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  •  i don't favor a draft (4+ / 0-)
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    JuliaAnn, nio, lisastar, mommaK

    (pardon the side discussion)

    I actually believe a professional volunteer army is better

    but a draft would put the legislators and their children on the line

    so perhaps a draft might in fact do more to prevent war than you might think

    •  Yes, I agree a draft of Congresspersons and (5+ / 0-)
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      GeckoBlue, bwintx, DianeNYS, maxalb, lisastar

      anyone making $1,000,000 a year could end this war.

      Children in the U.S... detained [against] intl. & domestic standards." --Amnesty Internati

      by doinaheckuvanutjob on Fri Sep 07, 2007 at 01:19:25 AM PDT

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    •  A Professional Army Sees Citizens as "Other" (0+ / 0-)

      which is essential for feeling willing to clamp down on them when necessary.

      The single most important check and balance against tyranny is a military that is everybody and therefore will balk at oppressing their family neighbors.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Fri Sep 07, 2007 at 08:08:28 AM PDT

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      •  I utterly disagree with this (1+ / 0-)
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        Nelsons

        And I think it's unfair to say that those who choose to serve their country voluntarily are more likely than others to attack their fellow Americans.  (Now if you want to make that argument against the mercenaries of Blackwater, we can talk.)

        The purpose of a draft is to produce cannon fodder.  Pure and simple.

        And don't kid yourself - the rich and connected will NEVER be drafted.  Or if drafted, they will never serve on the front lines.

        See SICKO. Then demand single-payer healthcare NOW.

        by lonelyutahdem15 on Fri Sep 07, 2007 at 10:51:06 AM PDT

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