude, Where's My Draft?) about a scare tactic used by the Democrats in the 2004 election - namely, that the evil Republicans were secretly planning to bring back military conscription after the election. It never happened, of course, because the whole thing was a lie to being with.

But now we have a Democratic Congress, and one of the top Democrats in the House, Rep. Charles Rangel, is planning to use his new clout as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee to bring back the draft.

The liberal scare mongering in 2004 amounted to "Vote Republican, Get Drafted". The possible reality in 2006 is "Voted Democrat, Getting Drafted".


  • Rangel is being an idiot. He's trying to make a political point by playing with American lives. That's as bad as the "Stay the course" mentality that has kept us in Iraq so long. I wish the dough heads in Washington-- Republican and Democrat alike-- would learn that people are more important than politics.

    Talk Left had this to say:

    --"For all you naysayers who thought we were crazy when we wrote about bringing back the draft, here it is, Charlie Rangel, obviously having a deranged moment, is introducing a bill to reinstate the draft.

    Rangel mistakenly thinks that a draft would have prevented the war in Iraq.

    "There's no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm's way," Rangel said.

    A draft would not have prevented Iraq any more than it prevented Vietnam. I cannot support risking the lives of this country's youth to make a political point. They should not be used as pawns in the war debate.

    Let's hope Rangel's bill dies as swift a death this year as it did in 2004."--

    Sanity will prevail! I hope...

    By Anonymous Jeff, At 2:07 AM, November 21, 2006  

  • I've listened to Rangel speak on this matter many times and I believe he's sincere - he's truly under the misguided belief (as are many others in the liberal elite) that the volunteer military mainly attracts the poor and uneducated:

    "For those who say the poor fight better, I say give the rich a chance."

    So I don't think Rangel is simply trying to make a political point - I think he actually believes this crap. Pelosi and other Dems are dismissing the draft idea, but as Chairman of Ways & Means, Rangel is going to carry a lot of juice in the next Congress, and I don't think he's going to go away quietly.

    By Blogger Garry, At 9:59 AM, November 21, 2006  

  • I think he sincerely believes it too, but I've heard him say that he knows it doesn't have a prayer of passing. He's just doing it to make a point, and he's being stupid.

    I really doubt it will ever get out of committee.

    By Anonymous Jeff, At 11:02 AM, November 21, 2006  

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