Tuesday, October 19, 2004

About the draft

Nothing betrays the contradictatory thinking of the public more than discussions of a military draft. Anti-war people invoke the possibility of drafting as a political tool to frighten others into also becoming anti-war. Hawks labor to disassociate themselves with the draft, saying that the all-volunteer army can do the job.

...the draft is the issue designed to scare otherwise apathetic students into voting.

If patriotism and "supporting the troops" has any meaning, it should also mean "Yes, I believe in what you are doing, so much, in fact, that I am willing to put my life on the line (like you are) or encourage eligible family members to join you." It seems to me that anyone supporting a war effort should also support the draft, if only in the interest of consistency.

Democracy is like a cafeteria line. Those standing in line want the line to move. "You need to get those people on down the line so we don't have to wait so long!" But when it comes that person's turn to be served, the time for being rushed is past. "Don't rush me, young man! I'll make up my mind, but I don't like being pushed!" (So what were you doing all the time you were waiting?)

The volunteer army is great...as long as it ain't me who is volunteering.

1 comment:

Snave said...

Amen, Hoots!

Lots of vocal "patriots" the past few years, eh...

"Patriot: the person who can holler loudest without knowing what he is hollering about." - Mark Twain