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Rep. Charles Rangel is prepared to introduce legislation to enact the draft. I know this is going to sound strange, but this is the very best thing that could happen to this country. This could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Rangel see’s it this way and I do too. Could you imagine the chickenhawks sending their sons and now daughters to fight in Iraq for a failed US policy that they embrace? I can see it and Rangel does too.

I served 21 years in the Army. Maybe I should have done something else but I can’t take back the time. I remember the war in Vietnam; I was serving then, from January 1968 onward. I know that the biggest motivator for young people to take an active interest in where this nation was going was the thought of being drafted and actually participating in the flawed policies of Washington. We need that kind of involvement now. Soldiers are serving three and four tours in Iraq. I despise this war and this administration, now it’s time to put up or shut up. They can’t have it both ways; cause wars and meanwhile leave their kids out of it. If they believe so wholeheartedly in this GWOT then send the kids of the Congressmen and the State Department and all the other government agencies. Maybe that will make some Congressional chickenhawks think a little differently about putting American youth in harm’s way.

The Army isn’t the worst thing that could happen to a person. There are many that will write terrible comments about what I’m saying here, but I think I know what I’m talking about. If we are to fight never-ending wars with no thought of the consequences, then we should make it democratic; everyone should have a chance to participate!

Think they’ll be throwing depleted uranium around with reckless abandon when Congressman Smith’s son is stationed in Najaf? Think they’ll vote for more war spending so their son’s and daughters can get full body armor? This causes me to cheer Congressman Rangel! If I can serve, anyone can. Let’s make this an “American” thing, instead of an economic thing where solders enlist because they can’t find a job or go to college. Let’s have a draft with no deferments for college, in fact, no deferments at all. Let’s make this a group effort and let us reap the consequences. There is an old saying by John Milton: “Wars begin when you will, but don’t end when you wish”. Let the games begin!

That’s the way I see it.

 

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Former Chairman of the Liberal Party of America, Tim is a retired Army Sergeant. He currently lives in South Carolina. A regular contributor to OpEdNews, he is the author of Kimchee Days (or Stoned Cold Warriors). Tim's political book, "From (more...)
 
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of ending war is noble - but I cannot, and will no... by Populist Party on Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 10:02:52 PM
 "Doing what is nessesary isn't alwa... by Timothy V. Gatto on Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 10:08:15 PM
...assuming we could legislate a draft that was co... by Steven Leser on Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 10:45:04 PM
You got my drift!... by Timothy V. Gatto on Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 10:46:15 PM
"The Army isn’t the worst thing that co... by Tom Murphy on Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 10:52:16 PM
I used to be a OOE30. You have a good point. Let e... by Timothy V. Gatto on Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 10:54:50 PM
made compulsary to be inflicting something bad on ... by Steven Leser on Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 11:17:03 PM
So the Bush Sisters shouldn't serve? You can&#... by Timothy V. Gatto on Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 11:19:37 PM
What I meant to say as a response to the other pos... by Steven Leser on Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 11:30:57 PM
Don't you think that at least a few will do a ... by ibrahim turner on Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 3:16:49 AM
http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_mark_sas_0... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 7:20:56 AM
Until this nation feels the burden of war, each an... by Timothy V. Gatto on Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 7:31:26 AM
TimThen do as I have mentioned in my article and a... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 8:10:05 AM
The US,Israel,Australia and many other countries h... by Timothy V. Gatto on Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 8:28:16 AM
In all those countries ( include here France,... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 8:44:00 AM
I think Chelsea Clinton could lug an M-60 around, ... by john riggs on Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 1:35:50 PM
 I was draft age during Viet Nam and was agai... by B York on Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 2:04:28 PM
Folks, have a look at my article I refer to up the... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 2:49:00 PM
I still respectibly disagree with you. This is ALL... by Timothy V. Gatto on Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 2:59:55 PM
     Here's my 2 cents. Af... by mikel paul on Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 6:39:08 PM
1)  It would give principled young ... by Harold Smith on Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 6:48:29 PM
It's a political tool.... by Timothy V. Gatto on Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 6:51:35 PM