What a way to make an unpopular war even more unpopular…

I may need to wait a bit before writing about this, simply because I am still in such a state of shock. The Democrats, who were supposedly elected because we want out of Iraq, are now discussing reinstating the draft. Am I the only one who’s confused?

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said on Sunday that he will introduce legislation early next year that would propose reinstating the draft. His comments were: “There’s no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm’s way.” From that comment, it sounds like Rangel is advocating some twisted, spiteful plan to kill the children of Republicans, but we all know that statements can be taken out of context.

Rangel has unsuccessfully proposed conscription legislation in the past, and let’s hope that this time around is equally unsuccessful. Most believe that there’s not a chance that we are going to pass another draft, as 7 out of 10 Americans reportedly oppose such measures.

Incoming Speaker Pelosi has stated that there is virtually no support in Congress for the draft other than Rangel, and it does not appear on the preliminary agenda for next year. However Pelosi did say, “It’s not about a draft, it’s about shared sacrifice in this country,” and that Rangel is “a strong voice for social justice in our country” and his support for the draft was “a way to make a point.”

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