Bring back the draft

Bring back the draft

The New York Times dug up the daughters of the podiatrist who diagnosed Donald Trump’s bone spurs that kept him from being drafted. And according to them, this doctor made this diagnosis in exchange for favors from Trump’s father.

Naturally social media is making hay over this breaking story about something that happened fifty years ago.

Trump is a draft dodger, they howl.  He’s unfit for President because he was a draft dodger!

Somewhere in Chappaqua, Bill Clinton is smiling to himself over their selective outrage over selective service.

If I had a dollar for every man who avoided the draft during the Vietnam war, I could close down my Year-End Fundraiser right now.

Sure, we still have Selective Service, but Congress and the President have not authorized the draft since 1973.

That being the case, I’d venture that the majority of people howling like wounded beagles over Trump not serving weren’t even military age when the US still had a draft.

So maybe we should change that.

Let’s restore the draft.  Bring it back.  Go ahead. Require every American between 18 and 25 to not only register for Selective Service, but draft them into the military for a minimum of two years.

Quick! Before we leave Afghanistan!

And since we have to treat women equally, let’s draft the women as well.

You think those snotty denizens of Twitter who are bashing Trump as “President Bone Spurs” would applaud the move?

Not on the likely.

It isn’t easy to applaud when you’re crapping yourself in terror.

In fact, I’d lay odds that they’d be desperately looking for a way to avoid the draft altogether.

What do you think?  You think I’m right?

I think I’m right.

It’s easy to bitch about those who avoided the draft a half a century ago when you have no fear of being drafted.

It’s easy to be an armchair Defender of Conscripted Military Service when you yourself are in no danger of being conscripted.

So let these tough guys and gals walk a mile in the young Donald Trump’s shoes. Because I’m guessing they’ll develop bone spurs as well.

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11 thoughts on “Bring back the draft

  • December 26, 2018 at 6:42 pm
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    He is serving in the military now.
    As The Commander-In-Chief!
    And doing a fantastic job, I might add.

  • December 27, 2018 at 3:10 am
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    NOW the knock out punch has finally been struck against President Trump.

    Selective Service classification: 4F. During the Viet Nam war. Fifty years ago.

    The liberal left has done such a fantastic job.

    ..

  • December 27, 2018 at 12:02 pm
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    Not everyone is cut out for military service.
    I registered at age 18 like the law required, but I’m not certain I would have done as well as an immature 18 year old as I did when I volunteered for duty in the US Navy several years later in my 20’s.
    And even a handful of those that volunteered that I served with really should not have been in the military in any capacity.
    While there may yet come a time of national emergency that would require our government to conscript its citizens, I think it would do us more harm than good to force those who do not want to serve into such service at present. Perhaps a better idea would be to conscript individuals into basic training and determine their strengths and weaknesses. Those that would be advantageous to the US Military could be kept in some sort of Reserve Status with updated training each year, and in return these individuals would qualify for certain government incentives (low-cost school loans, loans to start businesses, no money down mortgages, etc) that those who do not or cannot serve would not qualify for. Those who are disqualified for military reserve status could volunteer for some other form of service, like Peace Corps, or else accept not ever being qualified for government-aided assistance of any kind?
    Just a thought.

    • December 27, 2018 at 12:26 pm
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      You do realize that you completely missed the point of this post, right?

      • December 27, 2018 at 4:42 pm
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        I know your point is that those complaining about Trump not serving would never themselves serve either.

        My point is, even were the draft re-instated, I don’t believe it would be in the best interests of the national defense of this nation.

        • December 27, 2018 at 5:02 pm
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          So, you are making a point to counter a point I didn’t make. Sure. Okay.

  • December 27, 2018 at 2:34 pm
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    Dianny, I got your point. Also, ever since reading Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, where those who serve become “Citizens” and are eligible to vote and hold public office, the idea has appealed to me more and more. Heinlein’s argument was that only those who had proven they could put the greater good ahead of their own self-interest should be allowed to vote and serve.

  • December 27, 2018 at 3:50 pm
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    my ex husband and his brother both were bought out of the draft by their rich New York
    City parents, and they laughed about it

  • December 28, 2018 at 1:57 pm
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    From the article:

    It’s easy to bitch about those who avoided the draft a half a century ago when you have no fear of being drafted.

    It’s easy to be an armchair Defender of Conscripted Military Service when you yourself are in no danger of being conscripted.

    A-MEN!

    “The ‘Greatest Generation*’ is the one that
    ABOLISHED the USA military draft.”

    https://disqus.com/home/discussion/channel-politicalrhetoricbusters/bring_back_the_draft/#comment-4259991742

  • December 28, 2018 at 5:58 pm
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    Facing the draft during Vietnam was scary. I got called up but they cut me loose with a 1 H status saying it was reserve and they could call me back if they needed to. They induction center closed later that week. The US was a better place when the draft was around. A better place with better men.

  • December 29, 2018 at 10:26 am
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    The draft would certainly straighten out some of the liberal corkscrews. Might even teach them something about being a useful citizen.

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