Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Reddit Tell A Friend Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
OpEdNews Op Eds

Charlie Rangel - His Efforts to Bring Back the Draft Deserve Support

By   Follow Me on Twitter     Message Steven Leser       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     Permalink    (# of views)   4 comments

Related Topic(s): ; ; , Add Tags
Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

Author 75
Become a Fan
  (9 fans)
- Advertisement -

Copyrighted Image? DMCA


I love Rep. Charles Rangel. His courage concerning bringing back the draft is the stuff too rarely seen among our elected officials. He faces condemnation from both the ideological right and the progressive left for his proposal.

I have just one caveat. If the draft is brought back, it must have NO exceptions.

There should be no exception for college. People can wait and can save their salaries for tuition.

There should be no exception for physical disability. The disabled can still serve albeit in supportive and non-combat roles. A different basic training could be developed for these folks.

There should be no exception for people who intend to join the National Guard. People who truly yearn for a career in the Guard should be required to serve their two years on active duty first, then be transferred to Guard duty.

There should be no exception for gender. Women should be required to serve just like men.

Assuming these issues, and any other potential loopholes are handled, Rangel's idea is great.

I would like to add something to his proposal. If the President or Congress commits to military action, any children of the President or any sitting member of congress who have served but are no longer on active duty in the military, who are above 20 years of age but below 40, should be immediately recalled to active duty to participate.

How many wars do you think we will fight then? My guess is we will only go to war if that is the absolute last resort. If Jenna and Barbara along with the kids of the Republican congress would have had to suit up in BDUs (Battle Dress Uniforms) what do you think the chances are that the Iraq war would have ever happened?

Representative Rangel, if you see this article, you have my support if you make sure EVERYONE has to serve. If Representative Rangel's bill stipulates to no deferments or exemptions, every Democrat should support it.

 

- Advertisement -

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

A political blogger for the International Business Times, Steve Leser is a hot national political pundit. He has appeared on MSNBC's Coundown with Keith Olbermann, Comedy Central's Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Russia Today's (RT) Crosstalk with (more...)
 

Steven Leser Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

McCain Campaign Violated McCain-Feingold law with Palin Clothing Purchases

McCain attacked 18 year old Chelsea Clinton in 1998 now says Palin's family & kids are off limits

McCain says "Horseshit" on National TV During Debate

North Korea – Impending Missile Launch May Require US Military Action

Palin: Drill Baby Drill, but blame Obama for the Spill!

Palin to McCain - Oops I did it Again