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I never thought I’d see anyone with the cajones to suggest bringing back the draft, but our future chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has the desire to do just that.
And I say he’s got a point.
If America wants to continue the occupation of our current colonies–I mean, “liberated countries,” with the added possibility of occupying Syria, Iran, North Korea and a number of African countries (you know, if we smell WMDs or something), then you’re going to have to do something, friends. Ol’ Salmons can’t fight all the wars for you.
The story also lists the strong opposition of the American public to the draft. Seven in 10 oppose conscription. Well, no sh*t! It isn’t so bad when it’s some other person’s kid or friend out there, but when it might be yours or you, that changes everything, doesn’t it?
Not that seven in 10 would refuse to go if conscripted, but it’s just interesting to see how many yellow ribbon magnets are on cars, but how many want it to be someone they don’t know.
But Lord help us if there was a draft. We can barely discipline our troops as it is now. No physical contact, no “unnecessary” verbal abuse, no strong language, “sensing sessions” to hear soldier complaints. Ladies often play the harassment card, so male must take extra care reprimanding females–always have a witness, always in the open. The racial card gets thrown out too. “Don’t correct him too much, he might think you’re racist. Find someone else to correct too, so that it doesn’t look as bad.” Basic trainees can’t be treated too rough, lest it hurt their feelings…*shudder*
But the representative’s idea is a good one, I think. He mentioned service wouldn’t just be in the armed forces, but would include seaports, airports, hospitals…that sort of thing. If it were more compatible with the American palate, I think it would do young people a lot of good to have to serve for a few years. Lots of countries have mandatory service: Israel, Germany, Switzerland, Korea. It definitely would make people more appreciative of the whole democratic process.
Then again, I just see this as a precursor to a few hundred thousand more government jobs that will have to be created to manage the whole enterprise.
Ack! Never mind, just let us fight until we’re deaf, crippled and drooling in the corner. I’ll wave whoever’s flag ends up winning.
*screws up Green Card application*
NZ’s looking pretty damn cozy… I might just stay here. You’ll do my fighting for me, won’t ya.
Actually, much to the disapproval of my father, I applied for the AirForce but due to the fact that I was asthmatic they didn’t want me. “If you’re in a warzone, and you can’t get your medication, that could be dangerous”. Honey, if Im in a warzone, theres gonna be a hell of a lot more danger to me than a slight wheeze.
Ha! You should have applied for the Army. Either they wouldn’t have had a problem with it, or the recruiter would have told you to lie. You’d be in, regardless 😉
Air Force is definitely the way to go! Much, MUCH higher living standards, four to six month deployments, and you’re always on the most secure real estate around–the airfield.
We all hate ’em, but only because we’re jealous.
“…just let us fight until we’re deaf, crippled and drooling in the corner. I’ll wave whoever’s flag ends up winning.”
Problem is the bad guys have so many different flags that your only real option now is to line up D-9 bulldozers and just level the entire country.