I have a nice 12 mile commute to work from my house. A very nice length - long enough to leave home & family problems at home on the way in and focus onto work... and vice versa on the flip trip.
It also gives me a time to just think, and be, and daydream some. Today I was thinking about the illegal, immoral, unethical war in Iraq, and about when it was that *I* became politically interested. It was in High Shool,during the Vietnam era. I remember sitting in the hallway before class, across the hall my male classmates sitting with a hand-sized transistor radio held up to their ear, waiting for the results of the draft lottery - to find out if their birthday would be used to condemn them to death in the jungle on the other side of the planet.
I remember their fear, and their anger that they could not even VOTE for/against the very people who were going to be sending them off to die. And I became political.
The world then is so like the world now... but different as well. I do not see the news of protests on college campuses, I do not see protestors with peace symbols on street corners. And so I was wondering on my drive in - what is different?
And the answer came loud and clear. "The boys in the hallway were being DRAFTED. They had no choice, they didn't volunteer. The young people rose up in protest because they had no choice, and they had no voice."
This is when the answer came to me. I SUPPORT A RETURN OF THE DRAFT.
Now, my friends, before you go biting my head off... I have some little changes I'd make first:
1) Anyone (male AND female) from age 18 to 35 would be eligible for the Draft. Those found physically incapable of combat duty (using an ANONYMOUS, standardized medical screening) would be placed in administrative support positions. Rather than using birthdates or social security#, each person registered for the draft would recieve a "selective service number". Draftees would be chosen by "selective service number"
2) Collegiate Deferrments would be abolished.
3) Anyone who is not a citizen would be given a second "number" by the selective service, thereby receiving an additional "chance" to be chosen for the draft. Watch the H1-B visa abuses vanish overnight!
4) Anyone who has a parent in any form of state or federal elected office would be given a second "number" by the selective service as well. Serving in a non-combat (coast guard, etc.) branch of service will NOT exempt you from the combat draft. No amount of political "muscle" would be able to remove either of the two numbers.
Now, on the surface, this may seem odd. But here is my reasoning:
Vietnam became a serious problem because those who were being sent there to die began to protest. Imagine the protest if this were instituted? We'd be back out of Iraq in a heartbeat. College students would stage sit-ins, peace-ins, protests, marches, and write gut-wrenching folk songs.
And if each Senator... every Representative... all the judges... even, and ESPECIALLY the Commander in Chief... would be gambling with 2-1 odds with their OWN CHILDREN'S LIVES...
How many deaths will it take till they know that too many people have died? The answer my friend, is blowin' in the wind...