I've always liked the outspokenness of Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., the incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. His politics have been OK, too. But now he's proposing that the country reinstate the draft.
What in the fuck?
The Dems have not even taken power yet, and they're already trying to piss of the public and mess things up. What is he thinking? Well, here's what he told The Associated Press:
Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., said Sunday he sees his idea as a way to deter politicians from launching wars.
''There's no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm's way,'' Rangel said.
Rangel, a veteran of the Korean War who has unsuccessfully sponsored legislation on conscription in the past, has said the all-volunteer military disproportionately puts the burden of war on minorities and lower-income families.
His points may have validity, but good God, man. This is not going to play well. I can hear the complaints now: Those Democrats want to send me/my kid/my grandkid into the Army!
This is not good. Not good at all.