Sunday, January 27, 2013

Democrat Charlie Rangel calls for the Military Draft to include Women

by Eric Dondero

And so it begins... We speculated two days ago here at LR, that women in combat would eventually lead to women being drafted, and subject to Selective Service registration. We never dreamed it would be this soon.

Excerpted from guest editorial, CNN, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY):
On Thursday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced the Defense Department would lift the ban on women serving in combat, marking another significant milestone for equality in our nation. Taking this critical step forward to include women in combat strengthens our military by reducing the burden of the disproportionate number of soldiers who are making sacrifices. I sincerely hope that this will spark a national debate about who is fighting our wars and whether all of America can say that we're sharing the sacrifice.

Since January 2003, at the height of the debate on the possible unilateral strike against Iraq, I have advocated for a reinstatement of the military draft to ensure a more equitable representation of people making sacrifices in wars in which the United States is engaged. In the past decade, more than 2 million soldiers have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Iraq war took more than 4,422 lives and wounded some 32,000 in nine years; to date, 2,168 American soldiers have died and 18,215 have been wounded in Afghanistan.

I commend President Barack Obama for allowing women and members of the LGBT community to serve our country. I was pleased to hear in the inaugural speech on Monday of his commitment to ending a decade of war and to using diplomacy as a means to promote peace in the world.

Inevitably, however, as in the past, there will be times in the future when America will be faced with the question of whether we need to place thousands of our young men and women in harm's way. When that time comes, I hope all of America will be forced to stop and think twice about it.
Just to clarify, all libertarians of all stripes are opposed to a military draft in any form. Much like federal taxation, we view the draft as nothing short of slavery. The government puts a gun to your head, and tells you, you must serve, no matter what. We pro-defense libertarians like to add, that draftees typically make poor soldiers and sailors. Who wants to be in a foxhole fighting for one's life, with a fellow soldier who doesn't want to be there, or even worse, someone effeminate who does not have sufficient skills to fight.

And that just might be the very worst aspect of the Rangel proposal: Young males will be forced to accept females in their foxholes, thereby putting their lives in grave danger. But hey, it's all about "equality" right?

I serve as a Libertarian, openly anti-Draft member of the Houston Regional Draft Board, 20-year Federal Appointee. Photo credits -,

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