Bringing Back the Draft

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Gabe Ocot
English 1301
Friday 9-1pm
Kate Megear

“Bringing Back the Draft”

The subject of drafting men into the army isn’t very complex, it is a mere answer of either you are or you aren’t for drafting. Author, Charles B. Rangel, in his article “Bring Back the Draft,” he shares with us his view point of the draft. From the name of the title you already know that the author is for a draft. His article came from Casebook: The Draft and National Service. I will discuss in my essay Charles B. Rangel’s viewpoints and then cover my own personal view of his article. Rangel is a democrat, whose beliefs are bold and clear for bringing the draft back into the United States of America. I feel that bringing the draft back into the United States is not what the government should do. A draft only enlists the inexperienced civilian who does not know much about war, and this would only increase the death count in warfare combat.

President Bush has declared a war against terrorism in Iraq. War requires our troops and soldiers to fight this war. Rangel voted against the Congressional resolution, which would give the president power to interpret the war, which Rangel believes would only lessen our chance of finding Osama bin Laden. Rangel who is a veteran from the Korean conflict believes that “if we are going to send our children to war, the governing principle must be that of shared sacrifice.” In the past history of America, Americans fought side by side in war. “That’s why I will ask Congress next week to consider and support legislation I will introduce to resume the military draft.” There will be sacrifices paid for war, but there will no longer be the typical stereotype of a soldier, “A disproportionate number of the poor and members of minority groups make up the enlisted ranks of the military, while the most privileged Americans are underrepresented or absent.” Charles B. Rangel also informs us that if the people who were for war in Iraq, knew that their...
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