Rep. Charlie Rangel, soon to be Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, wants to re-institute the Draft – is this political suicide?
"I truly believe that those who make the decision and those who support the United States going into war would feel more readily the pain that's involved, the sacrifice that's involved, if they thought that the fighting force would include the affluent and those who historically have avoided this great responsibility."
"Those who love this country have a patriotic obligation to defend this country. For those who say the poor fight better, I say give the rich a chance."
Under his bill:
~the draft would apply to men and women ages 18 to 26
~exemptions would be granted to allow people to graduate from high school
~but college students would have to serve
~anyone who didn't qualify for military service would be asked to perform community service
Outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he sees no need for a draft, that the military is managing to attract enough skilled recruits without one.
"We're not going to re-implement a draft. There is no need for it at all. The disadvantages of using compulsion to bring into the armed forces the men and women needed are notable."
Since 1980, the Selective Service has required men 18 to 26 to register in case troops were needed in an emergency.
Interesting that reinstating the draft is always advanced by liberals. They pro-test the war, in front of recruiting offices, vote against ROTC and Jr. ROTC on school campuses, etc...yet they are for the draft! Scratching your head?
A Newsweek Poll in 2004 found 7 percent of respondents favored reinstating the draft; 28 percent thought it should be considered; and 62 percent didn't even want to consider the idea.
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