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January 02, 2009



Everyone knows (or should know) that after the "draft" ended in 1973 (or 74), there were no more large scale anti-war protests. For most folks, it really wasn't about the war as much as being sent to war.

In this case, the truth lies in HR163 (108th session), the `Universal National Service Act of 2003'. Charlie Rangel's bill expressly indicates that the draft would be for a retreat.

(b) FORM OF NATIONAL SERVICE- National service under this Act shall be performed either--

(1) as a member of an active or reverse component of the uniformed services; or

(2) in a civilian capacity that, as determined by the President, promotes the national defense, including national or community service and homeland security.

A reverse component ? Sounds French.

Draft in our future ? Not with a Democrat in the White House.

Or is this supposed to be Obama's Jobs program ?

Frank Warner

Unfortunately, the "community service" option is too likely to create fairly useless jobs for young people who will do nothing but help re-elect whoever got them those jobs.

jj mollo

So ... should that be reserve???

Frank Warner

Yeah, that was reserve, and it was spelled incorrectly in the legislation.

jj mollo

Wow. That's very disheartening. I sort of took it for granted that there was a world-class editing staff working on congressional legislation. I wonder if Tom Jefferson misspelled anything in the Declaration of Independence.

Frank Warner

Well, there was that "unalienable."


I suspect draftees would lead to serious problems with counterinsurgency efforts. People who did not volunteer for the armed forces are more likely to ignore burdensome rules of engagement and take out their frustrations on civilians.


The 9/11 hijackers weren't drafted.


it was spelled incorrectly in the legislation.

In four different places.


I forgot to mention ... the legislation, with the "misspellings", came to the floor of the House for a vote. Rangel voted against it.

Elmo's Mom

As per "spelling errors": please note that spellings change from time to time... as language evolves. Any research done to determine if that was ACCEPTED spelling of the era and not INCORRECT spelling???

(Ever noticed the differences in American spelling and UK spelling of the same word???)

jj mollo

Thanks for that, Mom. I have noticed that the Brits have problems with spelling. For instance, they spell defense with a c, as in courtesy rather than s as in sword.

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