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Hippo_Tron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-22-06 05:12 PM
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Being drafted will not make people anti-war, it will make them anti-draft
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Edited on Wed Nov-22-06 05:13 PM by Hippo_Tron
Yes I think that if we re-instated the draft people my age would register to vote in a hurry. But I'm not sure it would have the same effects that Charlie Rangel is hoping for. I don't think that people my age would be racing to the polls to vote for people who are against the war. I think that we would be racing to the polls to vote for anyone who wanted to repeal the draft, regardless of their views on war.

The fact is that most Americans are tired of this war and young people are certainly included in that category. But as others have already pointed out, not enough of us vote or protest and therefore this anti-war sentiment isn't heard by politicians. Yes, if Bush brought back the draft so that he could send more soldiers to die in Iraq you can bet that would translate into a storm of young voters going to the polls to vote Democratic in the next election.

But if Charlie Rangel and the Democrats, the people who are supposedly against the war, are the ones who will bring back the draft then I don't think it will have the same effect. People will indeed suddenly be going to vote because they actually have something at stake now. But they didn't have something at stake when the war began so there's no reason for them to be voting against the war. The trigger point that made them have something at stake was the draft and that is what they will vote against.

I think that the fatal flaw that people here are doing is comparing this to the Vietnam era. Yes, a draft created anti-war sentiment in the Vietnam era. But back then there was no such thing as an all volunteer army. People automatically made the connection between war and draft because whenever there was a war people were drafted and that is the way it had always been.

My generation has never experienced a draft and we've seen America do countless military operations with an all volunteer army. The all volunteer army is all that we know. We do not have that automatic connection that the draft is what used to happen during wartime. Re-instating the draft isn't going to make us have an impulse that we should be voting against the war. Re-instating the draft is going to make us have an impulse that we should be voting to restore the all volunteer army because things were just fine for us when there was an all volunteer army.

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