Skip to comments.Rangel to reintroduce military draft measure
Posted on 01/14/2009 6:51:42 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) likely will introduce his controversial legislation to reinstate the draft again this year, but he will wait until after the economic stimulus package is passed.
Asked if he plans to introduce the legislation again in 2009, Rangel last week said, Probably yes. I dont want to do anything this early to distract from the issue of the economic stimulus.
Rangels military draft bill did create a distraction for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) soon after Democrats won control of Congress after the 2006 election.
In the wake of that historic victory, Pelosi said publicly that she did not support the draft and that the Democratic leadership would not back Rangels legislation. She also said Rangels legislation was not about reinstating the draft but was instead a way to make a point about social inequality.
Reintroducing the military draft bill, which would attract media attention, will be trickier for Rangel in 2009 than it was a couple years ago because the Ways and Means Committee chairman is now under investigation by the House ethics committee.
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...Son I’ve already served.....and saw first hand how unfairly things were in 1967-70 when the so called “best and brightest” were allowed to dodge the draft with student deferrments.....think: Bill Clinton
I agree. I think it should be back to the old system of WACS and WAVES. But this is what 30 years of the "womens" movement has come to. They should have minded the phrase " Be careful what you wish for ".
A draft? The dissolution of don’t ask, don’t tell?
You can’t make this stuff up.
It will probably pass right before he undos don’t ask don’t tell.
“I agree. I think it should be back to the old system of WACS and WAVES. But this is what 30 years of the “womens” movement has come to. They should have minded the phrase “ Be careful what you wish for “.
Hey Charlie, how about these conscripts do their boot camp on your Carribbean town home :)
Yeah....that’s the ticket.
Yes, but it will sure serve to take the attention off his legal (illegal?) problems. He thinks just like Bubba—remember bombing an aspirin factory, and Kosovo taking our eyes off Monica?
...this has been a great discussion but I’ve got to go to bed now...don’t be too quick to diss Rangel on this issue...most times he’s wrong, but on this one he’s got a good point....and you younger guys....if there’s a draft you’ll be proud to serve your country...hell, I would do it all over again if I could.
I have too, voluntarily. Yes, that was a shitty time but remember who was in charge. If you don’t think that would be the case again then you are terribly naive, with all due respect.
Stupid Republicans instituting the draft./sarc
Heck - here in BMore we just chalk all them killins up to romance and business disputes , yo..,
Go RAVENS !!!! NEVERMORE
Even at the height of the Viet Nam War the military only needed one third of each year class. So what to do with the other two thirds?
Oh, I know. Slave labor. Plus mass indoctrination to transform them into the New Socialist Man.
Your bright idea means the end of the Republic. Although I concede it's not looking too healthy right now any way. So let's just make sure it can't possibly survive.
The draft will give another tool to use in refusing to fight for the nations security and to honor our commitments. They will claim, and have the public backing behind them, that the draft will mean a disproportionate number of the poor and minorities will have to serve.
The public never got behind the cut and run libs regarding Iraq like they did in Vietnam because everyone serving in Iraq was a volunteer.
A weakened and undisciplined military is precisely what the libs want. The expected move to end "don't ask, don't tell" is also being done to erode morale and curtail both voluntary enlistment as well as re enlistment.
I hope all those yoots who mindlessly voted for Obama is happy about this ‘change’.
“...you might be typing in Japanese or German tonight had my fathers generation felt that way....in WWII there were 7 draft registrations including one for men 45-64 years of age.”
Maybe so, but I think that Americans didn’t need a draft to go fight the Japanese. And Vietnam... we didn’t need a draft because we didn’t need to be there.
These evil traitors are not stupid. They have mastered the Kabuki dance and incrementalism. Just watch. Rangel is no longer operating in a vacuum and depending on the GOP/POTUS to defeat/veto a draft.
“....draft young people into community organizing as a requirement for high school graduation.”
barry has said that all will sacrifice, all will serve; be it domestic security, military, or community service. sadly i think he and rohm mean what they say in this case.