Discussion in 'Politics' started by Annie, Nov 20, 2006.
A couple Democrat friends of mine were laughing at Rangel's idea. The mere thought at how much time, money, and especially effort it would take just is insane.
What's really sad, he is denigrating those that serve now and might later, if a draft is ever really needed. He should be ashamed, but I think he's not mature enough.
He's thinking if he can get some wealthy people's kids killed in Iraq he can turn everyone completely against. His reasoning is wealthy people and politicians in particular have more political voice than us poor folk who volunteer.
The difficulty is, it's no longer the 'poor folk' who volunteer, rather it's the middle and upper classes.
The draft in Vietnam was skewed to the poor, because of deferments, not true since. Drafts tend to do that, in the Civil War you could buy a proxy, both sides.
The wealthy and/or powerful will ALWAYS find a way to get out of doing any dirty work; especially, if it's at the risk of life. It isn't a factor now, as you say, but it would again be a factor if the draft was reinstated.
Exactly! Which is why the draft should always be a last resort. Those that are 'priviledged' will always call upon it, when 'summoned'; yet may well volunteer when given the opportunity, which is happening now and during other troubling times, like the revolution.
The draft is the 'last resort' and the most class conscious way for service.
Making it ANOTHER tool of class warfare.
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