Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) is back on his crusade of reinstating the draft in an effort to promote “national service” to the state. Here is an excerpt of the letter he sent to his colleagues in the House:
If there were a Universal National Service Act, there would be no shortage of troops to fill the ranks without repeatedly deploying the same exhausted troops over and over.
I urge you to support my legislation for the Universal National Service Act as a co-sponsor.
• Requires all persons in the United States between the ages of 18 and 25 if called upon by the President during a declaration of war, a national emergency or a military contingency operation to perform national service for a minimum of two years with few exceptions.
• Cuts down the number of deployments for active duty and reserve military units who now see multiple deployments during the course of their enlistment due to troop strength shortages.
• Provides a National service to work education, health care, ports, security and other services as deemed necessary by the President.
• Benefits us ALL as Americans by helping ensure the United States is ready to protect and respond to our nation’s needs at home and abroad at times of peace, national emergency or war if necessary.
The question of whether we need a Universal National Service Act will be important as long as this country is placing thousands of its young men and women in harm’s way. We make decisions about war without worry over who fights them. Those who do the fighting have no choice; when the flag goes up, they salute and follow orders.
I’m reminded of what Milton Friedman, the late Nobel Prize winning economist, told General William Westmoreland during a hearing on the draft:
In his testimony before the commission, Mr. Westmoreland said he did not want to command an army of mercenaries. Mr. Friedman interrupted, “General, would you rather command an army of slaves?” Mr. Westmoreland replied, “I don’t like to hear our patriotic draftees referred to as slaves.” Mr. Friedman then retorted, “I don’t like to hear our patriotic volunteers referred to as mercenaries. If they are mercenaries, then I, sir, am a mercenary professor, and you, sir, are a mercenary general; we are served by mercenary physicians, we use a mercenary lawyer, and we get our meat from a mercenary butcher.
Democrats have been on a “national service” kick for a few years now. I get that they want young people to be more active in service, but like it or not that is a decision that should be left to the individual. Of course, to the nationalists and collectivists, the individual exists solely to do what the state wants.
This is, as Friedman said, slavery.