Here’s a change I don’t think anyone is hoping for:
Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, President-Elect Obama’s choice for chief of staff in his incoming administration, is co-author of a book, The Plan, that calls for, among other things, compulsory service for all Americans ages 18 to 25. The following excerpt is from pages 61-62 of the 2006 book:
It’s time for a real Patriot Act that brings out the patriot in all of us. We propose universal civilian service for every young American. Under this plan, All Americans between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five will be asked to serve their country by going through three months of basic training, civil defense preparation and community service.
I mentioned previously H.R. 393, introduced by draft scaremonger Charlie Rangel. Rangel goes on and on about how George W. Bush is going to reinstitute the draft because the military can’t meet recruiting goals (how many points were you right about, Charlie?) and then goes and introduces his own civilian draft proposal.
Although Emmanuel won’t be in a position to directly propose or implement policy, it’s clear that the Dem side has enough interested heavy hitters to make a go of it.
Via Robb Allen, who says This should scare you shitless.
Honestly, I hope they try. Really.