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Monday, November 20

The "draft" word comes up again.

"A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.": Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y has a point when he talks about reinstating the draft. It's just ironic how much politicians enjoy a good war, because it's good for the economy and corporations, yet they absolutely don't support a draft. Rangel also suggests that 'the all-volunteer military disproportionately puts the burden of war on minorities and lower-income families.' Politicians don't care about that though. (I absolutely don't support a draft or wars in general unless our country is invaded and how likely is that?)

"The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants, and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of tyranny a good conscience." -- Albert Camus

There's talk of more wars and decades of war against terror (TM), which means that it won't end until all the bad guys are killed or imprisoned, which means it will never end... so it does make sense to expect all our young people who have barely experienced life yet, to go out and kill bad guys around the world and hopefully come back home in one piece and continue on with their happy lives. Not.

Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it: Albert Einstein

If you think in terms of fairness, how fair is it that National Guard troops have to serve in Iraq? They signed up to defend our country- what Iraq has to do with that, beats the hell out of me. I would feel safer with the National Guard here. My friend, a reservist, is fighting for HIS life in Iraq for the second time... trying to survive so he can see his baby who was born while he was gone. Fairness would suggest that reservists wouldn't have to go to Iraq twice. He was there for 18 months the first time.

Rangel believes that if we had the draft, our country would think twice before launching an invasion and occupation of another country. That's true. Rangel knows and I know that there is no way that Americans would support a draft, but it's probably a good thing for people to think about it before they support wars.

"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country." : Thomas Jefferson

Here in NY, when you turn 18, a draft card arrives in the mail automatically. How is it in your state?

Where is the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer, and then itself marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills?: Kahlil Gibran

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