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Wednesday, April 21, 2004

The Draft 

As is the custom whenever things go less than pleasantly in unpleasant parts of the world, people stop murmering about the biggest dread of the Wussiest Generation. I speak of the Draft, which caused cowards to flee to Canada, rich bastards to stay in school as long as possible, and future Republican leaders to join the National Guard.

Charlie Rangel thinks the voluntary Army is disproportionately Black, and therefore, the lack of a Draft is racist. However, all those Vietnam movies from the 70s and 80s informed me to believe that the Draft was a racist mechanism in which the US was sending the Blacks to die. Who should I believe? A crazy congressman, or television? I personally can't imagine that TV would lie to me.

Personally, I have mixed feelings about the Draft. In a free country, I wonder if anyone should be forced to serve in the military. On the other hand, if you enjoy this freedom, you should be willing to fight for it.

I think I might have to agree with Senator Kerry by perhaps having a Draft where one can substitute some other national service instead of military service. Or maybe the draftees can go to safer spots where we commit troops, such as Bosnia.

With the current international climate, it is entirely possible that this debate may move beyond the theoretical realm. If the Draft is reinstated, I think it is safe to say that the nation will not act maturely. Baby boomers, especially, will scream and cry like, well, babies. It doesn't even matter that most European nations have compulsatory military service. Liberals disguised as Libertatians will cite this as proof of America's decline into fascism, while our true, external enemies take advantage of our internal bickering.

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