think of the children
Hmm..Does Rep. Charles Rangel (D-New York) think we need to shore up our defense to prepare for future wars?
Does he think mandatory military service will instill some sense of patriotism, pride and duty in the youth of America?
Is he worried about declining enlistment in the armed forces?
So why does Rep. Rangel want to institute mandatory service? Because, Rangel states:
such legislation could make members of Congress more reluctant to authorize military action.
I see. Let's make everyone over the age of 18 serve some time in the armed forces in order to make Congress say no to military action. Let's put our sons and daughters out there in the hopes that some congressmen will say "not with my child" and vote against any future invasions/wars.
Pardon me for use of hyperbole, but I think that's tantamount to using a child as a shield in a gunfight.
What does Rep. Rangel intend to say if his idea is instituted, a draft is enacted, a vote to go to war comes to the floor and Congress votes to fight? Will he say "oops, bad idea" and go back to the drawing board?
I'm not going to get into the issue here of whether or not a draft is needed or if it is a good/bad idea. The issue is that Rangel has obviously failed to think his flight of fancy through.
"When you talk about a war, you're talking about ground troops, you're talking about enlisted people, and they don't come from the kids and members of Congress," he said.
"I think, if we went home and found out that there were families concerned about their kids going off to war, there would be more cautiousness and a more willingness to work with the international community than to say, 'Our way or the highway.' "
Basically what he is saying is that his fellow congressmen and women care only about their families and not about the families of their constituents. I think every member of Congress should be outraged by Rangel's assertions.
Rangel did not provide specifics of his proposal.
Well, he did in a way. The specifics would be to for Rangel to use the military-age children of the members of Congress as hostages in his kidnapping of the attempt to oust Saddam from power.
The outcome of this would be rather interesting. I can't imagine that any member of Congress who voted in favor of military use of power would suddenly change their minds if a draft was enacted. And if they did it would certainly say a lot about their convictions.
As for Rangel, I think he is way off base and out of line with this idea. The motive and intentions are all wrong.