Friday, February 15, 2013

Rangel: Women Should Register for Draft

Granted, conscription is a bit of a hobby horse for Representative Rangel...he's not much of a fan of the all-volunteer military...but he's 100% correct here on the principle of women in combat means they should register for Selective Service too:
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) on Friday said he plans to introduce legislation that would bring back the military draft and extend it to women for the first time. Rangel, who has pushed for years to bring back the draft, said the Pentagon's decision to allow women to serve in combat means that they too should register for the Selective Service.

"Now that women can serve in combat, they should register for the Selective Service alongside their male counterparts," Rangel said in a statement. "Reinstating the draft and requiring women to register for the Selective Service would compel the American public to have a stake in the wars we fight as a nation. We must question why and how we go to war, and who decides to send our men and women into harm's way."

In an interview on MSNBC, Rangel said the draft should be reinstated because the majority of Americans make "no real sacrifice" when the country goes to war. "The Congress never gets a chance to vote up and down on these war questions. Every president just puts our kids in harm's way and we just foot the bill, but there's no real sacrifice in what's going on. Less than 1 percent of American families are involved in the military and they really pay the price for it," he said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

He argued that a draft would make the executive branch think long and hard before sending troops overseas. "Take my word for it, if every time a president was about to put our kids in harm's way, we we're thinking about our kids and grandkids, it just wouldn't happen," he said.

Rangel's legislation would require those between the ages of 18 and 25 to perform two years of national service in either the armed services or in civilian life, while the All American Selective Service Act would force women to enroll in the Selective Service System.
It is interesting to consider the prospect that the specter of sending women off to war involuntarily may be so horrible to contemplate that it, itself, may finally be the trigger that brings a halt to the expanding nature the 'warfare' half of the welfare-warfare State. As it is, the 99% don't seem to care much about the steady trickle of those unfortunate members of the 1% that come back in body bags. Perhaps it is because men don't exist, but dead women do. Sort of: Women died in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan so infrequently relative to their male peers (3% of combat deaths) that female deaths are noted but (as yet) fail to significantly resonate emotionally. Thus the result that "women in combat" is treated as something novel, where in reality it's been happening with increasing frequency as warfare moves from 3GW to 4GW to 5GW and beyond.

Interesting also to reflect on Congressman Rangel's lament that "Congress never gets a chance to vote up and down on these war questions". Congress could do something about it, if they wished. Tools in their arsenal include cutting off funding (the power of the purse strings) and impeachment. If only they had the will to do either. Strange that Congress doesn't seem all that interested in zealously defending their power, designated for the Legislature alone in the Constitution, to declare war. It seems sufficient to complain about it, just before casting votes in favor funding for undeclared wars on the other side of the planet.


wanderling said...
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ray said...

rangel reads EW but shhh shhh he dont want nobody to know shh

pore rangel he and the congresskritters never gets a chance to vote on anything, really cant do anythings hoo boo, too busy stuffing their pockets with dollahs and strutting around, to take any action that might jeopardize their "careers"... or, heaven forbid, remind themselves (or the nation) that they are (were) men

hello? hello hello HELLO? any men left in the bedchambers of the Great Whore's Congress? they all look voided of man-ness to me

any men at the Supremacist Court? anywhere in all DC? anybody!? heck i'd be thrilled if the United Sisterhood's "government" could produce just ONE man who acts like a man

what will you do when God puts all of you into "combat" mr representative rangel? surround yourself with more women? wont help you then, any more than it does now, you are silly children pretending to be leaders


Elusive Wapiti said...

"rangel reads EW but shhh shhh he dont want nobody to know shh"

lol ray

heresolong said...

Oh wait. The last time they voted for war was to give President George Bush a virtually unanimous "go ahead", after which they spent ten years bitching about how he was waging an illegal war.

I've stopped listening.

retrophoebia said...

Before the draft can even be implemented, we're going to see mandatory / involuntary placement of women in combat arms.


Service academy and ROTC branching policy. Branches within the army are determined for cadets by preferences and order-of-merit lists (e.g. class rank). Cadets input preferences and are slotted into branches based on the slots available for each branch, and if no slots are available for the preferred branch, the algos check to see if the next preferred branch has slots. Guess what? If females are eligible for combat arms and aren't high enough up for their OML preferences, they will get force-branched into combat arms. Keep tuned and watch how that plays out when the females who'd rather go Intelligence get put into Armor instead.

ray said...

Keep tuned and watch how that plays out when the females who'd rather go Intelligence get put into Armor instead.

not a prob, the "order of merit" simply will be re-ordered voila! just as "merit" has been re-ordered everywhere else in western society, to ensure that females win, and are empowered and protected

the gubbermint's jive about "women in combat" will be no different, these monsters are always two steps ahead


Elusive Wapiti said...

@ HereSoLong,

"I've stopped listening"

Me too. Well beyond time to PUOSU.

@ Retro

"Keep tuned and watch how that plays out when the females who'd rather go Intelligence get put into Armor instead."

I'm looking forward to that day, honestly. Not because it's the most combat-effective thing to's not, but effectiveness stopped being a metric a long time ago...but because this quasi-equality/fem-supremacy thingy we have going on right now will be increasingly revealed for what it is.

Hard to tell guys they can be forced into combat branches when teh womenz have the choice.

Don't think that situation will last very long.

Elusive Wapiti said...

@ Ray,

"the "order of merit" simply will be re-ordered"

Well, it's not like there's no precedent. We've had lower, sex-normed physical standards for decades.

Sadly, your fears may be realized.