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Re: OT: sponge burning!

On Fri, Feb 23, 2007 at 09:31:39PM -0500, Roberto C. Sanchez wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 23, 2007 at 04:21:34PM -0800, Paul Johnson wrote:
> > 
> > I must admit the vast majority of my exposure to Canada is BC and Alberta,
> > which I understand are a bit more progressive than most of Canada.  I'm
> > actually a bit more conservative than my party, just in the US system, only
> > the Democratic Socialists have the balls to run on a platform of
> > eliminating the draft and introducing national healthcare.
> > 
> eliminate_draft++

<god I'm an idiot for getting into this>

I'm a very wildly-liberal guy and I'm all in favor of the draft. Why?
couple of reasons. 1) it spreads the load throughout the population --
barring corruption, the Bush twins have just as much chance as any
body else of ending up in the military. 2) we end up with a true
citizen's army. This means we get better diversity in the military and
frankly, since most of the current US military comes from the largely
uneducated, desperate for a job crowd (no offense intended, but it is
reality -- look at recruiting numbers and lowering standards), getting
a broader cross-section is good. 3) we end up with a true citizen's
army which means more and more of the folks who end up in power have
more at stake in a war situation -- either they've been there and
understand or they know their kids might go. 

I'm a pacifist and the best thing I can think of to promote peace is
to make war hurt *everybody* and not just a certain slice of the
population. Notice how few of the folks in the current war-hungy US
administration actually have any military experience (drinking beer
while hanging out in the guard stateside doesn't count).

</god I'm an idot for getting into this>


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