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Re: OT: sponge burning!

Andrew Sackville-West wrote:

> 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.

Wouldn't this all be much more easily and quickly accomplished if we made
the children of politicians automatic first round draft picks regardless of
situation, or make the draft only apply to politician's children?

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