It is all alright people, once this great nation is broke they can draft us all and waste our lives as they wasted our monies. From what I understand this Bill is set to emerge from committee and be brought back to the floor of both Houses of Congress.
---Congressman Charles Rangel, a Democrat (NY), introduced on 14 February 2006 a bill in the US Congress which requires:
"all persons in the United States, including women, between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform a [two year] period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes." ---
"But I kind of feel like we need to have [a draft] so that the wars will finally end." You're right. Someone once said that the USA didn't go to war. The US Marines went to war. The USA went to the mall. And that's why (most) people haven't come out against the various wars--there's no danger that their kids, their grandkids, their big brothers, or they themselves are going to have to go--unless those people happened to volunteer.
It's hard to get people to act when the people who are being sent to die are strangers who volunteered. Why should I worry about strangers who volunteered to do this, people think. For most people, especially most people who thought invading Iraq was a good idea, If there was a chance that they would be drafted, they'd sing a different tune. It'd go something like this:
"Sarge, I'm only 18, got a ruptured spleen, and I always carry a purse I got eyes like a bat and my feet are flat, and my asthma's gettin' worse Think of my career and my sweetheart dear and my poor old invalid aunt Besides i ain't no fool, I'm goin' to school and I'm workin' in a de-fense plant!"
(Army) Psychiatrist-Author M. Scott Peck, credited as one of the most influential people of the twentieth century, wrote that one of the main factors that ended America's involvement in Vietnam was the draft - for exactly the reason you mention.
And the repeal of the draft has led to the disengagement of many Americans from political life. When policy decisions no longer directly affect your life, many people can't be bothered to pay attention.
The idea of "civilian service" is a good one. It would bring together different people in a common aim and would be to the benefit of society. There aren't too many shared experiences in modern society, and this would provide one, and hopefully would create a deeper appreciation of other people.
When this same subject was discussed in a different thread, that was the one-and-only positive feature of the civilian force that was mentioned. (At least, the only one I saw.) But, like everything I have ever seen or heard from any government, something that sounds like a good idea in one respect can turn out terribly, when it is in the wrong hands.
I was drafted for the Vietnam war. There is a lot wrong with war and when I was one of the lucky one to leave Nam I felt we should do all we can to keep people from having to face this horror BUT over the years I have listened to some Americans complain, critize, put down others to the point where I say we have become to soft, we act like we have all the answers, we never stop telling others where they are wrong, things has to always be our way- maybe we should have the draft again and that way when soldiers are coming over that wire and bullets hitting all around you then you can show us just how smart you really are.