November 23, 2006, 11:15 PM
The draft is among us.
Rep. Charles Rangel (D) has once again brought up the draft and most people have gone nuts and screamed no draft. Why is this?
It seems to this peace activist and veteran that having an all-volunteer military has been a monumental failure. We have separated ourselves from what our government is doing in our name; we have failed as good citizens of this republic. How many of you know how many of our beloved troops have given their lives to this lunacy called the War in Iraq? How many of you know the true number of seriously wounded and those who are waiting for the VA to process their paperwork in order to get to see a doctor. How many of you care? Does the war touch you?
I would be willing to go out on a limb---that if your son, daughter, father, mother or other member of your family were in Iraq, you would know the answer to all my questions. The war would directly affect you. The good citizen participates in the governing of the State; the lazy citizen says not my problem. To preserve a republic you must do more than just vote, you have to keep the politicians honest, and the way to do that is by being involved. Here is something for your consideration. Before Congress can declare war or pass a resolution giving the power to the President to wage war, the Congress must pass a draft and full mobilization.
Full mobilization would mean all industrial corporations would go on a war schedule, no war profiteering would be allowed and severe penalties would be passed and prosecuted. There would be mandatory prison for CEO's and the board members who attempted to make a profit on the blood of our heroes.
Now to the Draft:
There would be no exceptions or deferments. Have a pimple on your ass like Rush Limbaugh---take a "whoopee" cushion and---drive the truck that-a-way. Too busy like Dick Cheney, ha, ha, get that helmet on Mr. Coward and move out. There would be no entrance into the National Guard after the declaration of war.
All college students would have to take military training during their time in school. There would be an option for Conscientious Objectors: Draft would be for two years, do not want to kill anybody---you would have to serve the community for the duration of the war. Politicians would be encouraged to be represented by having their kids be among the first to show up for duty. The only people who could serve on the Draft Board would be people who have a relative serving in the war. The last part would include the veterans who come home during or after the war.
Veterans would be made whole. No paper work, they would receive whatever it takes to get them back to where they were when drafted. Any employer found violating the law concerning job security for the heroes returning home would immediately be drafted and sent to the front lines. Can not get them back to where they were before going to war, then you take care of them and their families for the rest of their lives. No military family should suffer more during peace than when they were in war.
Rep. Charles Rangel is right, want war---do the mobilization and draft first.
Joe Walsh, Lone Vet