POLITICAL: The Draft as a mechanism for peace

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

http://www.keywestlou.com/

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

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The World War II draft issue brings to mind some thoughts I wish to share.

We no longer have a draft in the United States. It was done away with many years ago. We have a volunteer military service.

We are also in three wars at this time. Some of which, if not all of which, may have been unnecessary. Many lives lost and bodies maimed participating in unwarranted encounters.

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First, I believe if there were a draft, there would be fewer wars. Congressman would be reluctant to support wars with a constituency back home telling them that they were not in favor of the war. Unless a World War II situation, no parent wants a child to fight in a war. The President and Congress would both be subject to heavier political constraints regarding war if the people of the nation had a greater influence in whether war should be declared.

It is easy to sit in Washington and say we have to go to this country or that country or we need boots on the ground in this country. Not so if those who are doing the actual fighting are generally from a draft program. There would be a severe reluctance on the part of elected officials to engage in wars.

I say bring back the draft.

Second, I am distrustful of a professional military. I have been so for many years. I primarily do not trust the generals.

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Suggest that your fears about Congress and wars is understated if anything.

I remember when politicians always had to have a military record to get elected. Preferable having had to have been somewhere getting shot at. The theory was that they’d be less likely to risk our girls and boys. Heinlein was right; only vets should be able to vote. (ref Starship Troopers. The book; not the movie.)

Unfortunately, in addition to not requiring our politicians to be anything but “handsome” (i.e., BHO44 as an example), we’ve allowed a whole class of “chicken hawks” into the political arena. Tough talk but it’s not their [[plural synonym for donkeys]] going out to fight.

As a little L libertarian, I don’t want “wars”. I won’t back away from a fight, but I won’t start them either. Who in the current debates, other than Ron Paul, is the “peace candidate”?

With Respect To a military takeover, I’m, more afraid of the civilians who run the current mess in DC. Warfare / welfare state with a dumb “We, The Sheeple” electorate who are too stupid to see we are getting in so many ways we can’t keep track of them.

The Dead Old White Guys made some mistakes: (1) should have made it tougher to change the Constitution; (2) should have had the death penalty for malfeasance or infringing rights; (3) should have outlawed Gooferment Skrules; (4) should have had the President have to be Governor and (5) should have made money a commodity — not paper.

… Oh yeah, they did that last one. But the cockroaches in DC got around that WITHOUT amending the Constitution. (The Federal Reserve System, faith-based money [[it's money because of legal tender laws]] is the ROOT of all our problems. Allows “print and spend” and its cousin “borrow and spend” for warfare AND welfare. The inflation tax!)

But, then they couldn’t have imagined how stupid “We, The Sheeple” could become.

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POLITICAL: Rangal highlights the idiocy of the draft

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/can-this-man-be-saved/

Can Charles Rangel Be Saved?
Saturday, July 24th, 2010 – by Jazz Shaw
Rangel’s ethical woes have cast doubt on the 40-year veteran’s future in the House.

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Don’t count on any significant backlash from the voters. Rangel’s various ethical problems have been well known for a long time now, but he continues to win reelection with astronomical margins. Take a look at the map of New York’s 15th District some time. Unlike many vast, rural districts around the nation, the 15th is one of the most compact you will find. It runs along a roughly seven mile stretch of the Hudson River, taking in Fort George, Harlem, and Marcus Garvey, as well as grabbing a few plots of land out near LaGuardia Airport.

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As a little L libertarian have no use for any politicians and bureaucrats of the Empire, but, like a stopped clock, Old Charlie is right every year when he submits his “military service draft” bill. The All Volunteer Army allows the Gooferment to wage wars without the ugliness of the Vietnam era draftees upsetting the serfs. A draft does have the value of making sure that everyone, except the elite who always wiggle out, has a stake in any undeclared war. And, it continues to highlight that the Gooferment has not ended the draft. It still keeps all the infrastructure and the political no show jobs with lucrative pensions around. SO Rangal highlights the idiocy of the whole situation. Year after year. Reminds me of the Spanish American War Telephone Tax!

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