Charlie Rangel’s resolution to bring back mandatory military service may be the dumbest and most cynical piece of legislation of the last 20 years. Sgt. Stryker pretty much eviscerates the whole idea, and Talk Left denounces it from a liberal standpoint. Surprisingly, the normally principled Kos likes the proposal– as do as do half of his readers (check the comments).
Look folks- If the proposal does not make the military stronger, or keep it the same at less human or financial burden, it is a BAD IDEA. The military is not your little social engineering playground, and as Sgt. Stryker notes, it is not reform school for your screwed up kids.
I was most taken by Talk Left’s analysis, which really cuts to the heart of the problem with many in the loony left- a visceral hatred of money, capitalism, and anyone who might have one dollar more than you. As Talk Left notes:
We can’t believe the number of “liberals” touting Rangel’s obscene proposal to invoke a mandatory draft as a means of avoiding a war in Iraq–the faulty premise being if you put the sons of the rich at risk, perhaps the rich will come to oppose the war.
How crass and unfeeling for these “liberals” to wish such a fate on an 18 – 26 year old who has done nothing to deserve it. So what if their parents have money? Is that their fault? How does that devalue their accomplishments and dreams?