21 March, 2006

Military Draft

From Air Force Times 27Mar06: Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N. Y. has again called for a return to a military draft. His twist this time is to raise the age limit to 42.

My comments: I'm surprised he hasn't also proposed including women. This proposal is a shameless political ploy and he should be ashamed, but like his predecessor, Adam Clayton Powell, he has no shame and does as he chooses. Powell was accused in 1966 of disgracing his office and denied his seat by the House. Even though the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated him in 1969, he lost a re-election bid in 1970.

The Truth: Reports of his behavior caused me to ask my father in 1967 how he could still be a congressman. He replied with, "that is what the people who elected him want, and it reflects their own behavior". That was my first introduction into poor and even disrespectful behavior. Here in South Carolina, we had our own brief case of impropriety with a Representative from our 6th CD, D-John Jenrette from 1974 t0 1978. He was convicted for accepting a $50,000 bribe in the Abscam sting operation conducted by the FBI in 1980. Jenrette was sentenced to two years in prison, of which he served 13 months. In 1989 he was convicted of shoplifting a necktie from a department store at Bailey's Crossroads and was sentenced to 30 days. That reflected the behavior of those who elected him? I think not. Had it not been for extreme gerrymandering and meddling by the US courts, a more responsible person would probably be representing the good people of South Carolina there now. The next election is about 7 months away. I hope that the electorate focuses on facts and not pandering.


Blogger Brooke said...

What a shill. His flagrant effort to scare the uninformed liberal masses is as transparent as his soul.

Blogger T.L. Stanley said...

Good post.

Blogger T.L. Stanley said...

Another question: Selective Service requires men to register at 18. Will women ever have to register for the Selective Service? This implies that if a draft comes again, which I doubt, only men will be drafted into the military. Drafting men and women seems to be more fair than drafting men only. What do you think?

Blogger Chief RZ said...

TL- Thanks for the question.
My opinion follows my upbringing including my religion. Men should fight and defend our country, our homes and our families. Women who do not have children at home can help by volunteering. At this time, we have had an all volunteer army since 1975. A few women (about 1%) are truly and fully qualified for combat duty. We have slowly eliminated the "affirmative-action" types from the Clinton era and insisted that those in the services are fully mission capable.

Anonymous Doug said...


It is a shame that Charlie Rangel is resorting to such a obvious ploy. Unfortunately, becasue of the reduction in force which has taken place since the end of the Vietnam era fewer and fewer Americans actually have any real contact with military personnel so they remain uninformed about the true state of the volunteer military. The truth, as I see it is that our all volunteer military is an unqualified sucess and has given the United States the most highly motivated, trained and professional military in the world. There is no reason to reinstate the draft.

Blogger Chief RZ said...

Doug, I couldn't agree with you more. I just got back from a post-deployment briefing of Soldiers. They are highly movtivated, patriotic and highly qualified. Mr. Rangle does a disservice to all of these patriots, and attempts to fool our electorate in advance of the upcoming elections this November.


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