Calling for a draft on MSNBC

Dan Rattigan on MSNBC (via Instapundit):

Apparently similar things have been said lately. What’s in the coffee over there?

It’s so telling that draft proponents are always so strongly opposed to the military and what the military is doing.

Did I say “so telling?” I meant sad. So sad.


  1. And they propose to pay for this how?
    And where will they house all those soldiers we don’t actually need?
    (especially since with all the bases which were closed down.)

    I agree that there is a dangerous level of apathy wrt what is going in the rest of the world, not just with military adventures, but the Draft is not the answer me thinks.

    About the only ‘benefit’ I can think of is that it would help slim down all the chubby kids we have these days.

  2. I grew up in the “nifty-fifties” when the “Draft” was as ordinary as death, taxes and owning a 55 Chevy.

    I found a way of evading the draft, however.

    A couple weeks after I turned 18 in 1960 I went and enlisted. I sure fooled my draft board alright.

    All kidding aside, I never questioned the obligation to serve in the military.

    Although I never re-upped and thought of making it a career (much to my regret years later) I saw my military service as an obligation, and something I owed to America.I also recognized later in life that it was a wonderful learning experience (sometimes painful) and chance to grow up, take on responsibilies, deal with stressful situations and basically it prepared me to deal reasonably well with the sometime ugly realities of life.

    I believe American youth lost something valuable when the draft was tossed aside in order to satisfy the anti-war pukes after Vietnam.

    If not a military draft for both male and females with a 2-year obligation maybe it could be 2-years serving the local community in different capacities.

    I guess when you’re 18 2-years seems like for-fu**ing-ever, but when you’re pushing 70, 2-years is a blink of the eye!

    1. “I found a way of evading the draft, however. A couple weeks after I turned 18 in 1960 I went and enlisted. I sure fooled my draft board alright.”

      All joking aside, that trick actually worked and was used in Britain in the early part of the Second World War. National Service and its enabling legislative framework had been introduced with such haste, and older elements from the professional army remained, so that there was an unintended effect. If someone was called up he could cancel it by joining up as a regular, but regulars could still buy themselves out (on a sliding scale, that cost more the longer they had been enlisted and the more they had cost in training; I believe it wasn’t possible after a certain period or once deployed). With the right money and timing, it worked to bypass conscription since those who managed it had been properly discharged.

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