Skip to comments.Gannett Newspaper Supports Rangel Draft Call (Ithaca Journal)
Posted on 11/24/2006 9:29:46 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
ITHACA--Congressional leaders may be downplaying Charles Rangel's call to reinstate the draft but at least one newspaper in the Gannett chain thinks the Congressman has a point.
An editorial in the November 24 Ithaca Journal picks on Rangel's arguments and asks the following:
Would our leaders have made the same decisions based on the information they had to first invade and then stay in Iraq if it was their children on the ground fighting in the trenches? A draft would force all of us to consider the shared sacrifice required to wage war. That is a perspective that would weigh heavily on the nation's mind as well as its leaders.****Should the consequences of waging war be shouldered by all members of society the rich, the poor, the young and the old? Privilege shouldn't be a factor in deciding whether you have to go fight in Iraq, Afghanistan or any of the other war-torn theaters across the globe.
To date, the Journal may be one of the first "mainstream" papers to cheer Rangel's draft legislation. However, as part of the Gannett chain, it may not be the last. If that cheer controls to grow, it could only be a matter of time before the Democratic party finds itself the party that brings back the draft.
Of course the MSM will support it.
A draft would hurt the American military and that is one of their agendas.
fine. start with all college students first.
I thought the WHOLE point of a non-draft based system was to get motivated individuals IN the armed forces - and not involuntary against-their-will 'conscripts'.
I am prepared that there is no logic or rationale behind the call for a reinstatement of the draft, but rather this is more twisted political posturing by the demoncrats ...
"Privilege shouldn't be a factor in deciding whether you have to go fight in Iraq, Afghanistan or any of the other war-torn theaters across the globe."
Right now it doesn't. Make a draft happen and it will. This is a total disconnect from reality. The military as a whole, is more educated than the general population and just as racially diverse. This is an issue made up out of whole cloth.
American wars are fought today by those who want to fight them.
Rangel knows that by bringing back the draft and drafting people that don't want to join will only cause more chaos and problems for the military. There will be ton of draft dodgers and deserters. The MSM will be showing students on campus burning their draft cards. Then with the help of the MSM, Rangel and his evil leftist cohorts will spin this around and blame it on Republicans and Conservatives. The entire idea of bringing back the draft is for the sole purpose of destroying our armed forces. Rangel is an evil America hating communist who will not be happy until our country is destroyed.
Fine, let's give it to them. Let's let the 'Rats "own" the draft.
Rangel is an idiot, who does not add to the image of "black" politians.
What a Jackass!
I agree. Maybe someone could convince Rangel to support mandatory military service for everyone.
Too much freedom for a liberal Democrat!
Draft the MSM
The other reason a draft will fail is that there is no longer any stigma to showing up at the induction center smoking a huge joint and lip locking the first guy you see in uniform.
You really think the Dems won't first abolish the whole "dont ask don't tell" doctrine and the prohibition against open homsexuals in the military?
Barney Frank, et al, are already looking at overturning "dont ask..."
My solution: Draft only those young men who in the country ILLEGALLY. Hey, they want a path to citizenship?
Maybe legislators would pass different littering laws if their son was in the ditches picking up trash.
Including the womyn!
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