Friday, November 24, 2006

I support a draft

REP. CHARLES RANGEL published Why I want the draft:

"If this war is the threat to our national security that the Bush administration insists it is, then the President should issue a call for all Americans to sacrifice for the nation's defense. If there must be a sacrifice, then the burden must be shared fairly."

I agree with Rep. Rangel. Yet,
I disagree with some of the other things, such as that the military is for poor people.

In fact, the military is attracting top people.


See The Ivy Soldier BY SETH GITELL. See Who Are the Recruits? The Demographic Characteristics of U.S. Military Enlistment, 2003–2005:

"Recruits have a higher percent­age of high school graduates and representation from Southern and rural areas. No evidence indicates exploitation of racial minorities (either by race or by race-weighted ZIP code areas).
Finally, the distri­bution of household income of recruits is noticeably higher than that of the entire youth population.

Demographic evidence discredits the argument that a draft is necessary to enforce representation from racial and socioeconomic groups. Addition­ally, three of the four branches of the armed forces met their recruiting goals in fiscal year 2005, and Army reenlistments are the highest in the past five years."


Nevertheless, I have supported a draft for years. Everyone should serve. Everyone should get a taste of the real world that comes from wearing a uniform and understanding what this nation stands for.

Yes, I support a draft. I do not support Rep. Rangel's reasons!

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