BEWARE! Big swinging Rangel on the loose
Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) has long advocated returning to the draft, but his efforts drew little attention during the 12 years that House Democrats were in the minority. Starting in January, however, he will chair the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. Yesterday he said "you bet your life" he will renew his drive for a draft.
"I will be introducing that bill as soon as we start the new session," Rangel said on CBS's "Face the Nation." He portrayed the draft, suspended since 1973, as a means of spreading military obligations more equitably and prompting political leaders to think twice before starting wars.
"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," said Rangel, a Korean War veteran. "If we're going to challenge Iran and challenge North Korea and then, as some people have asked, to send more troops to Iraq, we can't do that without a draft."
What do I think about Rangel's move? It takes balls.
to try to push this on Congress, needless to say, the American public.
My first reaction is, "Yes!" I absolutely think this makes sense. Then --and this is why I am not a quick to bash all men kind of feminist-- I think about my two boys. There is no way in fucking hell I will allow my kids to join the US Army.
So now, I have to not just think about retirement but about moving to a whole different country before they turn 18.
Which, by the way, takes me to this : The proposal better include both men and women.
Can you imagine the shitstorm?
Because, you know what? He wants to extend the draft to the age of 42. That's insane!
Honestly, Machiavelli is dancing on his grave, all happy and proud. There's no better way to put accountability on the table than to bring on the subject of a draft. Impeachment just doesn't have the same kind of impact than the smell of rich people's fear in the face of impending accountability.